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‘Nothing in life is permanent’

Calcutta: Sachin Tendulkar took a walk down memory lane during a book release function, here, on Sunday evening.

“My dad always used to tell me that nothing in life is permanent, except your nature. You might well be very successful professionally, you might have all the riches of the world, but what counts is how good you are by nature. I still remember dad’s words and always try to follow them,” he said.

The occasion was the release of a pictorial book on the Maestro, The Peak. Sachin spoke about the need to contribute to the society in every possible way.

“You need to keep on doing the good things, keep on working for the society and think about its welfare,” Sachin said. “I try to do social service whenever I find there’s an opportunity for me.”

Sachin also narrated an incident during the tour of Pakistan in 2003-04. During a visit to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, he decided to stand by the bed of a kid who was told to be his ardent fan.

“What’s your name?” Sachin asked the little boy but his sister answered on behalf of the reticent kid. “He would scare you by his name,” the sister remarked.

As Sachin couldn’t ask his curiosity, the kid said: “I’m Osama.”

Yuvraj Singh, who was one of the chief guests at the function, said: “We all look up to Sachin. He is my hero, the nation’s hero. But the most important thing is he is also a great man.”