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Monday, 20-August-2018

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CREATOR OF THE ENIGMA CALLED HARRY POTTER

a week ago
If creating things is the way by which culture is formed then JK Rowling has been a cultural force. In the 21 years since Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone was published, huge numbers of books have been printed and sold, vast sums of money generated, unknown children become globally recognised celebrities and the imaginative world of millions of fans of the Potter-verse irrevocably shaped. The world is a different place because of Harry. Harry Potter has gone way beyond the books JK Rowling first penned in a humble Edinburgh cafe. You see it in the English Dictionary, where ‘Muggle’ is now offic...
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HARBINGER OF CHANGE

a week ago
Malvika Iyer was a charming 13-year-old girl in 2002 when a grenade accidentally blew up in her hands, ripping her forearm and paralysing her legs, in Bikaner, Rajasthan, where she lived with her parents. An accident that could have ended her life completely changed her perspective, and even though it took years for her to overcome the trauma, she came out stronger and not only found a way to get her life back on track, but also became a harbinger of change for the disabled. It was a change in the attitude of others, which came along with the trauma, that sensitised her towards the stigma associated with disability and sh...
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RENAISSANCE ARTIST AND SYMBOL OF MODERNITY

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No artist contained an extra wrinkle in their brain as big as Leonardo Vinci (1452–1519). He was a creative genius who combined the disciplines of both art and science to make something new. His undivided mind drove his imagination which led him toward discovery and innovation. He was also a tinkerer, even a procrastinator. He came close to understanding almost all of what was known on the planet at the time. That’s partly because scientific knowledge was relatively limited back then, partly because he had a high IQ, but mostly because he was insatiably curious about pretty much every area of natural science a...
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THE ‘GREAT EMANCIPATOR’ WHO USED LAUGHTER AS HIS TOOL

3 weeks ago
“The best way to predict your future is to create it” Abraham Lincoln The human race is ever fond of heroes. In all ages the distinguished personages have been reverenced and often worshipped as demigods. One such demigod that human race put a halo on was Abraham Lincoln. The man who preserved the Union and issued the Emancipation Proclamation came into this world on February 12, 1809. (Abe) Lincoln was born in humble surroundings, a one-room log cabin with dirt floors in Hardin County, Kentucky. Little would hav...
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SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR - WOMAN IN MAN’S WORLD

4 weeks ago
“One is not born, but rather  becomes, a woman” Simone de Beauvoir  Generally, for existentialists, one is not born anything: everything we are is the result of our choices, as we build ourselves out of our own resources and those which society gives us. We don’t only create our own values, we create ourselves. Simone de Beauvoir, an avowed life-long existentialist posits limits to this central existentialist idea of self-creation and self-definition.  Simone de Beauvoir (1908 – 1986) was never a...
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KALPANA THAKUR - BEAUTIFUL IN AND OUT

4 weeks ago
It is not always the case that you run into a Mrs India at a hotel in Manali where you are, and that she happens to be the owner of the place and she stays in the basement. Too much of a coincidence? Or is it plain journalist’s luck?   Kalpana Thakur is Mrs India 2017 and she runs a hotel this popular hill resort, which is a tourist hot spot and gateway to higher reaches of Ladakh and the Himalayas.   On the last day of my stay at that place, I made sure that I get to meet her. After I was done with my itinerary for that day I gathered up the courage to go up to her room and rang the bell. 
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WOMEN RIDERS AIM TO END MALE DOMINATION

5 weeks ago
Who said Indian women have a long way to go to catch up with their male counterparts in a sport like motor racing? Meet these young ladies from various walks of life who have become the cynosure of all eyes during the opening round of the 21st JK Tyre National racing championship. Founded and conceptualised by former national champion Sarosh Hataria, the Ahura Racing team an all-girl team of six participants scripted history when they drove the Formula LGB cars at the Kari Motor Speedway. Led by popular Marathi and Bollywood actor Manisha Kelkar and dentist Ritika Oberoi, the Ahura team came into existence after Ha...
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PEACE IS HIS LEGACY

5 weeks ago
The South African activist and former president Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) fight was not always a peaceful one, but he became a tireless advocate of learning as the pathway to justice. The hallmark of Nelson Mandela is that in spite of going through unspeakable levels of cruelty and injustice, he did not become bitter and hateful. He still lived laughing and joyfully, not resentfully. It takes a certain quality for a man to do that.  Nelson Mandela’s life must be a reminder for every one of us that you should not stand in a line of resentful people. You should stand alone in true freedom. Freedom does not come ...
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ALBERT EINSTEIN - GENIUS WHO OUTSHINES GENIUSES

6 weeks ago
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was the pre-eminent scientist in a century dominated by science. The touchstones of the era- the Bing Bang, the Bomb, quantum physics and electronics, all bear his  clear imprint. “I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” — Albert Einstein In the arena of scientific achievement and the quest to discover genius, Albert Einstein stands alone. He remains a profoundly important figure who undertook extraordinary, groundbreaking work that not only shaped the pillars of modern physics but greatly influenced the philosophy of scie...
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GURUNATH GOWDA - VISUALLY CHALLENGED FARMER BEATS ODDS, REAPS SUCCESS

7 weeks ago
The tale of Gurunath Gowda is not only inspiring but is certain to be an ‘eye opener’ to the people in power. In his early teens, Gurunath Gowda lost his vision entirely. Now, this 62-year-old, from Sorabtaluk in Shivamogga district in Karnataka, is today a successful farmer with ten acres of commercial crop. He has been able to achieve success by hard work, sheer tenacity, and the loving support of his family and friends. Gowda comes from a family of agriculturists, and was interested in farming even as a child. “I used to listen to a radio programme on farming every day,” he says. “T...
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MAXIM GORKY - WRITER WHO CHOSE ‘BITTER TRUTHS’

7 weeks ago
Maxim Gorky(1868 to 1932-Russia) rose from poverty to become one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century, the father of Soviet literature and the heir to Tolstoy. Like Tolstoy, he wrote of the cruelty and insanity of Tsarism, and his struggle to survive his brutal childhood turned him into a revolutionary. He wrote of Russia’s poor and oppressed its factory workers, peasants and social outcasts, the rejects of capitalism, “people who were once human”. As a self-educated intellectual, he understood his wealthy peasants and self-made millionaires, Russia’s new merchant capitalist class, “ma...
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KAHLIL GIBRAN - THE FACE OF LEBANESE LITERATURE

8 weeks ago
The most celebrated Lebanese-American poet ever was Kahlil Gibran. He was a consummate artist who wanted to change the world and open hearts to spirituality through his art. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and John Lennon all agree to being influenced by the writing of Kahlil Gibran. More than eighty years after his death, Kahlil Gibran’s name and life story remain in relative obscurity, despite the epic success of his writing and art. Gibran’s timeless message crosses cultural divides and relates to mass audiences as much today as it did during his lifetime. As a result, his most notable work, a book of essays tit...