208. People’s President

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In India, many people  are not interested even in knowing  the name of the President.  But, our former President Dr. A.P.j. Abdul Kalam  found a place in every Indian’s heart by his good deeds. He was the only president who brought many common people to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

After completing his tenure, he had only 2 suitcases of his personal belongings with him. Usually the belongings  of former president would have required many lorries to carry the things. The nation honours him for his simplicity. Every Indian would  have shred tears on hearing the news of his death.

His engagement with common people, especially children made  everybody to consider him as a close friend, philosopher and guide.  The Missile man of India was the most respected person of the country by raising the image of India in front of big countries of the world. He played a crusial role when India tested its nuclear weapons in Pokhran.

This vegetarian bachelor has not undergone any training in abroad. While meeting the youngsers he used to listen to their speech carefully and respond. In one meeting with school children, power went off suddenly. He stood in the middle of the hall and asked the children to surround him. His lecture and interaction with 400 children continued, without the requirement of the current.

He has donated his lifetime savings to a trust named “Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas”. When he was a president, in spite of his busy schedule, he used to write reply and thank cards in his own handwriting.  In a function he refused to sit in a big chair and asked the authorities to put a similar chair like others’.

While working in DRDO, a scientist could not keep up his promise of taking his children to an exhibition. Knowing this, Dr.Abdul Kalam took the children with him to the exhibition. There are many more interesting real stories about him. Indians feel very proud to own such an outstanding personality.

160. Vishyanand

Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian chess master. He became world chess champion facing Vishwanathan Anand in 2013 and won the title. As Indians we all felt very much when our beloved Indian chess master lost the game. Victory and loss are very common in human life.

Let me share a happy news about our Vishwanathan Anand. A minor planet discovered in 1988 has been officially named Vishyanand(4538). It was discovered by Kezo Suzuki in Toyota, Japan but remained unnamed so far. He was waiting for more than 10 years to name the planet.

The International Astronomical Union is the final authority to name newly discovered planets. Michael Rudenko is the member of minor planet center. Rudenko’s two main passions are chess and astronomy. As per rules the name of planet should be upto a maximum of  16 characters. There should not be any space in between the name and the name should have a reason. The suggestion of Rudenko was accepted by the Union.

The small planet Vishyanand  is in the asteroid belt between the planets  Mars and Jupiter. It is one among such 6.50.000 astral  bodies. It is really worth that the Indian grandmaster and five times world champion deserves this honour. Rudenko never met Anand before. Anand thanked Rudenko for this rare honour.

43. Legend M.S. Subbulakshmi


The queen of music is M.S. Subbulakshmi, popularly known as M.S. Nobody can find fault in her singing. The name itself shows “lakshmi kadaksham”. The bharatha ratna award has been given for her wonderful music. The carnatic vocalists have taken her as “manaseega guru”.

From her childhood, spent her time in learning carnatic music. She has learnt hindusthani classical music also. She has acted in some tamil movies also. Nobody can forget her role as meerabai in the film “meera”. Pandit jawaharlal nehru called her as “Queen of music”. many of us here her voice in devotional music such as “Bhaja Govindam”, “Vishnu Sahasranamam” and “Venkatesa Suprabatham”. Even if we hear these songs in other voices, our mind will be convinced only with the voice of M.S.

One interesting news about her I want to share. The famous kancheepuram saree has been named as “M.S. Blue” after her.  She has lived as a role model to many people. She lived a simple life and moved with common people easily when she was in a high position. She sang many songs at the time of our Independence. Her music techniques are highly appreciated by critics. We feel proud that the legend was born in our country.

36. Subramania Bharathi

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All the tamilians love subramania bharathi, popularly known as Bharathiyar for his beautiful and meaningful tamil poems. He has written many poems on various topics such as religion, politics and social evils. His many poems are used in dramas and movies. Since all of them became very popular among common people, even the uneducated people love and sing them. His poems gave lot of energy during independence period.

He took much interest to shine as a journalist. When we read them, our mind will get refreshment. He is the first person to introduce simplicity in writing. No guidance is required for understanding his works. He instructed the children how to live, what to do and what not to do. He wrote many poems on Goddess Kali. Kali is his favourite Goddess and he wrote poems about other Gods such as Ganesha, Muruga, Shiva, Allah and Jesus.

His famous work of “paanchali sabadham” has created positive energy during freedom struggle. He compared “paanchali to bharatha maatha” and wrote wordings in such a way that victory of paanchali is very much essential. His love songs are also liked by all. He is the first person who fought for equal rights for women. His concern is expressed beautifully in many poems. He wrote many poems against caste system prevalent in India. Not only in writings, he followed whatever he wrote. Even though he was suffering with poverty, his writings show richness.

Subramania Bharathi is an all rounder. He had thorough knowledge about everything. His courage, simplicity and boldness are admired and appreciated by all national leaders at that time. All the poets who came after him, got inspiration from him. We have to make time to read his writings.