The Great Gama aka Ghulam Muhammad Butt aka RustameZamana became ‘World Champion’ in 1910 after defeating Polish strongman Stanislaus Zbyszko (by default—Zybszko failed to turn up). One of the first subcontinental celebrities, Gama moved to Pakistan after the Partition and retired in 1952. G.D. Birla is said to have provided him a pension. No one’s written a book on him yet, though there have been rumours of a biopic starring John Abraham. And many tourists return from Ladakh scratching their heads over those cautionary road signs about being a Gama in the land of the Lama. Now you know.