A EVENING IN THE “BAZZAR” OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL IN MUMBAI

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DSCN1775“Cirque Du Soliel” which means “Circus of the Sun” was entering India for the first time with their World theatrical premiere of “BAZZAR”.”BAZZAR” is the touring wing of the company which has a permanant show in Las Vegas and will be visiting 400 city’s but the “BONNY SHOW(Hindi slang for FIRST)” was in Mumbai.A first outside premier for the company as all the previous premiers  were held in Montreal , the city in which “Cirque Du Soliel” was formed in 1984 by two street performers  Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix. The rest is Showbiz history with the company now being the largest theatrical producer in the World.  Having visited 76 Country’s to date and entire India barring the Lakshwadeep Islands it would be sacrilegious for me to miss a once in a lifetime World class 21st century circus.Booked my tickets  for Thursday(22/11/2018) a month in advance through “Bookmyshow.com” costing a princely Rs 1850 for the cheapest last row seats  .Grew up on circus’s as a child unlike 21st century kid’s on smart-phone games  with memories of having seen the “Great Royal Circus” in Mombasa an up-teen number of times along with my parents in the mid 1960’s.After migrating to India the Circus craze continued until the total demise of the “Circus Industry” due to the ban on animal performer’s and the invention of the “INTERNET” and “SMARTPHONE” that revolutionized entertainment for kid’s and grown-up’s.The death knell to traditional circuses was the ultimate closure of  “RINGLING BROS CIRCUS(Greatest Show on Earth) ” in U.S.A on 21May 2017.Change is permanent and same applies to the Showbiz Industry.Hindi film “Mera Naam Joker” about a Circus joker’s autobiography  till date remains one of my favourite films and honestly i was the definition of a “Film Addict” until the “Internet Revolution” diverted my mind from films. .On Thursday(22/11/2018) on a Full Moon twilight drove my “Bajaj Wind-125” to M.M.R.D.A  grounds in Bandra and here is my personal opinion and pictorial essay of  the “BAZZAR” i witnessed .

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Big Top Tent of Cirque Du Soleil at MMRDA grounds in Bandra , which is 62 feet high and 135 feet in diameter with seating capacity for more than 1500 guests.Total white in colour in contrast to the colourful large tents of  bygone Circus’s when animals were also part of the performing troupe.No i didn’t see any elephant’s or horses tethered outside a normal circus tent.

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Internal view of the “BIG TOP” with the performing stage.A “HOUSE-FULL” circus and a pleasing sight for the performers as well as the coffers .A sight i never saw in any of the normal circus in India although ticket prices could be afforded even by the poor sections of Indian society.Brought back memories of the  “Great Royal Circus” in Mombasa of the 1960’s where a advance booking was a formality for entry into a circus and as crowded as “Cirque Du Soliel” was today in 2018. THE CIRCUS AND CLOCK  HAD COME A FULL CIRCLE  AND THE SHOW BEGAN AT 2000 HRS.

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Mind-blowing acts of skill on display.

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Throughout the display of skills akin to a live Rock/Pop opera there was a lady musician singing .In this photograph another musician is seeing playing the trumpet while the artists are performing normal circus stunts but at a higher level compared to normal circus’s i have seen in my lifetime.Remember that a few of these circus performing stars are ex Olympic athletes and hence the higher stock value of the performers beside’s the combination of rock/pop live background music.

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Your’s truly Seafarer/Blogger/Traveller Rudolph.A.Furtado during the intermission of the Circus acts.Very well organized with clean air conditioned portable toilets although the eatables and liquor prices were beyond the purchasing power of the average middle-class Mumbai circus enthusiast. There are 2 economic Mumbai’s and India’s  and “CIRCUS DU SOLIEL” is for the  wealthy and high income individuals akin to visiting 5- star hotels .Save your earnings and see what “Circus Du Soliel” is all about if in the lower income bracket. As a “CIRCUS VETERAN” and daredevil adventurer myself guarantee that you wouldn’t feel bored watching a total human circus devoid of animal artists.Good entertainment comes at a premium.

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“Citibank” are one of the sponsors and they had a complimentary photo-shoot for the enthusiastic audience .Camera’s and flash photography with smartphones was prohibited. Here i am trying to impersonate one of my ageless rock hero’s. Guess who ? You are as old or as young as you think ? Got a complimentary Rs 200 gift coupon for posing for this photo and the “miser” saved money on the purchase of a ice-cream.Tell me to jump from a plane for “Tandem para-diving” then i would spend in thousands but definitely not for highly inflated eatables. 

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The “MAESTRO” (Standing Tall on the glass box) is the master of ceremonies humorously guiding and conducting the circus.”BAZZAR” is all about the MAESTRO and his gang of performers. Not a boring moment with the vocal music on par with some of the household names of English pop/rock culture  and  no abnormal dwarf clown or midget as was in the normal circuses.”MALLAKHAMB” was the Indian flavour to “Bazzar” with a unbelievable amazing display by Indian artist Rajesh.Mudki and his partner also known by the same name Rajesh. A pure display of human endurance, skills and mime comedy defined “Cirque Du Soliel”..

