Horses For Courses

Vijay Mallya will be a happy man today. A passerby said. And i would have wondered who this blok is, who understand who or what will make Vijay Mallya happy. But not today. For we were at the Race course.

A couple of weeks back, we went to the Race Course. The Mahalakshmi Race Course in Mumbai. And no, not yet. I am not interested in that kind of jackpot. For it was curiosity and a persistent fitness conscious friend that took me there. Upon reaching there i was told that it was Derby day that day. And activities would commence in the evening !

We went early in the morning. As he sweated out, jogging and working out, i walked around. Looking at the majestic horses, their canter, gallops and neighs. And of course, the jockeys.

And of course, early morning, fitness conscious men and women. Running, jogging, walking, chatting and generally, adding a different dimension to the horse filled arena ! Here are some pictures.

I haven’t stopped wondering the strange highs that men get. Out of seeing animals race each other. For i stood there, and watched many of those horses gallop by. The sheer majesticity was fulfilling. But quite obviously, the likes of Vijay Mallya don’t share my sentiment. That is why they are where they are. And that is also why this blog goes on.

To top it up, there was Melba toast and Cardamon tea from the restaurant there ! The restaurant called ‘Gallops’ ! The members get to sit and talk about the horses in an aristocratic enclave. I am told that the fancy hats that members and their companions sport are a real attraction !

I touched my head and felt the balding plate. And went for the Melba toast & tea. Sitting in what seemed to be the backyard !

Hey who cares. The horses had the first right. All else were secondary here. I would like to imagine, ‘Vijay Mallya included’. For some reason, “all animals are equal some are more equal ” resonated differently.

The next morning, i read that Vijay Mallya went back a not so happy man. I wonder how his horse felt.

9 thoughts on “Horses For Courses

  1. ♥ Braja says:

    I’m laughing at the name, Mahalaksmi Racecourse….I wonder what Laksmi devi thinks of that?!!

  2. Jeevan says:

    We had a relative house in chennai near to race course, and we always like to go into there terrace to watch horses, but never clearly.

    Nice pictures here! Race horses are brilliant at attracting always may be they get special attention from human.

  3. SSQuo says:

    My sis got married at Gallops! 🙂

    I have to say on an unrelated note that the man has some sense of style!

  4. Horses are magnificent animals. I am sure they feel we are ridiculous be-hatted crazy-shouting-and-clapping fools when we crowd around them when they are just doing their own thing (running gracefully).

  5. manju says:

    For a moment there I thought you had entered the ‘high society’ world of horse racing!

    I think I would feel the way you did- seeing the majesty of the horses more fulfilling than the racing (and betting)!

  6. You actually got to go to the race course? Wow! envy you:)

    Insight was great as always…As for Mallya, I actually like him after whole incident of acquiring Gandhiji’s glasses:)

  7. Swatantra says:

    Great! Nice post i am sure the experience must be great!!

  8. amreekandesi says:

    Interesting account.

    I havent been around horses much. Except for that one fateful day when i lost my singlehood.

    Or the times when i have been referred to as a ‘lambi race ka ghoda’!

    BTW do they let people run/jog inside the racecourse? Is some sort of membership required for getting in?

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