Exposing the hollowness of their GDP growth mumbo-jumbos, another Indian has just slipped under the Below Poverty Line (BPL).
Is it a Dicky Bird? Is it a plane, carrying homesick Lalit Modi? No, it’s Sachin Tendulkar!
Well, hear it here first.
Tendulkar, whose annual income was the closest statisticians got to infinity, is dead broke!
First he sells off his red Ferrari 360 Modena and then he applies for home loan to buy a 1 BHK flat outside Mumbai!
The twin developments merit close analysis and I want you follow me here closely.
Why did Tendulkar sell off his Ferrari, presented by no less than a Michael Schumacher?
Was it his legendary anticipation that warned him of the fuel price hike that was barely 48 hours away?
Was it the political analyst in him that closely monitored the West Bengal election and realised red was fast going out of vogue?
Can it be possible that he had a tiff with Schumacher – suppose Schumi calls him and mistakes his sing-song voice for that of a maid -- and a mighty annoyed Tendulkar did not want to keep any memory of him?
Or was it because he felt let down by Ferrari who did not resist DRS in F1? So what if this DRS stands for Drag Resistance System and not Decision Review System? After all, once you accept the initials, you are not far from accepting the whole thing!
Well, Doosra risked life and limbs to unearth the truth and here’s how the Little Master turned pauper almost overnight.
Tendulkar earned the stuff by sackfuls but didn't trust banks -- including the one he endorses -- and used to stash all his money in the cellar.
And he got the shock of his life when he found termites had eaten up all the notes!
And the rest, as they say, is his story.
P.S. Sources tell us the sole purpose of Tendulkar’s Wimbledon visit was to try and borrow some money from Roger Federer.