Uncle will you play with us ?

22Apr08

Back when I was in school, evenings were usually dedicated to badminton. Since all schools ended at the same time as mine, it was a race to get to the court before everyone else. A few minutes difference could mean a wait of an hour.

Inspite of all the running, there usually were about 30 kids who would turn up to play in the two available courts. Usually who got to play was decided by “Round Robin” where the best were separated from the rest. Court time was a scarce commodity and could be bartered for precious gifts.

It was free for us defence kids but everyone respected the dress code. Everyone would wear knee length socks and neat polished shoes. Playing barefoot or in heels was unthinkable.

Fast forward to 2008. I join Jayabheri club forking out a tidy sum. Place has good wooden courts, airconditioned too. Perfect.

Except no one turns up.

Club supposedly has 180 members. In the past 1 month, I have seen about 20 unique people all together!

I have seen people play barefoot, seen them playing in the latest Levi’s. Imagine a guy driving up in an Accord and then proceeding to play barefoot 😦 . Shatters many a romantic notions of the gentlemans game.

But anyway, yesterday was probably as low as I ever wanted to go. Turned up at 7 sharp all sprightly.

3 8 year old kids playing 😦 . Watched them play for a few minutes. 5-10-15-20-25-30. At which point of time one of the kids took pity on me and comes over and says

“Uncle will you play with us ? ”

And desparate as I was for my game, I played with them :(. ( FWIW they were probably playing for the first time) .

Saving grace was that a few people did turn up after the first game with the kids..but still..

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6 Responses to “Uncle will you play with us ?”

  1. 1 Manoj

    rofl…

    come to bangy, people here are desperate to play.

  2. get someone else to join the club too 🙂

  3. tch tch ,,, u can come to southampton too .. our univ courts are generally filled up … (u need to book courts to play) .. but then .. no one turns up at 7am .. no one 😛

  4. 4 skp

    dude, me and bansi would come running ( not barefoot ) 😀

  5. brother, hard to believe that! Here we hardly find empty courts. be it morning 6am or evenings .. be it weekdays … forget weekends. Guess Hyd has more to learn than just IT from Bangalore 😛

    btw, I tthought only IPL (read cricket) was a gentleman’s game 😀

  6. 6 playboi

    Haha, same is the story in Pune as in Bangalore.
    Too few courts, too many players.

    We play squash now. Its a more refined, more gentlemanly and more “sweaty” game than baddy.

    Oh, if u dont know, badminton was invented in Pune, Maharashtra, India.


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