12 May, 2021

Shaw's Fools

When will the average Indian fan get it right? International ties are for the rich and famous, even cops, and he just doesn't figure in the scheme of things.

Shaw's Fools
For those who believe Laloo Prasad Yadav will go to hell, he has been there already. For the slog overs. On February 3, in Mumbai's Wankhede stadium, the man who once asked his child what is a Ravi Shastri, walked in as a special invitee around the 40th over of the Indian innings. As a tribute, one more wicket fell. He got the best seat in the inferno, beside Sharad Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal, the way it was meant to be. But there were many who didn't make it. They were ticket-holders—the 11,000 fools of Bernard Shaw, greater morons than taxpayers, who stood in line a few days ago from eight in the evening outside the stadium's counter—which opened at eight next morning, sold about 5,000 tickets in three hours and shut shop.

These people now stood outside the grounds once more in the great Indian queue, faces painted, carrying food in "transparent packages", waiting to get in and find their lawful 14-inch haunch-space, (16 inches if they had paid a few hundred rupees more). The cops abused and shooed many of them away because the East stand was mysteriously full before all...

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