Cricket, the most popular sport in India, is played throughout the year, not only on parks and grounds, but also on the narrow lanes and by-lanes of cities and towns throughout the country. Few weeks ago, I came across one such small and young group at what is known as the Graffiti Lane of Calcutta. This narrow lane (along with a few more nearby), off Mirza Ghalib Street (former Free School Street), is known for the bright wall graffiti on both sides.
Para (neighborhood or locality in Bengali) or Gully (narrow lane in Hindi, Bengali) Cricket, as it is known locally, tests the patience of the players a lot. Continuous disturbance from pedestrians, bicycles or even cars is common. Add to that the problem of the ball getting lost if a batsman tries an adventurous shot and ends up sending the ball inside some house or walled area. But at the end of the day, all these make the total experience much more fun.