Arun Daniel Sep 15, 2012
This guy is a GEM , i studied with him in school in Madras Christian higher secondary school , where he was in the tennis academy. I was in section F and he was in section C. We played football together, as he has mentioned , he plays really well. Very kind and loving guy. I think when we were in 8th Standard he won the junior Wimbledon. Even after that he was humble as he was before. So well dressed and i can still remember his sweet smile. After school as i had to walk my way back i used stay back sit in the stone bench and watch him practice. There was another guy called Ponnapa who used to play with him, if i can remember his name it correctly. He had strong legs and would run and practice like a machine. The best part i could remember between me and him was ,once i got into a fight with a boy and we hurt each other he was the one who took to the medical room. He used to hang out with a northeast boy mostly who was also a hosteler and a good football player. Even though by built he was bigger compare to us thin school boys , his body language and respect towards the teachers was respectful and he never took advantage of what he was then.
I have always kept a tap on him through the media i know he did go through rough patch both in personal life and in tennis. One thing i was always sure about him was that he can never fake it. Even if he is wrong he wont fake it and he would be as he is.
What touched me much after reading this article was about the letter his dad gave him about their separation in school days . This happened during our times as we were school boys. I wonder what would have gone through that kids mind and in spite of that huge pain or even confusion to understand the complexity of relationship , he still managed to put up a smile and work hard in tennis. One the reason he such awesome dad is the reflection of what kid then and a good human being he is. I pray God blesses him and his loved ones and take him to greater heights as He has Planned for him. For me i am glad this tiny boy then managed to play football with him and could sit in a stone bench and watch him play gracefully.
Dr Shahid Malik Jul 10, 2012
There should never be any talk about surgical excision of the parasitic cysts embedded in the brain. There are effective parasititocides. Which should be the first line of defence. To even discuss surgery shows the mediocrity of the medical decision. Not American standard by any measure. The only surgery, if ever, is when any scarectomy for intractable scar generated seizures. Yes I ' m an American Neurologist that have always saved patients from scalpel happy neurosurgeons if they happen to be so inclined.
Shahid Malik Jul 9, 2012
Perhaps Leander was not told by his Dr Dad that I had asked his father to rule out cysticercosis when his father told told me that he " had a space occupying lesion " . Yes I ' m an American Neurologist that have treated dozens of such cases here in the US . So please do not spread disinformation about the limited knowledge of American doctors about cysticercosis . As a matter of fact I had a Goan patient that had come to me for treatment
(from India) for poorly controlled seizures that I diagnosed and treated
Saraswathi Jan 28, 2012
A very elegant interview that carries a lot of honesty and faith. Kudos to Leander for defining Indian Tennis post the success of Ramanathan Krishnan and the Amritraj Brothers as also Ramesh Krishnan. He and Hesh simply managed to write a whole new book in Indian Tennis that is hard for anyone else to emulate or rival.
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