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    • Pop star Shakira, who has been championing children’s right to education through her Barefoot Foundation, shared the significant changes that have taken place for children and families since her organisation started building schools in the most remote areas of her home country Columbia.
    • Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was lit up in the colours of the Ukrainian flag on March 1, 2022, during a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military operation in Eastern Ukraine.
    • Righthand top-order batter and right-arm medium pace bowler Anu Doddaballapur joined the ranks of outstanding talent by FairBreak. The 35-year-old Anu is also a cardiovascular scientist, and currently serves as the captain of the Germany women’s national cricket team.
    • Parag Agrawal’s appointment as new Twitter CEO has sent waves across the globe. The IIT-B alumni has taken over the reins of the popular social media giant and the news sent cheer across the subcontinent as one more US major appointed a person of Indian origin into a leadership role. The Stanford graduate, who joined Twitter in 2011 as a software engineer, rose up the ranks of CTO in 2017.
    • His passion for wildlife made Suyash Keshari quit his cushy political advocacy job in the US and follow his dream of being a wildlife presenter. In 2019, he moved to Bandhavgarh National Park to start his journey as a wildlife conservationist. And in three years, he has become a name to reckon with, all thanks to his web series Safari with Suyash.
    • Who could have thought that plastic waste could be turned into vegan sneakers? But 23-year-old Ashay Bhave has impressed everyone with his venture Thaely that’s upcycling tonnes of plastic bottles into shoes. So much so that the sneakers recently won the PETA’s Best Vegan Sneaker Award 2021.
    • Staying true to his name, Alag Natarajan is quite different from many of his age. The 72-year-old, who is popularly known as Matka Man, has been on a mission to quench the thirst of Delhi’s poor and needy. The Good Samaritan has dedicated his life to helping the underprivileged by installing 15 matka stands across the capital to provide clean drinking water to the thirsty passersby.
    • Who would have thought that a former radio honcho would end up becoming a multi-Grammy submitted artist? But that’s Vineet Singh Hukmani for you. The singer and songwriter has been spreading hope and positivity in the times of lockdown and pandemic. His track Jab The World became one of the top 20 songs most played on rock radio in the US in 2021.
    • She is just 9, but she is on a mission to create a greener planet. Meet Prasiddhi Singh, an environmentalist who has nurtured 19 fruit forests. The youngest recipient of the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021, Singh has pledged to plant 1 lakh trees by 2022.
    • For the longest time transgenders have been pushed to the periphery of existence. But not anymore as Neelam Jain is transforming the lives of trans community with her initiative PeriFerry. Through training programmes, placements and sensitisation programmes at corporates, the 27-year-old is empowering transgenders with employment opportunities. So far, Jain has helped at least 230 trans people get jobs in corporates.
    • Jyotsna Pattabiraman’s quest to making her family healthy led her to her brainchild GrowFit, a startup that’s now making India healthy and fit. With the world turning health-conscious, every calorie and ingredient has a place on the food chart, and the Stanford graduate ensures that each ingredient and plan helps one “Grow Fit.”
    • A household name in the world of fashion, Anjali Phougat is also a film maker who recently won the Best Short Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival in the global short film category for her LGBT rights-inspired Inclusion Through Unity. The Ohio-based fashion designer has not only worked on her craft in the last few years but has also become the champion of LGBTQI community.
    • The Grammy Award-winning musician is an activist at heart. Meet Ricky Kej who is helping conserve Nature through music. His two albums – Winds of Samsara and My Earth Songs is proof that he defines his life on two cornerstones – music and conservation.
    • Who could have thought about an art exhibition on the moon? But that’s happening in 2022, and Indian-origin space scientist Priyanka Das Rajkakati is sending her artwork to the moon as a part of the Moon Gallery project. The 29-year-old, who hails from Assam, is an artist and a scientist, and one of those rare people who is mixing art with science.
    • It’s his love for solitude and space that led Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi to write his first book The Last Song of Dusk which became an instant hit and an international bestselling novel. With a Betty Trask Award to his credit, the 44-year-old has become a name to reckon with in the world of literature.
