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Bengal tiger or Punjab da sher?

india Updated: Oct 25, 2007 01:48 IST
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The grand finale of Durga puja caught Bengal tiger Sourav Ganguly in a new avtar on Ekadashi, the day of idol immersion. The Bengal tiger turned into Punjab da sher.

Pursuing his passion of cricket for the past 11 years have kept him away from his hometown and the fun and frolic of the Durga festival.

This time, however, he headed straight from Mumbai for home on Saptami, the second day of the festival, to be a part of this much-awaited mythological celebration of good’s triumph over evil.

The paparazzi and the fan following might have been responsible for his desire to do the balle balle, but his turban and false moustache and beard seemed to be an entertaining disguise.

Desperate to be part of this ritual, which he has missed for years, the ex-captain of India, Sourav Ganguly decided to give himself a new face.

Tapping his feet with the sound of dhak, he joined the bhashan (the procession for immersion) all the way from his residence in Behala to Babughat on the banks of Hooghly river where the idol was to be immersed.

Sourav seemed to be in a high in the spirit of the five-day festival of Durga puja, which had kept the city alive and brightened. The last rite of immersing the idols in the river is either performed on Dashami or Ekadashi.

Dada seems to have made up his mind to experience the drama involved with Bhashan of Durgotsav and to keep his presence hush hush led him to be clad as a Sikh.

And Sourav had the last laugh as he walked away from the ghat unnoticed by the huge crowd present there.

The episode was captured by his wife, Donna, on her mobile phone camera.

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