IPL Camel Fair…

IPL. Google it and the first entry you will refer to Indianapolis Power & Light Company. But that would not make it interesting would it? I guess it will be more interesting if we talk about Indian Political Liars … tut tut tut… waste of words… I am talking about IPL as in the Indian Premier League…

Let’s leave IPL aside for a while and talk about ‘Pushkar Fair’.

If you are unaware about Pushkar… Read this: Pushkar Camel Fair – Also known as Pushkar ka Mela, Pushkar Fair, is the world’s largest camel fair held in the holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan. Pushkar Fair is undoubtedly the world’s largest camel fair and it also makes it world’s largest cattle fair in general. Competitions such as the "Matka Phod", "moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main attraction of this fair which attracts thousands of tourists.

Today I am going to tell you how ‘Pushkar Fair’ is similar to our own version of the English Premier League… the Indian Premier League…

The Gods, Demi-Gods, Exotic Dancers, the Servants, and bystanders…

pushkarcamel4In case of ‘Pushkar Fair’ they refer to the Gods and Goddesses of the mythological years (The one and only temple of God ‘Brahma’ is situated in Pushkar; apart from this there are around 400 other temples you can visit). In case of IPL it is the oh-so-formidable owners of the teams viz. Mukesh Ambani, Vijay Mallaya, Shahrukh Khan/ Juhi Chawla/ Jay Mehta, Preity Zinta/Ness Wadia and the likes

Camels are the demigods at Pushkar while in IPL it’s the best bounties (Sachin, Dravid, Sourav, and the likes)

Folk performances are quite interesting at Pushkar and they are delight to see while at IPL IPL Cheerleaders 3 the ‘cheerleaders’ (what would they be called in Hindi… “utsaah-utpaadak naari”?) And their skimpy… ahem… If you are watching this with your entire family just ask God this one question … “How many sins did I commit to deserve this?”

The Stock in Trade

The stock in case of Pushkar is that awe-inspiring animal – Camel. In case of IPL it’s the person with the biggest numbers or the best arm-action or ‘fevikwik’ hands…

Ultimately IPL does seem drastically similar to Pushkar though if I had to choose between them… I’d go for Pushkar since there’s lot more adventure there than watching drunken cricketers, pzoverly made up actresses and overtly exposed “utsaah-utpaadak naari”…

One moment you see Rahul Dravid bang a ball high in the air for a six and the very next moment you are watching Preity Zinta and then the Camera changes over just in time for the Umpire to declare a six and just as you hear the crowd roaring, you see the cheerleaders doing their bit…

At the end of the day when you are trying to recall the match that you saw on the idiot box, it’s all jumbled up… “Was it Rahul Dravid cheerleading wearing Gucci glares…?”


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