Category Archives: Sports

Arm Wrestling “Panja” and Parsis: A nod to a great legacy

Arm Wrestling “Panja” and Parsis: A nod to a great legacy

A recent arm-wrestling competition at the Parsee Gymkhana provided a window into a storied past involving physical culture and strongmen With one shaky hand steadying the other, Peshoton Patrawala removed an envelope of fading photographs from under his shirt. “I was Mr Best Developed in 1956, then Mr Bombay in 1965,“ the 84-year-old said, as…

Adil Jal Darukhanawala, the man who eats, sleeps and drinks automobiles!

Adil Jal Darukhanawala, the man who eats, sleeps and drinks automobiles!

Circa 1983, Nehru Stadium, Pune.  A couple of days before the start of Pune’s first ever International Motocross event. The roar of the dirt-track motorcycles, clouds of dust and the inimitable smell of 93 octane enveloped us. Swedish riders on their extremely light, yet powerful Yamaha YZ 125s were flying over the whoop-de-doos, berms and…

Young Soccer Star Arzan Todywalla from New Zealand Strikes Again

Young Soccer Star Arzan Todywalla from New Zealand Strikes Again

15 year old Arzan Toddywalla of Auckland, New Zealand has had the privilege of going to the United Kingdom thrice in last three consecutive years, and it has all been due to his immense passion & talent for football. Article by Rashna Dorab Tata The first international highlight in Arzan’s career occurred in 2014, when…

Delkash Shahriarian Selected for ICC Cricket Camp in Philadelphia

Delkash Shahriarian Selected for ICC Cricket Camp in Philadelphia

DELKASH SHAHRIARIAN: Women’s cricket champion does it again! New York based architect and cricketer Delkash Shahriarian has once again been selected by the USA Women’s Selection Panel as part of a squad of 22 players to take part in a camp held by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Philadelphia from September 9th – 11th.…

Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim visits 81-yr-old coach Khorshed Bhathena in Mumbai

Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim visits 81-yr-old coach Khorshed Bhathena in Mumbai

Australian Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer and sister visit their 81-year-old coach Khorshed, who trained them in the late 1970s It was a different homecoming of sorts for former Australian Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Klim and his elder sister Anna Eagle. On Saturday, the brother-sister duo invited 81-year-old coach Khorshed Bhathena, to the launch party…

Kaizin Pooniwala: Celebrating Two Sides Of The Same Coin

Kaizin Pooniwala: Celebrating Two Sides Of The Same Coin

Give her a paintbrush, and she can paint the most evocative painting; give her a bike and she will ride the world on her sleeves. This isn’t a line from any song; this is Kaizin Pooniwala’s reality – a courteous introvert by appearance and a painter and biker by passion. Like her name, Kaizin’s one…

Cricketer Freddy Sidhwa Has a Dream Run at Lord’s

Cricketer Freddy Sidhwa Has a Dream Run at Lord’s

Septuagenarian Sidhwa’s dream feat at Lord’s Left-arm spinner defies age to take the prize wicket of McCullum Although in his seventies now, Freddy Sidhwa continues to be active on the UAE’s domestic cricket circuit, and he has proved yet again that players with an undying passion and devotion for the game don’t have to give…

When Little Zizou Gets to Meet Zinedine Zidane

When Little Zizou Gets to Meet Zinedine Zidane

Sooni Taraporevala’s debut film saw her son idolising Zinedine Zidane. Now, almost a decade later, he meets the footballer. An elated mother recalls. Article by Sooni Taraporevala | Mumbai Mirror In 2005 when I wrote the film Little Zizou, my son Jahan who played the role was 11 years old. A footballer himself, he idolised…

Pakistan’s first female rally racer: Tushna Patel

Pakistan’s first female rally racer: Tushna Patel

Her start was very different from what she had imagined for herself. She ended up in fourth place! This was in 2013 when Tushna Patel made her rally racing debut, becoming the first woman in Pakistan to take up the sport which till then was restricted to only male drivers here. Driving her Vigo 3,000cc…

Hard work, dedication and other life lessons from Rayomand Banajee

Hard work, dedication and other life lessons from Rayomand Banajee

I’ll never forget the first five words, six if I’m being pedantic, that Rayomand Banajee ever said to me. It was back in 2008 at a prizegiving ceremony in Kolhapur after the National Karting Championship had just concluded. Rayo was standing there, clutching that hard-fought championship trophy that had only just been handed to him…