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End of the grand “BAZZAR” show and a standing ovation from the house-full audience.Susan Gaudreau is  the director and writer of the show and the entire cast and crew consists of 62 people of whom 22 are acrobats.Over a dozen different languages are spoken by the troupe of “Cirque Du Solel” To date “Cirque Du Soliel” has toured 450 cities in 60 Country’s.

 

 

 

 

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POSTOJNA CAVES AND PREDJAMA CASTLE IN SLOVENIA. A PICTORIAL ESSAY.

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On  Tuesday(21/8/2018) at 0815 h boarded the bus to  Postojnska Jama from Ljubljana bus terminus.IMG20180821154352It was a long beautiful early morning drive through Slovenian countryside with the final drive being a uphill climb negotiating steep bends on the mountain roads.At 0930 hrs we arrived at Postojnska Jama centre which is  the entrance for tourists  to the World famous “Postojna Caves” with  our public  bus being  the first arrival of  the day with most tourists arriving in private tour buses or cars. Purchased a combination ticket for sightseeing “Postjona Cave and Predjama Castle “costing Euro  38.5 Only.

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Seafarer/Blogger/Traveller Rudolph.A.Furtado at the entrance of Postojna Caves

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A view of the Tourist center and the “ENTRANCE MOUTH” of POSTOJNA CAVES

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At 1000 hrs the first batch of tourists awaiting entrance into Postojna Caves.Tourist batches were formed according to languages and here i am in the queue for the “ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOURISTS”.

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“ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOURISTS” in the “MINI TRAIN” for the 3.2 Kms underground tour of Postojna Caves.World’s only underground cave train ride in Postojna caves.

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Partial view View of the 3.2 Km Train journey through Postojna caves

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A View of a walk inside the caves and the brilliance of the Stalactites and Stalagmites.

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Our Group of “ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOURISTS” being given a guided tour inside the caves .

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A walk inside Postojna Caves and its brilliance is visible.

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A walk through Postojna caves and one for the “Bucket List” of “Been Here,Seen That and Done That” !

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Exploring the wondrous dark caves of Postojna.

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Crossing the “RUSSIAN BRIDGE” inside Postojna Caves.

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“STALAGMITE BRILLIANT ” , the star attraction inside Postojna caves

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Our walking tour inside Postojna Caves finally came to a end in the “Concert Hall” which is the largest space in the cave complex and can accommodate 10,000 people for musical concerts.performances. From here we boarded the train back to the entrance with the entire Cave sightseeing  tour lasting one and a half hour.

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Predjama castle is the World’s largest “CAVE CASTLE” listed in the “Guinness book of World records”.This castle is perched on a 125 meter high cliff for over 800 years and was destroyed and rebuilt a few times.The present castle was built in the Renaissance style in 1570 and after World War II was nationalized by the Yugoslav Communist authorities who turned it into a museum .Ranks among the 10 most fascinating castles in the World. Inside the Cave castle is a network of secret cave tunnels. POPULAR CULTURE :- “Armour of God” movie featuring Jackie.Chan was filmed in this castle with Jackie.Chan almost dying due to a serious injury during the shooting which enhanced the superstition that this castle is “HAUNTED”. In 2008 the Sci-Fi Channel “Ghost Hunters International” investigated the castle for paranormal activity .Numerous other films have been shot in this miracle of nature castle.

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SELFIE VIEW FROM PREDJAMA CASTLE :- Boarded the “Shuttle Bus” from Postojna Caves to Predjama Castle with the journey being approximately twenty minutes.Was given a set of guide ear-phones and began the tour of this unbelievable cave castle.

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A ROYAL ROOM INSIDE PREDJAMA CASTLE :-Over the centuries many Royal families stayed in the castle but the castle is most remembered and famous as the seat of the knight ERAZEM. LUEGER(LUEGGER),Lord of the castle in the 15th century and a robber baron.According to legend Erazem came into conflict with the Habsburgs on a murder charge and had to flee to his family castle of Predjama to evade the wrath of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III.The Emperor commissioned governor of Trieste Gaspar. Ravbar to either capture or kill Erazem. Although besieged by Gaspar’s forces Erazem avoided capture and starvation by means of communicating and transporting food through this castle’s secret cave tunnel. A vertical natural shaft which Erazem ordered to be enlarged leads out of the castle to the exit located on top of the cliff about 25 meters from the cliff’s edge.This tunnel allowed Erazem to get his food supply as well as continue his plunders He avoided capture for over a year and was finally killed in his own castle while using the toilet.He was betrayed by one of his men and a cannon shot blasted through the castle toilet killing Erazem.

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“COAT OF ARMS” of one of the Royal families that resided in PREDJAMA CASTLE.

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A Portrait of Erazem.Lueger, legend of Predjama Castle.

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View of “TORTURE CHAMBER” inside one of the caves of the castle.

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Exploring the passageways and caves inside Predjama castle.

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“CANNON” with a “BIRD’S EYE VIEW” of the entire countryside from the Ramparts of Predjama Cave Castle.

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A Bridge inside the Cave Castle.A marvel of architecture and also scary to tourists.

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Stairways inside the cave castle.

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Opening to the atmosphere from one of the Cave Rooms inside the Cave Castle.

