Khana diye re

Updated: Mar 16 2007, 05:49am hrs
Teams, ifthey are towin the World Cup, need to be fed well in the Caribbean. And needless to say there are more than a handful of players in the Indian 15 whose culinary tastes are Indian to the very core. Let it be known that for their comforts there will be one Swapan Bose who will come to their rescue. Believe it or not, the best Indian cuisine on offer in Barbados is prepared by a Bengali, one Swapan Bose from Ranaghat. It is Bose and his restaurant Apsara that will supply food to the Indians and the Pakistanis when they are in Barbados for three of their crucial super eight games between April 10-21 and once again if they make it to the final on April 28. From Ranaghat to Barbados has been a fairytale journey. It was not Swapan who started the journey. Rather, it was his brother Tapas Bose who first made the leap across the Atlantic. Tapas is currently the head chef of the Apsara branch in Trinidad, their flagship and first of the Apsara chain. Recalls Mary Cavaner, the owner, My husband is an East Indian and we had always felt the need for an Indian restaurant in Trinidad. Accordingly, we decided to start Apsara almost 10 years ago. And when I probed how Apsara had managed to rope in Tapas, Mary was even more excited. We had travelled to Delhi and were checking out local chefs. In fact, my husband was determined to employ someone from India to make sure that what we serve is real authentic Indian cuisine. And when Tapas came and cooked for us we were floored. I can say that he had won the contest hands down. We immediately offered him the job and he readily accepted. With the Trinidad Apsara a raging success, Mary and her husband decided to go on an expansion spree on the eve of the World Cup. The decision was further prompted by the shut down of another well-known Indian restaurant in Barbados, Zafran. And once they had made up their minds on the project it was a natural decision to ask Tapas if he had someone in mind. Swapan, the elder brother, made the cut and is now the crowning jewel of the talented Cavaner brigade. On asked what he plans to feed Saurav Ganguly, Swapan was gushing. If dada wants shukto I will make it for him. I can also make some very good biryani, which he loves. In fact, whatever he wants will be ready. He just needs to win us the cup. Will he make it to the Kensington Oval No, if I go, who will make the food to be served at lunch break on the April 28

It is expected that most South Asians: Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis will be in Barbados between April 8-21for the super eight stage games. And it is also well-known that Bengalis would love to have their supply of fish even when away from their homes. To cater to the visitors palette the Barbadian government is organizing the Oistins Fish Festival in the island nation between April 7-10. The festival is intended to celebrate the life and contribution made by the fishing town to the overall development of the island. The festival will include fishing, boat racing, fish boning competitions and a coast guard exhibition. This also offers an opportunity for the entire fishing community to come together irrespective of class barriers and is a major forum to reap some rewards for the hard work put in by the fishermen day in and day out. In fact, there are kids who remain in the sea for days on end to catch fish for this festival and the three days are a just recognition of their efforts.

The one question we had posed to almost every past West Indian great on behalf of our readers was how do they look back at 1983 Is it something they have deliberately tried to distance themselves from Was it bad dream, which is not to be spoken about or was it something they had anticipated, something, which wasnt a miracle after all. Among the fifteen or so West Indians interviewed, it was most fascinating to hear Clive Lloyd and Jeffery Dujon speak on the subject. For Dujon it was just a bizarre day. He was insistent that June 25, 1983 was different, a day when he had a feeling that something uncanny would inevitably happen. In fact, while returning to the pavilion after having bowled India out for a paltry 183, the West Indians hardly rejoiced. Rather, Dujon remembers mentioning to Andy Roberts that he was convinced the West Indians would struggle to overhaul the relatively small target. I am not a superstitious person in that sense. But that day was different. I knew we would struggle and Andy agreed with me. Even the way I got out was destined. I had struggled hard to bring the match back in our favour but could not help but edge that ball onto my stumps. The gods were with India you see. The cricket world was destined to change. For Lloyd, 1983 still evokes a deep sadness, a painful memory that he relives almost every day. Indeed the wound has healed with time but the deep scar remains. He was emphatic in declaring that there was no question of complacency. The West Indians had lost to India in the opening round of the tournament and knew what Kapil and his men were capable of. It was just that the final was a bad day, a day when nothing worked for them. In hindsight he feels that 1983 was great for world/Indian cricket. Finally, the notion that the West Indians could be beaten had seeped in and sub-continental cricket would never be the same again. Even when we beat the Indians convincingly in the winter of 1983, we knew that it was only a matter of time for them to becoming a cricketing superpower. The self-belief the world cup victory had given Indian cricket had little parallel. It was great for your cricket.

That the Indians have already made CWC 2007 their own is borne out by the fact that WC organizers in Guyana expressed their deepest resentment when it was made known that India will play their super eight games in Antigua and Barbados. In Chicagos Devon Avenue, the South Asian hub of the city, the world cup will be more than a carnival. On days of India s matches, roads will be blocked and people will watch the games on armchairs in front of giant screens installed on main thoroughfares. And on the day of the India-Pakistan encounter, the craze will skyrocket. The practice of post match celebrations in Devon is extremely interesting. As recounted by Amir Khan of Atlantic Video Rentals, Supporters of the victorious team feed the supporters of the vanquished in a gesture of friendship. Nowhere else is cricket a bigger leveler. Moving a little north to Canada, a couple of independent filmmakers have completed films on Indian cricket to be exhibited in the Toronto film festival. 20,000 or more Indians will travel to the Caribbean from Canada alone and theres a local world cup competition to be played by Indian and Pakistani clubs in Toronto in May-June.

The Press Trust of India on May3, 2006, published the following news item: An Indian visitor to Jamaica happened to be the first applicant for 2007 Cricket World Cup as official ticket centres were opened throughout the tournaments nine host venues. Badaravada Venugopal, who went on to Trinidad and Tobago, said he wanted to watch his team play at the mega event even if that meant blowing all his savings!

What does Sir Everton Weekes hate most in modern cricket and something that he will not love to see during the world cup Players kissing each other. He was candid in saying he finds this offensive and in poor taste. Why should players kiss each other on the field There are plenty are ways of celebrating a dismissal. This is a rather disgusting thing that has crept into modern cricket.