My day is in­com­plete with­out a few frames

Sportstar - - 40 SUPERSTARS -

Play­ing bil­liards is like a rit­ual to me. For some peo­ple, the day be­gins with prayers or Sand­hya­van­dana. For me, the day be­gins with bil­liards. It is a life­style. My day is in­com­plete with­out a few frames.

When I en­ter the bil­liards hall, it is like prac­tis­ing deep med­i­ta­tion. I for­get all my stresses and wor­ries. On the ta­ble, I am ob­vi­ously not the player I was in my prime, but the love and pas­sion for the game keeps me com­ing back to the green baize.

Sport­star used a won­der­ful photo of mine af­ter I won the world ti­tle in 1990. It is the best pho­to­graph that has ever been taken of me. In those days, it was very rare to see such a high­qual­ity, high­def­i­ni­tion photo ap­pear in news­pa­pers or mag­a­zines. Many of my fam­ily and friends bought that is­sue of Sport­star, cut out my photo and framed it. I did so too. That frame still hangs proudly in our homes.

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