Indian expats in Boston celebrate T20 win
BOSTON: As Mumbai and the rest of India went ballistic celebrating Team India’s win in the T20 World Cup, miles away here in the US of A, expatriate Indian youth here gave their own twist to the victory celebrations.
Pramit Makoday, the secretary of the non-profit charitable organization, Next Generation Foundation (NGF), and Nagendra Tomar were joined by a group of other cricket enthusiasts in taking out a huge car rally, with each car sporting multiple Indian flags, on the streets of Boston’s western suburbs to celebrate India’s win. The rally made a bunch of pit stops on their way, arousing a lot of curiosity among the American passers-by, who asked the Indians various details about the game of cricket and were amused to find a lot of similarities with their own favorite, baseball.
Rev Stephen Gemme, the pastor of S. Bernadette church, one of the rally’s pit stops in Northboro, MA, was so excited to know about cricket and India’s win, that he ended up joining the Indian crowd in the celebrations. The rally covered about 10 miles in a slow procession of about 30-40 cars ending into an open area, where everyone started dancing to the tunes of popular Bollywood releases Rang De Basanti and Chak De India .
Indian snacks and sweets were also distributed to all the participants.
Local cricket enthusiasts, Jayesh Singodia and Ashwaghosh Kamble, contributed significantly to the success of the rally, by taking care of a lot of logistics arrangements.
NGF has been very recently involved in helping introduce the shortened format of Twenty20 cricket in the Boston area, in coordination with the Massachusetts State Cricket League, in the New England Cricket Cup tournament inaugurated by the cricketing legend, Joel Garner. NGF also was the primary beneficiary of the recently concluded BCC Cup tournament organized by the Burlington Cricket Club, and partly supported by NGF volunteers.