hukkas, a few suggestions have been floated.
Harish Kaushik, a man who owns a fleet of buses, says that the youngsters should get a chance to watch it. “They should takes turns during the four-day game,” he says. The sane voice gets drowned in the din since no one is keen to go down the queue and watch the game on the third or fourth day.
A middle-aged man in track pants and fake Nike cap says that the women from the village are also keen to be at the ground. He too gets pushed away from the core group. With the media around, a young boy fishes out a Tendulkar poster and makes a claim for the passes. An old man is disgusted with the talk. “They are Sachin fans only if they get the tickets,” he says. By late night, a fragile compromise has been agreed upon. The passes will be distributed among the panchayat members. “They will keep two for themselves and the rest they will distribute,” says the brave Sarpanch Bahadur. Some say that dawn on Saturday will see another meeting.
Away from all this, Malhotra smiles. He will be getting paid by HCA for the temporary road he has built on his land for the parking lot that also happens to be on his property. The old farmer isn’t regretting giving up the land where he once grew sugarcane.