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Tribute to a Special Person

I got it wrong on the Presidential election. It was a brave decision by the Congress to nominate Pranab da as presidential candidate under the circumstances. However, this post is in dedication to a special person.

We come across many people in our lives. While some remain as mere acquaintances, some evolve as friends. In today's age, friends may not necessarily be of the same age. They may include both young and old. I lost a friend last night. A special person, in his seventies, was steadfast in his trust in me during a crucial period. Whenever I spoke to him, he responded with compassion, which reflected his confidence in me. The same was true for his wife, who survives him. I realize that after my parents and immediate family members, this couple was of great help. There are times, when all that you require is others trust rather than any practical help. The greatness of such people with wisdom is that they might not even realize that they are helping others, simply by trusti…

Ever-Inspiring and Irreplaceable

Many young Indians have grown up hearing Dev Anand being referred as an evergreen star, and he continued to be referred so. Dev Anand will be remembered for his matchless style, ever-inspiring passion for cinema and zest for life. Described by Indian cinema's stalwarts as 'evergreen star', 'epitome of romance', 'entertainer with golden heart' and 'karmayogi', the evergreen hero will remain in the Indian hearts for ever. He was charming yet an intense actor, who stayed active in the India cinematic scene for over 60 years. Yet, words are not enough to describe the legend. May his soul rest in peace.

Impeccable Voice Turns Silent, Still Resonates

Bhupen Hazarika had a distinct voice, clear and easily recognizable. His voice had the power to make everyone stop and listen. In a career spanning over half a century, he donned several hats such as a film-maker, singer, composer, journalist and author among others. The legend left this world after a long illness. India has lost two music maestro's in less than a month, the other being irreplaceable ghazal singer Jagjit Singh, who passed away last month after fighting a massive brain stroke. Dr. Hazarika's contribution to the Indian cinema, and Assamese in particular is an inspiration for many. May he rest in peace. "Dil hoom hoom kare" and "Oh Ganga Tum, Ganga Behti Ho Kyun? will resonate among his fans for a long time to come.

Signs off @ Just 56

Whether it is Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, the great thing about them and many other achievers is that they made their mark quite early in their age. Personal Computers, iPhone, iPods, and iPads are becoming part of daily life for millions across the world. It's sad for the world to lose Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, Inc. at just 56. However, he will continue to inspire many to develop innovative products for years to come. The visionary bid adieu to the world on a day, when India launched world's cheapest computer tablet, 'Akash'. May he rest in peace. Hope, our researchers and scientists find cure for cancer, that affects millions, both rich and poor across the world at the earliest.

Tribute to the African Warrior

Cancer overpowered Nobel Peace Prize Winner and founder of the Greenbelt movement in Kenya, Wangari Maathai. She will be remembered for her contribution to women empowerment, sustainable development and employment creation, and inspire many for years to come. Visionaries are often ordinary citizens, who believe something is possible and strive for it with complete determination. Africa needs many such leaders and visionaries to bring about social transformation, sustainable development and economic prosperity.

Tribute

Over 30 years before Yahoo! revolutionized the way people communicate, the song Yahoo! sung by Mohd. Rafi created a flutter in the hearts of Indians. Perhaps, no other actor could have left such an impression and done justice to the song as the irresistible Shammi Kapoor. His unique style was a refreshing change for the Indian Cinema. We will never find another Shammi Kapoor, but he will stay on for ever in our hearts.