Srikanth Bolla : The blind CEO of a 50 crore company


He is the CEO of Hyderabad-based Bollant Industries, an organisation that employs uneducated and disabled employees to manufacture eco-friendly, disposable consumer packaging solutions, which is worth Rs 50 crores. Sounds nothing great right? Here comes the twist in the tail. He was born blind into an agricultural family in Sitaramapuram village in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India. After his birth villagers in his family advised his mother and father to let him die.
"Many questions bothered me. Why should a disabled child be pushed to the back row in the class? Why should the 10 percent of the disabled population of India be left out of the Indian economy?"

In school, he was pushed to the back bench and was not allowed to play. He excelled in studies and scored above 90 percent in his class 10 examinations. Indian Institute of Technology and BITS Pilani has closed its doors citing his disability. He applied to the top Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and now he is all set to finish his studies in Computer Science and Business Management, and started a computer-training centre for visually challenged students. The centre now trains 30 blind high school students each year, but with more funding, he hopes to add more computers and more students. Bolla was quoted in MIT journal, where he said, “I want to dedicate my life to community and social service. I want a place in society where people look up to me as a role model and great leader”. He wants to pursue an MBA in an institute like Harvard and become India's president.

Srikanth with late President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
Today, Srikanth has four production plants, one each in Hubli (Karnataka) and Nizamabad (Telangana), and two in Hyderabad (Telangana). Another plant, which will be one hundred percent solar operated, is coming up in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Angel investor Ravi Mantha was impressed with his business acumen and vision for his company that he not only decided to mentor him but also invested in Srikanth’s company.They are raising $2-million (around Rs 13 crores) in funding and have already raised Rs 9 crores. His vision is to build a sustainable company with a workforce comprising 70 percent people with disability.

Palam Kalyanasundaram : Man of the Millenium

“Everything is a state of mind. Finally, what do we take with us when we leave planet earth?”

73-year-old Tamil Nadu librarian donated Rs 30 crore to the uneducated poor

This man, an Indian, received "Man of the Millennium" from an American organization.

The reason they awarded will put to shame many of the celebrities who are treated as demi-gods in India.

Kalyanasundaram, has donated his entire salary in his whole lifetime to the welfare of the society for various social causes ranging from child welfare to free hand donations . He used to do laundry and server jobs for his daily needs. He is unmarried and also donated his family share to various social causes.

He donated the entire amount which he got with the award also to the underprivileged. And Just for facts, the amount was 30 crores.

The Missile Man of India : Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

The person who inspired every countrymen. He always dreamed for a better society and a better nation. He was a great man who changed our country, a great inspiration for the youth like me and a great model for all.

Sir Kalam demonstrated the great potential for dynamism and innovations. Agni, Pritvi, Akash, Trishul and Nag- missiles that have become household names in India and have raised the nation to the level of a missile power of international reckoning. After graduating from Madras Institute of Technology (MIT – Chennai) in 1960, he joined Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as a scientist. Sir Kalam started his career by designing a small helicopter for the Indian Army, but remained unconvinced with the choice of his job at DRDO. Later Sir Kalam was transferred to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) where he was the project director of India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini satellite near earth's orbit in July 1980. Joining ISRO was one of his biggest achievements in Sir Kalam's life.

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam's 79th birthday was recognized as World Student's Day by United Nations. He has also received honorary doctorates from 40 universities. The Government of India has honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1981 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1990 for his work with ISRO and DRDO and his role as a scientific advisor to the Government. In 1997, Kalam received India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, for his immense and valuable contribution to the scientific research and modernization of defence technology in India. In 2005, Switzerland declared 26 May as science day to commemorate Kalam's visit in the country. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Von Braun Award from the National Space Society "to recognize excellence in management of and leadership for a space-related project."

