Where there’s a will, there’s a way… goes the adage. This has been proved once again through a wonderful documentary film by Danny Mamik.
Tiger Woods of Bengal showcases the journey of a group of boys, who follow their passion for the game of golf at the Chalsa Polo Club in West Bengal. Polo is no longer played at the club. So a group of local kids, most of whose parents work in and around the tea gardens of the picturesque town of Chalsa as tea-pickers and in other types of work, decided to put the vast green club grounds to good use – playing golf.
But there was a problem. Being poor, they simply could not afford the costly equipment which professional golf requires. So they simply made the clubs – from blocks of wood. Though it may seem incredible, that how can golf be played with such ‘sticks’, the boys have proved their ingenuity by playing, and playing well by their standards, and with unbound exuberance. In fact, as the documentary shows, most of them play the game daily, such is their enthusiasm.
In fact, there is a type of golf club called wood, which are long-distance clubs and which were originally made from persimmon wood, but which are now they are made from materials such as carbon fibre, titanium or scandium.
The documentary traces Danny meeting up with the boys, after being introduced through a female friend, who is a Siliguri resident and known to the boys. It then goes on to depict interviews with the players, how the clubs are chiseled out perfectly, and follows the boys out to the course.
If their story inspires you, contact Danny Mamik at +919892220705 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate golf equipment, accessories or apparel. You could also send them to 83 Sunshine Building, Rajabali Patel Lane, Breach Candy, Mumbai 400026.
THE DOCUMENTARY, TIGER WOODS OF BENGAL
Written by Anushtup Haldar for Team M3.tv
Feature image: The players with the film-maker (centre of back row) (Tiger Woods of Bengal/YouTube)
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