Gut Feel­ing

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hur­riedly go up only to come down in­stantly. “I see. So, the only hands go­ing up are for the wine and beer. Next time I’m go­ing to count that as a bid and that’ll be one pre­cious glass of wine,” warned the auc­tion­eer. Hereafter, no one risked let­ting their happy hour roll into an ex­pen­sive hangover.

Afor­eign back­packer en­tered a phar­macy in Fort re­cently look­ing ten­ta­tive and a bit lost. “Yes?” asked the phar­ma­cist. “I am look­ing for con­sti­pa­tion medicine,” said the be­spec­ta­cled young man softly. “Con­sti­pa­tion medicine?” re­peated the phar­ma­cist in the pres­ence of a fe­male cus­tomer—and with no in­ten­tion to ex­ac­er­bate the trou­bled tourist’s em­bar­rass­ment— pointed to his own stom­ach and asked: “Not clear­ing?” The tourist did not ap­pear to un­der­stand the ques­tion. “I will give you a pow­der,” said the phar­ma­cist, rub­bing his fin­gers and ges­tur­ing to his col­league to get a chooran. Then, push­ing the rus­tic plas­tic bot­tle to­wards the Asian man, he pro­nounced his short pre­scrip­tion backed up with large, re­as­sur­ing In­dian ges­tures. “Have one spoon at night,” he said. “Morn­ing, all clear.” As med­i­cal pre­scrip­tions go, it was a con­fi­dent one and per­haps much more ef­fec­tive than the one that the fe­male cus­tomer nearby was tempted to sug­gest: “Just fold your hands and it will go away.” cancer the pre­vi­ous week, will also be re­mem­bered for his all-en­com­pass­ing love for cricket, es­pe­cially ju­nior cricket. A good friend of some ac­com­plished former In­dia crick­eters, Dilip Vengsarkar among them, Bhatkar was reg­u­larly seen at cricket grounds in Mum­bai and Pune, watch­ing chil­dren play at Un­der-12 and Un­der-16 lev­els. The late ac­tor knew his crick­et­ing num­bers too and would rat­tle them off at will in the com­pany of some of the game’s stal­warts. “There wasn’t a more gen­uine cricket fan than him,” tweeted San­jay Man­jrekar hours af­ter his pass­ing.

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