India, Aug. 2 -- It's been three decades to the day on Sunday when Saddam Hussein's tanks rolled into the Kuwait leading to the start of the Gulf War. Pankaj Advani knew nothing about it and was intrigued by his parents getting frenetic. All of five then, the multiple billiards and snooker world champion, also didn't know he wouldn't go back home in Kuwait again.

"This is the first time I am talking to anyone about this," says Advani, winner of 17 world titles in snooker and billiards. "On August 2, we were in Belgrade and staying in a transit hotel for a night to catch a flight to Kuwait the next day. At midnight, the hotel staff knocked at the door, informing that Iraq had invaded Kuwait and all the international airports in the Middle...