Indians in the Time 100

I came home to find a new edition of Time lying on the modest piece of wooden furniture we like to call a teapoy at home.
In it are featured 4 Indians. The richest, the most powerful, the most beautiful, and arguably the healthiest Indian.
Azim Premji, the chairman of Wipro Technologies , is a modest man for his achievements. I am, in a strange way, connected to his fortunes. When I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree, I had a job in the aforementioned Wipro Technologies as a Software Engineer. But that was the year 2001, when the aftermath of the Dot Com Bust was being felt, and for a year, the company did not ask me to start working. By the time they asked me to join, I already had a fellowship offer from the University of Central Florida, and I had decided to pursue my Ph.D. He has been very resourceful in taking a company that produced vegetable oil (Western India Oil Products == Wipro), and making it the leader of India’s I.T. revolution.
A.B. Vajpayee, India’s Prime Minister, brought to India the “power of a thousand suns”, and also the promise of peace.
Aishwarya Rai is very beautiful. The previous sentence is an understatement. My dad was totally bowled over by the “You are looking at the green eyes of the most beautiful woman in the world…” ad that she did for a non-profit organization that worked towards getting people to donate their eyes. She has pledged her eyes for donation when she dies. Beauty and brains – now that is a deadly combination. Trust me, I know this to be true from my personal experience :)
B.K.S. Iyengar demonstrates the power of Yoga lucidly with his life. He is 85, and yet he leads an active life. There will come a day when I will learn and practice Yoga. I don’t have the desire now, because it is so mainstream!:roll:. Bad excuse.
There should have been more Indians in the list. At 1 billion, Indians are a sizeable chunk of the human family. I missed an Indian(-born) author in the list, so too at least a musician, and a sportsman. The presence of Norah Jones is a consolation. While there are so many Indian authors and musician that could have been there, I really wish India could produce at least one sportsman who can make Indians proud in a popular sport, and I don’t mean Cricket.

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One Response to Indians in the Time 100

  1. Selva says:

    First visit and loving it!
    got some stuff to fix at thescian (setting up a science wiki ) , will come back soon.