Gurgaon has more serious issues to address than its name: Gambhir

  • Gautam Gambhir
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2016 13:13 IST
KKR batsman Gautam Gambhir plays a shot during IPL Match against Mumbai Indians in Kolkata. (PTI Photo)

With the Navratras over, I am back to my carnivorous ways. I am a non-vegetarian but never go beyond chicken and seafood. During the Navratras, I abstain from eating meat, but post that I break free.

Breakfast belonged to a plain omelette and some egg whites. First bite and I was tempted to declare an award for the chef. Not that the omelette tasted any different, but I think I got carried away by just the feeling of having an omelette after a break. I blissful surrendered myself to some kebabs and tikkas for lunch. Dinner was some more kebabs and of course, Hyderbadi biryani.

No points for guessing that I am a foodie. For example, I can have butter chicken eight days a week!

Close to heart

In the late ’90s, travelling to Gurgaon wasn’t a way of life as it is today. Even back then, I would drive to Gurgaon with friends to have some late night roadside food which included one hell of a butter chicken preparation at a dhaba. Gurgaon, to me, was super food and fun memories. A few years later, I was to discover that even my wife would be a Gurgaon resident.

It is sad that the name Gurgaon has been pushed to the archives and we now have Gurugram. News reports suggest it was done as the place derived its name from Guru Dronacharya who got the village as “gurudakshina” from the Pandavas. The story goes that with time it got distorted to Gurgaon. Hell, who cares?

Today’s Gurgaon is jumping up and down to catch the attention of its ‘rulers’. The place needs local transport, regular water and power supply, affordable housing, waste management and a safe environs for women more than a name change.

Who pays

Another theory is that it was done as a signboard of Hindutva. I am not an expert on the subject but no faith is that weak to depend on name change of a city. My other concern is that how much tax-payers’ money will be spent on changing the road signs, government stationery, names of government websites, metro station signboards, hospitals, offices et al. The identity is not in the name of a place but in its governance.

Cricket talk

We are set to play Hyderabad. It is now part of Telangana and is a de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh. So far it has been working well for both states and there is no murmur of a name change. Thankfully. In any case there is romance and history in Hyderabad. I hope we can match up to that and turn out a good show.

The Sunrisers are a power-packed side led by David Warner. The absence of Ashish Nehra is a blow to them. We’re looking at a more settled pace and spin combo. There’s vital all-rounder presence in Andre Russell, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hassan and Colin Munro. Let us see if it works.

I must tell you this: I sometimes stay overnight at my in-laws’ house in Gurgaon. I was wondering what if I was there last Monday night. I’d have slept in Gurgaon and woken up in Gurugram. Would that have made me a better Hindu?

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