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Royal Sarcophagus in Predjama Castle in Slovenia.

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CLOSE UP VIEW OF THE ONE AND ONLY LARGEST CAVE CASTLE IN THE WORLD :- PREDJAMA CASTLE.

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End of the tour of PREDJAMA CASTLE.

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE :- To read my entire travel please read the blog :-  https://athensberlin.blogspot.com/

A WALK ALONG THE “Fortified walls of Dubrovnik” IN CROATIA.PICTORIAL ESSAY.

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Walking along the Fortified walls of Dubrovnik Old Town in Croatia on Friday(17-8-2018).Dubrovnik City walls are the most important feature of Dubrovnik and a world renowned iconic symbol of the white stone beauty, therefore the main reason why Dubrovnik is now known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. Dubrovnik City walls run uninterrupted for 1940 meters (6365 feet) encircling the City..In addition to these strong and prominent fortifications, the city walls are protected additionally with 2 round towers, 12 quadrilateral forts, 5 bastions and 2 corner towers, while the scarp wall is flanked by one large and 9 small semicircular bastions.

NOTE :- To read the entire travelogue :- https://athensberlin.blogspot.com/

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“Bird’s Eye View” of Dubrovnik Old Tow and the FORTIFIED WALLS encircling the Town

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View of the “FORTIFIED WALL : while walking around it.Approximately a 2 Kms long circular walk

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Seafarer/Blogger/Traveller Rudolph.A.Furtado on a discovery walk along the historic fortified walls of Dubrovnik Old Town in Croatia.Start of my 2 Kms walk along the walls that encircle Dubrovnik Old Town,Dubrovnik  was formerly known as the “Republic of Ragusa”  from 1358 to 1808 and was a prosperous maritime Republic until annexed by Napoleon’s army.Today’s intact city walls mainly constructed between the 12th  and 17th centuries run a uninterrupted course of  1,940 meters  encircling most of the Old city and is the most complete fortified intact wall in entire Europe.This wall protected the citizens of Ragusa for five centuries and have never ever been breached by a enemy.

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View of Old Town rooftops and buildings from the Fortified City wall

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Tourists walking along the length of the “FORTIFIED WALLS”.Entrance ticket in 2018 was 150 Kuna.

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Not a walk along the “Great wall of China” but the “Fortified walls of Dubrovnik” with a amazing view of the Adriatic sea .Its a tough strenuous uneven walk that goes steeply uphill at a certain section as seen in this photo.Kayaking is a popular sport in the Adriatic sea along the coast of Dubrovnil Old Port.

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A cafe along the route of the “FORTIFIED WALLS” for tourist refreshments and rest.

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Normal housing within the Old Town surrounded by the “FORTIFIED WALLS”. .Washing and drying of linen

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Scenic view from the “FORTIFIED WALLS” and notice the basketball court on a building touching the walls.

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Tourist demonstration of a museum Cannon placed along a opening along the “FORTIFIED WALLS”.

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View of leisure luxury sail boats parked in Dubrovnik Old Port.

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View of the modern  21st century Dubrovnik City situated outside the boundary of the “FORTIFIED WALLS”.

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MINCETI TOWER built in 1463 is the highest point on the Fortified walls of Dubrovnik offering one of the best views of the city.

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View from Minceti Tower.

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A view of a part of the “FORTIFIED WALLS” with its towers.

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View of Dubrovnik Bell Tower from the “FORTIFIED WALLS”.

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Walking along the uneven “FORTIFIED WALLS” of Dubrovnik Old Town is a strenuous long 2 Kms walk.

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Tourist Selfie along the Fortified walls of Dubrovnik Old Town. The popular telivision series “GAME OF THRONES” was filmed in the Old Town as well as a popular Hindi film “FAN”.VISIT DUBROVNIK OLD TOWN ONCE IN YOUR LIFETIME.

RESCUING A FRUIT BAT IN VAIBHAV APARTMENTS IN OLD PRABHADEVI AND THE ACCIDENTAL REGROWTH OF A MINIATURE BONSAI TREE.

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On Wednesday(4-5-2016)  while going for my early morning “Cycling /Free Hand Exercises” to Worli Seaface in Mumbai spotted this tiny fruit bat lying on the lobby just outside our building lift. I was just in time to rescue it before our building cat “Champa” was about to devour it as a breakfast snack.Brought the tiny bat home and kept it on my garden balcony Bonsai tree.Seems to be either sick or injured.It is now resting in my balcony and hope it flies off tonight. A few large “Flying Foxes” live on the large banyan tree of our building which also has squirrels and koels. Old Prabhadevi is a well forested locality despite skyscraper buildings.Once before decades ago in the 1990’s a fruit bat had stayed into our flat and i had caught and later released it.Any suggestions on how to care for it.I had  left it on

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The Tiny Fruit bat picked up from the floor of the apartment just near the entrance to the elevator.Looks very sick and i thought it wouldn’t survive.

my bonsai tree with the 2 cats, “Matahari” and “Matata”  totally unaware of its presence.What is the name of this bat species ? Later realized it was a “Common Fruit bat”.

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Can you spot the tiny “FRUIT BAT” ? Its on the leaf above my head.

