Mumbai: Mumbai boy Yuvraj Walmiki (21), the latest sensation to take the Indian hockey circuit by storm, is all set for his homecoming to the city from the nation's capital on Wednesday. Home for the young phenomenon is a cramped 16x16 square feet shanty in Marine Lines.
Walmiki, who showed nerves of steel when he smashed the penalty against Pakistan to give India a crucial 3-1 lead in the Asian Champions Trophy finals in China, has been basking in the glory of victory that catapulted him to fame. But not many know of his humble background, and the poignant tale of penury, hardship and perseverance that makes his newfound success all the more sweet. Walmiki's mother Meena (40) wants to pull out all stops and cook a lavish meal of his favourite chicken biryani and chicken fry, but the sum of Rs 1,000 she has set aside for the celebrations have already been depleted in purchasing sweets for acquaintances.
"I have asked his father to borrow another thousand from his employer and get the finest chicken and basmati rice on his way home from work. I have also reminded him to get extra packets of candles, as our home has not received power supply for 18 years now," said Meena. "He has made not only us, but also the entire nation proud. Our entire family will be going to the airport to receive him," the teary-eyed mother added.