Zubin Mehta and Yusuf Hamied: A Photo is Worth A Thousand Words

If there was one picture that could be called priceless it’s the one we’ve carried here, of two celebrated and brilliant men, conductor Zubin Mehta and scientist Yusuf Hamied, childhood neighbours and now best friends, from the late thirties to the present day.

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“This photograph taken over the years from 1938 to the present day at the same spot, outside 21, Cuffe Parade, Colaba, where we both grew up, is a ritual we’ve been practicing over the decades,” says Hamied, the feisty Chairman of CIPLA whose humanitarian work in the field of AIDS relief in Africa has won him international acclaim.

Mehta and Hamied represent Mumbai at its cosmopolitan and gracious best. And both are at the top of their game even now in their late seventies, winning accolades, honours and achievements wherever they go. What’s most significant about this time-lapse picture, is that the two men in it have between them a Padma Bhushan and a Padma Vibhushan! How many other ‘chuddie-buddies’ can that be said of?

Original Article: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/worth-a-thousand-words/15292155