New Delhi: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan mourned the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away at 93 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Thursday.
Vajpayee's demise has left the entire country heart-broken. Celebrities from the film industry have been expressing grief over the death of an iconic leader.
Amitabh Bachchan wrote an emotional blog post in which he described his father's connection with Vajpayee.
"A stalwart , a poet , a writer an enlightened mind , a compassionate being leaves this world .. and we mourn his passing ..
He was an admirer of my Father and his works and there were many an occasion when I would be present at their meetings ..
My Father knew him from his early years , perhaps when Atalji was a student .. there was occasion when my Father had heard the young Atalji speak and was very impressed by his oratory .. on a later day and date there was a debate at an institution which was being presided over by my Father .. Atalji was one of the speakers for the debate, but had not showed up within the specified time ..
He did eventually and pleaded with my Father that his delay was due to the fact that there was a delay in the train he was travelling in .. the organisers were not permitting him to participate , but my Father put all aside and called him up to speak .. Atalji was spectacular as always and gained much praise ..
...despite his prominence as a leader of eminence , Atalji never hesitated to meet up with my Father .. particularly on one occasion when my Father was admitted to AIIMS hospital in Delhi, Atalji visited him to ask after his condition ..I was there .. his compassion and concern was most gracious ..
It was Atalji who agreed to launch and honour the occasion when the 'stamp' was inaugurated in my Father's name .. it was in Lucknow .."
Bachchan also recounted his special memories with Vajpayee, " He was one that personally would ring me on my birthday , as I would on his .. when he went through a knee operation at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, I had visited him .. it was during the monsoons .. and as he lay on his bed he was facing the window of his room and the rain was pouring down .. and he said .." Musaldhar, baarish ho rahi hai.'
Musaldhar! a rare hindi word expression, which is not often heard these days .. but those conversant with Hindi and particularly in the Northern regions of the country , will know of this as an oft spoken word ..
..his oratory powers were unmatched .. and the usage of words exemplary .. they were filled with the power of pronunciation .. the rendition of the word was enough to give it meaning .. one did not need to understand the language .. that was his brilliance .. some of his public speeches and ones done in the Houses of Parliament are testimony ..
.. a poet a writer a politician a Prime Minister .. an extremely rare human .."
Big B also posted a tweet: