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from BUSINESS LINE, October 31, 2008 He waits at the lobby of Hotel Leela Palace, Bangalore, and an infectious smile plays on his lips from the minute he realises you are walking towards him. And on recognising a long-lost friend accompanying you, he greets him with a big hug and an excited "Arre yaar, kaisa hai?" But never once does he show the pain or discomfort of being confined to a wheelchair, due to a stroke he suffered almost 10 years ago.
"I am a Taurus-Gemini cusp. When I get into the Taurus mode, nothing on earth can shake me. But the Gemini in me lets me do 10 things at a time. That's why I had this stroke," he says, pointing to his head.
"'Bash on regardless', was what Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw told his troops at the battlefront. And when I met him as a war correspondent for Illustrated Weekly, I asked him what his advice would be for a …