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Saluting the Haryana Hurricane

WITH INDIA making fast global recognition in the corporate world, a coveted award ceremony often turns a gala event where a galaxy of people from among those who matter in politics, films, arts, media and sports etc. extract time to eat, laugh and stay together for some time. The celebrations of London instituted `Wisden Cricketer of the Century Award' for Kapil Dev was one such breathing point for many busy bees. A frequent follow up of the celebration took place at Taj Palace this past week when the world's largest Sahara India Pariwar honoured Kapil Dev on this achievement. Kapil also happens to be the Pariwar's Council Director. Sahara Council Chairman Subrata Roy Sahara and other council directors, Amitabh Bachchan and Amar Singh hosted the gala event.

A documentary on his achievements and a golden souvenir in the shape of bat and ball worth one-and-a-half kg gold was presented to him.

The occasion saw who's who in politics, film industry, bureaucracy, sports, media and arts - Sheila Dikshit, Murli Manohar Joshi, Arun Shorie, Sharmila Tagore, Shahrukh Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Briju Maharaj, Muzzaffar Ali, Vinod Dua, Adi Godrej, Hinduaja Brothers, CK Birla are just a few to mention among the glittering galaxy.

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