    • Did you know that Devanand Noel Sharma, or Dave Sharma as he’s better known became the first person of Indian origin to become a Member of the Australian Parliament in 2019? The 45-year-old has since been representing the New South Wales seat of Wentworth and has been making a significant difference through his work.
    • Unmukt Chand has truly risen like a phoenix from the ashes, and his entry into Australia’s Big Bash League is proof of it. The 28-year-old cricketer, who announced his retirement from Indian cricket in August 2021 after a long dry spell, has now started a new international inning with his latest move, and has become the first Indian cricketer to play for Australian league.
    • Her love for food has helped Anjum Anand author over seven cookbooks, and the British-Indian is introducing the world to healthy Indian food like no one else. Called the Indian Nigella Lawson, she has several successful TV shows to her credit, including a couple for the BBC.
    • Who could forget The Lunchbox? Meet the man behind the BAFTA-nominated film, Ritesh Batra. The director who quit his high-paying job at Deloitte to pursue his passion for filmmaking. It’s the incredible success of his debut film that took him to the West, and since then, there has been no looking back for him.
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    • With more than 63706 homeless people in Los Angeles, America is facing an alarming situation. But LA Mayor has found the perfect solution in Indian visual and environmental designer Jayati Sinha’s smart foldable homes. The 26-year-old’s designs are the answer to the homelessness crisis in LA.
    • He was just 9 when he won his first chess championship, and eight years later, he became India’s 40th chess grandmaster in 2015. Meet SL Narayanan who is making India proud with his smart moves in chess. The 23-year-old has come a long way in his journey after overcoming many obstacles.
    • Her tryst with spirituality began early in life, thanks to her great grandmother and great aunts. And by 15, Shivali Bhammer had started making her own music but with a modern twist. Since then the British-Indian singer is blending the beats of the West with the bhajans of the East to make devotional music accessible to the younger generation.
    • Rajesh Pratap Singh – a name in fashion that’s known to be a perfect blend of tradition and technology. It’s the designer’s love for Indian handloom and the desire to showcase it to the global audience that has put him on the world map. The 42-year-old, who had his training in Italy, has now become a known name in fashion world, thanks to his love for Indian textiles.
    • Indians love their chai, and one such Indian has now made Australia fall in love with tea with her venture Chai Walli. Launched in 2014 by Uppma Virdi, the business has catapulted the Sydney-based lawyer-turned-entrepreneur to the country’s big league.
    • He was just a teenager when he first discovered sarod, and since then, the musical instrument has become his companion of sorts. Soumik Datta – a renowned name in the world of Indian classical music is making every effort to start a dialogue around global issues with his music. It is passion for making a change that sets this sarod player apart from his contemporaries.
    • Being the first siblings and twins to climb the Seven Summits and reach the North and South Poles, nothing is impossible for Tashi and Nungshi Malik. The seasoned climbers began their journey at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering soon after they finished their schooling, and since then there has been no looking back for the twins who love scaling new heights with each of their summits.
    • When Alfred Prasad stepped in London in the late 90s, he felt the absence of authentic Indian food in UK’s culinary circuit. The chef made it his mission to revolutionise Indian food in the UK and introduce the Britishers to Indian cuisine like no one else had. This passion led to him becoming the youngest Indian chef to win a Michelin star.
    • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni feels it’s important to lend a voice to the women often relegated to the sidelines. Which is why through her books like Arranged Marriage, The Mistress of Spices, and The Forest of Enchantments, she has constantly brought to light a woman’s point of view.
    • He was just 13 when he took the plunge into theatre as acting was something that came to him naturally. Starting from the stage in Assam to moving to Drama Studio London, Adil Hussain learnt a great deal as an actor, and in no time, came to be known as a powerhouse of talent in Bollywood as well as Hollywood. The National Award-winning actor has cast his spell on the global audience, thanks to his stellar performances.
    • Well versed in the Jaipur and Lucknow gharanas, this Kathak exponent is making the dance form popular in the US. Meet Anindita Neogy Anaam, who is making the people of Wisconsin fall in love with Kathak by introducing them to a fusion that’s nothing short of a ballet. The recipient of the National Nritya Shiromani Award and Jayadev Rashtriya Puraskar, Anaam has been creating awareness about the classical dance in the world.
