Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are back again for the Olympics and that is good news for India. I would not take all of the credit for patching up Leander and Mahesh.
Agreed, I went up to Mahesh the other day and said, “Boss, this is too much yaar.” But it was purely because I wanted India to win an Olympic medal, and nothing else. This is how the conversation had gone….
“What too much?” Bhupathi had asked
“An Olympic Gold for India is at stake, and here you guys squabble on small things. This is not on, Mahesh,” I said. I was getting worked up, for I am like you an average patriotic Indian.
“I know…all that Olympic shit…and playing for the Nation bit…but I somehow hate the sight of Paes. And on top of it, there is this girl Mahima Choudhary. I hate her in the movies itself and you expect me stand her,” he asked.
I had no answer to that query, for I myself had watched a Mahima movie Pardes and did not quite buy her presence. I tried the channel two diplomacy.
“Mahesh, but I heard Mahima and Paes are breaking up?”
“Yeah, that b&^%$# would have found another babe. He gets all of them, and I like a stupid guy got married early and am stuck with one,” he said.
“That`s all fine Mahesh. But could you…please… join hands with Leander for this Olympics alone. India will get a Gold and you guys will be popular.”
“Are you sure we will win?”
“Yes, as singles players you guys are a little more than average, and when you team-up you add up the averages and end up being more than 100%.”
He seemed a little satisfied.
“And I will make sure, you win a Gold,” I added in a chest-beating display of exaggeration.
“How come?” he asked me.
“I know a guy there,” I said even as I stifled a yawn.
Bhupathi agreed to play alongside Paes at the Olympics. Now, don`t ask me who is the guy who can get the duo Olympic Gold. I am still looking, for if I knew…wouldn`t I be in Athens…