At the same time he helped to create India's awesome weaponry and maintained the rigour of his personal life, working 18 hours a day and practicing veena and loving literature. With the characteristics of modesty, Kalam ascribes the greatness of his achievements to the influence of his teachers and parents. He was a simple and ordinary person who have experience a lot of struggle in his youth and boy hood. He came from a poor background and started working at an early age to supplement his family's income. His dream was to become a pilot and fly high ,but narrowly missed achieving his dream of becoming a fighter pilot, as he placed ninth in qualifiers, and only eight positions were available in the Indian Air Force (IAF).On July 25,2002 he was sworn in as the eleventh president of India and governed India succeeding K.R Narayanan.

Dr Kalam set a target of interacting with 100,000 students during the two years after his resignation from the post of scientific adviser in 1999. He loved to interact with students by saying- "I feel comfortable in the company of young people, particularly high school students. Henceforth, I intend to share with them experiences, helping them to ignite their imagination and preparing them to work for a developed India for which the road map is already available. ''He continued to interact with students during his term as a President and also during his post-presidency period as a visiting professor at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Management Indore, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram, and a visiting faculty at many other academic and research institutions across India. He is strong supporter of Space based solar power. He continues to take an active interest in other developments in the field of science and technology.

Dr Kalam felt that the biggest problem faced within the youths of our country was the lack of clarity of vision, the lack of direction. The poor children living in obscure place, in an unprivileged social setting may find a little solace in the way his destiny has been shaped and helped them to liberate themselves from the bondage of their illusory backwardness and hopelessness.

About Dr. Kalam’s Journey of life

Kalam was born on 15th October 1931 and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space program and military missile development efforts. He thus came to be known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.

He also played a pivotal organizational, technical, and political role in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.

From 'Missile Man' to 'People's President'

Kalam was elected as the 11th President of India in 2002 with the support of both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the then-opposition Indian National Congress and had served 5 years to the nation. Widely referred to as the "People's President”, he returned to his civilian life of education, writing and public service after a single term. He was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.

Role model for students

A vegetarian bachelor, Kalam was quoted as saying that like most of the technology he spearheaded, he himself was "Made in India", having never been trained abroad.

Kalam succeeded K R Narayanan and served a full five-year term from 2002 until 2007 after he won the presidential elections which was a highly one-sided contest with Lakshmi Sahgal, a revolutionary of the Indian Independence movement, as his rival. He secured the backing of all political parties.

A role model for students and young people Kalam was always happy to be among them and educational institutions. He breathed his last in the premises of an educational institution.


Death

While delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Kalam collapsed and died from an apparent cardiac arrest on 27 July 2015, aged 83. Thousands including national-level dignitaries attended the funeral ceremony held in his hometown of Rameshwaram, where he was buried with full state honours.

(Source : Hindustan Times, Wikipedia and India.yourstory.com)

Pranav Dhanawade : The Boy Who Scored 1009 runs in a single match

Well not exactly a success story but it was highly inspiring to know about the 15 year old boy who broke a 116 year old record in cricket. 
His name is Pranav Dhanawade. He scored 1009 runs of his own in a single match.

Pranav, whose father drives an autorickshaw, may have grown up in Kalyan, not quite the cricketing artery of Mumbai, only showed coolth and great self-confidence. His nervous father revealed to this reporter that he often worked overtime to provide Pranav two square meals and cricketing gear. Inspired by Prithvi Shaw's Harris Shield feat, Pranav had vowed to his father on Monday that he would get to a score that would be near-impossible to surpass. His unbeaten knock of 1009, an innings laced with 129 fours and 59 sixes off 327 deliveries has forever put Kalyan on the cricketing map.



Salute!

Source: Pranav Dhanawade's record feat hides more than it reveals - Times of India

Michael Jeffrey Jordan


“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

Jordan suffered his first set-back in his sophomore year when he was left out of the varsity basketball team, because he was only 5’9” at that time and his taller classmate Leroy Smith had won the last spot on the team.

He made up his mind that he would never have to face a similar situation ever again and started practicing every day after that, making it a point to take out time for his practice daily without fail. He soon shot up to 6’3”, made the team the next year and never had to look back after that.

From being a part of two gold-medal winning teams at the Olympics to winning NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award five times in his career, Jordan dominated the sports field for more than a decade in the ‘90s.

