Writer, editor, photographer, mentor and teacher... Waleed Hussain has spent a good part of the last 20 years as a print and digital journalist, while also wearing many other hats. He has headed the newsrooms of two national dailies in Mumbai and New Delhi and been associated with The Times of India, The New Indian Express, The Morning Standard, Mid-Day, and Cricinfo, among others. A history and architecture enthusiast, he is always en route to somewhere - whether physically, virtually or mentally - to add to his personal encyclopaedia. A passionate journalist, he, however, remains Sufi at heart. In this episode of The Write Creed, Waleed takes us through four decades of his life. Born in Kuwait to wealthy NRI parents, Waleed was a spoiled brat who wanted to be a professional footballer. Then in August 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded and annexed Kuwait and started the first Gulf War. Overnight, 12-year-old Waleed and his family had to return to India as refugees. The death of his mother at 14 shattered him and he was almost suicidal. His school friends were his support system and they introduced him to cricket, a game he had never played in Kuwait. From there, he grew to love the sport and played for the junior and club teams in Mumbai and simultaneously started his career as a cricket journalist. Eisha and Waleed then go on to discuss different kinds of journalism.
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Pic: Waleed Hussain with one of his mentors, former Indian cricketer, Salim Durani. Salim Aziz Durani is a former Indian cricketer who played in 29 Tests from 1960 to 1973. An all-rounder, Durani was a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and a left-handed batsman famous for his six-hitting prowess. He is the only Indian Test cricketer to have been born in Afghanistan.