I had a feeling of indescribable joy while shooting an ad film with Milkha for the Kochi half-marathon some years ago.
Top Indian players, including skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, had already posted their condolence messages on Twitter.
"I couldn’t hide my glee when I used to read Milkha’s remarks about me. Sometimes he will be appreciative, at times he will be critical, but I didn’t mind that at all," says Usha.
Milkha's life is an inspirational book full of wisdom. He was the one who taught India's sportspersons to learn what you can from failures and improve.
From PM Modi to cricket superstars to new age track-and-field hopes like Hima Das, the tributes were not just an admiration of Milkha's legacy but also the strong influence it had on the nation's sporting culture.
The 91-year-old, who died at Chandigarh's PGIMER hospital on Friday night after battling the infection for a month, was in high spirits when his positive test report came on May 19.
One of independent India's biggest sporting icons was a tormented man but refused to let that come in the way of accomplishments which were unheard of in his era.
She was 85 and is survived by her husband, one son and three daughters.
The 91-year-old, popularly known as Flying Sikh, is asymptomatic and claims to be in "high spirits'".