    • Rahul Mishra was planning to become an IAS when he stumbled upon his creative side as a teenager, and knew that design was his calling. From a village in Kanpur, he moved to Ahmedabad’s National Institute of Design to give wings to his dreams, and since then, there has been no looking back for this designer. He soon made it to Milan and later became the first Indian designer to pick up the Woolmark International Prize.
    • An alumnus of IIT-Delhi, Mohit Aron was instrumental in helping build Google’s File Systems. His ingenuity also led him to create a pioneering technology with his first company Nutanix, earning him the moniker of father of hyperconvergence.
    • Sunil Chhetri is quite a vision on the soccer field when he is dribbling the ball and aiming for the goal post. The Indian football skipper has added another feather to his cap after he surpassed Pele’s record of international goals recently. The 37-year-old, whose love for the game began early in life, has become a name to reckon with the world of international football.
    • Every year the city of Delhi struggles to breathe. Crop burning and a host of other environmental factors render the air highly polluted. But Vidyut Mohan of Takachar has developed a unique technology to help change the way farmers dispose off agri waste. The company recently bagged the Earthshot Award also dubbed as the Eco Oscars
    • His romance with food began when he first stepped into the kitchen of his father’s restaurant as a kid. And since then, he has been eagerly plating up some of the his signatures dishes. His love affair with food led chef Sriram Aylur to launch Quilon, the first South Indian restaurant in the world to win a Michelin star. The 52-year-old has has been casting a spell on food lovers in the UK since 2008, and has now become a name to reckon with in the culinary world.
    • He played gully cricket in Punjab and now Ludhiana-born Jatinder Singh is the rising star of the Oman cricket team. The 32-year-old began his training in school at a time when there was no turf in the country. But this didn’t deter his determination and now he is one of the most sought-after cricketers in Oman team.
    • A keen businessman and an avid aviator, Divyank Turakhia, topped this year’s IIFL Wealth Hurun India 40 & Under Self-Made Rich List. The founder of Media.net began his entrepreneurial journey at age 16 and now has homes and offices in Dubai, Los Angles, London, and Mumbai.
    • Subodh Gupta’s art has managed to get jaw-dropping reactions from people across the globe, and why not. Who would have thought that everyday objects like stainless steel pans and pots could be transformed into objects of art? But this artist from Bihar is making the world swoon over his craft.
    • Baiju Bhatt, the Indian American co-founder of Robinhood, changed the way young Americans trade in stocks. With the company’s successful IPO, it is now valued at over $40 billion and has catapulted Bhatt into this year’s Forbes 400 list; he’s one of the new entrants.
    • He was quite young when Vivek Gomber moved to Singapore with his dad but his love for Bollywood kept him connected to his roots. After serving for more than two years in Singapore military he returned to India to try his hand at acting, and as they say, the rest is history. His films have not only won him critical acclaim but have made its way to international film festivals and even the Oscars.
    • As a teen, Akshay Ruparelia had always had an entrepreneurial streak. So when he launched Doorsteps as a teen, he knew exactly how to create a successful business model. The online real estate agency was valued at £12 million within 16 months of its launch and Ruparelia became UK’s youngest millionaire.
    • Who could have thought that a boy from Jabalpur would make it to Sydney Opera House as a tenor? But Shanul Sharma did the unthinkable when he auditioned for Opera Australia in 2013 and as they say, the rest is history. While Sharma is a rising star in the opera world, not many know that he was a metal band’s lead vocalist before dipping his toes into the classical style.
    • From launching a small wellness center next to a Gau Shala in Delhi’s Safdarjung Enclave to establishing VLCC in over 326 locations, Vandana Luthra has managed to change the way India perceives beauty and wellness. Her work has earned her several awards and recognitions including the Padma Shri in 2013.
    • A trip to Lagos in Nigeria and Panipat in India changed the way London-based Priya Ahluwalia looked at fashion. So when she began her eponymous label in 2018, it found its root in heritage and sustainability. The 29-year-old is consciously working to save the planet with every design that she creates.
