“They say I have a strong Gujarati and Indian accent. Yes, because i am a strong and proud Gujarati, and very proud Indian :)” – @pranavmistry
This simple, yet effective tweet sent out by the innovator of the Samsung Galaxy Gear was evidence enough how connected he is to his Gujarati roots. At last count, the tweet had received 329 retweets and 97 people had made it their ‘favourite’. Pranav Mistry, the whiz kid in question here, had come under criticism from user social media platform for his Indian accent while unveiling the Gear in Berlin on Wednesday.
And speaking to his friends simply reaffirmed how attached he is to his motherland. He is still in touch with more than a couple of his friends, albeit through the same social networking platforms.
“I’m proud that I was a classmate of his. He has accomplished so much but he is the same guy I knew from school (in Palanpur),” said Mistry’s friend Amit Gupta, reminiscing of the time when Mistry was in Palanpur for an alumni meet on January 14, 2012. “He recognised me! I wasn’t expecting,” he added in the telephonic conversation with dna.
Mistry, to modify a cliché, was a master of all trades in school, claims his other friend Dilipsinh Hadiyol, who was one-year senior to him in Vividhlakshi Vidyamandir, Palanpur, where the duo studied. “He had an extraordinary knowledge of computers,” said Hadiyol, “something which was quite alien to us in 1996-97.” He made a computer (!) for a science fair and won the competition.
Mistry was equally adept at sports, be it badminton, table-tennis (won at district-level) or cricket, and was known to be a regular at the Palanpur Gymkhana and George V Club in the town. It was here that Mistry and Hadiyol had met — for Hadiyol was the school cricket team’s captain, while Mistry was a pro paddler.
The friends knew from school that Mistry would be really famous one day; he showed all signs of “becoming the Indian Bill Gates” from his childhood…
It’s been about two years since the friends have met but they have been in touch through Facebook. “He responds. In fact, he is still the same though the guy has accomplished so much,” said Gupta.