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Children Who Made It Big

Children Who Made It Big
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Item Code: IDK228
Author: Thangamani, Illustrations Partha Sengupta
Publisher: National Book Trust
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788123727561
Pages: 163 (Illustrated Throughout In B/W Figure Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.6"
Preface

The great achievers who feature in this book were all once normal young people, who had dreams and aspirations, joys and sorrows, doubts and questions – like every young reader of this book,. Every one of them has had a turning point in his or her life which set them towards their respective careers or influenced their personalities. They learnt from their experiences and grew up into individuals who have made a mark in their respective field, be it science, industry, arts, social work, judiciary or films. These are some of the Achievers of the post-independence era.

The aim of this book is to bring out the fact, that greatness, for the most part, is achieved through determination and perseverance and that it is possible for anyone to scale great heights provided one has these two qualities.

The stories in this collection are all based on personal interviews, during which the personalities let me have a glimpse of their childhood. The incidents are all true. However, with their due permission dialogues and situations were created to make the stories more lively. I thank them all for kindly going through their respective stories and giving their comments which has added to the worthy of the book.

Contents

Preface7
1A Handful of Almonds: Nani Palkhivala 9
2The Bus Stop : Medha Patkar 22
3The Colours of Silence : Satish Gujral 37
4Oh, To be the Best! : Lila Seth 48
5A Journey Towards Excellence: Rahul Bajaj 60
6The Lightning Kid : Viswanathan Anand 72
7The Boy Who Asked Questions : Yashpal 85
8The Legacy : Amjad Ali Khan 100
9Twinkle Toes : Mrinalini Sarabhai 114
10The Lonely Muse: Ruskin Bond 127
11The Green Guru: M.S. Swaminathan 140
12All The World Her Stage : Sai Paranjapai 153
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