The talented playwright Vijay Tendulkar is no more. My mother did her PhD. work on his fabulous masterpiece of history and eighteenth century Pune society, Ghashiram Kotwal. The play which became quite controversial was a pinnacle of storytelling, music, humour, acting and satire. I recall a time when I could narrate almost the entire play. Other notable works include Sakharam Binder. In his own way because of my mother's connection to his work, Tendulkar had a presence in our household.