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Leander’s father Vace Paes requested me first to nurture his son. Few days later, Sourav’s father Chandi also came to me with the same request for his son . Actually, that time, there was a thought that a person or a team that trains under me, would be succesfull definitely but they never trained together. 2-days a week and that too on Sundays and Saturdays. They trained under me for 1-2 yrs. Both had one thing in common which attracted me since day 1. That is their hunger to be successful. They didn’t have any high ambition at that age, but they both were good learners

I didn’t even know the rules of basketball or even thought of playing the sport ever. Like every other child, my parents first put me into cricket. I was practicing as a bowler, but unfortunately I sustained an injury, which would hamper my cricketing growth. It was then that my school coach Ajitkaran Singh asked me to take up basketball because of my height.

We were invited by an Indian friend for a dinner during our stay in Germany. A number of Europeans were also invited. One of the Europeans remarked that ‘Indians are literally crazy for grains. They are obsessed with sugar and white flour. They eat a lot of trash most of the time’. Thereafter, I encountered a book written by American nutritionist (Gayelord) Hauser in a bookstore in Germany. As I was going through the book, I was making up my mind to forgo grains as they cause obesity, excess release of fat-promoting insulin and trigger digestive problems.” She returned to India, astonishing everybody with her decision to stop eating grains.

I love to speak – actually it’s an art taught to me by my guru [former president] Dr S Radhakrishnan. In public speaking, one has to be passionate and brief. Radhakrishnan would say that if one is not able to say what he wants to say in 30 minutes, then he does not have anything worth saying.

I (Karan Singh, J&K Politician) love to speak – actually it’s an art taught to me by my guru [former president] Dr S Radhakrishnan. In public speaking, one has to be passionate and brief. Radhakrishnan would say that if one is not able to say what he wants to say in 30 minutes, then he does not have anything worth saying.

Pakistan’s former President Asif Ali Zardari has claimed that ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif twice planned to assassinate him. Zardari, 62, said that Nawaz and Shahbaz plotted his murder when he was serving his eight-year-long sentence in corruption cases. He said the Sharif brothers planned to kill him when he was going to a court to attend his hearing. “The Sharif brothers – former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his younger brother Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif -twice planned my murder in captivity in 1990s,” Zardari said.

“After briefing the meeting on the presidential election, Sonia Gandhi bid me an emotional farewell…Thereafter, with a mischievous smile she looked at me and said ‘Along with that, of course, I will miss some of his tantrums’,” Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee writes in his book.

Harold Robbins’ novels inspired me a lot. His bio on the front page would read he was a millionaire by the age of 21, went bankrupt and then built himself up again. It was all larger-than-life with yachts, private jet and what not. I could visualise myself living that lifestyle. They were an early influence on me to become an entrepreneur, coupled with the business magazines I used to read.

I am often asked: why didn’t you play for India like your father Dilip Sardesai? My answer is simple: a politician’s son or daughter has a fair chance of getting elected and becoming a member of a legislative assembly or Parliament or even prime minister; a business house may actively promote hereditary succession; an actor may produce a film for a star-son but a Test cricketer’s son cannot wear the India cap without being one of the 11 most talented players in the country. As my father would routinely remind me, “I am not going to be there to score runs for you on the pitch, you have to do it!”

“I am being sacked,” texted Cyrus Mistry to wife Rohiqa on October 24, 2016, minutes after he was informed that he was going to be fired at the Tata Sons board meeting that he was about to attend at 2pm. The incident was revealed by Nirmalya Kumar, who was group executive council member under Mistry, on his blog. Kumar, who was also removed from the company the same day as Mistry, wrote in his post that the Tatas could have handled Mistry’s removal in a better manner.

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