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Wednesday Table of Urania 28.3.18 Nightingales of hindi movie Pt 1

Hindi movie has been blessed with some awesome singers, straight from the beginning I believe! Being a musicaholic I have listened to these melody queens again and again, here are a few of my favorites in two parts:

1. Noorjahan: It is hard to distinguish her with Suraiya sometimes, at least I get confused very often, still she was an awesome singer. If you like classic songs you should not miss her!

2. Suraiya: This lady was not only beautiful but God has blessed her with one of the best voice of Hindi movies! I really love her singing.

3. Shamshad Begam: She is my favorite lady singer of Hindi movies. No once will be able to beat her! Just love her!

4. Geeta Dutt: She was one awesome singer, it was a tragedy for Hindi movie song lovers that she died too early! She I think possesses the sweetest voice in hindi movie and the most expressive one too! on one hand she sang playful songs that will cheer you up and on the other hand she sang sad songs that will break your heart- both with equal expertise! No other singer in Hindi movie (lady) can do that! none!

5. Lata Mangeshkar: She is one awesome singer! She has given us so many fabulous songs that it will require a notebook to write them down! ha!

next part will be for male singers.

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Wednesday Table of Urania 21.3.18 Parambrata Chatterjee

He is one of those actors I want to see shining in full glory! He is a really cool actor, the real Bengali gentleman type of actor I mean. With a little air of Uttam Kumar era actors!

I have seen him in Bengali movies mostly and in them he shines brightly, I have seen him in Kahani, there he has shared quite a solid amount of spotlight with Vidya Balan.

I wonder if he will break the jinx and make a place in Hindi movies, which is not a very common case with superstars of Bengali movie, which he is.

Anyways, all I want to see is some concrete roles in his bag, roles which will make him a legend!

Have you seen any of his movies? Like him? Love horror movies? He recently starred in a hindi horror movie “pari” with Anushka Sharma ahem Kohli!

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Wednesday Table of Urania 14.3.18 Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg has given quite a handful of awesome movies to us, even though I really don’t understand his role but many of the movies which are attached to his name are really good! The greatest thing is they are really versatile too!

He I think is quite talented even though I don’t like war movies, Transformers or Indiana Jones movies but still when I think of his films I can make a tidy list of some really enjoyable movies.

First three parts of Jurassic Park, E.T., Poltergeist 1 (after watching the remake I have started liking the old one), and of course Schindler’s list.

There are people who love his movies and those who don’t. I fall in the middle. 🙂

You?

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Wednesday Table of Urania 7.3.18 Vishwanathan Anand

Born 11th December 1969, Chennai, Tamilnadu, his father was a manager of South Eastern Railway, mom Sushila is a housewife. His wife Aruna and he married in 1996 and were blessed with a son in 2011, Sushil.

Vishwanathan Anand like Leander Paes is one of those players who has never ever let their fans down, they have always surpassed the wildest expectations of their fans, he is quite respected in Geek circle but just like Leander Paes fans feel they have not received the recognition, respect, admiration they so so so deserve! Hey! Had I had the powers I would have awarded these two players Bharat Ratna! Because they are jewels in Mother India’s necklace, the one she wears daily!

Of course he is my “the favorite player” (P.T. Usha, Leander and Gavaskar too), you can guess it right? I know! I have been a chess addict since I was a child, and at a phase of time it was my favorite hobby to play chess with computer and I did win, don’t snigger! Now I am completely out of touch but don’t challenge! A month or two will be enough to give computer a tough time again!

Anand became India’s first grandmaster in 1988, he held the FIDE world chess championship from 2000-2002, he became indisputed world champion in 2007 and defended his title till 2013, when he lost to Magnus Carlsen.

In April 2006 Anand became the fourth player in history to pass the 2800 Elo mark [it is a method of calculating the levels of players or a two player game like chess] on the FIDE rating after Gary Kasporov, Vladimir Kramnik and Vselin Topalov, he occupied the number one position for 21 months, the 6th longest on record.
He was awarded Padma Vibhushan making him the first sportsperson to receive that honour.