A few photo’s of the tiny bat and my own selfie with it.The next day on Thursday it was still in my balcony garden not “Taking Off” to the skies akin to “Kingfisher Airlines”, the latest business fiasco in Indian economic history named after the Kingfisher bird, Went to the Vet Dr Shivani Tandel(Avian Specialist) who was out on leave and hence came back home and did some consultation on the Internet.

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The Tiny fruit bat now clearly visible on my “Bonsai Tree” located in the house gallery

Thanks to “Facebook” that this bat was the topic of a heated rescue debate and finally Mrs Gayatri.Sarang , a bat specialist gave me advice on the “Internet” on method of feeding this tiny fruit bat.In this video i am feeding the bat “Alphonso Mango Pulp” after it has been rooted to this bonsai tree for the last 30 hrs .Thanks to advice from Mrs Gayatri Sarang.

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This “Banyan Bonsai Tree” was a gift from “I.C.I.C.I Bank” but sadly it expired after a year.

The fruit bat was finally collected from my house at 1615 hrs on Thursday by Mrs Gayatri.Sarang’s driver for further treatment at her residence..It was a miracle of destiny that i came across this helpless tiny creature on Wednesday morning and hope it recovers and survives under specialist care.Bats are associated with a lot of superstition in Western Culture and most people are scared of them after the terrible “Blood sucker” tag attached to a species of the bats known as “Blood sucker bats”.Rocker “Meat Loaf” produced a hit rock album titled “Bat out of hell” and once Hard metal rocker Ozzie Osborne bit the head of a bat during a live rock performance.

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This was how the tall “Bonsai Tree” on which the fruit bat was rested looked after it broke and i chopped it to a stump to create a new regrowth grafting.

Akin to “Black Cats” its bats also that fascinate and scare the human race.In Mumbai and many city’s bat colonies are disappearing due to rapid habitat destruction and my locality in Old Prabhadevi is one of the few localities still having a small colony of migratory bats.This tiny fruit bat is travelling places besides creating awareness on bat care and conservation.and hope it finally gets wings and flies a free bird.Tragically and bizarrely the bat was rescued but the “Bonsai” tree on which i had kept it broke mysteriously in the night.

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Miraculous regrowth of the tiny stump into a miniature “Bonsai Tree” sprouting its first shoo and photographed on my house balcony overlooking the tall coconut trees

It was a emotional loss as this tree stood in my gallery for 18 years and it was as if a member of my house had expired akin to the death of late Alexandrine Parakeet “Mittoo”.I had nick-named this tree “The Leaning Tower of Pisa” as it had grown crooked, tilting dangerously at a acute angle. Took a chance of converting it into a “BONSAI” rather then throwing away the barren stump. I cut of the entire tree trunk of this tall Bonsai tree which is now a excellent strong wooden baton that can be used for self-defence. I cut the tree just approximately 5 inches from the base of the pot hoping it would grow into a “ACCIDENTAL BONSAI TREE “.

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RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT :- The “STUMP” that is a beautiful miniature Bonsai tree in 2018 .The “Offshoot Sapling” of the original 1988 Bonsai from Maputo.

After 3 months in July 2016 a green  shoot sprang out from the side of the barren tree stump and a little later another tiny shoot from the opposite side of the stump.I have posted photographs of the development and growth of this tiny tree .The rebirth of this tree has fascinated my enthusiasm for “BONSAI”..The Sea shell with the money-plant is “Interior Green Decor””. I had become a “ACCIDENTAL BONSAI” aficionado after receiving a tiny Banyan tree shoot as a “Diwali Gift” from “I.C.I.C.I” bank (Mumbai).Without any knowledge on “BONSAI” this Banyan tree has blossomed into a beautiful miniature Banyan specimen with my own “Mineral recipe formula”.Sadly this Banyan Bonsai tree expired after a year and since then i have the two original Bonsai’s in my galley.One is the  “ACCIDENTAL FRUIT BAT BONSAI TREE” and the other a tiny sapling imported from Maputo in Mozambique in 1988 and now almost touching the balcony ceiling. :- Seafarer/Blogger/Traveller Rudolph.A.Furtado..

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE SAVE “INDIAN HORSE RACING” and the “MAHALAXMI RACECOURSE”.

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DSCN1379 (2)                                                                                                                                                        PHoto :- Start of the ” Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby -2018″ at the Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai..                                                                                                                                          Analysis of the Status of Horse racing at Mahalaxmi racecourse by a hardcore horse racing fan .                                                                                                                                 Today Sunday(4/2/2018) was a day at the “Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby ” where the favourite “Prevalent Force” placed fourth and i returned home with my purse a little lighter due to losses.The Winner was rank outsider “Rochester @ 15/1) while second favourite “Lady in Lace” placed second.Third was “Manifold” just edging the favourite “Prevalant Force” out of “Place Money”.Definitely less losses than the day after the “Indian Budget 2018” when the stock indices crashed.Swimming 2 Kms daily has kept me physically and mentally alive.High taxation on the sport of “Horse Racing”  by the Government is the actual main reason for the decline in horseracing attendances besides a little corruption that is prevalent in most walks of life which is “Horse race fixing”.

