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Long wait ends, mother meets son Sourav

ON SATURDAY morning a woman was waiting to meet her son.Sudha had learnt about the arrival of her son in the city and was there to meet him at the KD Singh ?Babu? Stadium. He was then batting in the nets, unaware of the emotions that she was going through.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 00:48 IST

ON SATURDAY morning a woman was waiting to meet her son.

Sudha had learnt about the arrival of her son in the city and was there to meet him at the KD Singh ‘Babu’ Stadium. He was then batting in the nets, unaware of the emotions that she was going through.

As she clutched on to a bouquet and a photograph, Sudha pleaded with this correspondent, “I just want to meet him. Please, arrange for a meeting.”

The moment finally came with intervention from manager of the Bengal team Samir Dasgupta. Her son was there, right in front of her. It was an emotionally charged atmosphere. Tears rolled down Sudha’s cheeks as she reached out her hands to feel her son, Sourav Ganguly. Sudha could not utter much as she kept on looking at her son’s look-alike.

Sudha wept, touched Sourav, blessed him, gave him the bouquet and then sought more time to meet and express emotions to him. Sourav, who was softened up by the unusual visitor, exchanged a few words with her and invited her to his hotel.

“I have performed puja and yagna for Sourav’s comeback to the team. I have also shown his horoscope (janam kundali) to famous astrologers and am praying for his future,” she added.

But then what Sudha, a Gomtinagar resident, got to do with Sourav?
In 1994, Sudha Srivastava had lost her 24-year-old son Vijay, who was an MTech student, in a road accident in Jaipur.

After Vijay’s death, many well-wishers and friends had told Sudha that Sourav had a striking resemblance with her son. “They told me that Vijay was still alive in Sourav,” she said trying hard to control her emotions.

“This is a big moment of my life, emotionally,” she said as she thanked and took leave to catch up with her ‘son’ at a hotel later in the day.

First Published: Mar 19, 2006 00:48 IST