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I will be posting pieces from Agnishatdal and Agnijaat here, if you like them and check out the Ezines you can now buy them from two spots:

1. directly from paypal (each issue costs $1
https://paypal.me/sharmishthabasu

2. Indirectly from my patreon profile:
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Few talks about some favorite stars, irrespective of their field of music, art.
They are collected from various sites or are just my view of them. You will know
the difference when you read the post, most are from wikipedia.

These are from the fun section of the Ezines.

I dont know, being me I may have missed mentioning it, do remember one thing,
as you read these works, some of these are my personal views and whatever data,
you see in these are collected from various sites of internet, mostly
wikipedia, famouspeople.net and quite often from the sites of the artists
themselves.

You know I dont know everything right? I am just a student who is sharing her
notes with you!

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Wednesday Table of Urania 28.2.18 Tim Burton

Tim Burton was born on 25th August 1958, in Burbank California, he worked as a Disney animator for less than a year after majoring in Animation and before starting on his own.

His specialty is blending reality with fantasy and/or horror. Some of his fabulous movies are Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhand and nightmare before Christmas, sleepy hollow starring Johnny depp…. His movies go on and on, if you are in them then Batman movies. Which I am not a very big fan of!

I rather love his unique movies like Edward Scissorhand and Sleepy Hollow, where he blends his wit, sense of humour with fantasy and horror. There is another secret too, I am a huge fan of Johnny Depp and Depp performs best for Tim Burton. I seriously think that!

Some of my favorites other than the ones I already mentioned: Mars Attack, Charlie and the chocolate factory, corpse bride, alice in wonderland.

Source: biography.com

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I will be posting pieces from Agnishatdal and Agnijaat here, if you like them and check out the Ezines you can now buy them from two spots:

1. directly from paypal (each issue costs $1
https://paypal.me/sharmishthabasu

2. Indirectly from my patreon profile:
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Few talks about some favorite stars, irrespective of their field of music, art.
They are collected from various sites or are just my view of them. You will know
the difference when you read the post, most are from wikipedia.

These are from the fun section of the Ezines.

I dont know, being me I may have missed mentioning it, do remember one thing,
as you read these works, some of these are my personal views and whatever data,
you see in these are collected from various sites of internet, mostly
wikipedia, famouspeople.net and quite often from the sites of the artists
themselves.

You know I dont know everything right? I am just a student who is sharing her
notes with you!

====================================

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Wednesday Table of Urania 21.2.18 Sindhu, Saina and Gopichand

In the ancient scriptures Dronacharya was an exemplary teacher, guru, because he trained five amazing warriors the pandavas and their opponents the Kauravas too, if we think about someone of that caliber, who can produce one gem after the other the only name that comes to mind is if Pulela Gopichand!

Pullela Gopichand, (born November 16, 1973, Nagandla, India) Indian badminton player who in 2001 became the second Indian (after his guru Prakash Padukone) to win the prestigious All England men’s singles badminton championship. That was not the only jewel in crown his crown is studded with jewels. He passed the baton to his students. Who are making international fame one after the other.

It started with Saina Nehawal, Saina Nehwal born 17th March, 1990 in Dhindar, Hisar, Haryana is an Indian badminton player who attained a career best ranking of 2 in December 2010 by Badminton World Federation.
She is the First Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics. She achieved this feat by winning the Bronze medal at the London Olympics 2012 on 4th August, 2012. She is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships and was also the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, by clinching the Indonesia Open with a victory over higher – ranked Chinese Wang Lin in Jakarta on 21st June, 2009. Saina is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. Her conquering expedition is still on, and she is accompanied by a new batch of Gopichand’s students!

