While planning the trip, Arun and I talked on the phone sometimes. He mentioned that Kiruba was the person who suggested my name. I of course knew of his blog but I was not sure how he knew about mine. Anyway, I hopped over and saw the picture of TT table on his blog. So, I wrote a few lines to him, thanking him for including me on this trip and asked if I should carry my TT bat on the trip? He replied quite enthusiastically and said we could definitely try it out.
Kiruba told me during the bus journey (Bangalore to Coorg) itself that no matter what we would play TT once we reached and I should not say I am too tired, etc. Sudhir and Amogha also wanted to play. The three of them played singles with me and to cut a long story short I will quote them about what they said afterwards-
This is what Sudhir wrote to me in an email-
Am also working on my T.T game, so the next time we meet – you should expect a much tougher match 🙂
And this is what Sudhir wrote on his blog-
It was quite clear that she had primarily 2 great interests, Travel and T.T. The latter of which she was so menacing in, that soon enough but for the wall, she had noone to play with.
Amogha told me this while leaving and I am paraphrasing-
You say you can play with your own bat! Next time I will practice, and come with my own band baja, my cheer girls and what not and then let us see what happens!
While I was playing with Kiruba, the ball went quite far away on my side and he offered me to bring it. I said, “No I am used to it. I play daily with my colleagues and they offer me no concessions, in fact they play quite aggressively and I often beat them!” After the game he said, “I perfectly well understand how your colleagues feel.”
OK we were playing games of 21 and they all managed single digit scores, though over 5 🙂
And did I say we bullied Arun into getting the TT hall open after 9.00 and they were sport enough to comply!