I worked on it till very late one night, and perhaps that explains why, on reading it in print today, I'm mildly dissatisfied with the way it turned out. Apologies, MidDay. Comments welcome anyway.
On another, but tangentially related note ... We met friends yesterday who had attended the recent SL-India one-day match in Pune. They told us that the Nehru Stadium doesn't have a single toilet for women! I'm astounded by this.
Apparently the women who attended were told to exit the stadium and "maybe" they would find a public toilet on a nearby street. But this would mean problems with returning to watch the match, ticket-wise. Other women were directed to a space behind a large water-tanker. Eventually our friend and several other women went to the pavilion and demanded to use a men's toilet, which was then cleared of men.
What's the thinking here? That women don't attend cricket matches? That women don't have bodily functions? That women can hold it in indefinitely? That women ... what?
In any case, I hope Ajit Pawar is taking note, and will bar Maharashtra Cricket Association officials from running for election.