The next one to glow is Sindhu, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995) is an Indian professional badminton player. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal.
Sindhu came to international attention when she broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17. In 2013, she became the first ever Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the Badminton World Championships. In March 2015, she became the youngest recipient of India’s fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri. Her silver medal win in the women’s singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics made her the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event and the youngest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual event at the Olympics. Well we can be sure that we will be hearing more from Gopichand’s girls. But more of his students have joined the process of glorifying the nation with their talent.

I hope the government will show this extraordinary guru some extraordinary respect!

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I will be posting pieces from Agnishatdal and Agnijaat here, if you like them and check out the Ezines you can now buy them from two spots:

1. directly from paypal (each issue costs $1
https://paypal.me/sharmishthabasu

2. Indirectly from my patreon profile:
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Few talks about some favorite stars, irrespective of their field of music, art.
They are collected from various sites or are just my view of them. You will know
the difference when you read the post, most are from wikipedia.

These are from the fun section of the Ezines.

I dont know, being me I may have missed mentioning it, do remember one thing,
as you read these works, some of these are my personal views and whatever data,
you see in these are collected from various sites of internet, mostly
wikipedia, famouspeople.net and quite often from the sites of the artists
themselves.

You know I dont know everything right? I am just a student who is sharing her
notes with you!

====================================

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Wednesday Table of Urania 14.2.18 Russel Crowe and Brad Pitt

Russel Ira Crowe was born on 7th April 1964 in New Zealand, I discovered that he is cousin of Jeff and Martin Crowe Newzealand cricketers, we so loved this pair! The minute they used to come down to the crease we used to pray that they don’t stay there for more than a few minutes…. Well they really disappointed us ALWAYS!

Russel Crowe’s acting is absolutely amazing! He has been showered with awards and one thing is for sure that they are absolutely well-deserved! He not only acts well he picks up the roles and most probably the whole movies with utmost care! These days he plays some lack luster roles in not very interesting movies hope he won’t make it a habit!

A few of his movies that I loved… the ones that are coming to mind I mean- Gladiator, a good year, insider, state of play, a beautiful mind…. You must have watched his movies, if you have not don’t wait! He is absolutely worth enjoying again and again!

Well just like all (most) these articles the information is mostly gathered from Wikipedia.

Brad Pitt aka William Bradley Pitt born December 18, 1963 in Shawnee US, is an awesome actor! I have seen his movies by dozens because I really love him as an actor. There is something about him which brings his characters to life, and they become him! As he has acted in good movies by dozens I will mention the first four that come into my mind- devil’s own, seven years in Tibet, interview with the vampire, sleepers! It is quite interesting how easily he slips into his characters, and they become one!

I will sheepishly admit that I am his fan, just like I am fan of many other Hollywood actors, so, pardon my gushing! I am not even talking about his insanely awesome role in twelve monkeys, you really feel sorry for his father! That poor guy!

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I will be posting pieces from Agnishatdal and Agnijaat here, if you like them and check out the Ezines you can now buy them from two spots:

1. directly from paypal (each issue costs $1
https://paypal.me/sharmishthabasu

2. Indirectly from my patreon profile:
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Few talks about some favorite stars, irrespective of their field of music, art.
They are collected from various sites or are just my view of them. You will know
the difference when you read the post, most are from wikipedia.

These are from the fun section of the Ezines.

I dont know, being me I may have missed mentioning it, do remember one thing,
as you read these works, some of these are my personal views and whatever data,
you see in these are collected from various sites of internet, mostly
wikipedia, famouspeople.net and quite often from the sites of the artists
themselves.

You know I dont know everything right? I am just a student who is sharing her
notes with you!

====================================

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Wednesday Table of Urania 7.2.18 Rick Astley (Happy Birthday)!

This amazing British singer was born in London on 6th February, 1966.

If Mohammed Rafi is my favorite hindi singer, Shantideb Ghosh in Bengali then Rick Astley is most probably my favorite in English. Not in the sense of how many songs I love by these artists or how much they have mastered their arts or such analytical things, my definition of liking is how much they fill up my entire being, and when it comes to that these three rock my world!

