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u Rocked! iBow

6 Oct

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

A modern day Edison. No person had a greater impact on human life through technology. He revolutionized the way products should be designed. He was one of the best business minds at the same time.

The embedded video is of the speech he made in 2005 at Stanford University. I especially liked his first story – connecting the dots where he said that had he not dropped out to attend a calligraphy class at college, the personal computers would have never had fonts. He is right that we should do what our heart desires and listen to our inner voice. If we continue, the dots will someday connect. Thank you, Steve Jobs. iInspired.

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Obama in India

3 Nov

Barrack Obama and IndiaObama is reaching Mumbai on November 6, 2010 for a 4 day trip. As usual here in India, visit of the president of United States is a big event. This will be his longest stay in a foreign country in still early days of his tenure. Moreover, by not visiting Pakistan on this tour, the US wants to send out a clear message about the importance it gives on its relations with the rising Asian power. Continue reading

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore – a legend

9 May

Today (May 9, 2010)  is the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the legendary Bengali poet, philosopher, educationist, essayist, musician, novelist and playwright.

Wikipedia rightly refers to the person who alone reshaped Bengali literature and gifted with worldwide respect as a “Bengali polymath.” The word polymath means a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning. His life and writings is a subject by itself but I here make an attempt to put down some of the interesting or lesser known facts about him.

  • Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913 for Gitanjali.
  • Rabindranath loved and admired Gandhi Ji and it was he who named the father of the nation “Mahatma” which is Sanskrit for great soul.
  • Tagore is the only poet to have penned the national anthems of two countries – “Jana Gana Mana” for India and “Amar Shonar Bangla for Bangladesh”
  • He started writing peoms as early as when he was just 8. His first work was published when he was 16 under the pseudonym Bhanusingho. In 1877, he wrote the Bengali language’s first short story – Bhikarini. Continue reading

Forbes: Dhoni earning more than Sachin

6 Sep

dhoniMahendra Singh Dhoni is in news for something not directly related to cricket. After the Mittals and Ambanis, India now has a cricketer in the haloed lists of rich people published by Forbes magazine.

According to the Forbes magazine, Dhoni is now the richest cricketer making $10 million last year. He has surpassed even the legendary and India’s probably first super rich cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin however is still the country’s highest tax paying cricketer pulling out a whooping 8.1 crore rupees as tax this year.

The rise of this long haired bloke from Ranchi, a town not known for cricketers was phenomenal. The man has climbed up the ranks fast, never in awe of being in a club of legends like Sachin and Dravid, he established himself in the team finally ending India’s long search for a wicketkeeper who can bat. He grabbed the captain’s cap first in the ODIs and then after Kumble’s retirement in the Tests. The script of his career has been till now just remarkable. Continue reading

Obituary : Gayatri Devi

29 Jul

gayatriMaharani Gayatri Devi is a personality that attracted me since childhood. Recognized as one of the ten leading beauties of the world by the fashion magazine Vogue, the Maharani of Jaipur breather her last today at a Jaipur hospital at the age of 90.

She was a successful politician and known for her philanthropic activities. She was a strong activist for the right for education of the girl child. She started schools for girls’ education in Jaipur, most prominent of which is the Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School. She also promoted the dying art of blue pottery. Continue reading

Susan Boyle – runner up but an inspiration forever

31 May

susan-boyleInternet phenomenon Susan Boyle ened up runner up in the Britain’s Got Talent reality TV show.(The dance troupe Diversity pulled off a upset victory). But, she will remain an inspiration for everybody.

When the 48 year old amateur singer with her frumpy appearance walked on to the stage in the show for the first time, everybody laughed at her. When she finished singing, she got a standing ovation from the audience and the judges. By the time she walked out, she had already made a million fans.

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