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   My friend, who lives on the 21st floor, has invited me (February 25, 1996)

My friend, who lives on the 21st floor, has invited me for Tuesday's India-Australia match at the Wankhede Stadium. "You will be sitting in my hospitality box, between Mrs. Parmeshwar Godrej and Mrs. Maureen Wadia, unless you want to sit between Mrs. Marsheil Gavaskar and Mrs. Manali Vengsarkar," he said.

"It does not matter where I am sitting as long as I can see the match," I said.

"You will have your own personal TV set in front of you, plus binoculars, and cellular phone to give the latest scores to yoru friends," he said. "The phone you can take home after the match, it will be your souvenir of the game."

"Thanks," I said.

"The Match starts at 2.30 in the afternoon, but since it will be very warm for my guests to attend at that time, I have requested PILCOM to start it at 5 p.m. The box, of course, will be air-conditioned."

"Good," I said.

"Tea, cold cuts, sandwiches, will be served after the toss," he said. "For those guest wanting to be present at the toss, I have made arrangements for them to accompany the captains to the centre of the field. If you want to, you may go along, but please see you do not irritate Azharuddin by silly questions."

"I'll be careful," I said.

"Dinner will be served between innings. The lights in the stadium will be switched off during dinner, since I want it served under candlelight," my friend said.

"Your box, is it located behind the bowler's arm?" I asked. "I like to see how the ball pitches."

"It will be always behind the bowler's arm," my friend said. "The box is on wheels. At the end of the over, when the bowler changes ends, the box will automatically move to the opposite end of the stadium, so that you continue to get a perfect view."

"Excellent," I said.

"A bookie will be in attendance in the box. Guests may lay their bets with him as the match progesses. If you win, you keep your winning. But, if you lose, I will repay the money you have lost, since you are my guest."

"That's very generous of you," I said.

"The bar will be open thoughtout the evening. There will be a stock of champagne bottles that guests can fizz and pour on the crowds if India wins, like Kapil Dev did at Lord's."

"I hope India wins," I said.

"I cannot guarantee you that," my friend said. "But the third umpire will be sittining in our box, so you can keep an eye on him."

"What about parking that is going to be a major hassle," I said.

"I have engaged a valvet parking servie," my friend said. "All you have to do is drive up to the Vinoo Mankad Gate. The valvet will then take care of your car and you will step into the helicopter which will bring you right into the box."

"That should be convenient," I said.

"Yes," said my friend. "During the last 20 overs, the helicopter will also take you to and fro to the Brabourne Stadium, if you wish to go there."

"Why should I want to goto the Brabourne Stadium?" I asked.

"To burst crackers and light newspapers, because you are not allowed to do that at the Wankhede Stadium," he said.

 
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