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AN EMOTIONAL MEETING: Saraswathi Vaidyanathan blesses cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar in Chennai on Monday. Photo: M. Vedhan
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AN EMOTIONAL MEETING: Saraswathi Vaidyanathan blesses cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar in Chennai on Monday. Photo: M. Vedhan

The legend approached the 87-year-old Saraswathi Vaidyanathan with folded hands and sought her blessings. Affectionately calling Tendulkar her fourth grandson, she gifted an idol of Lord Ganesh to the batting maestro

The air suffused with warmth, Sachin Tendulkar greeted a special admirer at a city hotel here on Monday. The legend approached the 87-year-old Saraswathi Vaidyanathan with folded hands and sought her blessings.

Despite an illustrious career of miles and milestones, cricket's most successful batsman has retained a great sense of humility. “I read in the article that you have followed all my innings and know all my records. I need your good wishes,” said the man who cuts across barriers.

The April 1 issue of The Hindu Metro Plus broke the story of how Saraswathi, unmindful of her advancing age, had kept track of Tendulkar's glorious journey. She maintained her own statistics of the maestro, kept awake all night to follow his innings on television and prayed for him.

Her body weak, Saraswathi had difficulty walking. Yet her eyes laughed when she saw Tendulkar in flesh and blood. Not wanting the moment to fly away and turning distinctly emotional, she said, “I am lucky to meet you.” Tendulkar corrected her. “No, I am lucky to meet you,” he said.

Saraswathi recalled Tendulkar's records — to the legend's great delight — and expressed her wish that he complete 100 international centuries. Tendulkar is seven short of the landmark. “I will,” replied a beaming Tendulkar.

She then gifted Tendulkar an idol of Lord Ganesh. Tendulkar touched her feet, again in all humility. Soon, he autographed her prized possession — a bat signed by several accomplished cricketers. The maestro's name had been missing from the list.

Affectionately calling Tendulkar her fourth grandson — Saraswathi has three grandsons and a granddaughter — she asked the legend, “How are Anjali [Tendulkar's wife], Arjun [son] and Sara [daughter] doing?”

Tendulkar answered, “They are all well.”

Saraswathi's second son C.V. Venkitakrishnan said: “Whenever she has a health issue, all she needs to do is to watch Tendulkar bat. All her pain disappears. He is a tonic for her.”

Despite being pressed for time, Tendulkar had happily agreed to meet Saraswathi. It came after a team meeting of the Mumbai Indians at Park Sheraton, ahead of the evening practice session.

Tendulkar was moved on more than one occasion. Saraswathi had the final say. “You are short in stature, but very big in deeds,” she said. Tendulkar smiled, once again.

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That's Sachin for us. Leave him. May god bless him more.

from:  Manigandan
Posted on: Apr 18, 2010 at 09:58 IST

What a wonderful thing to read!!!!!!!!!
Really, Sachin is great legend.....and so also Saraswathi..what a great fan of real diamond of cricket.

from:  k e v kameshwar rao
Posted on: Apr 9, 2010 at 13:54 IST


Sachin!!! one word that bonds over a billion hearts...
i am jealous of Saraswathi patti ... I pray God to see Sachin one day...

from:  hema
Posted on: Apr 8, 2010 at 17:15 IST

When stories about terrorism, maoist massacare, scandals...corruption tire you a story like this comes along, which re-enforces our faith in Humanity..What else can I say, I'am a happier mortal today.

Sachin, you rock !!

from:  Vij
Posted on: Apr 8, 2010 at 15:47 IST

More photos would have been awesome. Touching her feet truly shows our values. Sachin would have done this from his heart, this is no PR thing. I guess MI will win the finals now!

from:  BG Mahesh
Posted on: Apr 8, 2010 at 14:43 IST

The legend in every aspect..An example of staying still in spite of many victories.

from:  Saida
Posted on: Apr 8, 2010 at 11:38 IST

I like the list of Key words under the article

Key words: Sachin Tendulkar, batting maestro, sports icon, cricketing legend

Add this ... GOD !!!

from:  Rama Karthikeyan
Posted on: Apr 8, 2010 at 01:14 IST

Thank you so much Hindu for making this happen!!

