Anand Mahindra Reveals about his “blast from the past” with Stephen Hawking

Business tycoon, Anand Mahindra rejuvenated fans, to a “blast from the past”, sharing an old picture that shows him with the late British physicist Stephen Hawking. The auto team at Mahindra group had created a specially kitted minivan for Hawking’s Mumbai visit.

Mahindra with Hawking at Mumbai, 2001

The photograph was taken during Hawking’s 2001 visit to India. It shows the chairman of Mahindra Group standing next to the celebrated physicist at the ‘Taj Hotel’ in Mumbai. A specially-kitted minivan had been created for him so that he could travel the city with ease.

The celebrated physicist spent much of his life in a wheelchair, steadily losing control over his muscles because of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Indian Express claimed that hawking was given a tour of Mumbai in the minivan, that could easily accommodate his wheelchair.

Anand Mahindra stated, “Blast from the Past!, thanks to a friend who shared this pic from her archives; from Stephen Hawking’s visit to Mumbai in 2001.”

“I was particularly proud that our auto team created a specially kitted minivan for him to travel throughout Mumbai.”

Since the evening this picture was posted, it has collected over 3000 likes and dozens of reactions.

Stephen Hawking was awarded the first ‘Sarojini Damodaran Fellowship‘ by TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) in Mumbai. Likewise, he was invited to attend a conference on ‘string theory’.

And during his 16-day tour, he met with then-President, KR Narayan in New Delhi and visited the Qutab Minar.


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