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  Photo”- Indian Derby Favourite “Prevalent Force” in the paddock parade before the start of the ” Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby -2018″.                                                            I personally fear the future of Indian horse racing post “Vijay Mallya Era” of personal sponsorship that is now visible in the presentation of a poor Indian derby show for “First Enclosure entrants ( Rs 100 entrance tickets)”. There was no dance or other programmes in the “Paddock” in between races as was normal for decades since “United Breweries” took over sponsorship of the Indian Derby.When I last visited the racecourse for the 2017 Indian Derby i was in the members enclosure and felt the difference in presentation of the Indian Derby compared to 2016 the year Vijay.Mallya fled India post Indian Derby 2016. 2018 Indian Derby is the Worst Derby year i have witnessed and even a young millennium generation 17 year old commerce  student (Born in 2000) with a group of his relatives admitted that two years back the Indian Derby was better than it was today.He also complimented me by saying that i looked younger than him which to me was akin to possessing a Rolls Royce or a Ferrari in health ! A Health billionaire ? 

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    Photo :- The Narrator on the “First Floor” of the “First Enclosure”  Seafarer/Blogger/Traveller Rudolph.A.Furtado                                                                 Akin to this youngster i had first entered Mahalaxmi racecourse on Indian Derby 1979 as a 18 year old teenager along with my Mazgaon Dock Marine engineering batch-mates.   The rest of the decades from 1979 was a onn-off love affair with the sport of “Horse Racing” all over the Globe let alone Mahalaxmi racecourse which was my home away from home in Mumbai city.

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   Photo :- Paddock on “Indian Derby-2018”                                                                            The “Shiv Sena” political party had once raised a idea of converting Mahalaxmi racecourse into a public garden and the manner in which the Mahalaxmi racecourse is functioning it would not require politics to close it down but simple plain commerce economics as happened to the Great textile mills Industry of Bombay.Wake up “R.W.I.T.C” before it is too late.What would “R.W.I.T.C” be with just billionaire horse owners and no common 10 rupee punters ?

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   Photo :- Vintage Car with “R.W.I.T.C” Chief guests  on theway to the racetrack for presentation o0f the “” Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby -2018″  to the  owners of the winning horse “Rochester”.                                                                                                               The day “Sports Betting” is legalized could be the final death toll of Horse racing if things don’t change.I have been to Hong kong for the “Hongkong Derby” where horse racing is a popular sport and thriving economically.The “Hong Kong Jockey Club” in 2005 during my visit was the wealthiest sports club in Hongkong and the biggest charitable institution of this island of Capitalism in a Communist regime.In Mumbai with the population increasing in leaps and bounds the footfalls at the Mahalaxmi racecourse is decreasing over the years.MAHALAXMI RACECOURSE IS THE ONLY PUBLIC PLACE IN MUMBAI WHERE CROWDS ARE DECREASING AT HORSE RACING EVENTS WITH EVERY CORRESPONDING YEAR WHILE MUMBAI’S POPULATION IS INCREASING EVERY YEAR.I myself have given up horse racing as a speculative sport making a pilgrimage only on the “Indian Derby Day” as i did today.My next visit to the racecourse will be on “Indian Derby -2019” if alive or in town. 

 

NOTE:- I am no “PRESS REPORTER” and hence have no affiliation to any particular lobby which reflects in my personal opinions in calling a spade a spade.

Glimpses of a Sunday at “INDIA CYCLING FESTIVAL -2017” at Nehru Center in Mumbai.

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As a hobby cyclist for decades since the 1980’s have been one of the innovative “Middle Class” commuter cyclist   in Mumbai where traffic and narrow roads make cycling a “EXTREME ADVENTURE SPORT” .Later over the decades having travelled to 62 Country’s across the Globe was happy to see the mileage hobby cycling has achieved in India in the Millenium.On Sunday(26/11/2017) visited the Nehru Center at Worli in Mumbai for the first exhibition on cycling called “INDIA CYCLING FESTIVAL”.

 

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A Photo shoot with the Rs13,00,000 “CERVELO  CYCLE”. If you thought cars and motorcycles cost a fortune among commuter vehicles then don’t be knocked out on the fact that this cycle exhibit costs only Rs 13,00,000 (Yes over a million rupees only) ! Celibrity cyclist Sir Chris .Hoy staring from the photo sponsors the brand of  “DOLAN CYCLES” costing a few lakhs of rupees.

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The Rs 7 Lakh + Cycle of Mr Pankaj.Malresha as a exhibit at the “First Indian Cycling Festival” at Nehru Centre.Mr Pankaj.Malresha is a “CYCLING ENTREPRENEUR” in Mumbai beside’s being a competitive cyclist himself and a winner of the Maharashtra State Chhatrapati Award.I purchased my “Fomas Cycle” from his father’s shop at Dadar costing a mere Rs 5000 in 2010.In 2017 Mr Pankaj.Malresha is now a director of his own cycle company called “Longshine “ which is a leading  dealer in cycles  that sells racer cycles costing lakhs of rupees. At his own  ancestral cycle shop in  Dadar normal cycles are sold for the common cyclist which includes me..“CYCLING” is no more a poor man’s tram\nsport but a expensive elite hobby of wealthy Mumbaikar’s considering the prices of cycles sold.Today in 2017 its difficult to get a decent gear racer cycle for below Rs 10,000.Recently in 2017 Mr Pankaj.Malresha copleted the “Race across America(RAAM)” with a relay team of 3 other  cyclists  who are Doctor’s by profession. Spoke to him personally and he said that it cost each cyclist Approx Rs 8 Lakhs in expences for the competition.Beside’s having the talent and stamina for long distance cycling a cyclist should also be wealthy to compete in International cycling competitions.