Definitely Tendulkar deserves BHARAT RATNA. Am sure there will be many more pattis and ammas like Saraswathi patti, who wish him all the very best. No age limit for admiring him. He is such a down to earth person.
We all love SACHIN TENDULKAR. Long live Sachin.

from:  SUGANTHA PARTHASARATHY
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 22:22 IST

Humility is the mark of great persons.....!!!

from:  sri
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 22:21 IST

He is the blessed son of our motherland. An emotional meeting made my day

from:  Vimalan
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 22:01 IST

India's value system in display. Let the tradition continue.

from:  Sidhanta Patnaik
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 16:00 IST

Ideal gesture from an ideal human being

from:  Santanu Bhattacherjee
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 15:44 IST

the real accolade ..... for both of them !!

from:  Amit
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 15:36 IST

Thanks for the wonderful post, it's really nice and it shows how humble this great personality and the way he treated the old lady. It shows there is no age limit to watch Tendulkar's innings.

from:  Raghilesh. R
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 14:55 IST

Sweet Saraswathi paati and great Sachin

from:  Joy Sangeetha
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 14:28 IST

Thanks Hindu.....we need many more sweet happenings from you.... and my wishes to Saraswathi patti and Sachin.

from:  ponnuvel
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 12:51 IST

Very touching. Sachin is truly India's most prized possession.

from:  John S
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 12:24 IST

That's why Sachin is a lLegend more than cricket and records. Hats off to Saraswathi Paati and my Little Master.

from:  Salim Hariz
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 12:19 IST

He is a living legend, he is a humble man, with beautiful and kind heart. I have been watching him since 1991. I'm a Pakistani, I too am proud of him; he is a Gem of India. He made this game worth watching, I wish to meet him at any point of time. I played cricket at national level. I bought a bat in 1996 just to take autograph of him (Sachin) but never got chance. I still have it untouched, waiting...I pray for Sachin that God give him more success and he will achieve anything he wants in cricket. I wish him all the best.

from:  Nauman
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 12:14 IST

His on field deeds are legendry and unreachable for a long long time, but his humility add the the charisma of being SACHIN TENDULKAR, and that's why he is so special. The lady Saraswathi is lucky. Kudos Sach, we love you.

from:  Anupama Joshi
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 12:02 IST

Thanks to The HINDU, for such a heart touching article ! Hats Off to Sachin! Because of this Sachin is always Sachin..no one can replace HIM!

from:  Devisri
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 12:01 IST

Sachin is Sachin, a man with hundreds of records in his fold still down to earth.................vow. One should learn from him.

from:  Alok Chaturvedi
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 11:47 IST

I never believed that he can be so humble. I pray with my folded hands "Long Live the God of Cricket & Produce many more Memorable Innings both inside & outside the field." My Mom always prays to God whenever Sachin plays. I feel very satisfied seeing at least my fellow citizen's Mom was able to meet the Cricketing God.

from:  Dhirendra
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 11:27 IST

I met him today at Park Sheraton breakfast room... he is so humble.. he let me take a pic with him.. signed an autograph.. and I playfully put my arm around his shoulder.. the body guards started shouting but he was smiling..and let the photo taken.. :).. yesterday night the whole hotel lobby ws full of people awaiting CSK and MI.. so many star players walked in.. but when Tendlya came.. everyone started shouting.. Sachin, Sachin.. he smiled, waved.. he won everyone's heart all over again :)

from:  Mayank Jain
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 11:16 IST

Truly Sachin is GOD in flesh and blood. He is my IDOL and someone who inspires me all the time!

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 10:59 IST

Sachin is not only the best cricketer in the world, but also a great human being. I hope others in the Indian cricket team learn something from him.

from:  vinay
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 10:49 IST

Such a Touching Moment...!! proved again he is a legend...!! Wishing Sachin to create many more world records!!

from:  priya
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 10:01 IST

The short and sweet article is truly impressive. Hats off to Saraswathi, a quintessential fan of the legend.

from:  Akshay L
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 09:49 IST

Hats off to Sachin... & HINDU

from:  Navaneeth.
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 09:30 IST

Sachin is no doubt having a great cricketing career & success in his life. It's because of personified humility & down to earth attitude. Sachin you rock.

from:  Vilas
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 06:11 IST

Very inspiring and touching!!! So much to learn from him!

from:  Karthik Shanker
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 02:38 IST

What a gentleman and what a lovely lady.

from:  Arun Gopal
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 01:01 IST

Amazing coverage. I bet the story of this kindness of masterblaster and the strong enthusiasm of the 87 year old, can humble even the coldest of hearts. Congratulations The Hindu !!

from:  Amarjeet Singh
Posted on: Apr 7, 2010 at 00:04 IST

Very happy...I saw the earlier post and wished for this meeting to happen. Thanks Sachin and The Hindu

from:  Piyush
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 23:41 IST

Very Sweet!

from:  Raam Vaidyanathan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 23:37 IST

All the best Sachin.. may your glory gets glorified.

from:  ananth
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 23:08 IST

Made me eyes moist..a poignant one...

from:  Shivkumar
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 22:09 IST

In the last IPL match Mumbai vs King XI Punjab Sachin came to collect the Man of Match award. Nita Ambani brings along underprivileged children to the post-match ceremonies to give away the awards. It was good to see Sachin first walk up to the child before meeting any dignitaries. He sat down and spoke to the child for a while before moving on to greet the dignitaries and do the post match interview....

from:  Bedoon Esam
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 21:14 IST

Sachin, you are a humble human being. India is blessed with people like you.

from:  champa vittala
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 20:38 IST

It's well said, "Humility is a slow root through which, all heavenly virtues shoot". Long live Sachin and Saraswathi Patti.

from:  Vasantha Viswadoss
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 20:31 IST

Appreciate Sachin's humility..

