India, Nov. 10 -- Monsoons can be a particularly trying time in Kolkata, but for the Maidan, the vast green expanse in the heart of the city, it is an indisputable blessing. Home to about 40 cricket and football clubs, the nearly three months of rain is the only time when the grounds get time to recover from the stomping it receives the rest of the year. The players are on leave, the clubs empty out, and the only people active are the groundskeepers. Yet, on this cloudy July morning, there is one player oblivious to the conditions.

At Kalighat Club, Wriddhiman Saha is rolling the pitch himself. He's just finished trimming it with a lawnmower. The groundskeeper had offered his services, but Saha wanted to do it himself, do it just right....