The city's journalistic fraternity paid rich tributes to departed sports writer Chandrashekhar Sant at the packed Garden section of the Mumbai Press Club on Tuesday.
Sant (61) passed away last Thursday following a massive heart attack at his residence in Mulund. Veteran writer and radio commentator Raju Bharatan referred to him as a gift of goodness and said he believed the former Maharashtra Times journalist worked as hard as fellow journalist John Crasto, who passed away two decades ago.
As president of the Sports Journalists Association of Mumbai (SJAM), Sant bridged generation gaps with aplomb and was a regular at cricket matches which the SJAM team participated in. He last met the team a couple of weeks ago when Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers played a Twenty20 game against the journalists as a prelude to the All India Public Sector tournament hosted by the Chembur firm.
A generous man
Prominent writer and commentator Ayaz Memon remembered Sant as a generous man who would undertake the most challenging of tasks with a smile. In 1983, Sant along with three Mumbai journalists, Memon included, went to cover the Prudential World Cup in England on their own financial steam.
Sant's sports editor at Maharashtra Times, VV 'Bal' Karmarkar, who presided over the condolence meeting, recalled how Sant opted for a media career at a time when he was close to getting promoted to an officer at Abhyudaya Bank. Karmarkar also dwelled on his junior's penchant to observe the on-field mannerisms of cricketers.