A close friend Hiren who is editor of a Mumbai magazine asked me, “Did you hear about Pradeep passing away?”
I had worked with Pradeep Vijaykar, a famous sports journalist with The Times of India, Mumbai, for 17 years. When I was a trainee in the news desk, I wanted to interview Sunil Gavaskar. It was Pradeep who told me, “Go to Worli, refer my name and meet him at his office.” Gavaskar talked to me but was not keen on an interview due to some contract.
I remember how Pradeep used to call me to his cabin and say, “Forgive my ignorance,” before asking any questions. He was well informed than me, but was always humble.
“Ya I heard the sad news,” I wrote to Hiren and added a philosophical sentence: “How fast time flies? Between ‘is’ and ‘was,’ there just seems to be a breath.”
How I got this line spontaneously is not known to me.
I am convinced. For a peaceful life, the best mantras are, “Work hard, enjoy the moment, laugh like a child, keep mind open to all ideas (Let knowledge come to us from all sides, as Rig Veda says), have a blog and join my lovable blog buddies here.”