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The “father of the white revolution” in India, Dr. Verghese Kurien is acknowledged worldwide as the brain behind the success of the largest dairy development programme in the world by the name of Operation Flood. Also known as the “Milkman of India”, he was the chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF) and his name became synonymous with the Amul brand. Born on November 26, 1921 in Kozhikode,Kerala, he graduated in Physics [...]

Manoj Night Shyamalan was born in Mahe, Pondicherry, on August 6, 1970. His father is Nelliatu C. Shyamalan and mother Jayalakshmi. Both of them are from the medical fraternity. Shyamalan grew up in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. Manoj learnt the tricks of film-making at the New York University’s Tisch School of Arts. He graduated in the year 1992. It was during his days at the university that Manoj changed the Nelliattu in his name to Night. [...]

Lachit Borphukan was an army general from Assam, India. He is remembered for his extraordinary victory against the Mughal army of Aurangzeb headed by Ram Singh in the Battle of Saraighat in 1669. His father Momai Tamuli Borbarua had a humble background but evolved as the first Borbarua (Governor of upper Assam and Commander-in-Chief of the Ahom army) under Prataap Singha. Lachit Borphukan received training in humanities, scriptures and military skills. Before being appointed as [...]

About Kiran Bedi The first woman to join the coveted Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972, Kiran Bedi, was born on June 9, 1949, in Amritsar, Punjab. She has had an illustrious career, earning widespread adulation for her no-nonsense attitude and devotion to her work. She served as police advisor in the United Nations peacekeeping department and was honoured with the UN medal for her outstanding service. She earned the nickname ‘Crane Bedi’ for towing [...]

Kalpana Chawla’s story is that of an ordinary girl who dreamt high and reached the stars. Born in Karnal, Haryana on July 1, 1961, she was one of the seven crewmembers who perished aboard Space Shuttle Columbia during mission STS-107 when it disintegrated upon re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. After earning a Bachelors in aeronautical engineering at Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh, India, she moved to the United States earning a Master of Science degree [...]

Kalidasa is a legendary Sanskrit poet and dramatist. There’s very little information about Kalidasa’s personal life. Most of the scholars accept the fact that he lived during the middle of the 4th and early 5th centuries A.D. Most of his plays and poetry are mainly based on Hindu mythology and philosophy. He was an ardent worshipper of goddess Kali, and the literal meaning of his name is servant of goddess Kali. Malavikagnimitra is considered to [...]

Indra Nooyi is the president and chief executive officer of PepsiCo and is the highest-ranking Indian-born woman in corporate America. She helped to start PepsiCo’s fast-food chains in 1997. After a Bachelor’s degree from Madras Christian College and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Kolkata, she moved on to the Yale School of Management. She started her career with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), moving on to companies like [...]

The Metro Man of India, Elattuvalapil Sreedharan was born on 12 July 1932 in Kerala. He studied at the Victoria College in Palghat, before graduating in engineering from the former Government Engineering College, Kakinada. While he started off his career as a lecturer in Civil engineering at the Kerala Polytechnic in Kozhikode, he moved to the Bombay Port Trust as an apprentice, before joining the Indian Railways in its Service of Engineers. His first major [...]

Deepak Chopra, a very famous name in the field of holistic health and spirituality was born on October 22, 1946 in New Delhi. He did his schooling from New Delhi and then in the year 1968 completed his graduation in medical science from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. (AIIMS) In the year 1970 he moved to the U.S. and interned at a New Jersey hospital. After undergoing further training at Lahey Clinic in [...]

Aseem Trivedi is a well-known Indian political cartoonist and activist. Born on 17th February 1987 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Aseem Trivedi is famous for his anti-corruption campaign “Cartoons Against Corruption”. He is the founder member of “Save Your Voice”, a campaign against internet censorship in India and was awarded the Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award by CRNI in 2012. He began his career as a freelance cartoonist and worked for a number of magazines and [...]