The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Azhar Elahi Daad Khan

Three wall clocks and windowpanes…

Too numerous to count have fallen prey to Azhar’s indoor cricket practice sessions. Couldn’t keep his hands off the bat, so when his mother told him not to play in the streets, he had to get to work somewhere.

It all paid off…

And not because of the ‘artistic’ value of his ‘impressionist’ work. A very spotty wall was the result of his passion for strokeplay, and it was worth more than the glares it got him at home. It was his passport into Arun Lal’s cricket coaching centre. Though the 18-year-old had to give up the nets to prepare for the ICSE, he later started to play Cricket Association of Bengal matches for Marcus Square Recreation Club and later for Kalighat Club. He was a natural choice for the school team and represented his school, Saifee Hall, at the Milo inter-school tournament, Under-13 and Under-16 meets.

No red lights…

For the green club, despite being busy with the bat. Vicky here was a member of the school nature club since Class VIII, competing in school fests. After hanging up his scout cap, he joined the NCC unit at St Xavier’s College, where he is pursuing chemistry. He also does his bit for the college National Service Scheme unit, going for camps to Paikhala, a village “adopted” by the service wing. Was involved with HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns, blood donations and cleanliness drives.

Action all the way…

It is for Azhar, who has had a single dream ever since he was a little boy. A police officer is what he wants to be, and he will do anything to get there. He has already started studying for the IPS and other civil services exams so he gets a chance to serve his country.

Agent Hunt vs 007…

May be a close battle in Azhar’s mind, but Tom ‘MI’ Cruise ain’t a patch on Pierce ‘Bond’ Brosnan. Though craze for Mission Impossible II has won this guy the name Agent Hunt, the latest 007 leads his list of must-meet celebs. Don’t be surprised if he manages either. From the age of 12, he has been making inroads through security cordons to within handshaking distance of stars like Aishwarya Rai, Raveena Tandon, Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai.

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