Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Thank you Primrose!

The Red, Black and White combination is striking. 

Even more striking is the GIFT i received today. 

 A collection of 5 DVDs by the acclaimed  Japanese Film Director  AKIRA KUROSAWA..

Take a look at the pic.  Isn'it mind blowing. 

 One of my finest gifts i have ever received seemingly  from a   virtual friend.

Thank you so much Primrose Monteiro-Dsouza.

I was one of the ten Lucky winners in a draw she took out to celebrate her 100th Post.

Now i need to get down to watch each of these flicks.

Primrose... may you continue to Blog and cross 1000 posts.

I am off to get my DVD Player fixed    :))))

Wordless Wednedsay

Bless u Anjouri and Surbhi!

Monday, April 9, 2012

150th Post : MEN who INSPIRE us

My 50th post was titled, 'Enigmatic Women' and it continues to be one of the most popular and visited one.

Now Fast forward to a 100 more posts and it is time to type my 150th post. 

 So i have made a list of a few inspiring men.  This list is personal, so you may agree or  you may not.  But it will surely catch your attention and take a few minutes of your precious  time as you go through this post :)

Mahatma Gandhi

Bapu, or Father of the Nation, Gnadhiji is a single most portrayal of Humanity at its best.  Armed with his Non violence Beliefs he consolidated and geared his countrymen in a methodical and decisive  effort to drive the British out of the country and usher in an Independent India.

His Quotes are  ass legendary as the man himself, and here  i reproduce a few:

I Object to violence,
because when it appears to do good
the good is only temporary
the evil it does is permanent.

Our Life
is a long and arduous quest
for Truth

The true test of a civilization
is culture, dignity and character,
not clothing.

The best way to find yourself
is to looser yourself in
the service of  others.

Strength does not come
from physical capacity.
It comes form
Indomitable spirit. 

Live as if
you were to die tomorrow
Learn as if
You were to live forever.

You must not loose faith in Humanity.

A life of sacrifice
is the pinnacle of art,
and it full of true joy and happiness.

A truly noble soul to have been born in our great country and to have shown the entire world the art of living peacefully. 

Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru

Whenever if think of Chacha Nehru, as he is fondly remembered by one and all for his immense love for children, culminating in his birthday, 14 th December, being celebrated as children's day, i am reminded of a few  things which were so much a part of him.

The Teen Murti House

The rose in his Nehru cut sherwani

His love for his country

An adoring father to his only child Indira.

His bent towards everything scientific.

And being a workaholic..... his last lines . written on a piece of paper in his study"

'the woods are lovely dark and deep, but i have promises to keep, and miles to go before i sleep, and miles to go before i sleep'.

On the eve of Independence of India, he gave his world famous speech, " tryst with Destiny": 

Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom..........................To the nations and people of the world we send greetings and pledge ourselves to cooperate with them in furthering peace, freedom and democracy. And to India, our much-loved motherland, the ancient, the eternal and the ever-new, we pay our reverent homage and we bind ourselves afresh to her service.

JAI HIND! jai jawan.
He was the architect  of modern India with a vision of a veteran leader.

Mahesh Murthy

From  a school champion to a college drop out.  From selling vacuum cleaners door to door.  From making his mark in the advertising world and winning accolades.  From hopping on to the Internet while it was still in the nascent state to being a Youth icon as CEO of Channel V.

From being an Entrepreneur, a marketer, an investor,  to a columnist , to CEO of Digital Ad firm Pinstorm, which is now 7 years old.

Pinstorm has won several awards like Asia Red Herring Top 100 companies Pinstorm’s work for Cafe Coffee Day wins “Indian Social Media Community Of The Year” award,  
and some edible ones too!

From speaking at top IT Seminar and across the country and beyond  into the world.  Speaking at Twitter conference including a speech at the famed Kodak Theater, Mahesh Murthy has done it all.

And yet there is more.

As mighty as the Himalayas.  As strong as the Aravalis.  As firm in spirit as the shining Sun.  As intuitive as a famed astrologer.

Eyes with the vision of a Prophet.  Or a Messiah.  God sent.

As soft as candy.  As witty as the best satirists in Show Biz.

I had better stop.  I know what you are thinking.  That is am biased.

Well, if you have made your way across the virtual haze and met him in person  ( as i had the opportunity ) even if for a handful of , minutes, you would probably agree with me.

Finally here is a man who has the pulse on both IT revolution and  his nation.

Without much ado, i simply wish him the best for his future endeavors.   

Sachin Tendulkar

Tendulkar scored his much awaited 100th international hundred on 16 March 2012, at Mirpur against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. He became the first person in history to achieve this feat.

When he was young, Tendulkar would practice for hours on end in the nets. If he became exhausted, Achrekar would put a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps, and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin. Tendulkar now considers the 13 coins he won then as some of his most prized possessions.

