Thursday, March 11, 2010

The IPL is back, and its not just cricket.....

Its that time of the year again.....Yes, the great cricketing circus is back....back to where it belongs. Indian Premier League- you can love it or hate it, but you just can't ignore it!
For all cicket lovers, it's honeymoon period .Talking of honeymoons, I have even seen men cancel the same for the sake of cricket!...Phew!..Talk of love!..... With all the cricketing stars descending upon India in these two months, it is commonplace to catch up with some of them at the nearby shopping plaza or hotel, if you happen to be in one of those blessed eight cities . (The bonus i get being in Kolkata is SRK!! ). After a tiring and boring day at work , IPL provides us with the perfect leisure option. Thanks to IPL, we get a welcome relief from all those lachrymose "saas-bahu" serials in the prime time slots which the females of the house would invariably switch on. IPL is not just about cricket...It has something for everybody!
I found a flyer in my letter box the other day about the pizza store giving special "IPL" discounts. Several other eateries ,restaurants and pubs have pitched in with such cool offers. Sounds delicious! ..Even the cineplex near my home is offering "matchday special-priced tickets" . If the cricket gets boring , watching a film at the theaters could be a good option, though the caramel popcorn might pinch hard on the pocket. Just a get-to-gether with friends and family on the pretext of watching a match might be a nice way to do some real socialising and get out of that “Facebook” mode for a change. Or for that matter, how about a date at the stadium??!!!...But beware, cheerleaders can be a major distraction if you are a guy and the girl might well be lost in the handsome thoughts of Shane Bond and Yuvraj Singh!.. On a more serious note, IPL (along with the ongoing hockey world cup) will surely re-establish the fact that India is a safe and hospitable place ,and all those “worries” of the international cricketers and sportsmen can be put to rest ….By the way, tough luck for all those avid cricket lovers who are having their exams now, or should I say ‘best of luck’!

(P.S.- With no Mandira Bedi in the anchoring team this time, she would surely be missed!)