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 19:57 IST

Thanks to media...for making Saraswathi's dream become true and Sachin's humanity scores centuries at this moment..

from:  Diwahar
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 19:52 IST

I have grown up watching Tendulkar bat, bowl and field. Wow, how lucky could we people be !

from:  rahul bagga
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 19:28 IST

The fact that keeps him grounded is, the higher that he rose in life he always made sure that his roots are dug deep down inside.

He truly cuts across boundaries, I never knew about the age boundary before I read this article. All I knew was that he is loved across culture,religion,countries,languages.....

Thumb's up Sir !!..

from:  Denzil Antoney
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 18:53 IST

Agree with Saraswati, short in stature, but very big in deed.His humility & respect for elders is what makes people respect him. The very fact that there is no controversy about him inspite of being in the public eye for such a long time... One has to appreciate his parents for inculcating such high values in him.The whole nation is very proud of him.

from:  Lalita Vaidyanathan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 17:27 IST

That Sachin Tendulkar is a great cricketer is an indisputable fact. That he is a humble man only befits him and makes him the great that he is. He has made all of us proud and I sincerely hope that the budding cricketers learn to be as humble as he is.

from:  Anup Kumar Das
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 17:10 IST

Schin is not only a BATTING legend....he is also a IDEAL HUMAN....We all are lucky to see this great man.

from:  Atanu Mitra
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 17:06 IST

How can you measure the value of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar-The Master,The Legend and The God of Cricket!!! :-)

from:  Raama
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 16:55 IST

"SACH" is the class of SACH'in 10dulkar.

from:  Kiran Koundinya
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 16:53 IST

These things can happen only in India .. :).. proud to be born in maestro's era ..

from:  Joy
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 16:31 IST

Indeed very touching! This grand old lady even described Sachin as one of her grandsons - apparently an emotion-packed get together for the humility-personified Sachin and the lovable grandma. One more feather in the cap of The Hindu, for making this meeting possible and we thank you for bringing out the human side of the story in full measure. Well done!

from:  D. Chandramouli
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 16:24 IST

Not all the sequels are sucessfull. I read the earlier article on this subject and posted the link on twitter to Harsha Bhogle so he can make the arrangement and the meeting!! Was delighted to see the news! my prayers are there for sachin to play many more inngs and the young lady to watch them!!! Awesome guys for making this possible!!

from:  Pavan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 16:05 IST

Here is our god of cricket getting a blessing from one of the true fans,

from:  siva
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 15:36 IST

Kudos to Sachin, Once again he has proved his humbleness by meeting a die hard fan.

from:  SATHYANARAYANA KANDAN
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 15:19 IST

Inspirational and humble Sachin.

from:  Giri Senji
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 15:17 IST

Nice to see the news that our hero met Mrs. Saraswathi Vaidhayanathan.

Our heartful thanks to the organisers.

from:  Dhanabal
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 15:11 IST

I was waiting for this article to be shown in The HINDU after the earlier one. And all it needs is a SACHIN to respond to this emotional meet & yet not get carried away. No doubt he is miles ahead of all us mortals. Cheers to this "Young" lady.

from:  Pawan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 15:01 IST

Sachin is a great human being.

from:  vikas maheshwari
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 14:18 IST

It is nice to watch. All the best to The Hindu as well as supporting officials.

from:  mathichselvan.m
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 14:16 IST

Just imagine what fame Sachin carries along with him... God has already showered all his blessings to him.. but still we all say.. GOD BLESS HIM...

from:  Ankit Jain
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 14:01 IST

I wish every Indian is as humble as this legend. The greatness of this man lies in his simplicity and humbleness. Let's discover Tendulkar in ourselves.

from:  Abhijeet
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 13:06 IST

Sachin you are simply great;, Yes she is correct “You are short in stature, but very big in deeds,”

from:  Shanmuharajan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 12:58 IST

Well done...The Hindu

from:  sreedhar
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 12:48 IST

Love you Sachin

from:  Praji
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 12:44 IST

An incredible gesture by Sachin. I read the 1st April article about this incredible lady. Now her dream of meeting Sachin has come true within a week. Kudos to The Hindu for this effort. Nowhere in the article, The Hindu has made claims that it helped Saraswati meet Sachin. I hope other papers and news channels follow this example.

