Heady mix of cricket, business and poetry
Pakistanis have thronged to Mohali, but Dilshad Ahmed is perhaps the only poet who has brought his books and is distributing them.
Pakistanis have thronged to Mohali in larger numbers for the first India-Pakistan Test, but Dilshad Ahmed 'Shad' is perhaps the only poet who has brought his books and is happily distributing them to the locals with a big smile.
Part of a four-member group from Lahore, Dilshad has compiled all the poems that he has composed in two books. He has brought several copies of those and is happily presenting them to locals in Mohali and Chandigarh.
"May I present you my books on poems?" the smiling second-year bachelor of commerce student offered, and quickly took out two hardbound Urdu books from his huge handbag.
Roughly translated in Urdu, the first book is titled "I am a free bird" and the latest is called "This love and passion is quite something".
One common feature of the two covers is that Dilshad's photograph is prominently printed on the two jacket covers.
SEEKING BOOKS ON FISH FARMING
Iqbal Ahmed, another of the 3,000-odd Pakistanis who continue to arrive in Mohali for the five-day Test, is looking to buy books on fish farming.
On reaching the Sector 16 Stadium in Chandigarh from Multan, he asked if he could find books on fish farming locally.
"Can you please tell me if I can get hold of some books on fish — that is fish farming?" he asked as he waited to be directed to one of the many hotels and guesthouses in which guests from across the border are staying.
Iqbal said he had a fish farming business in his hometown Multan, the same place where Virender Sehwag famously smashed the first-ever triple century by an Indian in Test cricket in the first Test of the historic tour in March-April last year.
Locals are coming forward in a big way to host Pakistanis who are reaching Mohali to watch the first Test. One such gracious host is businessman Subhash Mahajan of Chandigarh.
The managing director of a company that makes tractor parts, Mahajan brought over one family of three people and is offering to accommodate "three-four" more in his house and at his factory rooms.
"So far, only one family of three has come to my home," he said. "But we have space to host three-four more families. If not at my home, they can stay in the rooms in my factory in Mohali."