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Last night, my father was felicitated as a real-life hero by one of the biggest stars in the world on a national television show – my personal journey to seeing him as a hero took forty years.


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Pandit Ravi Shankar, Sitar Maestro

Ravi Shankar (IPA: [ˈrɔbi ˈʃɔŋkɔr]; 7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012), bornRobindro Shaunkor Chowdhury (Bengali : রবীন্দ্র শঙ্কর চৌধুরী),[2] his name often preceded by the title Pandit, was an India…

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Pandit Ravi Shankar, Sitar Maestro

Ravi Shankar (IPA: [ˈrɔbi ˈʃɔŋkɔr]; 7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012), bornRobindro Shaunkor Chowdhury (Bengali : রবীন্দ্র শঙ্কর চৌধুরী),[2] his name often preceded by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician and composer who was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century as a composer of Hindustani classical music.


Shankar was born to a Bengali family in Benares, British India,[3] and spent his youth touring India and Europe with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956.

In 1956 he began to tour Europe and the Americas playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and Beatlesguitarist George Harrison. His influence on the latter helped popularize the use of Indian instruments in pop music throughout the 1960s. Shankar engaged Western music by writing compositions for sitar and orchestra, and toured the world in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1986 to 1992, he served as a nominated member of Rajya Sabha, the upper chamber of the Parliament of India. He continued to perform up until the end of his life. In 1999, Shankar was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.

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# Google pays tribute to sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar


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1896 Summer Olympics

The 1896 Summer Olympics (Modern Greek: Θερινοί Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες 1896, Therinoí Olympiakoí Agó̱nes 1896), officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was a multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 6 to 15 April 1896. It was the first international Olympic Games held in the modern era. Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Athens was considered to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games. It was unanimously chosen as the host city during a congress organised byPierre de Coubertin, a French pedagogue and historian, in Paris, on 23 June 1894. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was also instituted during this congress.

Despite many obstacles and setbacks, the 1896 Olympics were regarded as a great success. The Games had the largest international participation of any sporting event to that date. The Panathinaiko Stadium, the only Olympic stadium used in the 1800s, overflowed with the largest crowd ever to watch a sporting event.[3] The highlight for the Greeks was the marathon victory by their compatriot Spyridon Louis. The most successful competitor was Germanwrestler and gymnast Carl Schuhmann, who won four events.

After the Games, Coubertin and the IOC were petitioned by several prominent figures, including Greece’s King George and some of the American competitors in Athens, to hold all the following Games in Athens. However, the 1900 Summer Olympics were already planned for Paris and, except for theIntercalated Games of 1906, the Olympics did not return to Greece until the2004 Summer Olympics, 108 years later.


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Indian Railways modifies Identity proof rules for Tatakal Travellers

Here is an useful news found in New Indian Express:
Indian Railways has modified rules on identity proof of passengers travelling on tickets issued under its Tatkal Scheme, it was officially announced. As per modified rules, there won’t be any need to mention or furnish photocopy of proof of identity, while booking a Tatkal ticket or indicate the same while booking tickets through the Internet, according to a statement issued by the Western Railway.

Only one passenger needs to produce any one of the following proofs of identity in the original during the journey, in case a group of passengers are travelling on Tatkal tickets, according to the statement.

As per the statement, documents to be furnished as identification  proofs include Voter’s Photo Identity Card, Passport, PAN Card, Driving Licence, Aadhar Card, Photo Identity Card with photographs with a serial number issued by central or state governments, student identity card with  photograph issued by a recognised school or college, passbook of nationalised banks with a photograph, as well as credit cards issued by banks with laminated photograph.

According to the statement, other identification proofs include photo identity cards with serial number issued by Central government or state government run public sector undertakings, similar cards issued by district administrations, municipal bodies or panchayat administrations.

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To My Valentine

Liked this poem very much

The Empress Journals


I have in you found
A stillness when all is wild
You my set of spare keys
When my locks gather rust
You my handy mechanic
When my front tyres are sudden burst
I the crumpled lemon
You my kissing strawberry face
I the plain vanilla cupcake, you my cherries glace
Darling I in you rejoice
You my fanfare and fussing
I your spoilt precious pet
I the chocolate teapot, you the chocolate shortbread
You allow me your last piece
(My dessert, I never share)
Sweetness you are divine
When the world rages without
You my sanctuary within
Always at hand to mop my brow
(Although you know my work is but mischief)
Never cloying, yet always alert
You my flashlight when the lights go kaput
You my creme brulee in a drab menu of lemon tarts
You my solid foundation
When all else is a house of cards

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