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Of Cheques And Balances

As national icon, fame and fortune are his. Still, M.S. Dhoni makes a dash for academics.

Of Cheques And Balances
Somnath Sen
Of Cheques And Balances
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A day before the start of the Bangalore Test, relaxing in the heavily guarded hotel, Mahendra Singh Dhoni talks about the unreasonable demands some fans make. "People don't make an effort to get into your shoes," he sighs. But that's not an easy task for ordinary mortals like us dragging through our dreary lives—how can we ever know what a Tendulkar goes through? For us, the actions of those who call fame their own are often inexplicable, however mundane the causes. Take Dhoni. He wants to be a graduate—isn't that absurd? He's fabulously successful, intelligent, articulate and wealthy. Of what use to a man such as him could a scrap of paper certifying a degree in Bachelor of Commerce be?

"The reason is very simple," Dhoni grins, as he talks about having enrolled himself for a graduate course at Ranchi's St. Xavier's College. "I want to be at least a graduate." For him, it's a degree of respectability, something that only education can confer. And Dhoni is unwilling to go through life without it. "When I have children and when they go to...
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