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The Eleven Year Old Fan

Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 08:50 PM

 

Unbelievable as it may sound, yesterday Siva and I felt the urge to move out of the hotel for a couple of hours. It’s been a long time since we had paid for what we ate or drank and so just for the heck of it, we went to Brigade Road to have some beer in a pub.

Once done with the customary toast to RCB, Siva opened his laptop to upload the video he had prepared. A waiter positioned himself behind Siva to have a look at it. We both were wearing the team T-shirts at the time. He learnt from us, our role in RCB.

It was my turn to ask questions after that. We learnt that his name is Nagraj and that he is from Mangalore. He spoke Hindi fluently.

“Sir, how much is the ticket for our team’s match?” Nagraj finally gathered the courage to ask the question.

“Must be around 200”, I said.

“Sir, nothing in 100?” he enquired.

I nodded in negative without meeting his eyes.

“My son has been insisting on seeing the match Sir”

‘How old is he?”

‘Eleven, sir. His name is Karthik.”

I had seen my first live match when I was thirteen. I still remember every hour of it. It was the Hero Cup 1993 match between India and Zimbabwe which ended in a Tie. The match was during the same Diwali season and I had purchased a T-shirt with caricatures of Indian Players on it as my Diwali dress.

“The ticket for other team’s matches is cheaper” I suggested to Nagraj.

“Sir, what’s the point in watching a match in which our team is not playing”
I didn’t have an answer to that.

“Would you get a leave for the match?”

“Sir, I would take an off for my son. But I cannot spend more than 200 on the tickets”.

Siva and I tipped him well before leaving the pub. Let’s hope that tonight RCB provides entertainment enough for Karthik to keep jumping with joy, even if he is not able to join the team at the stadium.

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Posted by RoyalPhantom on 10/17  at  04:44 AM

whoever says men don’t cry need to pay me a quick visit! Man, u left me with a tear in my eyes with that post. Hope I can spread joy in someone’s life like the way you do. smile

Posted by YogaN on 10/17  at  12:37 AM

10 RCB fans in Singapore will be joining to watch the match at my place !! and yeah hope Karthik gets to see RCB victoriuos LIVE smile.

Posted by Nishikant on 10/16  at  04:29 AM

@Abhinav, On the website, I saw the range starting from 200. But I did tell him to check at the stadium too.  He had promised me to go and check that.

@Ramesh,
We did tip him handsomely. But you never know whether he would buy the tickets with the money or now smile.

Posted by RoyalPhantom on 10/15  at  11:17 PM

Nice…we really appreciate his fanfare. And hope Karthik gets to see his team’s victory live in Chinnaswamy today smile

Posted by disha-shetty on 10/15  at  10:57 PM

You all could have pooled a 200 very easily and made the child a present of his most memorable event. A beer or two will come later, but chances like this to see others joy through our deeds will never. Missed opportunity.

Posted by ramesh-menon on 10/15  at  10:51 PM

Thats so nice, I’m not sure if there are cheaper tickets, Truly fanatic.. I wish I were you to help them!

Posted by KunJan on 10/15  at  10:22 PM

Thats brilliant…
But to be honest tonight’s gallery tickets ARE in fact a 100 bucks (and a couple of other stands)!! I’m sure he’d have been there if he had known!

Posted by Abhinavmouli on 10/15  at  10:03 PM
 
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