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In the land of big, it’s women everywhere

sports Updated: Mar 08, 2010 00:41 IST

It’s a mind boggling figure. Ok, it’s not just one; on Moscow’s streets, you see them almost everywhere. The number of women outnumber men by a whopping 67 to 33 percent according to a host of people this correspondent interacted with.
That makes for a lot of diversity on the streets and despite one’s natural proclivity to noticing them ladies, they actually do outnumber men out here. Now, that makes for an interesting dress code. It’s winter, yet enough young girls have short skirts over stockinged legs.

Then, there are those heels. It’s almost as if the communist regime has been replaced by a fashion police that makes it mandatory that every young woman has to be wearing at least three inches of heel — most have higher ones. Anna, who works for the Russian tennis federation has a straight-up take: “In Russia, a number of women are competing for the few good men out there. One can’t afford not be be sleek in heels or make up. There is just too much competition.”
And the men? “There are few faithful young men. They seldom have the same girlfriend for long. I want to move out of Russia.”

Members of the Indian Davis Cup team, given that dark skin is considered real attractive here, were overheard engaged in a passionate discussion as to just how they could all move to Russia.
They could make a living giving tennis lessons, suggested one while another had the more laid-back idea of living off
the women.

Big is beautiful
Russia is the land of big. It begins with huge breakfast that Aeroflot serves on the flight in and is reinforced by the wide sweeping roads of Moscow.
The city centre is beautifully spread out with great breathing space between buildings. But what astounds the most are the gigantic billboards.
They extend for the length of a block at times and at others, are as big as two tennis courts laid out one after the other. It does take some getting used
to.
One, however, does wonder how the big appetites of Russians are able to cope with the shocking prices of some basics.
Popcorn at the tennis stadium costs about 200 Indian rupees while a cob or corn is 150.
Coffee in a decent place works out to be around 300. It’s almost as if the whole city is on one giant five-star rate card as far as basic food is
concerned.

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