I Love FIFA World Cups….for more reasons than one!
Distinctly remember the Family excitement during the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany…. A leading Mumbai Tabloid was running a Daily SMS Contest on guessing the Winner in the Day’s matches… I have this habit of reading Mumbai’s two afternoon tabloids while having my lunch… and so I was on one Monday afternoon in June 2006…. June 19, 2006…. That day Spain was to play Tunisia and the contest was to guess who would win…. To take Chances is my Profession !… and I love entering such contests where you don’t have to exercise and stretch your Brain Cells and which does not taunt your IQ Level… and so reflexively I had send a sms that Spain would beat Tunisia that day and promptly forgot all about it… even saw the match till half time when Tunisia was leading 1-0….. next day Tuesday Morning I receive a wake up call on my mobile at 7 am !
Caller : ” Hello is this 98201…..?’
Me (Yet to wake up fully) :”Huh ?”
Caller :”Congratulations ! You’ve just won a 42 Inch Plasma TV in yesterday’s Contest!…..can you come to our office at 11 am for a photo shoot?”
Me (Still Sleepy): ” Contest ? ! It’s a bit too early…. can you please call later”
My wife : “Who was it ?”
Me (yet to sink in): “Somebody saying I won a 42 inch Plasma TV in a contest I entered yesterday”
Wife : “What !… and you told him to call later !…. you did not even give him your name !”
Me (now forced to wake up) : “Must be a Joke”
Wife : “It’s not April the First and who would joke like this on a Tuesday morning!”
Anyway, it being a Tuesday, my wife and I vist the Siddhivinayak Temple in Prabhadevi in Mumbai and the Shrine of Infant Jesus and St Anthony at Worli…. It was past 9 am and we were driving towards the Temple when the Caller called again
” Sir, I had called you earlier this morning……”
To cut it short, despite down 0:1 at halftime, Spain had gone on to win the match against Tunisia 3:1 and this tabloid had pulled my mobile Number from over Eight lakh entries as the Lucky Winner !
How’s that for Luck and Probability !!!
As I was unable to go at 11 am for a photo shoot at their Parel Office, I send them my standard serious (wife thinks Glum ) face passport size colour photo by email… and I suppose all of you will say that a Wife is always right !