    • He never wanted to be a chef, but destiny had a plan for him. Manjunath Mural not only moved to Singapore to diversify his take on cooking but 10 years after his arrival, he scored a Michelin star for The Song of India, making it the first Indian restaurant to achieve the feat in South East Asia. The 48-year-old is on a mission to make Indian cuisine popular.
    • Born and brought up in UP’s Kalyanpur, Arun Kumar had always felt the paucity of good books and libraries when it came to his quest for knowledge. Now, a historian at University of Nottingham, Kumar has set up The Rural Development Library in his hometown; it is the one of the first privately owned village libraries and offers residents access to a plethora of books across subjects.
    • Sudarsan Pattnaik’s fingers cast magic on the sand, and his art has found audience in India and abroad. The Bhubaneswar-based artist began sand sculpting at a time when it was unheard of but he persevered against all odds to make a name as a sand artist. And now decades later, this Padma-Shri awardee is has become a name to reckon with.
    • From working on an oil rig to pay his way through Harvard Business School to working with hedge funds and then setting up several successful enterprises such as Indiabulls, ONE Championship, Incedo, and now Mission Holdings, Saurabh Mittal has charted his way to success. He is now counted among one of Singapore’s 50 richest.
    • Even after the nationalization of Air India in the 1950s, JRD Tata remained deeply involved in the airline’s operations. From ensuring passengers were well taken care of, décor, airhostess’ hairstyle, how much wine was poured to personally cleaning dirty counters and washrooms, he set some pretty high benchmarks as a leader.
    • She scripted history when she became the first-ever Indian American to win the Miss World America 2021. Meet Shree Saini, the 25-year-old who fought a rare heart condition and a near fatal accident to achieve her dreams.
    • Made using beer discards, Eco Ware is a range of edible cutlery that has been developed by three Indian students at Belgium’s Ku Leuven University, the hub for European innovation. Their work earned them the 2021 KICK Challenge Student Award.
    • With her roots in India, home in Hong Kong and brand office in London, Saloni Lodha is truly a global name in fashion circle. Her collections have created quite a stir with the likes of Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Emma Watson wearing her designs. She is one of the rare Indian designers who can be truly called the champion of Indian textiles overseas.
    • Being an Indian born in America, Sanjena Sathian had to grapple with her identity for a long time. And this unnerving question about being an Indian or an American gave birth to her debut novel Gold Diggers. A book that put her into the longlist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize.
    • Akshay Naheta is the youngest executive to report directly to SoftBank’s founder Masayoshi Son. The Indian-born British business executive known for his investment chops was brought on board to help revive the Japanese conglomerate from the pandemic-induced doldrums.
    • His canvases often find themselves laced with the memory of Kashmir, a place he grew up in. And it’s this yearning and love for his homeland that has made him Raqib Shaw quite a distinct artist. The London-based painter is one of the few Indian artists to break records with a historic sale at Sotheby’s and have his art displayed in the best galleries in the world.
    • Hailing from a family of academics, business and startups were the last thing on Naveen Tewari’s mind. However, fate had other plans and this Indian entrepreneur eventually founded InMobi, India’s first unicorn. His next venture Glance which he launched in 2019 too turned unicorn in a year proving that Tewari is India’s unicorn whisperer.
    • Indians have been making inroads in Hollywood for a while now. But who could have thought that an Indian actor would hold his own in a Korean show? Meet Anupam Tripathi whose performance in Netflix’s No 1 show Squid Game has made him a global star and a social media sensation.
    • Anu Acharya’s Mapmygenome launched its flagship product, Genomepatri, which helps you discover your genetic predisposition by building your gene profile. This, helps you work towards preventing diseases that you may be genetically prone to.
    • Her music has been an extension of herself, and this Indian-American composer and pianist’s diverse sound palette has made her a popular entity in music circles. Meet Raashi Kulkarni, the music composer who has worked with the likes of Blake Neely, Warner Brothers and is the only person of Indian-origin to earn a spot at the 2021-23 Universal Composers Initiative.
    • She was bullied and battled depression, but Jeeva Senthilnathan shrugged it all off to channel her energies towards working towards causes that truly matter. From talking about mental health, women’s safety to diversity and inclusion, this 2021 Global Teen Leader is an activist at heart.
