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Tendulkar darling of millions FEW people would believe that Indias number one celebrity - internationally famous cricket star Sachin Tendulkar - lives in a secluded unpretentious locality of suburban Mumbai Though he is a millionaire several times over and is now considered to be one of the richest Indians in the world Sachin at 25 has not yet moved away from his childhood home where he lives in his joint family with his parents brothers their wives and all the children Youngest of four children Sachin was brought up in a traditional Saraswat Brahmin family in a middle class locality in Bandra Mumbai His cricketing career began in the nearby maidans where many boys from the government housing colony gathered to play the game after school Like many a prominent cricketer of India Sachin Tendulkar started to learn cricket in the by-lanes of Bandra where weekend cricket is a community passion During his learning years he also lived for some time in the famous Shivaji Park area where coaching classes for wannabe cricketers are held every vacation and Sachin was very much a part of these camps though he has never said that any particular coach is his guru Sachin Tendulkar was not a bright student at school Born to a father who taught Marathi as a professor first in the Siddharth College founded by Dr BR Ambedkar and later in the Kirti College in Mumbai he went to an ordinary school called Sharadashram Tendulkar was never known here as an outstanding or bright student but he was certainly the scholar of the cricket field Showing signs of his unusual genius he played inter-school matches and became a cult figure among Mumbais schoolboys With some scraping and studying he crossed his school board examination and joined Kirti College where his father taught for his university education For long his mother Rajni worked for the Life Insurance Corporation She quit her job only
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