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.
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.