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Sachin Tendulkar spent the first 28 years of his life in the Mumbai neighbourhood of Sahitya Sahawas, a locality that is a far cry from the city depicted in popular culture: the glitz of the socialite world on the one hand and the violence of the underworld on the other. Niranjan Rajadhyaksha in Mint writes about the influence of the locality on Tendulkar when he was growing up.
The residents of Sahitya Sahawas decided to have a small celebration with Sachin after he scored his hundredth international century last year. He came early so that he could visit an ailing childhood friend, went to the homes of a couple of senior residents who could not come down for the celebration, posed with wide-eyed kids who could not believe that their hero was actually back, and ate the simple meal that was on offer.
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