Monday, April 26, 2010

Where have I heard of Lalit Modi before?

I've just remembered a little story from (roughly) 1984-87. A cousin of mine went to Duke University for his MBA. I spoke to him regarding my plans to go to the US for graduate school. He gave me some advice: don't succumb to the temptations of the US. Otherwise, I might end up like the young Modi boy, who was his classmate, and had got into some serious trouble with the local police.

I should have succumbed; I would have cleaned up millions and hung out with cricketers. But to top it off, I would have had the chance to deliver a rambling, squirm-inducing, spiel at the end of a cricket tournament. On live television.

Yes, some things are worth breaking the law for.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Jaunty Quicksand said...

Don't forget you'd have gotten to hang out with supermodels, been addressed as Moses, hailed as a visionary, and hobnobbed with Shilpa Shetty.

The things you sacrificed just so you could be a blogger... I wonder how you can even sleep at night. If at all.

1:52 PM  
OpenID thecricketcouch said...

Link to the newspaper article about the drug deal gone bad, that got the Modi boy in to trouble at Duke in the 80's.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=JVJ6OkSwpHsC&dat=19850301&printsec=frontpage

Go to page 4. look for the headline "Drug buyers robbed at gunpoint"
http://thecricketcouch.wordpress.com

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Sana Karim said...

Well, Lalit Modi has made IPL a success, but it's unfortunate now that he has been axed.

I also read a similar article about the same issue, hope you will find it interesting:)

Is Lalit Mody Corrupt?

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well if I'd had to the opportunity to be close to preity zinta, it would have made my life ... to call her 'hello grandma.'

2:08 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

JQ: The fame and fortune I gave up - thinking about it hurts.

Cricket Couch: Thanks for that link - much appreciated.

SK: Thanks for that link - someone else also sent me that same one.

Anon: That photo will forever remain a classic.

6:26 PM  
Blogger balaji said...

Look at this .A loser talking about a successful businessman who has created a 4 billion dollar brand.The same guy who loves shane warne's travails with women cannot bear to see a successful Indian businessman cajoling with superstars.IPL is just a product of capitalism the same which created successful domestic brands like NFL,NBA and NHL in United States.Go on with your Anti Indian views,Sameer. Hopefully one day India will stop playing international cricket or just send a second string team (like they did with T20 world cup) with that Indian viewers will stop watching international cricket all together and IPL will be played all around the year with super TRPs and the REAL CRICKET WEALTH will thrive and more importantly STAY in India.

I still cant get over your Harbhajan article.Explain to me why it disgusts you to see an Indian celebrate but you dont feel the same for a soccer or basketball match.

9:41 AM  
Blogger balaji said...

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10:31 AM  
Anonymous T20 Cricket News said...

Great post Wonderful Efforts!!! keep this really appreciatable work up..!!!!!!!

4:12 PM  

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