banno, dhanno and teja in bumm-bumm-bhole-land

The Poets

When Teja got a SMS that said, “Meeting at 6.30. See you then. The Poets”, I said, “Hmmm! I didn’t know that about you.”

He said, “It’s the name of our cricket team.”

I didn’t laugh. It’s a silly, absurd, sweet name for a silly, absurd, sweet lot that meets for net practice 2-3 times a week. The rest of the week, they spend calling each other, groaning over their aches and pains.

Teja is forever rubbing liniment on his joints and patting cold compresses over them.

One night before practice, Teja asks, “Why don’t you come along too?”

I say, “For what?”

He says, “The ground is really nice. You could jog two rounds, and come back home. It would be fun.”

I say, “What time?”

He says, “6.45.”

I say, “Morning?”

He says, “Yes.”

I say, “Ha, ha”, turn and go to sleep.

He says, “Plus you’d meet everyone.”

I deign to snore.

So Teja brings the lot over for breakfast. Now while I enjoy making huge, special lunches and dinners, for friends, family, neighbors, Dhanno’s friends and sundry souls, anyone who expects breakfast out of me, usually gets banged on the head.

But this lot is so cheerful and excited after their practice, all boys again, dirty, sweaty, hungry, tired. And I can do nothing else but laugh with them, and get them something to eat. Teja makes khatta-meetha upma and I make them tea.

Anyone who wants to play with the Poets is welcome. Bring your own liniment and cold compresses along. And your own breakfast. Perhaps I will go one morning, and take some photos.

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7 comments on “The Poets

  1. memsaab
    April 21, 2008

    So sweet!!! One of my favorite quotes is from Bette Davis, who said: “Old age is no place for sissies.” :-)

  2. Space Bar
    April 22, 2008

    I love the team name! Somebody please let Shah Rukh Khan know.

  3. dipali
    April 23, 2008

    Such fun!

  4. illusionaire
    April 24, 2008

    hehehe…. good to get those aging bones up and running, like how I just did too. lolz. And don’t be too lazy about 6:45am. Its the best time of the day! Seriously.

    Any chance “The Poets” will make it to IPL/ICL next year? I promise I will be cheering for them all the way :-)

  5. SUR NOTES
    April 24, 2008

    you have made the poets so damn endearing i might just get my lazy bones out of bed and go watch them play.
    and even though i dont play- or run i would love to apply cold compress and assorted ointments and complain about creaking bones.

  6. Stan Johns
    April 30, 2008

    Dear Banno – I’ve been away from your blogs for a little while and was pleased when your visit to mine prompted my return.

    I hope all is well and your latest film finds its way to our neck of the woods.

    All the best,

    Stan

  7. suniti
    May 25, 2008

    Where Do the poets meet ? Just curious :) Watching people exercise is good for me :D

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