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The “MERCEDES BENZ CYCLE” costing Rs 1,28,000 only on display along with the “MERCEDES BENZ” car ,

 

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Prominent Cycle dealers of Mumbai had set up various exhibition stalls inside the Nehru Center hall and visitors were also allowed to test ride a few of  the cycles. -I wonder what’s the cost of Salman Khan’s cycle ? CYCLING HAS COME A   LONG WAY IN INDIA AND MUMBAI.

 

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Various Cycle stalls and cycling accessories sold and exhibited in the exhibition.

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Test riding a cycle at the exhibition.COSTS OF CYCLES RANGED FROM OVER Rs 10,000  TO LAKHS OF RUPEES !

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For the first time in India “CUSTOMIZED INDIGENOIUS BAMBOO “ cycles on display and for sale costing upwards of Rs 1 lakh.The entire cycle frame is made of bamboo.

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“CYCLING FOR A HEALTHY MIND IS PREFERRABLE TO VISITING A PSYCHOLOGIST” ! Witty T-shirts for sale at the exhibition.

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Colonel Gokulnath Sriniwas of Nashik lecturing to the audience on his preparations,endurance training and team work  in being the first Indian to successfully complete  “RAAM (Race Across America)” in June 2017. The cycle race begins on the West Coast of U.S.A and ends on the east coast  with the total distance completed being  5000 Kms .Thirty seven year old   Sriniwas completed this toughest endurance cycle race on Earth in 11 days and 11 hours competing in the 18 – 49 years age group.The maximum time allotted to complete the race is 12 days.Colonel Gokulnath.Sriniwas who is a Medical officer with the Artillery centre in Nashik had failed in his first attempt in 2016

 

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Colonel Gokulnath.Srinivasan is the first Indian to finish the race around America  in the “SOLO” category titled “RACE ACROSS AMERICA 2017”.After listening to his lecture in the conference room of the exhibition was fortunate to have a photo-shoot with this young adventurer who besides having “Cycling stamina” also managed to raise the colossal funds required for such a monumental feat. REMEMBER THAT UNLIKE CRICKET, CYCLING AS A SPORT IN INDIA DOES NOT RECEIVE MUCH MEDIA PUBLICITY OR CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP.

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Shri Krishna.Prakash(I.P.S) Spl Inspector General of Police V.I.P Security is the first Indian civil servant  to have successfully completed the “IRONMAN TRIATHLON “ competition on 27th  August 2017..Here he is giving a discourse  titled ” EXPERIENCES OF A TRIATHLON EXPERT” on his experiences  and also tips for aspiring adveturer’s . In July 2017  Bollywood actor Mr Milind Soman , a household name in modelling and now endurance running brought the “IRONMAN TRIATHLON” into the imagination of the average Indian sports enthusiast by winning this toughest one day endurance race at the young age of only 50 years .He completed the endurance race in 15 hrs  and 19 minutes.The “IRONMAN TRIATHLON” consists of a 2.4 mile ( 3.86 Kms) swim, a 112 milet (180.25 Kms) cycle ride and finally culiminating in a 26.22 mile(42.29 Km) Marathon to the finish line.Mr Krishna.Prakash competed  in the “IRONMAN ” triathlon at Vichy in France completing the endurance race in 14 hrs and 8 minutes.The maximum time liminit for the entire course is 17 hours and participants who complete the race irrespective of timings are also given the title  “Ironman”  On more than one occasion during my daily cycling commute from my residence in Prabhadevi  to “M/G/M/O” pool  i have  passed alongside Milin.Soman jogging incognito and should say that after Actor Kabir bedi he is the definition of the model “MAN” to my generation.

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With Mr Bibhas Amonkar son of eminent Hindustani classical singer Late Mrs Kishori Amonkar who lives in my building and a wild life conservationist. At present Bibhas and his organization is involved in creating awareness of saving the Sahyadri mountains ecosystem by conducting cycling marathons in the mountains.In December they will be conducting a 1200 Km Cycle drive across the Sahyadri mountains.Reduce pollution by utilizing the “CYCLE” for commuting.As for me i have been cycling daily from my residence in Prabhadevi to M.G.M.O swimming pool since 2000 and happy to see that “CYCLING” as a fitness hobby elite status symbol and also as a commuter vehicle has come a long way in Mumbai after being labelled a “POOR MAN’s VEHICLE”. Did anyone in the 1990’s dream that a few “CYCLESHOPS” in Mumbai would be selling cycles ranging from a few thousand rupees to a million rupees ? All these cycles were on display at the “Nehru Center” .Its reality cycling hobby that has gripped India and Mumbai and wishing Bibhas Amonkar all success in their endeavour for conducting India’s equivalent to the “Tour de France” in the Sahyadri mountains of Western India./

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The Grand finale to the day’s Cycling was “BMX STUNT RIDING” which is honestly still in its infancy as a sport in India let alone Mumbai.Returned back home enlightened and happy about the enthusiasm and progress of Commuter and Sports cycling in India and in Mumbai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pictorial essay of Ballard Pier and “SEAMAN’S CLUB” on a Sunday holiday.

