How I Met Prakash Padukone and How Kind He Was To Me
What this world needs is a new kind of army - the army of the kind. ~ Cleveland AmoryThere was a time when I used to play badminton, a lot. It was during my school days. I used to train myself at the GNFC Sports Complex in Bharuch (Gujarat). One fine day, during the Open Gujarat Championships that were held in Bharuch, the organizers called Mr. Prakash Padukone to provide inspiration to the young shuttlers. Prakash Padukone is a former badminton player and the first Indian to win All England Championship and also the father of Deepika Padukone.
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So in the evening when he was called, we all were busy to see the champion and meet him and get autograph from him. So an autograph session was arranged wherein he can give his autographs to the budding players. I too rushed to take his autograph, but some senior players pushed me before I could reach him. He saw this. And then he called me by signaling his hand and gave me autograph with a pen on a piece of paper which I had brought and also autographed on my badminton racquet's cover with a thick marker.
That act of kindness has been etched on my mind forever.