Press Esc to close
Saturday 24 June 2017
News updated at 12:17 PM IST

Number 13, a favourite number of Thackeray: Book

Mumbai, Nov 19 , 2012 (PTI) 16:49 IST
The number 13 is considered unlucky by many in the country but it was Bal Thackeray's favourite number.

86-year-old Thackeray, who died on Saturday, got married on June 13, 1948, and launched his cartoon weekly 'Marmik' on August 13, 1960.

This nugget of information finds mention in an upcoming book "Bal Thackeray: Rise of Shiv Sena" by a Mumbai journalist Vaibhav Purandare.

Though no believer in numerology, the Shiv Sena supremo liked numbers to add up to 9, the book said, adding by a coincidence, he died at 3.33 pm, a number that adds up to his lucky one.

The book also mentioned that Thackeray quit a Mumbai newspaper where he was employed as a cartoonist thrice.

The first time, because he was asked to sit next to the telephone, which buzzed all the time and disturbed his concentration.

The reason for which the firebrand leader quit the second time was because his freedom of expression was "muzzled" as he was asked to avoid drawing cartoons on "holy cows" such as S K Patil and Minoo Masani, the book said. Patil, a Congressman, was an uncrwned king of Mumbai before Thackeray himself acquired that epithet.

The third time Thackeray quit was because he and a group of journalists from the newspaper decided to get together and launch a daily.

The book mentions that Thackeray's fondness for warm beer was well-known but said he was equally fond of his cigars.

When Sharad Pawar visited him in a hospital, Thackeray told him, with trademark humour, "My girlfriend is not with me." By girlfriend, he meant the cigar. The Shiv Sena boss was forced to give up smoking for a while because of illness.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind flanked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief...

NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind flanked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief...

A police officer offers supports to the son of slain DSP Mohammed Ayub Pandit to pay respects to...

A police officer offers supports to the son of slain DSP Mohammed Ayub Pandit to pay respects to...

Members of Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind (Delhi state) burn an effigy during a protest against Israel at...

Members of Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind (Delhi state) burn an effigy during a protest against Israel at...

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C38, carrying earth observation satellite...

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C38, carrying earth observation satellite...

Muslims take cover with a cloth to protect themselves from scorching heat as they offer last...

Muslims take cover with a cloth to protect themselves from scorching heat as they offer last...

BSF personnel take part in a cycle rally at India Gate to aware people against drugs in New Dehi...

BSF personnel take part in a cycle rally at India Gate to aware people against drugs in New Dehi...

Angry students burn railway properties during a violent protest against Central government over...

Angry students burn railway properties during a violent protest against Central government over...

Former Union minister Nagmani showing a bullet which was fired from an unidentified assailant...

Former Union minister Nagmani showing a bullet which was fired from an unidentified assailant...

Children are seen near the entrance gate of Maroda Village which was renamed as 'Trump Village'...

Children are seen near the entrance gate of Maroda Village which was renamed as 'Trump Village'...

Children play football in mud after rainfall in Kolkata on Friday. PTI

Children play football in mud after rainfall in Kolkata on Friday. PTI

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.