Sania Mirza was woken up late last evening by a call on her mobile phone.
It was Ms. Saina Nehwal, India’s ace shuttler, 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 all tournaments from May 2011.”
“Is that so? What’s the problem?”
“Sania, I’ve never worn skirts before. I’ve always played in shorts. What do I do? What if I look awful? Besides, 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’s used to wearing them. She looks good in them too. What if I go around looking real stupid in skirts?”
“I don’t think you should 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 boys, Sania.”
“Arre, don’t worry. I’ll give you a list of brands to try out. You should have no problems.”
“And if you’re worried about what other people think, just get married like me. Now, I’m Mrs. Shoaib Malik and even more bindaas. It has even improved my game and my results.”
“Sania didi, I’m in no hurry. But thanks for the advice.”
“Saina girl, with skirts you’ll be the sexy new kid on the block.The new fashion icon. Don’t go stealing 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.”
(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