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Dhaka Hockey Club, winners of the Dhaka Nawab Family Hockey Tournament 2008 that was held in New York on the 4th of July 2008.
Team: Noman, Ali, Shahadat, Sohaib(Manager), Anjum(Captain) and Fardeen.
Nodir E Par Bhange To Oi Par Gore. When time has stopped in Nawab Bari, we tried to put new battery in the heart and minds of the family members in New York.
As immigrant we are trying to revive our cultural heritage on this side of the Atlantic. When Arshad became nostalgic and ordered hockey sticks online we immediately planned for this Hockey Tournament. The names of the four teams were carefully chosen.
- Dhaka Hockey- a second division team owned by K.Habibullah (s/o Khwaja Setaru Mia).
- United Boys Club (UBC) a team floated by K. Rukunuddin Sir (s/o K. Sharfuddin), who was a youth sports organizer and social activist
- Bachelors Union (a team of Nawab Salimullah and later on carried by Ihsanul Huq (Bhola Bhai).
- Nawab Union- also a team floated by Nawab Salimullah and Khwaja Atikullah (now defunct).
Numbers speak for the passion:
The enthusiasm shown for the game is unprecedented. At the end of the long working day, K. Sami along with his bother K.Asrar and brother in law Munna Bhai (M.B.Hockey.Player) dared to cross the Verrazano for practice (with $10 toll and $3.45 per liter gas). This reminded me old Boat Race days, when regular month long pre race practice were done in Kaliganj canal. One of this late night practice session saga ended in the E.R. of the Elmhurst Hospital with six stitches on Rumi Babas forehead. In another practice match K. Mizan Hassan fractured his leg resulting in prescription of three physical therapy session a week and 20 sick days from the office. Even in this condition, his love for the game inspired him to wear the Yellow bachelors Jersey on the judgment day. Dr. Ali Madni (son of K.M.Amer) drove 225 miles (Sayre PA to NY) and Khwaja Nadim Azhar drove 250 miles (Fairfax VA to NY) to participate in this tournament. 4 inches of rain did not deter the participants among them were 6 rookies (never played hockey before). Nawabbarians proved once again that hockey is in their blood, the mantra of the day was:”Beer Khajara Ostro Dhoro, Ahsan Manzil Cup hasil Koro.”
Yes we do not see Sita Aur Geeta, Ram Aur Shyam kind of movies with duel role that often. This Player / Referee duel role scene was played by K.Sami, K.Mizan Hassan and K. Nadeem Azhar who took turn and blew the whistle in absence of Tuhu Bhai (professional referee). The job was well done without showing any conflict of interest. The three warning cards (green, red and yellow) were unused as now could be viewed as a showpiece in nearby sports museum gallery.
The tent to protect the spectators from rain water reached the ground late. K.Nadeen Azhar, Rameez, Sunny, Rumubaba all were injured and bleeding. There was no first aid box in sight. The newly arranged rules were not properly communicated to all the teams in a timely fashion. This resulted in chaos; walk out, protest, counter protest, drama and so on. The question now is this a “to be continued” series? We all learn from experience and promise to deliver 100% kosher and chaos free tournament next year.
Food: The overpriced food was great. The spaghetti, saffron flavored cake, chatpati, Pepsi (why not Coke), mineral water, chana, boot, popsicle ice cream, Hershey candy and the tea made the day. The tea (Garma Garam Chaye in Barish) helped me to fight headache. I just had two cans of soda and a cup of tea to save money only to find out at night that my daughter had spent 40 bucks for food. Do you trust food made by your opponent team on the game day. I don’t (Dua Tabeez works here in NY too). Ha ha ha.
Special Thanks: Goes to Zian (son of Ulfat Kamal) & Sazia (d/o of Shahriar Kamal Bappi) for working as a boy scout in the field and K.M.Sohaib for being the chief guest. Thanks go to all the persons who took time out to prepare the food (Syeda Mahbooba, Arshi Azad, Shabin Begum, Batool Ayaz and Zareen Kabir) and RumiBaba for the Flickr Ka Nazar (Pictures). Thanks go to all the participants, cheerleader, family members and my fellow organizers for making this event a successful one. Let us gather the positive energy emitted from this tourney and strengthen the family bond further. Joi Nawab Bari, Nawab Bari Zindabad.
Stay tuned for more pictures. See you in the picnic. When? Where?