Zahir Khan- A Case of Mistaken Identity#A-ZChallenge2018

Zahir Khan is a well-known cricketer and needs no introduction. My last memoir for A-Z is a small funny anecdote on him. In this entire series, I have made all of you cry with my sombre tales, therefore I wanted to end the A-Z Challenge with a little sweet dessert.

It was the book launch of “Chai, Tea and Ginger Beer” an amazing book written by Deborah Kirsten, wife of Gary Kirsten. It was being held at Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai. The programme was going on in full swing and Debbie and Gary were talking about their amazing experience in India when a tall and handsome man came and occupied the chair next to me. Honestly, I didn’t recognize him instantly but the better half obviously did. My otherwise ‘no-nonsense’ husband suddenly winked at me impishly, his eyes were pointing towards the handsome man sitting next to me. I was shocked but didn’t react. I raised my eyebrows in a question and my better half again pointed to the same gentleman. For a split second, I thought that it was my husband’s midlife crisis and he was just jealous to see his wife sharing the table with a young, handsome and suave gentleman. I simply ignored his idiosyncrasy.

chai tea ginger beer

Let me make a confession. I do not watch cricket. I know this confession is worth a public execution in India but I cannot help it. I used to watch cricket once upon a time when Sachin Tendulkar was an 18-year-old boy and Sourav Ganguly was just out of college. But then my heart broke and I stopped watching cricket. Wondering how my heart broke? Read here.

So, this young and handsome man smiled graciously at me and I reciprocated. We had a bowl of potato wafers in front of us.  This handsome man joined me in sharing it. Within few seconds I realized he was eating more than me. I hope you can identify with this feeling when you have to share your food and then you suddenly realize that the other person is grabbing more than you. I wish I could have acted like Joey and said: “Joey doesn’t share food.”


Gradually, the bowl of wafers was empty and I was sitting like a grumpy kid. In the meantime, the book launch was over and everyone was heading towards the buffet. My husband came near me and said with a naughty grin, “You lucky girl.” I looked at him surprised. What he found so lucky. I was still lamenting those wafers. He continued “sharing chips with Zahir Khan” he raised his eyebrows and made a funny face that expressed naughtiness and mock jealousy. “I hope you won’t forget me.” That is when I realized why I found that man’s face so known.

With this funny anecdote, I end my #A-ZChallenge2018. I hope you enjoyed as much as I did. Hope to meet all of you in 2019. Till then, keep visiting, reading, commenting and sharing.

37 thoughts on “Zahir Khan- A Case of Mistaken Identity#A-ZChallenge2018

    • Balaka says:

      He is handsome Namy. Thanks a ton for being a source of encouragement and support throughout the challenge. I am glad you liked the series. Keep in touch and keep writing.


  1. Meena says:

    I will join you in knowing nothing about cricket, Trina! I too would not have recognized him. You are not alone! Loved the Joey reference! LOL

    Jokes apart, your series was most enjoyable. Some of them made me weepy, some made me smile.

    I am looking forward to 2019 to see what you may have in store for us then. Keep writing…….

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    • Balaka says:

      Shalz I am truly grateful to you. Throughout the series you have cheered me like no one else. Love you.
      I am yet to read few of your posts as I am traveling but I will surely visit them. I bought two books already after reading your reviews and have added few others to the cart. You are undoubtedly one of my favourite bloggers💓💓💓💓

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      • Shalzmojo says:

        Oh Wow- what a lovely thought you shared here Balaka- muaaaaah my darling and right back at you! Reading your daily portraits have been one of the best things for me in this challenge. DOnt worry about the post reading; things catch up with us – its a long month for sure! Which books did you buy?

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  2. Aesha says:

    I am going to keep coming back to your blog for more Balaka.. It was wonderful reading your series. Hope to see your e book. I am waiting to write a review on my blog. What say?

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  3. mammaspeaks says:

    Such a cute little story! I was a big fan of cricket once when Ajay Jadeja used to play, he was my fav. I laughed when you shared the funny anecdote about Joey and his hesitation to share his food. I would have felt like you too if a stranger would eat more than his share of food, especially if it’s potato wafers. The challenge is over, but please keep writing on interesting people that you have met or will meet, Balaka! You narrate your stories so well!

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  4. Anagha Yatin says:

    This one was definitely the cherry on the top, Balaka.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge successfully.
    However, I wish, if you could continue this series…Loved meeting and greeting the characters you introduced to us.
    Wishing you all the best for all the future endeavors. May you come out with flying colours, just like this one!

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  5. Moon says:

    This story somehow reminded of Hugh grant’ s dialogue ‘ surreal, but nice’ from Notting Hill.
    I wonder what I would do if I ever happen to meet Rahul Dravid, like this.
    Love the cute pic too.
    Congratulations on a lovely A to Z Balaka.
    Loved your real, straight from heart stories.
    Love and best wishes..

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  6. writershilpa says:

    Hahaha! You lucky girl, indeed! 😛
    I don’t watch cricket, either, and used to watch when Sachin Tendulkar was the centre of attraction on the pitch. So, I can understand why you didn’t recognise Zaheer Khan. I wouldn’t have recognised him, either.

    Congratulations on completing the challenge, Balaka! It was a pleasure reading each of your posts!

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  7. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    Hehehe… taao bhalo bole boshoni je kyano nicche tomaar bowl theke 😀

    BTW, didn’t know about the book by Debbie Kirsten. I was a staunch cricket fan in my school/college days. I still watch but the madness is no more.

    BIG Congratulations on finishing the A to Z Challenge! ❤

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  8. the bespectacled mother says:

    Hahah…I chuckled at the bit about your husband going through mid-life crises and you fretting about the fast disappearing wafers. You may have missed recognizing Zaheer Khan sitting next to you but you do have a snap with him. How is the book, by the way? have you read it?
    I read a few of your posts from A to Z challenge one night and I read A,B,C and Y. Ajji was an emotional one. C, the Byomkesh Bakshi aunty was an aunty we have all had in our lives at one point or the other and Y was a case which made me angry knowing very well the orientation of a girl’s parents – Beti chahe mar jaaye par khud se shaadi na karle.

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