    • Addressing issues through stories on stage is something that contemporary theatre artiste Deepika Arwind has a knack for. Breaking the mold of male-centric narratives, this playwright is telling stories that highlight gender issues. A popular name in Indian feminist theatre, this 35-year-old is making women’s voice heard.
    • Mahatma Gandhi may have looked frail in his photographs, but the Father of the Nation was rather strong. He kept a grueling schedule and exercise was a very important aspect of it. He’d once even ticked off Gopal Krishna Gokhale for not walking or making time for physical exercise.
    • Witty, sarcastic and funny – Russell Peters is one standup comedian whose jokes never run dry. The Indo-Canadian has been tickling the funny bone of the global audience for three decades now. From being one of the first artistes of color to have achieved fame in comedy to becoming the first-ever comedian to get a Netflix special, Peters has become a name to reckon with in the standup comic circle.
    • Her life is nothing less than a journey worth celebrating, and Indra Nooyi has just done that when she released a memoir My Life is Full: Work, Family, and our Future recently. The 65-year-old, who navigated space dominated by men conventionally, not only climbed the corporate ladder by becoming the CEO of PepsiCo in 2016 but also became the 11th woman to lead a Fortune 500 company.
    • Rohan Seth, founder of Clubhouse, launched the Lydian Accelerator along with his wife Jennifer Fernquist, to design customized treatments for children with genetic disorders. The couple did this after their own daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation that causes severe mental and physical impairments.
    • Breaking into an all-white industry wasn’t easy for this British-Indian actor, but Himesh Patel knew he had to change the dynamics of the game by being the champion of inclusivity and diversity. From working with the likes of Danny Boyle and Christopher Nolan to smashing stereotypes with his performances, this 31-year-old has become Hollywood’s new breakout star.
    • Indian American management consultant Ashish Vazirani, who is Joe Biden’s top pick for key national security role, comes from an military family himself: his father is a Vietnam-era veteran, Vazirani served in the US Navy as a submarine officer, and his son is a currently serving marine.
    • Skateboarding: How ‘counter culture movement’ has now found its strong roots in India
    • Indian sitar maestro Shujaat Husain Khan, who belongs to the famed Imdadkhani gharana, has been charting his own path to success right since the age of 6 when he gave his first public performance.
    • If you are a Marvel fan, you couldn’t possibly have missed the climax of the much-anticipated series Loki. But what made the ending all the more exciting and fulfilling was the music piece by Indian composer Atif Afzal that hit the right chord with the global audience. Afzal, who is popular by the moniker Al-Zal, made a smashing Hollywood debut with his track Adhaan Maghbiri in Loki, declaring his arrival with élan.
    • Chef Atul Kochhar was one of the first Indians to win a Michelin star back in 2001. With a deep understanding off Indian flavors and cuisine, Kochhar has been serving the world some progressive, edgy Indian food with his signature touch.
    • His designs are a beautiful amalgamation of chic opulence and modern glamor that have made him a global name in international fashion circles. If his creations have adorned the shelves of Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, his designs have besotted the likes of Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton, and Jennifer Lopez. Meet Indian-American designer Naeem Khan, who is making India proud on the international circuit.
    • Girish Mathrubootham, founder of Freshworks Inc, with his wife Shoba and their sons in New York ahead of Freshworks blockbuster listing at NASDAQ. The company’s valuation went from $3.5 billion to $13 billion.
    • His songs have made the world sway to his beats. Meet Jay Sean, the hip-hop singer who exploded on the music scene in the early 2000s with a chartbuster that was set to change the course of his life. Dance With You made him an overnight star, and as they say, the rest is history. From signing a £1 million deal with Virgin Records to becoming the poster boy of UK’s Asian underground music scene, the artiste truly put Indian music and hip-hop on the global map.
    • Professor of Economics at IIM-A, author of two insightful books, and an archival missionary. 36-year-old Chinmay Tumbe wears many hats as he works towards helping document contemporary Indian history.
