New Delhi: The modest two-bedroom flat on the third floor of Medha Apartment in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar was crowded with people since early morning on Sunday. Sitting in the cramped drawing room, everyone was watching the India versus Australia under-19 World Cup final on television.
As India inched towards victory, there was such overwhelming euphoria in the room that it seemed to be uncontrollable.
While the owner of the flat, Bharat Chand, a teacher of economics in a Government school, sat throughout the Indian innings to watch his son Unmukt guide his team to triumph with an unbeaten century, the Indian U-19 captain’s mother, Rajeshwari, could not be spotted.
A homemaker, Rajeshwari only emerged from her bedroom after the match was over. Her eyes were tired, but had a twinkle of joy. “I was praying for Unmukt and the Indian team since morning. I generally never watch his matches as I get too excited,” said the proud mother. Since the match in Australia was just over and the prize distribution was still going on in the ground, Unmukt was yet to call his parents.
But Rajeshwari already knows what would be his son’s first sentence on phone. “He will tell me, ‘Mom… Am coming back… Keep my Kadi-chawal ready