Golfer Shiv Kapur watches his drive from the 2nd tee on the first day of the PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth, central England.
For local boy Shiv Kapur and Bangalore-based Anirban Lahiri, playing golf in Delhi is as good as it gets. Both in the Capital for the ongoing Indian Open, when we caught up with them at the Delhi Golf Club, their common love for the city was very evident.
“You know after travelling the world the only thing I can say is that there is no place quite like Delhi. My only holiday after playing on the international circuit is to be back in Delhi, spending time with family and friends. Outsiders do not really appreciate our city. You need to live in the city to truly understand its greatness. It is a very diverse and cosmopolitan place,” says 31-year-old Kapur. With his own Delhi experience, 26-year-old Lahiri adds, “It is a fabulous place to come, spend time and play golf in. I have been coming and playing golf in Delhi since I was a very young boy. The city excites me.”
In the middle of Sachin Tendulkar’s last spell as a professional cricketer, how could we not ask them about the cricket legend? Kapur tells us, “He is the single biggest hero I have looked up to since my childhood. It is not just that he is a model sportsman, the way he carries himself is exemplary.” Adding to the compliments for Tendulkar, Lahiri says “We all are big fans of Tendulkar. The fact that he will not be playing for too long is indeed sad.”
It is not just appreciation for Tendulkar that is common to both the star golfers. Ask them about India’s other favourite staple — films — and prompt comes the reply. “Being a sportsman myself, I am a huge admirer of sports-based films and I thought Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was in every way a remarkable movie made.” Lahiri agrees and adds,
“I like offbeat films and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag which I recently saw, inspired me in every which way.”