    • Born in Kozhikode, the mecca of football, love for the sport rubbed off on Aisha Nazia as a child, who has now been selected for the prestigious FIFA Master program. She is the only Indian woman out of the 32 people that were selected from across the world for the program. Chosen out of 700 applicants, Nazia has become an inspiration for dreamers as well as go-getters.
    • Lodhi Art District: Delhi’s street art at its best
    • As a technology focused investor, Vani Kola of Kalaari Capital, has a penchant for picking the best young minds and mentoring them to build successful enterprises.
    • It was with Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala that Sarita Choudhury made a stunning debut, and now three decades on, she is still making the West go gaga over her stellar performances. From Homeland to The Green Knight, the 55-year-old is busy making the right noise with her body of work.
    • His eponymous label has made him a force to reckon with in the fashion circle. The British-Indian designer Saran Kohli added another feather to his cap when he designed costumes for Marvel’s much-anticipated film Eternals. The 34-year-old, who fell in love with fashion while helping his mom set up her boutique in London, has styled some of the biggest names in the world.
    • When pandemic hit India in 2020, billionaire and CEO Serum Institute of India Adar Poonawalla stepped to provide covid vaccines to the entire country. His company worked relentlessly to fight against Covid-19 by producing millions of Covishield doses. This very achievement has put Poonawalla on the Time’s 100 Most Influential People List of 2021.
    • Indian entrepreneur Prabhdeep Singh is revolutionizing the Indian ambulance service sector with quality and affordable emergency care. With advanced life support systems and trained paramedics, StanPlus is pioneering healthcare services in the critical Golden Hour.
    • Her films have not just graced the world’s biggest film festivals but have also started a dialogue on women’s rights. If Water made it to Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Fire spoke volumes about patriarchy. Meet Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta who is determined to bring stories to the big screen that matter.
    • From psychology to HR to baking; Aditi Handa has traversed the whole path before founding The Baker’s Dozen with her husband Sneh Jain. Through her entrepreneurial venture, this Indian baker is turning the spotlight on traditional breads such as the sourdough.
    • Rolling green hills, grassy knolls, paranomic views and a unique culture – that’s what makes Meghalaya’s Kongthong a picturesque village. And now this beautiful village has found itself in the race to win United Nations World Tourism Organisation ‘Best Tourism Village’ tag. That’s not all: Konthong has a unique tradition of referring to every resident with a tune, thus making it a whistling village.
    • BMX Racing: Offering adventure enthusiasts the thrill of jumps and adrenaline rush
    • Deepika Padukone has conquered Bollywood with her acting prowess, and is making the right noise in Hollywood with her choice of work. Now, the diva is spreading her wings, and will soon dive into a global lifestyle brand that’s rooted in India. Come 2022, and the 35-year-old will launch her brand that’s global in its appeal and reach and rich in Indian culture.
    • 19-year-old Maitri Patel became one of the youngest Indians to earn a commercial pilot’s license. Daughter of a farmer from Surat, Patel is all set to spread her wings and wants to train to fly a Boeing next.
    • Who could forget Bend It Like Beckham? A film that brought Indian diaspora alive on the big screen, all thanks to Gurinder Chadha. A name that has carved a niche for herself in the British film industry with her perfect art of balancing cultures. The Order of the British Empire Award winner has been smashing cultural stereotypes ever since her first film, and has become a force to reckon with in the world of international cinema.
    • India’s Rocket Women: Women have served in important roles at ISRO not to establish gender sensitivity, but because they were the right people for the job. ISRO’s 2019 Chandrayaan 2 mission was the first interplanetary mission to have women as Project Director and Mission Director. In fact, 30% of the team was composed of women.
    • The shortlist for British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding is out, and India-born Ugandan author Mahmood Mamdani has made the cut. His book Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities has grabbed eyeballs for its in-depth inquiry into political modernity. Can’t wait for the results on October 26.
    • Who can forget Lila Pitts from The Umbrella Academy? That’s the kind of impact British Indian actor Ritu Arya has had with her telly appearance in the 2020 hit Netflix show. Now the 32-year-old is set to share screen space with Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds in Netflix’s Red Notice.
