Sania Mirza woke up late last evening to a call on her mobile.
Ms. Saina Nehwal, India’s ace shuttler, was on the other end.
“Sania didi, I need your help. It’s urgent.”
“Hey Saina, how are you? How’s it going? Congratulations on your Swiss Grand Prix win.”
“Thank you. Thank you very much.”
“What help do you need from me?”
“Sania, you know these BWF “bewakoof” guys have made it mandatory for us girls to wear skirts at tournaments from May 2011.”
“Is that so? What’s the problem?”
“Sania, I’ve never worn skirts before. I’ve always played in shorts. Kya karoo? What if I look awful? I’m a small-town girl; what will people think?”
“Arre, don’t bother what others think. Be bindaas like me.”
“But, you know ,Jwala wears skirts and she loves wearing them. She looks good in them. What if I look stupid in skirts?”
“You shouldn’t have a problem. Not unless you walk like Gabriela Sabatini.”
“But that’s what I’m worried about. Skirts and me? I train with the guys, Sania.”
“Arre, don’t worry. I’ll give you a list of brands to try out. You will have no problems.”
“And if you’re worried about what other people think, get married like me. Now I’m Mrs. Shoaib Malik and even more bindaas. My game and results have improved as well.”
“Sania didi, I’m in no hurry. Thanks for the advice.”
“Saina girl, with skirts you’ll be the sexy new kid on the block. The new fashion icon. Don’t steal my thunder.”
“Sania didi, the only thunder I’m worried about are my thunder thighs. Silk Smitha might have competition.”
“Don’t worry. Do all your clothes shopping from a tennis shop. Female tennis players are ahead of the curve. You’ll be fine.”
“Thanks, Sania. Best of luck with your doubles and singles tournaments.”
“Good night. Bye.”
(All facts and “quotes” in this story are fabricated. But you knew that already, didn’t you?)
PS: Saina Nehwal has said that playing in skirts is no issue at all.
Quote of the day:
Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. – John Maynard Keynes
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