Justin Langer’s Mumbai Slum Visit: A Tale of LSG Masseuse’s Home

Lucknow Super Giants head coach Justin Langer recently shared his enlightening experiences in India, where he spent over two months. In a column for The Nightly, Langer recounted his visit to the slums of Mumbai during the team’s final Indian Premier League game. He described his visit to the home of LSG’s massage therapist, Rajesh Chandrashekhar, providing a poignant glimpse into the local way of life. This visit left a lasting impact on Langer, offering him a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse and vibrant culture of India.

Justin Langer’s View and Learnings:

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In his column, Langer expressed deep respect for Rajesh Chandrashekhar and his family, highlighting their incredible warmth and hospitality despite their modest financial circumstances. He was profoundly moved by the love and kindness they extended to him, which left a lasting impression. Langer’s account underscores the deep human connections and generosity he experienced during his time in India, showcasing the country’s rich cultural and emotional landscape.

Langer shared the narrative of the massage therapist, emphasizing Chandrashekhar’s diligent work ethic. He portrayed Chandrashekhar as a dedicated individual, highlighting his perseverance and commitment to his profession. Through his storytelling, Langer conveyed admiration for Chandrashekhar’s resilience and the admirable qualities he embodies as a hardworking individual.

Justin wrote, “RC told me that he lived in the slums of Mumbai and that he had earned a lucky break as a masseur for the local football (soccer) team. From there one thing led to another and that is how our paths now crossed.”

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Reflecting on his visit, Langer recalled navigating narrow alleyways to reach RC’s residence, where he witnessed a family of six residing in a cramped 4×5 meter room in Mumbai. The stark contrast between the cramped living conditions and the warmth of the family left a profound impact on Langer. 

He wrote, “During our breakfast, RC translated our conversations, and his family smiled, laughed, and made us feel so welcome. Their pride at having us in their home was tangible. All six of them were dressed neatly, and when it came time for photos RC’s parents put their arms around us and made us feel the same love we feel with our own family.”

Wrapping up his column, the ex-Australian batsman turned coach acknowledged his privileged life of opulence, cognizant of its stark contrast to the experiences he encountered in India. Langer emphasized that his journey provided invaluable insights, fostering a deeper understanding of humanity’s resilience and the importance of gratitude. His reflections underscored the profound lessons he gleaned from his transformative trip.

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He concluded by writing, “ After a life of living what I would now define as extreme luxury, I was humbled like never before seeing how other human beings live their day-to-day lives. What struck me about our visit to RC’s house was that while they seemed to have nothing, they also had everything they really needed to be happy. Family and friends — call me simple — but these are pretty much the remedies for happiness, regardless of all the other stuff.”

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Lucknow Super Giants head coach Justin Langer recently shared his enlightening experiences in India, where he spent over two months. In a column for The Nightly, Langer recounted his visit to the slums of Mumbai during the team's final Indian Premier League game. He described his visit to the home of LSG's massage therapist, Rajesh Chandrashekhar, providing a poignant glimpse into the local way of life. This visit left a lasting impact on Langer, offering him a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse and vibrant culture of India.

Justin Langer’s View and Learnings:

In his column, Langer expressed deep respect for Rajesh Chandrashekhar and his family, highlighting their incredible warmth and hospitality despite their modest financial circumstances. He was profoundly moved by the love and kindness they extended to him, which left a lasting impression. Langer’s account underscores the deep human connections and generosity he experienced during his time in India, showcasing the country's rich cultural and emotional landscape.

Langer shared the narrative of the massage therapist, emphasizing Chandrashekhar's diligent work ethic. He portrayed Chandrashekhar as a dedicated individual, highlighting his perseverance and commitment to his profession. Through his storytelling, Langer conveyed admiration for Chandrashekhar's resilience and the admirable qualities he embodies as a hardworking individual.

Justin wrote, "RC told me that he lived in the slums of Mumbai and that he had earned a lucky break as a masseur for the local football (soccer) team. From there one thing led to another and that is how our paths now crossed."

Reflecting on his visit, Langer recalled navigating narrow alleyways to reach RC's residence, where he witnessed a family of six residing in a cramped 4x5 meter room in Mumbai. The stark contrast between the cramped living conditions and the warmth of the family left a profound impact on Langer. 

He wrote, "During our breakfast, RC translated our conversations, and his family smiled, laughed, and made us feel so welcome. Their pride at having us in their home was tangible. All six of them were dressed neatly, and when it came time for photos RC’s parents put their arms around us and made us feel the same love we feel with our own family."

Wrapping up his column, the ex-Australian batsman turned coach acknowledged his privileged life of opulence, cognizant of its stark contrast to the experiences he encountered in India. Langer emphasized that his journey provided invaluable insights, fostering a deeper understanding of humanity's resilience and the importance of gratitude. His reflections underscored the profound lessons he gleaned from his transformative trip.

He concluded by writing, “ After a life of living what I would now define as extreme luxury, I was humbled like never before seeing how other human beings live their day-to-day lives. What struck me about our visit to RC’s house was that while they seemed to have nothing, they also had everything they really needed to be happy. Family and friends — call me simple — but these are pretty much the remedies for happiness, regardless of all the other stuff."

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