Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw is in critical condition, under treatment at the Military Hospital at Wellington, Tamil Nadu. Manekshaw has been permanently based at the hospital for almost three years now. I spoke with his daughter Maya Daruwala in mid-2006, at which time she said he wasn't suffering from pneumonia as had been reported frequently before, but an acute shortness of breath and general age-related degenerative ailments. Well, all I know is the man is made of the stuff they make football helmets from. Hard as nails. A real survivor. Over the last four years, he's been "critical" at least four times, and he's pick-axed his way back from the brink like the real fighter he is. Prayers.