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He turns 53 years old today but has the metabolism of a 28-year-old, through his passion for fitness. He is an excellent actor who has even been acclaimed as a Superstar in Indian Arthouse Movies by Time Magazine. He has represented India in the sport of Rugby. He runs an NGO named The Foundation that works against discrimination and regularly participates in relief operations. Let us wish Rahul Bose, born on 27th July, 1967 a…

In the 1890s, the practice of sky-scraping gas balloons at the height of its popularity in Europe and America was largely unthinkable for the British-ruled Indian subcontinent. Until then, it has not been possible to come in contact with any technology that the public can see through television even if they do not have the opportunity to see with their own eyes. In March 1892, in the city of Dhaka, the capital of East Bengal,…

When he speaks on Economics, the whole world listens. Jagdish Natwarlal Bhagwati was born July 26th, 1924 in Mumbai but is now a naturalized American citizen. He has been a University Professor teaching Law and Economics at Colombia University. He is more recognized for his strong research on International trade as well as his strong advocacy for free trade. You may find it hard to believe that this very person, who was born in the…

He was a Britisher through ancestry but was born and brought up in India and his lifelong contributions to this country through his work makes us feature him in the list of extraordinary Indians. He was Edward James Corbett popular to the world as Jim Corbett. He was a noted hunter and naturalist and also author of several books. He served as a Colonel in the British Army but spent a significant portion of his…

He is one of the giants that shaped the Indian IT Industry and took it to the levels it stands currently, amongst the top nations in the world. He is not only a top businessman and investor but also a philanthropist, all these roles being adequately played whilst being Chairman of Wipro Limited. Let us wish, Azim Premji, born 24th July 1945, a very Happy Birthday. Azim Premji was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) to…

I had often heard my mom saying “Teaching is the best profession for girls”. Years rolled by and I too developed the same thinking and hence, decided to take up this so called “best profession”. Things had been fine since the time I got into this profession. But, today, it pricks me and I keep wondering “Have I been wise enough to choose this teaching profession?” These thoughts keep wandering in my mind as I…

On 23rd July, 1856, a son was born to Sanskrit Scholar and teacher Gangadhar Tilak and Parvatibai at Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, who would go on to become the biggest throne to the British rule in India. He was born as Keshav Gangadhar Tilak but would later on be recognised as Bal Gangadhar Tilak or Lokmanya (accepted leader of the masses) Tilak. He went on to become the first National leader to lead the Independence movement in…

While floods is currently ravaging Assam and has already affected and displaced close to 4 million people, causing 79 human deaths till date and killing close to 100 animals at the Kaziranga National Park, it has not been regarded important enough by the National Media to be its most important coverage. Instead, more important news was Amitabh Bachchan being able to go to the loo on his own and the “gussa” (Anger) of Sachin Pilot.…

He was known as the voice of Raj Kapoor – he was synonymous to almost all hit songs attributed to the late actor, director and producer. The combination of Raj Kapoor as actor, Mukesh as male vocalist, Shankar-Jaikishan as Music Directors and Shailendra as lyricist created many magical offerings. Many other top heroes of those times including Manoj Kumar, Feroz Khan, Sunil Dutt would request that his voice be the playback for their songs. Let…

He kept himself relevant through his compositions for close to 4 decades in Bollywood from the song “Sawan ka Mahina Pawan kare Sor” in Milan (1967) to “Mehendi Laga ke Rakhna” in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1996). However, he always believed that fame and success was temporary and never let it go into his head. Today, we celebrate the Birth Anniversary of poet and lyricist Anand Bakshi. Born on 21st July 1930 at Rawalpindi (present…