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|King Kong (standard:non fiction, 1047 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Apr 28 2013||Views/Reads: 1269/837||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The first play book on wrestling was written in ancient India. It was a simple plan, create a hero and a villian. To date same formula is used in wrestling.|
KING KONG Subba Rao India was known to be the birth place of wrestling. As martial art, wrestling goes back to thousands of years in India, it is more like Jousting in Europe in middle ages or duels fought in other parts of the world. In Hindu mythology, wrestling was mentioned as noble sport with high stakes like winning or losing kingdom or a wife or both. In the epic story of Mahabharata, the righteous prince Bhima and his wicked cousin Dhuryodhan learned wrestling together from the same master and yet went to kill each other at the end of a glorious wrestling match. Similarly in the epic story of Ramayana, vanara or monkey kings Vali and Sugriva wrestled for days with none giving up, Lord Rama intervened to end the match by shooting Vali to death with an arrow. The Indian epics created villain and hero wrestlers and made the first playbook in sports. In modern times, Gama nickname for Ghulam Muhammad was undefeated in his long career and became a folk hero as father of wrestling for the entire Indian subcontinent. He was the gold standard in wrestling. An expression like “there is nobody like Gama,” became a standard phrase in Indian lexicon. In 50s to and 60's, King Kong and Dara Singh became famous wrestling duo in India. Born in Hungary, Emile Czaja came to India to learn wrestling and assumed the name King Kong after a role he played in an Indian movie. King Kong and Dara Singh wrestled each other often attracting big crowds all over the country. Posters of mean looking King Kong and serene looking Dara Singh in various wrestling poses were posted all over the city few weeks before the bout. Colorful murals depicting the humongous body of King Kong in many wrestling poses were painted on abandoned building walls to advertise his wrestling events with Dara Singh. The promoters psyched up the crowds as a fight between the evil King Kong and righteous Dara Singh. In the school, students argued on how much food King Kong and Dara Singh had for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If a student said King Kong had one dozen eggs for breakfast, others countered by saying Dara Singh ate two dozen; If King Kong were to eat half of a goat in one sitting, Dara Singh ate the entire lamb for dinner. It was mind boggling for Juggernaut born into vegetarian family even to visualize how much a person can eat that too animal flesh. It was all pure Click here to read the rest of this story (111 more lines)
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