Neerja Bhanot - The Heroine Of The Hijack

The Heroine Of The Hijack

She was a flight attendant for Pan Am, based in Mumbai, India, who was murdered while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5 September 1986. Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India's highest peacetime military award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra.

Bhanot was the senior flight purser on the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 73, which was hijacked by four heavily armed terrorists after it landed at Karachi at 5 am from Mumbai. PA 73 was en route to Frankfurt and onward to New York City. Bhanot, being the senior-most cabin crew member on board, took charge.

The hijackers were part of the terrorist Abu Nidal Organization and were backed by Libya. The terrorists then instructed Bhanot to collect the passports of all the passengers so that they could identify the Americans. Bhanot and the other attendants under her charge hid the passports of the 41 Americans on board – some under a seat and the rest down a rubbish chute.

After 17 hours, the hijackers opened fire and set off explosives. Bhanot opened the emergency door and helped a number of passengers escape. She could have been the first to jump out when she opened the door but she decided not to and was shot while shielding three children from a hail of bullets. Bhanot was recognized internationally as "the heroine of the hijack" and is the youngest recipient of the Ashok Chakra Award, India's most prestigious gallantry award for bravery during peace time.

Jessica Cox - First Pilot With No Arms

Jessica Cox proved YOU DON'T NEED 'WINGS' TO FLY the first pilot with no arms

The 32-year-old, who was born with a rare non-genetic birth defect that left her without arms, has never let her disability hold her back. Growing up, Cox did it all, from swim lessons to girl scouts, modeling, tap dancing and Taekwondo — at the age of 14, she'd already earned a black belt.

"I can't believe how much I did growing up. Every single day after school there was something going on. I don't know how my parents did it," Cox told TODAY. "I was expected to learn to do things like everybody else in my own way, which worked out just fine."

Becoming a pilot wasn't always a dream for Cox, but after going up in a single engine airplane with a fighter pilot several years ago, she was inspired to overcome her initial fears."Being up in the air put me on edge, but that quickly went away," she said. "It still keeps me on edge, which I like."

Not only is Cox the first person to fly a plane without arms, but she also holds the title of the first person without arms to receive a black belt in the American Taekwondo Association.

Cox said that while titles and awards are "the icing on top," they're not the driving force behind her career path. She takes pride in knowing that she inspires others to see past physical limitations that people tend to put on themselves.

"I do what I do because I love to do it," she said "and I don't give up."

Malala Yousafzai : Youngest Noble Prize Winner

Attacked for Going to School


On 9 October 2012, as Malala and her friends were travelling home from school, a masked gunman entered their school bus and asked for Malala by name. She was shot with a single bullet which went through her head, neck and shoulder. Two of her friends were also injured in the attack.

Malala survived the initial attack, but was in a critical condition. She was moved to Birmingham in the United Kingdom for treatment at a hospital that specialises in military injuries. She was not discharged until January, 2013 by which time she had been joined by her family in the UK.

The Taliban's attempt to kill Malala received worldwide condemnation and led to protests across Pakistan. In the weeks after the attack, over 2 million people signed a right to education petition, and the National Assembly swiftly ratified Pakistan's first Right To Free and Compulsory Education Bill.

Captain Vikram Batra - Hero among many heroes of the Kargil War

Crazy! Brave! Inspiring Indian!
Name: Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra

Also known as Sher Shah, Captain Vikram Batra joined the Indian Military Academy in June 1996 at Dehradun. After graduating in December 1997, he joined the army as a Lieutenant of 13 JAK Rifles at Sopore, Jammu & Kashmir. 

June 1, 1999, his unit proceeded to the Kargil Sector where by now war like situation had erupted. The first task assigned to the young officer was the recapture of Point 5140, which was at an altitude of 17000 feet. 

Upon reaching the point he got into a cheeky conversation with a terrorist commander on the radio. The enemy commander challenged him by saying, “Why have you come Sher Shah (Vikram’s nick name given by his commanding officer), you will not go back”. Captain Vikram Batra with immense confidence replied, “We shall see within one hour, who remains on the top”. 

