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.
|1||A Handful of Almonds: Nani Palkhivala||9|
|2||The Bus Stop : Medha Patkar||22|
|3||The Colours of Silence : Satish Gujral||37|
|4||Oh, To be the Best! : Lila Seth||48|
|5||A Journey Towards Excellence: Rahul Bajaj||60|
|6||The Lightning Kid : Viswanathan Anand||72|
|7||The Boy Who Asked Questions : Yashpal||85|
|8||The Legacy : Amjad Ali Khan||100|
|9||Twinkle Toes : Mrinalini Sarabhai||114|
|10||The Lonely Muse: Ruskin Bond||127|
|11||The Green Guru: M.S. Swaminathan||140|
|12||All The World Her Stage : Sai Paranjapai||153|
Item Code: IDK228 Author: Thangamani, Illustrations Partha Sengupta Cover: Paperback Edition: 2007 Publisher: National Book Trust, India ISBN: 9788123727561 Size: 8.5" X 5.6" Pages: 163 (Illustrated Throughout In B/W Figure Illustrations)