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Sunday (12/11/2017) : – Memoirs and a guide of ” Royal Bombay Seamens Society ( Seamen Club) “ which I happened to visit after years and also noticed the changes inside this historic club. Took a selfie with the fat resident ” MOUSER” of the club. Decades of Sea sailing employment was revived at this club and was sad for the fact that ” City Kitchen “ restaurant established in 1964  by late hockey  Ex Olympian Mr Sacru
Menezes and on his demise managed by his daughter Edna  has shut down shutters permanently. Normally after a beer at SEAMANS CLUB having lunch of Pork Vindaloo was mandatory  at City Kitchen restaurant. Clhrist Church school classmate Jaffer.Gani;s landmark handicraft shop established by his family is still functioning in the premises of “Seaman’s Club” although closed today on a Sunday. Thank God Parsi landmark restaurant ” BRITTANIA” hasn’t shut shop as yet. The times they are a rapidly changing ?

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Sunday (12/11/2017) : – Believe it or not that this road is the main office road of Ballard estate on a Sunday evening. Cricket is being played on the main road and also all the narrow adjacent roads of this Prime office locality on a holiday. This type of Cricket played on the streets of Mumbai is called ” GULLY CRICKET “.Be there tomorrow on Monday and the same empty “GULLY CRICKET STREETS” is congested with officegoers and cars

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A  professional “YOUTUBE FILM SHOOT” in progress on the main street in Ballard Estate vicinity. This scene is unthinkable on any normal.”OFFICE WORKING DAY”.

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Parsi landmark restaurant ” BRITTANIA” is closed on Sunday’s as is the entire Ballard Estate locality .

 

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“PRINCEOF WALES SEAMAN’S CLUB” granite building.Prime location for the welfare of Seamen.

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Lifebuoy  at Entrance of “ROYAL BOMBAY SEAMEN’S SOCIETY”.

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Entrance  to “PRINCE OF WALES SEAMAN’S CLUB” inaugurated by the Prince of Wales  in 1928.

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The “CLUBHOUSE” recreation hall in “SEAMEN’S CLUB”.

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“JOB VACANCIES” and “SHIPPING COURSES” pasted on the notice board inside“SEAMEN’S CLUB”. I myself got employment on a few ships from advertisements on this board. The “Seamen’s Club” is a residence hostel as well as employment bureau for seafarer’s seeking employment on ships and the shipping industry.In 2017 the Shipping Industry is undergoing a employment depression which can be guaged by the lack of employment notices on the board.Hope the Shipping employment situation improves in the future.

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The author has a“SELFIE” with the fat tabby resident mouse keeper of ” Royal Bombay Seamens Society (Seaman Club) ” at Ballard Estate in Mumbai say’s.Keep’s a check on the rodent population in the club premises.The “Seamen’s Club” has always had a resident cat roaming the building since the time i first began visiting this club in 1983 after employment in the “Shipping Industry” as a Marine Engineer.

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The recreation hall of the seamen’s club on the ground floor  has a “Cable T,V” channel for viewing beside’s  “Table Tennis”  and two billiard tables. On board ships i was a decent table tennis player beside’s being a vorascious reader .Bizzarely the movie “RUSTOM” was being screened and whiled away my time until 1800 hrs  watching this sea-faring semi fictional movie based on the infamous “Commander Kawas .M.Nanavati V/s State of Maharashtra” court murder trial case ,Parsi aristocrat Kawas.M.Nanavati was accused of killing his wife ‘s lover Sindhi  business tycoon Mr Prem.Ahuja . This Case polarized the wealthy Parsi and Sindhi community of that era and was a benchmark in changing the jury system of judgement in the Indian judiciary.This was the case that launched young Sindhi Lawyer Ram.Jethmalani’s career in 1959 while making “Blitz” tabloid Parsi  owner and publisher Late Russi.Karanjia a household publishing celibrity. I myself in 1990  had sailed on the Scindia ship “Jala Tapi” on which just before my joining  the Navigating officer  sailing with his wife was accused of throwing her overboard.After spending almost over a decade in jail the officer was released for lack of evidence but sadly his career and life was ruined if genuinely not guilty.SEX AND CRIME DOES SELL ESPECIALLy IF IT INVOLVES GLAMOUR AND POLITICAL POWER.

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The“BAR ROOM” of “SEAMEN’S CLUB” opens at 1800 hrs in the evening and closes at 2200 hrs..Excellent palatial hall which previously had a open-air garden for external dining and beer drinking. Only beer is served at the bar.

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“CHEERS “ :-  Seafarer/Traveller/Blogger Rudolph.A.Furtado at the “SEAMEN’S CLUB” bar.No blueblooded seafarer can leave this club without a drink of beer at the bar !

