Having lived in the US for 11 years, I was only introduced to cricket after watching Lagaan. Totally hooked, I would stay up late listening to live radio commentary of the matches and even convinced my teacher to show Lagaan to her AP World Literature class.
After moving back to India, I was excited to be amongst cricket lovers. The move to Bangalore coincided with the start of IPL and it was definitely a happy coincidence. I was finally going to see my favorite player, Rahul Dravid in action! Even though RCB finished second to last, I remained a loyal fan. This was probably Lagaan's lasting infuence on me...I have a soft spot for the underdog and even our theme song at the time was 'Eye of the Tiger' so it was pretty much a given that I would have an emotional attachment to RCB.
It was a dream come true when I was selected as a part of Bangalore's first Mighty 14. Here's a poster I drew of of my favorite RCB players, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Roelof van der Merwe, and Anil Kumble that I brought as ammunition for the Mighty 14: http://www.royalchallengers.com/mp3uploads/1268726552021202.jpg
I even managed to show it to quite a few cricketers and bowled them over: http://www.royalchallengers.com/blog/email-from-a-mighty-14-bangalore-fan-spoiler-includes-dravid/
...and yet I never got to show it to Ross Taylor so I've entered the Royal Send Off contest(http://www.royalchallengers.com/clt20/royal-send-off/list/all
) and drawn an even better picture of him: http://www.royalchallengers.com/mp3uploads/royalsendoff/30910_1282200457.jpg
I enjoy drawing the RCB team because they really appreciate it and that's the best compliment for an artist. My goal is to draw them all, but it'll take some time.
I enjoy writing as well. I've written 3 blogs so far:
I'm a fashion design student and have taken it upon myself to give the RCB jersey a makeover and create an exclusively-for-girls fan jersey. IPL has got a lot of girls interested in the game and now they won't have to compete with cheerleaders for attention! As an invitee to the the first ever RCB fan summit(http://www.royalchallengers.com/blog/the-30-invitees-at-the-event/
), I got a chance to speak to RCB management about my plans to revamp the jersey. They asked me to get a photoshoot done and mail them the pictures. I'm hopeful it will be implemented and RCB will raise the bar even higher. Read all about it on my latest blog: http://www.royalchallengers.com/fan-club/the-new-rcb-jersey/
I have to confess I'm hopeless at playing cricket(well any sport, really) and better suited to watching from the sidelines, but in whatever capacity I can, I'm always ready to do my part for RCB.