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Invasion of NRI fans in Trinidad

In a frenzy to see their heroes, some of the Indo-American fans have started intruding upon the players' privacy.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 12:39 IST

It was almost impossible to get hotel rooms at Port of Spain during the weekend India played their two matches against West Indies. The main reason was the invasion of Indian fans from the United States.

A huge chunk of them stayed at the Trinidad Hilton, not baulking at paying USD 250 a night for the privilege of sharing a roof with their heroes.

The Indian team was also housed in the hotel, located picturesquely against a hill and facing one of Port of Spain's best-known landmarks, the Queen's Park Savannah.

Locals can't help boasting about the savannah, a 99-acre former plantation donated to the country by its French owners. It is now a big open park and the road going around it is claimed to be the biggest roundabout in the world.

One of the fans at the Hilton was Vijay, in his middle 40s, who had flown in from New York as part of a group of seven in a privately owned Cessna jet. Given India's form coming into the series, he anticipated with joy the impending defeat of the West Indies.

Well, he was disappointed with the outcome of the matches but said he was going back with two distinct memories, one not so pleasant and the other very.

Recounting breakfast at Hilton, he said he was disgusted with the way some of the fans mobbed members of the Indian team. "There was Harbhajan having his cereals and there's this guy, less than three feet from him, pointing his video camera at him and filming every move!"

Feeding time at the zoo, he felt.

What he liked was what goes as 'doubles' in Port of Spain. It is our good old channa-bhatura, served up very simply but tasting every bit delicious as the best at home. It's so tasty it's become a staple breakfast meal in the country.