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Dog’s and cat’s are always attracted towards me and the club’s “MOUSER” is happy in  my presence at the bar,Seem’s to be overfed with the food morsel’s of seamen dining at the bar.After my drink had a little relaxation and finally drove home on my “Bajaj Wind -123 CC” which has its own little history .

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Beer drinking is a popular pass-time among seafarer’s and sold at the minimum price in the club .Tall seafaring voyages,etc are discussed over beer and snacks in the excellent club environment.Sadly the beautiful outdoors open air garden lawn is closed and have wonderful memories of sipping beer under a moonlight sky in the heart of downtown Mumbai.Standard price of Rs 150/bottle and don’t remember the price i paid in the 1980’s.over the devades inflation has taken its toll on the average seafarer but beer is still the cheapest in town at Seamans club.

 

 

 

 

 

ONE OF THE LAST SINGLE SCREEN THEATRE STANDING :-1905 built IMPERIAL CINEMA

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LAMINGTON ROAD in Mumbai is the premier electronics and Computer products centre with all shops in the vicinity dealing in computers and its ancillary products.

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Hoarding Board outside “IMPERIAL THEATRE” facing Lamington Road.

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Entrance to “IMPERIAL THEATRE” with the Bhojpuri film “DOORBELL” on daily shows.

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“IMPERIAL THEATRE” must have had its heyday’s in the early part of the 20th century .

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A view of the decaying IMPERIAL THEATRE COURTYARD. Visit “IMPERIAL THEATRE” as a tourist site before it disappears from Mumbai’s topography.

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Bhojpuri films screened at “IMPERIAL THEATRE”.

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Happened to visit Lamington Road,the “ELECTRONICS STREET” of Mumbai to purchase a Laptop and came across “IMPERIAL CINEMA”.This “Single Screen” theatre built in 1905 is the second oldest theatre in Mumbai and in the last stages of its over a century lifespan as can be seen through the photographs.The Topography of Bombay now Mumbai is changing rapidly with “MULTIPLEX THEATRES” replacing decades or even a century old “SINGLE SCREEN THEATRES” so hence pay a “MUSEUM VISIT” to Lamington road to see one of the last century old theatre of Mumbai.I myself have fond memories of visiting “Single Screen Theatres” to see the occasional Hindi movies with my mother a Hindi film addict during my schooling years. During the 1970’s era excellent Hindi films used to be screened.

 

Citizens opinions :Law Commission invited views regarding legalizing Betting in India.

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West-Indies-A-tour-of-IndiaThe Law Commission of India has invited views of members of the public on the issue of legalizing betting and gambling. See the public appeal reproduced below. I would request maximum racing professionals and race-goers to respond with their views by sending a mail to the Commission.

The Supreme Court, in Board of Control for Cricket in India v. Cricket Association of Bihar
& Ors., (2016) 8 SCC 535, mandated the Law Commission of India to study the possibility of
legalizing betting in India, inter-alia, observed thus:
… the recommendation made by the Committee that betting should be legalized by law,
involves the enactment of a Law which is a matter that may be examined by the Law
Commission and the Government for such action as it may consider necessary in the facts
and circumstances of the case.
While considering the issue, the Commission discerned that gambling is also a subject which
is very closely associated with betting. While considering legalization of betting, leaving aside
gambling may render the whole exercise futile. Therefore, the Commission would like to study the
issue of legalizing betting as well as gambling in the country.
Various media reports time and again point out that betting and gambling, though not legal in
India, is practised across the country clandestinely. These reports argue that many families are
rendered bankrupt and many people are behind the bars owing to these practices. Strict rules against
betting and gambling have not necessarily acted as a deterrent. Online gambling and betting is
another area which has become very difficult to curb. It is understood that a lot of money is involved
in illegal gambling business, creating almost a parallel economy, converting legally earned money
into black money that is drained to gambling operators in other countries online.
The Commission has been mulling this idea for quite some time now. Discussions were
initiated with some of the stakeholders and the Commission is working towards a possible report.
Will legalizing betting and gambling help in curbing the illegal activities undertaken by the citizens of
our country in this regard? Will licensing such activities help the Government earn substantial
revenue and generate employment? How far will legalizing betting and gambling be morally correct
in the Indian circumstances? What could be a possible model by which the people engaging in such
activities can be safeguarded against bankruptcy? If legalized, should foreign betting and gambling
companies be allowed to have a foothold in the country? These are certain basic areas that need to be
addressed, along with any other issues that may come up while considering the matter.
The Commission would like to invite views and suggestions from all concerned – the
stakeholders and the general public, with regard to legalizing betting and gambling, so as to arrive at a
judicious opinion and make suitable suggestions and recommendations to the Government, which are
balanced and protect the interests of the common man and the stakeholders alike. Your suggestions
may be sent either by post or in person, to the Law Commission of India, 14th Floor, Hindustan Times
House, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi – 110 001; or by email at lci-dla@nic.in [i.e.,
LCIDLAt>NICIN]; or by fax at +91 11 23355741, so as to reach the Commission
within 30 days.
[Dr. Justice B S Chauhan]