Now coming towards the most interesting part of the whole trip. After both Asad n I finished, Asad had some idea that his timing was good enough for a podium, maybe 2nd or 3rd. I had assumed that my first stage let down meant I was 4th. A bit disappointed, but still thankful that we finished in one piece and NPP mashaallah was as usual absolutely trouble free.
We had late lunch after a shower and just chilled. The organizers decided to play the most bizarre political songs in the background. We watch our vdo footage/ pix and chatted and slowly packed our stuff and time passed gradually.
Asad, pinks and Zuhaib had gone to the stage where ceremony was going to take place. We could hear the speaches on loudspeakers. Mitsu, I, Doc Zahid and Salman were chatting in our camp, until they started to announce the result (backwards from D category). So I asked everyone, lets go we need to take pics of Asad taking the award and prize etc. When I got there, category C was being announced, I positioned myself to take pics along with numerous other people, camera men and news channels capturing the ceremony.
Next came category B announcement, and when I was capturing Ronnie patels's 1st position cup give away, i heard an organizer asking, Doctor Sb, what are you doing down there, come up on stage, you are being called next. Imagine the confusion that ensued. the stairs were full of photographers, I didn't know where Zuhaib was, and neither did Asad, pinks and Zuhaib know where I was. Asad n Pinks pushed Zuhaib towards the cheif guest, while i some how managed to hurl myself onto the stage. Didn't know what to do with my camera and camera bag, so just aologised to Nadir Magsi, and left it on table in front of him, where he was sitting on the stage!
Anyway both Zuhaib n I made it to chief guest to receive our trophy, but confusion continued, Zuhaib asked the cheif guest to give trophy to me, he looked at me and I said, no give it to him and eventually sense prevailed and we both held the trophy for photographers.
Immediately after that Asad n Pinks received their trophy and than it was hugs all round between all of us. It was one of the most pleasant surprises one can ever imagine. We had nicked the podium from one the very strong contenders by a margin of less than a minute!