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had ricocheted off the arm of a policeman on the street and hit Asha on the forehead. Chopras were the only Asian family among the victims of the unrest that lasted till the late 1990s.The IRAofficially apologised for Asha’s death Asha’s death has found mention in chronicles of Indians in Ireland and is an unfortunate footnote in the Island’s uncomfortable past Years later Asha’s grandson and Vishal’s 15-year-old son Varun has added an Indian chapter to Ireland’s cricket story Rising steadily on the junior circuit Varun is all set to play the under-19 World Cup making the young leg-spinner the first Asian to do so For Vishal 46 now the journey back to Ireland as a 17-year-old after he was packed off to live with his grandparents in Mumbai days after his mother’s death for 12 years has been worth it “My mother’s death changed everyone’s life in the family My sister and I were flown to India right away while our father joined us after folding up his business He would remarry I didn’t let the trauma of my mother’s death make me turn my back on Ireland even though it brought unhappy memories I did return to the place of my birth” says Vishal a diehard weekend club cricketer “Now I look forward to the day when my sons Varun and Rishi play for the Ireland senior team Being part of the Ireland under-19 team is a big honour for the family and the Indian community” he adds Staying in Coleraine a northern Ireland town of about 40000 Vishal often passes the Derry road where his mother breathed her last on some days to pick or drop his sons for cricket training “Somehow I feel her soul is around there Dad used to tell me how he told mom not to drive as she was pregnant but she insisted Ironically it was a funeral that we were returning from While at the wheel my mother was talking to the cop who was managing the traffic because of a bomb threat in the area We later found out the IRA were aiming at the cop” says Vishal who is an importer of jewellery from around the world It’s not a trade he pursued as a 17-year-old in late 70s when he was just another fresh-off-the boat teenager eager to make money Vishal did exactly what his father Prahlad and other Indians before him did when when they landed in Ireland as the Raj was crumbling back home In Ireland they made their names as door-to-door salesmen They were known to work all day travel to interiors reliable and most importantly give weekly credit “The villagers loved us I had a van that would be filled with clothes trainers grocery All the Indian millionairesmade their money starting as door-to-door salesman” he says Vishal too climbed the social ladder gradually Extra cash meant he could afford to return to the sport he loved “There were a number of overseas players from India — like Kiran More Shantanu Sugwekar Milind Gunjal — who would come to play club cricket in our town There was quality cricket My sons mostly accompanied me for cricket games and they took the sport seriously” he says Varun opted to be a leg-spinner a rare species of bowlers in these parts As luck would have it Varun got a coach in Bobby Rao a leg-spinner all-rounder who played for India now married to a local Varun learned the flipper googly and the skidder from Rao and this resulted in his meteoric rise When selected to the u-19 team Ireland’s junior coach Ryan Eagleson spoke about the boy who always seemed much smarter than the others on the field in age-group cricket “Varun has had an outstanding season at the domestic level helping Coleraine to the Premier title and bowling superbly for both our European titles-winning U-15 and 17 sides He’s an exciting prospect who we have high hopes for” he said Vishal describes his son as a “Anil Kumble type of leggie” and is quick to add “I mean he bowls fastish leg-breaks that skid” Vishal says that he isn’t looking too far ahead as like all Asian fathers he thinks studies are high on the priority of his academically inclined son “But I am open to him travelling to England play county cricket” he says Before he hangs up he wants to know when the story will be published in the newspaper “My father staying in Mumbai will be very happy” he says For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related News twice an Olympic silver medallist,By: Reuters | Singapore | Published: June 28com/E2v7BmiDoG — Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) November 5, As the turn of events unfolded, this is the first time that a concert is being streamed live. The concert will begin with the sombre and pentatonic Maalkauns and go on to a short composition in another powerful and serious raga Mian Ki Todi followed by the famous Doordarshan tune Des raag. 2015. has made it to the list for three of his films including Hollywood movies The Hundred-Foot Journey.
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