Heard a Navjot Singh Sidhu interview on the radio today while driving. The RJ asks, “So Sidhuji, were you always such a sher-e-Punjab type, so bold and assertive?” Sidhu replies, in a surprisingly quiet, thoughtful tone, “You’ll be amazed but when I was in school and I was asked to participate in a debate or public reading I would bunk the next three days because I was so scared. And there was a time early in my career when I was even unhappy when I scored a century because I knew I’d have to speak to the press afterwards.”
RJ: So what changed?
At this point I was expecting to hear an admission along the lines of “Oh, my publicity agent told me that if I learnt to speak like a jackass and did it in a strong, declamatory tone, I’d make loads of money commentating and appearing on TV shows in this country obsessed with making celebrities out of dumb people.”
No such candour. Instead Sidhu goes:
“I found religion and meditation, my dear friend, that’s what changed. It made me a stronger, more confident person and that’s why I am the way I am today.”
Strongest argument I’ve heard yet for practicing atheism.