The Times of India
Friday, May 14, 1999
It does get bigger
than this: Crick(eat) fever grips hotels
Bangalore: Gangotree, popular
sweet and chaat shop in Koramangala, has caught on to the
cricket fever, with 35-foot stumps erected outside the shop.
Using props the shop has been decked
up as a cricket stadium, with a scoreboard and commentator’s
The traditional panipuri will
be called “Dot Ball”, the Fracky Roll is “Long On” and so on.
Mannequins dressed up in cricket attire greet the visitors.
To make the cricketing experience
more exciting, they have various quizzes and on-the-spot
contests, with prizes like two-days/three nights stay at a Dubai
hotel, colour TVs and more. The contests are also on the
Internet at www.bangalorebiz.com/gangotree.
Raj Sethia, the brain behind this
new venture is a die-hard cricket fan. “The entire creation is
to boost India’s morale,” he says. The tiny tots of the family
have composed a cricket song which goes… World Cup Hamara Hai.
Giant screen: At the Central
Park Hotel, Cedar Wood, a giant 8-foot by 6-foot screen has been
set up for the Super Six games, the semi-finals and finals, and
on May 15, 19, 23, 26 and 29.