    • Meet Murthy Megavan, a small-time fisherman-turned-surf champion
    • Now that’s what we call a debut. Pramod Bhagat created history by becoming India’s first para-shuttler to clinch a gold at the Paralympics. The reigning world champion defeated Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell to win India’s fourth gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.
    • What an outing it has been for the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Paralympics. This weekend two athletes shared the podium as shooters Manish Narwal and Singhraj Adhana bagged a gold and a silver medal each at the mixed 50m pistol event.
    • He had his eyes on the target, and archer Harvinder Singh scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a medal in archery at the Paralympics. The 29-year-old clinched a bronze in the men’s individual recurve defeating South Korea’s Kim Min Su.
    • Growing up Atul Satija watched his father go out of his way to help those around him. As a corporate executive, Satija, himself would volunteer on the weekends, but found that he wanted to do it on a much larger scale. That’s when he decided to quit his job and set up The/Nudge Foundation through which he works towards poverty alleviation in the country.
    • India is unstoppable at the Tokyo Paralympics as the country’s medal tally reached 11 with high jumper Praveen Kumar’s win. The 18-year-old, who clinched a silver, set a new Asian record with his 2.07m jump.
    • 20 years ago when Mukti Bosco came across a woman who had to pull out her 6-year-old son from school to pay for her husband’s treatment, she was shaken. A mother herself, she never wanted to see another child suffer. That’s how she decided to launch Healing Fields Foundation, an NGO that has now been chosen by WEF as one of India’s top 50 COVID-19 last mile responders.
    • Freida Pinto, who got her big break with Slumdog Millionaire, has been breaking the stereotypes associated with South Asians, one diverse role at a time. Her latest appearance will be in Life of Noor, which she is also producing.
    • Avani Lekhara was paralysed from the waist down after an accident when she was 11. Unable to come to terms with her injuries, she would be angry and dejected. That is when her father began taking her to the JDA shooting range and she fell in love with the sport. The rest, as they say, is history.
    • It’s a gold for India, again! Indian sportstars are on fire at the Tokyo Paralympics, and Javelin thrower Sumit Antil is proof of it. He broke the world record with a massive throw of 68.55m to win a gold medal.
    • Bhavina Patel scripted history by becoming the first Indian athlete to win a silver medal for table tennis at the Tokyo Paralympics. The athlete’s path to success was paved with difficulties, but she overcame it all to achieve her goals.
    • It was YouTube that catapulted Prajakta Koli to fame, and made her an overnight star. But the 28-year-old is much more than a hotshot blogger and an influencer. The Daytime Emmy Award winner, who was chosen by YouTube and the UN for Creators of Change for a tete-a-tete with Michelle Obama, is now set to represent India at the Google Impact Challenge.
    • Women in the army have reason to cheer. For the first time in its history, the Indian Army has promoted five women officers to the rank of Colonel as they complete 26 years of impeccable service. They are Lt Col Sangeeta Sardana, Lt Col Sonia Anand, Lt Col Navneet Duggal, Lt Col Reenu Khanna and Lt Col Ritcha Sagar. Serving with the Corps of Signals, Corps of EME, and Corps of Engineers, these women are among the first to be promoted to the highest field-grade officer ranking.
    • It’s a perfect blend of craft and modernity that has made Bibhu Mohapatra Hollywood’s favorite designer. With Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow among his clientele, the Odhisa-born and Manhattan-based designer is one of torchbearers of Indian fashion on the global stage. Now this creative designer is back with his Resort 22 collection.
    • Basketball player Princepal Singh has scripted history by becoming the first Indian ever to lay his hands on an NBA trophy. A week after donning the blues of Sacramento Kings, the 20-year-old from Punjab did the unimaginable when his team beat Boston Celtics to win the Summer League Championship.
    • Meet the Indian-American artist Saahil Bhargava who has taken the music world by storm with his anti-war rock ballad Kohima. The song that explores the despair and trauma of a soldier in a war found itself on LA Shorts International Film Festival nomination list alongside legendary Paul McCartnet’s When Winter Comes.
    • The lost Hippie Trail through Afghanistan: A time when people would travel from Europe to South Asia through Iran, Afghanistan, India, and Nepal
    • Afghanistan through award-winning photographer Steve McCurry’s lens
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