the-south-asian Life & Times                       April-June 2011




 Editor's Note


 Cover Story

 Team India Readies
 for World Cup 2011

 India's Foursome

 Golden Age of Polo
 in India


 Rare & Royal Classics


 Dalip Singh Majithia
 - the First Landing
 in Nepal

 The First Aerial Shots
 of Mt. Everest

 Trivandrum's New


Travel Destination

 Jim's Jungle Retreat


 The Kalasha

 Lakshan Bibi


 Tiger-Sightings in

 Corbett Wildlife
 by Majid Hussain


 Somdev Devvarman

 By O P Dutta









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India’s Foursome for the World Cup 2011

L-R: Maj Vishal Chauhan, Samir Suhag, Maj Ravi Rathore, Col Tarun Sirohi

Maj. Vishal Chauhan

The youngest member of the Indian team, Vishal is known for his marking abilities and favours the forward position. He plays for the 61st Cavalry Polo Team and was a member of the Indian World Cup Team in 2007.

Handicap: 2

Age: 29

Team: 61st Cavalry
Position: Forward

Known for: Marking abilities

Alma Mater: NDA & IMA

Born: November 28, in Dujana (near Rohtak), Haryana

Major Ravi Rathore

A versatile equestrian with brilliant stick work and a good eye for the ball, Ravi is a fast-playing forward. He plays for the 61st cavalry and has twice been a member of the Indian World Cup Team.

Handicap: 3

Age: 31

Plays for: 61st Cavalry Polo Team
Position: Forward

Known for: Fast play and aggression

Previous World Cups: Member of the Indian World Cup Team in 2003 and 2007

Alma Mater: NDA & IMA

Born in New Delhi

Samir Suhag

Samir has represented India four times in the FIP World Cup Tournaments. He plays the pivotal No. 3 position, and is one of the longest hitters in the country.

Handicap: 5
Age: 36



Col. Tarun Sirohi

A very experienced polo player who has played in over thirteen countries, Col. Tarun Sirohi will be captaining the Indian team for the first time in the FIP World Cup play-offs in Malaysia, though he has been the Captain of the Army and 61st Cavalry teams for a while now.

Handicap: 3

Team: 61st Cavalry
Position: Back

Previous World Cups: Member of the Indian World Cup Team in 1998 and 2007.

Alma Mater:

Born: in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh 

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