Comparing former Mumbai sheriff Nana Chudasama's banners, which he has been writing for several years, to new age 'tweets', industrialist Mukesh Ambani on Sunday said Twitter-like social sites were inspired by it.
"Twitter should give royalty to Nana Chudasama for the 'tweets' he started 40 years ago. Had they (Twitter) started this service that time, they would have made a lot of business," Ambani said here after the release of 'History on a Banner', a book based on the compilation of messages written by Chudasama.
Mukesh, whose father Dhirubhai was a friend of Chudasama, praised his humour and wit, saying the messages served to bring about public awakening.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani, who released the book, said Chudasama's messages indicate his honesty, patriotism and concern towards common people.
"Whenever I am in Mumbai, I never miss the banner and today also I read it while coming for the programme," he said.
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who could not attend the function, sent a recorded message.
"There are a very few people who are honest about what they feel and express it. Chudasama is one of them."
Bachchan also termed the banner corner as a landmark in south Mumbai that the city just could not miss.
Chudasama, who turned 75 on Sunday, said many of his one-liners were inspired by politicians.
"Indian politicians give me a lot of subjects for the banner and that is why I change my banner every eight to 10 days," he said.
The book contains interesting banner messages that Chudasama has been writing right from the 1970s that have been displayed from his office balcony at Marine Drive, now called Nana's corner.
Various subjects like cricket, inflation, television, natural calamities, international issues and politics form the subject of his banners.
For people who avoid voting, he wrote "Check the Greek dictionary for the meaning of an idiot, it means a person who doesn't vote."
In 1980s when Babasaheb Bhosale unexpectedly became Chief Minister of Maharashtra after AR Antule resigned, the former Mumbai sherrif wrote "Computer selects CM alphabetically."
Welcoming painter MF Husain in Mumbai when he was embroiled in controversy for painting Hindu deities, he wrote "Let wisdom dawn. Lets welcome our nation's pride MF Husain."