and the grand finale of the trip was, my first ever football match! Not
as a player, peeps, not as a player. The closest I can get to the players is that I can now proudly announce that the coach of the Bengaluru FC team
is my friend. Ha. But but, what an exhilarating evening it was! I loved
the Bangalore crowd! The chants, the flags, the synchronous abuses
hurled at the referee ~ all very very loud but not rowdy, at all! It was
such a pleasant surprise for someone from the big bad city of Delhi.
And then, to complete the football experience, we headed to the local
post-match pub in pouring rain and met up with more friends, celebrating
a good game. I was one of the boys, in my blue XS BFC jersey, though I
zoned out as soon as the technical football talk started. So the boys
very kindly made me feel at home and we argued till late in the night
about the North-South divide and staked strong claims on Goa and the
Himalayas. An eventful end to a wonderful week, and I have to say Thank You Tamarind Tree for pulling me to Bangalore. I will be back…yet another city that I have come to love, not just for it’s places and what it has to offer, but also for all the splendid people I met and the friends I made. And the friends I did not get to meet this time, the readers who invited me to visit them, who sent me tips of what to see, where to eat ~ I’ll be seeing you soon!