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Had in Havana

Not being able to get a date must be a real bummer. Especially if you’re the 40-year old son of a former dictator rumoured to have bedded upto 35,000 women.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2009 21:45 IST

Not being able to get a date must be a real bummer. Especially if you’re the 40-year old son of a former dictator rumoured to have bedded upto 35,000 women. But then looking for love on the net can be an even trickier business, as proven by a disgruntled online prankster, who has managed to achieve what the CIA couldn’t: access to a member of the impenetrable Fidel Castro clan. All it took was a little imagination to shake the ‘revolutionary morality’ of Castro’s ‘favourite son’.

By posing as a twenty-something female Colombian sports journalist, Luis Dominguez — a middle-aged American-Cuban — created an online alter ego that combined Antonio Castro’s two biggest weaknesses: sports and women. Well, like father, like son. Their private shenanigans apart, this isn’t the first time that a Castro has borne the brunt of an imaginative stunt. The great man himself had fallen prey to a Miami-based radio presenter in 2003, who called him pretending to be the Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez — definitely a far cry from a flirtatious brunette with blonde highlights.

But this Castro scion, with his penchant for designer clothes, flashy gadgets and flashier women — who is also the physician of Cuba’s national baseball team — is going to find it difficult to soothe his bruised ego or the feelings of his 26-year old fiancée, apart from healing the obvious breach in protocol. In the end, though no state secrets were disclosed, the steamy encounter did reveal the gap between the two Cubas: the Blackberry-enabled one and the one that’s still waiting to log into a chat room.