India won the 2011 World cup and this is wehat he had to say :"Shortly after the victory, Tendulkar commented that "Winning the World Cup is the proudest moment of my life. ... I couldn't control my tears of joy."

Tendulkar scored his much awaited 100th international hundred on 16 March 2012, at Mirpur against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. He became the first person in history to achieve this feat

Tendulkar sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annabel Mehta. A request from Sachin on Twitter raised INR1.025 crore through Sachin's crusade against cancer for the Crusade against Cancer foundation.Sachin Tendulkar devoted all of nine hours to the 12-hour Coca-Cola-NDTV Support My School telethon on 18 September 2011 that helped raise INR 7 crore – INR 2 crore more than the target – for from the creation of basic facilities, particularly toilets for girl students, in 140 government schools across the country.
Definitely one of the finest batsman in the Universe :)

Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is an Indian business magnate. He is the chairman and managing director of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries,the largest private sector enterprise in India listed in Fortune Global 500. RIL is India's most valuable company by market value and second-largest Indian company by turnover.

In 2010, he was named among the most powerful people in the world by Forbes in its list of "68 people who matter most" As of 2012, he is the second richest man in Asia and the 19th richest person in the world with a personal wealth of US$22.3 billion.

He is married to Nita Ambani and has three children.  They live in a private 27-story building in Mumbai named Antilia

. The value of the home is US$2 billion and it is claimed to be the most expensive home in history.

He has been awarded several times including the Global Vision Award by Asia Society.

Azim Premji

Azim Hashim Premji is an Indian business tycoon and philanthropist who is the chairman of Wipro Limited, guiding the company through four decades of diversification and growth to emerge as one of the Indian leader in the software industry. According toForbes, he is currently the third wealthiest Indian, and 41th richest in the world, with a personal wealth of US$15.9 billion in 2012.In 2000, he was voted among the 20 most powerful men in the world by Asiaweek. He has twice been listed among the 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine, once in 2004 and more recently in 2011.

In 2011, he has been awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award by the Government of India.[

Azim Premji is one the greatest Philanthropists of India.  here is the proof:

In December 2010, Premji pledged to donate $2 billion for improving school education in India. This has been done by transferring 213 million equity shares of Wipro Ltd, held by a few entities controlled by him, to the Azim Premji Trust.[39] This donation is the largest of its kind by any Indian billionaire. 

Amitabh Bachhan

 Bachchan is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema.

Bachchan has won numerous major awards in his career, including four National Film Awards, three of which are in the Best Actor category, and fourteen Filmfare Awards. He is the most-nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 37 nominations overall. In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singerfilm producer and television presenter. He also had a stint in politics in the 1980s. He has received both the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan civilian awards from the Indian government.

Bachchan is known for his deep, baritone voice.  In 2005, Bachchan has lent his voice to the Oscar-winning French documentary March of the Penguins, directed by Luc Jacquet.

As a 12 year old, i recall  two of his famous movies... Kabhi Kabhi and Sholay.  The song ... kabhi kabhi merte dil main khaytal ata hai... still works its magic on me :)

His versatility and fines of craft as an actor is evident from his choice of roles.  From Working in 'Pa' to a man attracted to a girl young enough to be his daughter in ' Nishabd' , or at the teacher of a Blind  girl in the critcally nacclaimed movie  'Black' he carries the characters with such ease and perfection.

He, Himself stands tall as the omnipresent face of Bollywood.  No wonder there are temples dedicated to him in our country.

Shah Rukh Khan

SRK as he is usually lovingly addresses by his fans could easily be called : Don. Badhshah. Baazigar, and more. and how can we forget the iconic movie, Dil Wale Dulhanitya le Jayebge, where he is Raj, every Indian gir'ls dream come true.  Complete with the run and hug in the mustard fields of Punjab.

In addition to movie acting, Khan is a television presenter, a regular stage performer, and a social activist. He is the founder/owner of two production companies : Dreamz Unlimited and Red Chillies Entertainment and, along with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta, the owner of the Indian Premier League

 cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders and the Mumbai franchise in the motor sport racing league 1 Super Series.Khan is considered to be one of the biggest movie stars, with a fan following claimed to number in the billions.In 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world.

SRK, with your dimpled face,and brimming enthusiasm, keep entertaining the world .

Chaetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat is an Indian author, columnist, and speaker. Bhagat is the author of five bestselling novels, Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009) & Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition (2011). All five books have remained bestsellers since their release and two have inspired Bollywood films (including the hit film 3 Idiots).

 In 2008, The New York Times called Bhagat "the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history".Bhagat, an alumni of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, is seen more as a youth icon than as an author.

Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.Bhagat also favoured the forming of a system similar to the Lokpal as early as January 2011 through his articles Bhagat writes op-ed columns for English and Hindi newspapers, including The GuardianThe Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar, focusing on youth, career and issues based on national development.Bhagat is also a motivational speaker and has given talks in leading multinational corporations and other institutions. 

He quit his international investment banking career in 2009, to devote his entire time to writing.

Well. the next novel in my reading list is

Revolution 20202: Love, corruption, ambition.

We look forward to many more best Sellers  from you Chetan :)

Narayan Murthy

 Narayana Murthy, is an Indian industrialist and software engineer. He and six other engineers co-founded Infosys in 1981. Murthy served as CEO from 1981 to 2002. From 2002 to 2011, he served as the Chairman. In 2011, he stepped down from the board and became Chairman Emeritus.

Murthy's first job position was at IIM Ahmedabad, where he worked as the chief systems programmer.After IIM Ahmedabad, he started a company named Softronics in 1976. When that company failed, he joined Patni Computer Systems in Pune.

After settling down in Pune, Murthy founded Infosys in 1981with an initial capital injection of Rs 10,000, which was invested by his wifeSudha Murthy

Murthy served as the CEO of Infosys for 21 years and was succeeded by co-founder Nandan Nilekani in 2002. At Infosys he articulated, designed and implemented the Global Delivery Model which has become the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India.

 He held the executive position of Chairman of the Board from 2002 to 2006, when he became the "non-executive" Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor. In August 2011, he retired completely from the company and taking the title Chairman Emeritus.
Murthy serves as an independent director on the corporate boards of HSBCDBS BankUnileverICICI and NDTV. He also serves on the boards of the Ford Foundation, the UN Foundation, the Indo-British Partnership, a trustee of the Infosys Prize, and as a trustee of the Rhodes Trust that manages the Rhodes Scholarship
He is also the Chairman of the Governing board of Public Health Foundation of India He also serves on the Asia Pacific Advisory Board of British Telecommunications.In 2005 he co-chaired the World Economic Forum in Davos.

A P J Abdul Kalam

 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, is a renowned aerospace engineer and served as the 11th President of Indifrom 2002 to 2007. During his term as President, he was popularly known as the People's President

He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour in 1997. 

He has also been a professor (of aerospace engineering) and is the first Chancellor of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram (IIST).

In his book India 2020, Kalam strongly advocates an action plan to develop India into a knowledge superpower and a developed nation by the year 2020. He regards his work on India'snuclear weapons program as a way to assert India's place as a future superpower.

He has been conferred with several wards including Bharat Ratna, Bharat Bhushan, Bharat Vibhushan and more.

A few of his quotes:

"God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers."

"Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow."

" Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work."

Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya is  an Indian liquor and airline baron. The son of industrialist Vittal Mallya, he is the chairman of the United Breweries Group and Kingfisher Airlines. His United Spirits is world's second largest liquor maker, by volume. Mallya is also an MP in the Indian Rajya Sabha.
He also co-owns the Formula One team Force India, the Indian Premier League team Bangalore Royal Challengers, the I-League teams Mohun Bagan A.C and East Bengal FC
According to Forbes, his personal wealth is estimated to be $1 billion. Mallya receives substantial press coverage that focuses on his lavish parties, villas, automobiles, Force IndiaRoyal Challengers Bangalore and his yacht.

A true patriot he has spent millions to acquire objects of Indian origin and reverence.

Vijay Mallya is noted for his successful bidding in auction of items that are considered of great historical value to India. In 2004, he placed the winning bid of £175,000 for the sword of Tipu Sultan at an auction in London, and brought it back to India.In March 2009, Mallya successfully bid for the belongings of Mahatma Gandhi at US$1.8 million, in a New York auction.

We hope and pray that Kingfisher saga soon turn out for the better and the good times you are so famous for , 

Rahul Gandhi

So, he is a Prince in waiting       A PM in waiting   or better put a Leader in waiting.

Forget the jealous critics.  Forget the sycophants.  Forget the dimples. or the crinkly hair, or the peaches and honey complexion, or the Pillion ride, driving the security crazy. Forget the silver spoon.  Or the nobel dynastical lineage. Forget a rock of a mother.  Or the ever fussing older sisiter Priyanka who could give a run for money to Ekta kapoor in sisterly affections towards a younger brother.

Forget the foriegn girl friend.  Or that fact that he is the most eligible bachelor in Asia.  Forget everything but his single minded focus on getting to know India from the grass roots. One step at a time.

I am the last person to comment on Politics, as it does not run either in my family or friends circle.  But from whatever i have gathered in bits and parts from media, he is here to stay.  And prove his detractors wrong.

Without much ado, Rahul keep your aspirations, tenacity and focus and you'll surely reach your goal.

My good wishes to you :)

So there goes the list.  It was fun , though daunting to compile it.  Hope you enjoyed!