Navjot Singh Sidhu is a former Indian cricketer and a former Member of Parliament from Amritsar (Lok Sabha constituency) between 2004 and 2014.
After retirement from cricket Navjot Singh Sidhu took up television commentary, TV shows, and politics. In 2006, he was convicted for homicide in a 1988 road rage incident, whereupon he re-signed from his political position, but after appealing to the Indian Supreme Court, the sentence was suspended, and he won the by-election for his seat. Earlier he used to be seen in a popular Indian comedy show, Comedy Nights with Kapil as a permanent guest. But now is in The Kapil Sharma Show.
Encouragement is most certainly one of the most precious gifts one can receive from ‘Sherry Paaji’.He insists that, “Encouragement is like premium gasoline…it helps you take a knockout of life”.
With no faith in ‘management fundas’, as ‘process oriented’ speakers would often lead one to be-lieve in, Sidhu directs one to focus on one’s thought process, as a means to get to one’s goal. He refers to hard and fast fundamentals as gambles, and believers in those fundamentals to be gam-blers. As his father would say, “…Son, gamblers are like toilets…broke one day, flushed the next”.
An optimist, he can often is heard saying, “Soch unchi banda Shahenshah, Shahon ka Shah… Soch neechi, banda bhikhari, haath mein thootha, than than pal, Madan Gopal…”
Being an admirer of simplicity, and of those who keep it simple, Sidhu recounts an anecdote with Kapil Dev at an early morning press conference, during his debut against the West Indies. Kapil Dev had been invited to a press conference, shortly after claiming 9 West Indian wickets.’Kapil Paaji’, A simple man, who only began to study English in class 8, Sidhu remembers being a little apprehensive about his confidence against the clamouring international media. “ Why is it that a country of 1billion cannot produce another Kapil Dev? ” volleyed the pressmen. “Ladies and Gentlemen”, he began in his mildly rustic accent as Sidhu slumped in his seat, since there were no ‘ladies’ there, “…my mummy is 63, my father passed away, you can’t produce another Kapil Dev…”, thus making Kapil Dev one of his favourite colleagues of all time.
When asked why he does what he does, he says, “I am accountable to my own conscience.” with an honest smile and sincere glow.
Courage and Fear