Sometimes, a little nudge from the universe pushes one to find his raison d'etre in life. If actor Sonu Sood had given in to the celebrity syndrome of sitting in his ivory tower and expressing his generosity by remote control, he would have never come face to face with the trauma of India's migrant labourers or understood that a food packet was a woefully inadequate substitute for a ride back home.
During the nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, when a wave of poverty-stricken migrants set out on foot to make their arduous journey back home, the value of seva, service to mankind, instilled in him by his parents, spurred Sonu Sood into action. From taking to the streets and reaching out to the stranded, to setting up a dedicated team and making arrangements for national and international transport, Sonu managed to help thousands of helpless and needy workers. Thus, began his 'Ghar Bhejo' programme, carried out like a humanitarian mission. Chartered flights, buses and trains were sanitized and paid for. Distress calls from all over the world were answered. Soon, the movement snowballed into a campaign for providing jobs, medical facilities and educational aid to workers. The silver-screen villain transitioned into a real-life superhero.
In his memoir, I Am No Messiah, Sonu Sood combines the extraordinary experiences of his journey from Moga to Mumbai with the writing skills of veteran journalist and author Meena K. Iyer. Honest, inspirational and heart-warming, this is the story of Sonu Sood and of the people whose lives he continues to transform.
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Longlisted for the National Book Awards 2020** A landmark biography of one of the twentieth century's most compelling figures, rewriting much of the known narrative. Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X - including siblings, classmates, friends, cellmates, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world. His goal was ambitious: to transform what would become hundreds of hours of interviews into a portrait that would separate fact from fiction. The result is this magisterial work that conjures a never-before-seen world of its protagonist, whose title is inspired by a phrase Malcolm X used when he saw his followers stir with purpose to overcome the obstacles of racism. Setting his life not only within the political struggles of his day but also against the larger backdrop of American history, this remarkable masterpiece traces his path from street criminal to devoted moralist and revolutionary. An author who saw Malcolm X speak and could not stand the phrase 'we may never know', Payne writes cinematically from start to finish and delivers extraordinary revelations - from a hair-raising scene of Malcolm's clandestine meeting with the KKK, to a minute-by-minute account of his murder in Harlem in 1965, in which he makes the case for the complicity of the American government. Introduced by Payne's daughter and primary researcher, Tamara Payne, who, following her father's death, heroically completed the biography, The Dead Are Arising is a penetrating and riveting work that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle and the story of the twentieth
An endearing portrait of an Indian legend I told him that when I write a book, I would write about another side of him and not just historic events or business milestones. I would write about us and our adventures together, and how I saw him, colours and shades of him unknown to the world. Life beyond the great steel wall of industry doyen. He agreed. There cannot be one book that captures everything So you do your thing, give your perspective. It was their shared empathy for homeless dogs that sparked an unlikely friendship. In 2014, Shantanu Naidu, an automobile design engineer in his early twenties, developed an innovation to save the local strays from being run over by speeding cars. Ratan Tata, himself known for his compassion for stray dogs, took note. Impressed, he not only decided to invest in the venture, but over the years became a mentor, boss and an unexpectedly dear friend to Shantanu. I Came Upon a Lighthouse is an honest, light-hearted telling of this uncommon bond between a millennial and an octogenarian that gives glimpses of a beloved Indian icon in a warm light.
The story of a young Brahmin’s search for ultimate reality after meeting with the Buddha. Siddhartha is handsome, clever and well-loved, yet increasingly dissatisfied with the life that is expected of him. Setting out on a spiritual journey to discover a higher state of being, hisquest leads him through the temptations of luxury and wealth, the pleasures of sensual love and the sinister threat of death-dealing snakes, until, eventually, he comes to a river. There, a ferryman guides him towards his destiny and to the ultimate meaning of existence. Inspired by Hermann Hesse’s profound regard for Indian transcendental philosophy, Siddhartha is one of the most influential spiritual works of the twentieth century.
This collection is a package of information and details showing the dreams and compulsions of Nepalis living abroad, their hardships, achievements, courage and capability. It includes the stories of Nepalis of every class and category, from flying in the sky to drowning in the sea. It presents almost the same information as what a journalist sees with his eyes and hears with his ears. This book is not just a story of Nepali workers going to Gulf, Malaysia and other countries to sell their labor. As its sections and pages turn, Nepalis feel that they have penetrated the world. At the same time, in addition to hard physical labor, the access of Nepalis abroad has also expanded in the field of science and technology
About the Book: A Boy from Siklis: The Life and Times of Chandra Gurung A remarkable potrait of a modern-day hero, his nation and his legacy In late September 2006, Chandra Gurung organized an event in remote Ghunsa village in Eastern Nepal to celebrate a landmark in the countrys conservation history: the handover of the ownership of forest areas by the government to local inhabitants. The handover also marked the apex of Chandras career as an environmentalist. On the way back from Ghunsa, the helicopter ferrying Chandra and others crashed, killing everyone aboard. A Boy from Siklis traces Chandra Gurungs remarkable life-his birth in the tiny village of Siklis; his education in Nepal and abroad; his work, first with the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation and then as head of the World Wildlife Fund Nepal-and his meteoric rise as he became one the keystones of nature-conservation efforts in Nepal. A compelling story of a life lived with verve and an honest desire to make a lasting difference, A Boy from Siklis is also a valuable and illuminating history of nature conservation in Nepal, caught up in the countrys thorny politics. About the Author: Manjushree Thapa Manjushree Thapa is one of South Asias best-known writers. She has written two novels, Seasons of Flight and The Tutor of History; a collection of short stories, Tilled Earth; and three books of non-fiction: The Lives We Have Lost: Essays and Opinions on Nepal, Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy and Mustang Bhot in Fragments. Manjushree Thapa divides her time between Kathmandu and Toronto.
A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
Former United States President Abraham Lincoln is one of the few great men of the last three centuries. Throughout his life, his feelings were understood and not understood in many contexts. In world history, his name was written in golden letters, a name that is popular in every generation. This book is very useful for those who want to know more about the 19th century Civil War and American political history
Mother Teresa (1910–1997) was a Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to serving the poor and destitute around the world. She spent many years in Calcutta, India where she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation devoted to helping those in great need. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became a symbol of charitable, selfless work. In 2016, Mother Teresa was canonised by the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa.
Benjamin Franklin is known as the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading writer, printer, political philosopher, politician, postmaster, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He founded many civic organizations, including the Library Company, Philadelphia's first fire department, and the University of Pennsylvania. scientist, inventor,
He was a British scientist, professor and author who performed groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology, and whose books helped to make science accessible to everyone. Hawking was born in 1942, in Oxford, England. His birthday was also the 300th anniversary of the death of Galileo long a source of pride for the noted physicist. He is a theoretical physicist whose theory of exploding black holes drew upon both relativity theory and quantum mechanics. He also worked with space-time singularities.
What's happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world," he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector-and succeeded spectacularly.
Ten years of Maoist people's war is an eye-opener. While reading this book written by the then commander of the people's army, that difficult people's war of history comes to the fore. When the people read the real story of the class war against the ruler, the mind gets excited and the hairs of the body stand up. It is also a document of a war that makes people realize that they will never lose.
Author Pandey has incorporated his long experience of journalism, Nepali politics and diplomacy to author his biography. The book consists of events across different timelines of Nepali politics, from restoration of democracy to becoming a republic. It also depicts positive and negative roles of diplomacy and their impacts on Nepali politics. The book has been touted as a relevant reference material for those interested in reviewing developments in Nepali politics and the country's foreign policies.