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Bridge gets a helping hand from some corporate sponsors

December 21, 2012
KOLKATA, DEC 21: As Chairman of the Mumbai-based Poddar Developers Ltd, Dipak Poddar has a busy schedule. But, that does not deter him from his passion — Contract Bridge, a card game that has been holding its own in the country thanks to a few individuals who are chipping in to keep it going. “Despite opposition from my family, I enjoy playing bridge and spend close to Rs. 15 lakh annually on my team,” avers Poddar. His team was knocked out by Delhi’s Formidables (which is being supported by HCL Corp) in the semi-finals of the ongoing 54th Winter National Bridge Championship in Kolkata. “When my team qualifies for an international tournament, I spend an additional Rs. 10 lakh,” he says.