Cricketer Harbhajan Singh and wife, actor Geeta Basra, can’t wait for this month to end. You ask, why? “Our baby (their first) is to arrive at the end of July or in the first week of August,” says Bhajji. And how’s the father-to-be dealing with it all? “Bas sab badhiya chal raha hai. I’m excited and hoping sab theek se ho jaye.. delivery procedure and afterwards,” adds the 36-year-old, who got married to Geeta, 32, in October last year.
All excited for this new inning to start, Harbhajan is preparing to be as hands-on as possible, and has even attended a few pre-natal classes for couples with Geeta, in London. “I’ve always been a responsible man when it comes to family... And with the baby, that would only grow. It’s a new chapter, I am looking forward to it. I’ve attended a few classes where they tell you what to expect, and help you prepare for your role as parents. There were other parents too,” he says, adding that the baby will be born in England. “Geeta is British and she is comfortable being with her parents at this time. That’s why, we’ve planned the delivery there,” adds the cricketer.
Meanwhile, the shopping has begun. “We’ve bought some stuff. Agar kuch dikhta hai, and if we feel we’ll need it, we buy it, jaise stroller, etc. Geeta also wanted the first babysuit to be the best. She wanted designer and all, so I said, ‘Le le yar, le le’. So she bought something from Harrods, England. Earlier, we would just pass by the section for kids, it wouldn’t even register. Now, that’s where we head first.”
As for all the jokes about living with a pregnant woman and the mood swings, Bhajji says in his signature humour, “Pregnant or otherwise, it’s not easy to stay with a woman (laughs). I try to be understanding, and I help her be comfortable. One must try to understand her situation and be as supportive as possible. That’s what I do. Do gaali aur khalo jahan itni khayi hain. Kya jaata hai.. jab itni sun ke chup ho, toh do aur sunke chup raho (laughs).”