Stress Buster

Team Player

Shree Cement's Hari Mohan Bangur loves playing volleyball with his childhood buddies

Photographs: Sandipan Chatterjee

Even at 63, Hari Mohan Bangur retains an infectious enthusiasm about sports, and that is even more evident when the discussion revolves around volleyball. There is an instant transformation visible in the Shree Cement MD when he talks about playing volleyball with people who he has known for over five decades.

It is a universe far removed from the cement business but it is one that Bangur loves to talk about. In the past, every Sunday, a group of around 20 people, all pretty much in the same age group, have gathered at the Bangur home in Kolkata for a volleyball session. “It is a tradition that my father started and he would play with friends and cousins.I was always a substitute until someone older showed up,” laughs Bangur, who must have been barely 12 back then.

There were at least 15 people who would show up religiously, although he is not sure about how it all started. Till his father was 75, playing volleyball was a ritual he followed every Sunday morning. “My 31-year-old son also plays the game and my four-year-old grandson throws the ball around. It has become a family tradition and we are all just


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