So, I am not a big Tendulkar fan. Actually I am just neutral to him. I dont follow the game much, but I do think he is a great person. As in a great human. No controversies, no fights, no losing temper in public, decent person.
RD, his friend, R, friend’s daughter and I are waiting for friend’s wife to finish her exams. We are watching Tendulkar’s last speech.
Friend: Yeh royega
RD: no no he is just emotional
RM: bol rahi hoon pakka royega
R: Kyun Amma, woh hurt hai kya?
RD: No he is retiring
RM: He is going away
R: Means woh sab ko chod ke jaa raha hai??
*we all laugh*
RD: Yes, R, something like that
R: Kyun Amma
RM: Well, he is retiring, just like Barodu thathi retired from her school, he is retiring from playing..
RD: hussshhh I want to hear him speak
After 10 minutes
Friend’s daughter: Yeh toh bole hi jaa raha hai..
RM: He is thanking everyone around him
RD: I cant believe he is retiring,
Friend : you are getting emotional
RD: *choking a bit though he denies it!* well, he has been cricket to me, I still remember when I was in my class 5, these people in our pada were discussing this young chap named Tendulkar who came to play..its been so many years, I cant imagine Indian cricket without him
Friend and I are smiling :):)
After 10 more minutes
R: Amma, this Tendulkar uncle is still talking, kitna sara telling na
Laughs around 🙂
We pick up Friend’s wife and go to the nearby mall because she is very hungry
They have big screens there in the food court and they keep replaying Tendulkar’s last speech and his lovely gesture of touching the pitch at the end..etc etc
R: Amma Amma Amma
RM: Dont shout R
R: Arey that Tendulkar uncle is back to playing, aapne toh bola he retiring, then he coming back again??
and then I speak to my Amma yesterday afternoon. After general stuff, out of the blue says, I think Tendulkar is a great great man. I almost fall off my chair.
RM: What Amma?
Amma: I think Tendulkar is a great man, so humble, I have read EVERY article of his which has come in the papers, No bad word about him. He is truly so nice. I think the best part is the fact that he is asking people to leave his son alone. Isn’t that great? A parent who puts no pressure on his child to perform well.
Ah well, spoken like a true teacher eh?
My post on Tendulkar may be the only one which doesn’t talk about his glories. But I do believe he has been great to Indian cricket. But hey I love Dravid too. #Justsaying.