from:  Harish Dixit
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 12:43 IST

It's 100% true that watching Sachin play makes us feel so good; it is a tonic indeed.

from:  padma latha
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 12:29 IST

More than Sachin's records, his humility is only taking him to greater heights. Long Live Sachin and play for India as much as you can.

from:  Vijay Padmanabhan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 12:10 IST

wow.. this is amazing. Such humility, respect for elders among such celebrities is seldom seen..This is why Sachin is more than just a cricketer.. He is an institution in himself.

from:  akshit
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 12:04 IST

Awww. What a nice story to wake up to in the morning.

from:  Khandelwal
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 11:26 IST

Salute to both of you
Batting Maestro & ... Beloved Grandma

from:  Sivaprasad
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 11:22 IST

Thats a great event.. Thanks to HINDU for publishing about paatti, and all kudos to Tendulkar who is always known for his modesty and humility. This is the news of the day!!!!

from:  Karthikeyan R
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 11:09 IST

WOW am happy. so happy ... Wanted her to meet when I read the previous article.. Mrs. Saraswathi we salute you.. You are now a legend in our minds.

from:  Karthik Krithivasan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 11:08 IST

I think Sachin Tendulkar is not only a good cricketer, he is a human being with all good qualities.

from:  Basavraj Santikar
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 10:51 IST

What a moment it was. Really moving. Isnt it?!
Saching is EVEREST , not only for his cricket but also for his humility and down-to-earth nature. I don't think any other sports person in this world carried such pressure and such a long period of time.

from:  Surya
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 10:23 IST

The news of the day for me and millions of true Sachin fans!!! Thanks Hindu!

from:  Balaji
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 09:44 IST

Wow!! Wow!! I got goosebumps when I read " He is a tonic for her ". So is he for so many of us. What a legend. We are all lucky to have him on our side. What an inspirational life!!!!

from:  Karthick Hariharan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 09:04 IST

Sachin is God.

from:  Amruth
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 09:02 IST

Hats off to Sachin... you are a great human being.....its your humility which makes my love grow for you...

from:  Kanthimathi
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 08:54 IST

Now it's clear,India is great & CRICKET is it's national sport.

from:  Sumit Dass
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 08:21 IST

Hi, Everyone should know the reason why he is admired by critics and loved by admirers. Humility--humility not artificial but natural.

from:  Govindarajan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 07:42 IST

This is truly amazing.... Thanks to Sachin and The Hindu for making this happen.

from:  Sreevatsa
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 07:23 IST

...how beautiful life is sometimes!

THANKS 'The Hindu' for bringing this about.
As a cricket lover, I treasure this happening.

There was a citical remark in the last article by a reader,that we should be worrying about the immense problems our nation faces.True but also true is that it is such beauty in human heart&endeavours that gives us strength for everything else.

from:  arp
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 06:08 IST

The gestures from Saraswathi and Tedulkar are very touching.

from:  Hindupur Rajagopalan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 05:39 IST

Priceless moment

from:  sudha
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 05:01 IST

Thanks for this wonderful article. Sachin is not only a great cricket player but also a wonderful human being, as seen from reading this article. Sachin deserves the Bharat Ratna more than anyone else. I hope the Indian government sees to it that great honour is bestowed on this cricket legend. It is a delight to see the photo of a great player and an elderly fan and admirer of Sachin. Time will prove that this photo has everlasting value.

from:  Pacha Nambi
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 02:57 IST

How awesome !

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 02:47 IST

This is sweet.

from:  Nikhil
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 01:11 IST

You are the perfect example of humility!! I bow before you!!

from:  Indumathi Kandasamy
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 00:59 IST

Hats off to The Hindu Metro Plus and also to NDTV-Hindu for presenting us the wonderful meeting of Sachin and Saraswathy Patti.

from:  RAMEE RAMALINGAM
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 00:58 IST

Sachin Tendulkar is a class act! We as Indians should be very proud of him.

from:  Subramaniam Hari
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 00:55 IST

Hats off to The Hindu for making this happen!

from:  Tej
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 00:35 IST

Sachin's humility knows no bounds....and kudos to the lady for such a nice work.

from:  sumit
Posted on: Apr 6, 2010 at 00:24 IST

First of all thanks to Hindu and the others who made it possible.
It was not only her wish but also my wish (Saraswathi-Sachin Meeting) too... Not only in the field but also Off the field he again proved that 'He is a Master'.
Wish Sachin to create many more records....

from:  Srikanth V
Posted on: Apr 5, 2010 at 23:56 IST

After a long and tiring day, mentally, physically and emotionally, I have read this, and can now go to sleep with a smile and less of a heavy heart...

from:  Alok
Posted on: Apr 5, 2010 at 23:33 IST
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