In a short while Captain Vikram Batra and his company of troops killed 8 enemy soldiers and captured a heavy anti-aircraft machine gun. Mission Point 5140 was a success!!
Soon after the victory of Point 5140 he radioed his commanding officer and said victoriously “Yeh Dil Maange More”( The heart wants more). 

“Yeh Dil Maange More” became the catch line for the war! 

With the victory of Point 5140 cleared the Srinagar-Leh highway, which led to capturing of Point 5100, 4700 Junction, Three Pimples and the ultimate prize- Tiger Hill. 

After taking rest for couple of days he was sent for the task of capturing Point 4750, where he was engaged in the fiercest battle since the war had started. Vikram was challenged by an enemy officer, “Shershah, nobody shall be left to lift your bodies” to which Captain Vikram replied, “Don’t you worry about us, Pray for your safety.” Point 4750 was captured in no time adding one more victory to the count of Captain Vikram Batra. 

Captain Batra was on a victory rampage, his heart asking for more honor and victory. He stoutly volunteered for the next mission, which was very crucial. It was the capture of Point 4875 at an altitude of 17000 feet. He went for the mission along with his company and another led by Captain Anuj Nayyar. 

A number of enemy troops were killed in this mission. On 5th July 1999 Point 4875 was captured. But the enemy troops set in for a counter attack on 7th July 1999 which was well retaliated by Captain Batra. In all this action one of his junior officers (Lieutenant Naveen) has severely injured his leg. 

Captain Vikram Batra went for his rescue. While dragging Lieutenant Naveen back under cover he pleaded to Captain Batra to let him continue the fight in spite the injuries to which Captain Batra heroically replied “Tu baal bachedaar hai!! Hatt jaa peeche”, (You have kids and wife to look after! Get back). 

It didn't take long for this war hero to realize that he had been hit in the chest by an enemy bullet and then in a split of a second he was hit by a artillery splinter in the waist region. This great martyr gave away his last breath with “Jai mata di” (Long Live Mother Durga) on his lips. Before succumbing to his injuries he killed 5 more enemy soldiers. 

For his display of bravery he was awarded Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest medal for gallantry. His father G.L Batra received the medal from the President of India on behalf of his brave son.

Marc Marquez

An inspirational story about never giving up!



​He was doing great at Circuit of the Americas qualifying, until the last 3 minutes... His bike dies on the pit straight when he was at his best and leading the scoreboard...

And... Now what he does next, teaches us a lesson about how to face the odds and evolve as a champion !!!

This 22-year-old two-time MotoGP champ decides to leap over the wall and run down the pit lane to grab his backup bike.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)




Home: India

The leader of the Indian independence movement, Gandhi Ji learned a non-violent form of protest while visiting in South Africa that he later developed in the uprisings he lead for India’s independence from British rule.

His style of protest became the model after which Martin Luther King, Jr. styled his protests for civil rights. Gandhi’s simplistic lifestyle and campaigns for the poorest Indian citizens not only endeared him to the people.

Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Home: Macedonia

Mother Teresa joined a group of missionary nuns working in India, where she took her vows of a nun.

From childhood, she felt the call of God and the desire to help others. In India, she started a school for the poorest children. In 1950, she started her own religious order, The Missions of Charity," specifically to care for the people that no one else wanted to look after. She devoted her entire life to the poorest citizens, earning numerous awards throughout her lifetime–including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971 and the Nehru Prize in 1972.

Usain St. Leo Bolt



For me, I'm focused on what I want to do. I know what I need to do to be a champion, so I'm working on it.




Amitabh Bachchan - The Legend




A blockbuster performer at the Bollywood box-office, Amitabh Bachchan's career tanked along with his production house, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL). His meteoric rise and quick downfall is a true Bollywood tale within Bollywood. He was bankrupt but did not give up and continued to fight. It was at this crucial juncture when his career took at 360 degree turn with the arrival of KBC series in India and slowly, he once again rose to the top. Big B truly proved that nothing, not even a simple desi hairoil advert is "beneath" you but in any profession respect is earned by your skills and your attitude.