As I have told you when I talked about Mohammed Rafi, the legendary hindi movie singer how his very voice trickles down like honey through my ear drums, Rick has the same effect, as for Shantideb Ghosh, being blessed with the words of Tagore his voice aims straight for my soul, heart, the whole being!

I was an instant fan of Rick Astley when I first heard him singing “When I fall in love” and that song will be my forever favorite love song, one or two songs will come to the same pedestal but rest will hover just a wee bit lower than this song.

I have loved almost all songs of his first album I believe, never gonna give you up, whenever you need somebody, together forever, it would take a strong strong man, but soon after that he vanished, now I know that he has left music industry and was busy with his family life that consists of his wife Lene Bausager and daughter Emille. He was too frustrated with the business side of music industry! One wonders why!!!! Ha! Anyways, that made us lose one of the most beautiful voice ever! Wish things were different but he has released an album in 2016, will be trying to get it!

Welcome to the first halt in my blogs, well, if you force a workaholic to stay indoors 24×7 she either goes crazy, becomes an expert home-minister or picks up extremely time-consuming hobbies and dedicates her 200% to it!

That is what I have been doing since 2009, since relentless heckling of a gang of ghouls robbed me off my lifelong dream of having a career and forced me to stay at home. Initially it was tough for a woman like me, who never wanted to be anything but a career woman, but then, blessed me, I was bitten by writing bug, encouraged by favourable winds (readers) it became my full fledged passion, and illustration joined. Now, writing comes to me in a flow, so I usually write very quickly (I took professional training in typewriting quite seriously so my typing speed is really fast), but lucky for me illustrations take time, long time so I spend my time with these two newly picked up hobbies, that is since 2008 or 2009.

I took all the normal steps- blogged like crazy I have at present 17 blogs and believe me they are driving me nuts. I have self-published in Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/author/sharmishthabasu) that was elation and tragedy! Elation in publicity wise and tragedy in sale-wise! But my workaholic brain and muse won’t leave me in peace, I could not create my own library in Amazon! Come on! So an idea popped up (courtesy goes to Jonathan Ojanpera) and I started my own Ezines- Agnishatdal and Agnijaat, you can buy them via my patreon id, they are now one year old (1 year was on 17th July 2017) – Now, this was the best idea that came to me since sending my first scribbling to MSN’s reader’s archive!

Next landmark step was Agnijashatadalama- my online store which is waiting for a real bank account which will act normally in collaboration with my paypal account.

Surprise elation was illustrating Kevin Cooper’s Reflections:
https://kcbooksandmusic.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/reflections-the-illustrated-version/

and I have bagged another assignment from him, if luck permits and he likes my work you will be knowing about it real soon! I mean by March or April 2018!

But heck I am not a millionaire actually it is my brother’s generosity that I get food on my plate and clothes on my back! Honestly! So I constantly keep trying to make my only skill into my livelihood! Writing and illustration! Now, when one after another compliments your work that hints you can try your luck with them, so I started trying different avenues and at present I am trying my level-best with Patreon, the site is very co-operative it allows one to keep their money with them till they can withdraw it, my problem is hilarious, I have a bank account but that does not accepts foreign checks or EFT. To work on that – honestly I need serious income from Patreon, Amazon ($0.00 in last six months) or some other miraculous source, so I am not fretting on that! Instead of that I am trying to build a steady group of patrons in patreon, and entertain my muse with the organized creativity involved in that “patron building process”!

My Patreon Profile is https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

If you become my patron there I will love to offer you these little gifts as a token of my gratitude, I will make them worthy of your generous contribution! If you think otherwise you know where to contact and suggest me!

If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat every month
If you pledge $2 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush and glimpses of my upcoming books in form of another mini book every month.

There are more but check out my Patreon profile to get the full details!

Plus as a parting gift 2017 activated my paypal account too, if you want to buy my ezines or my books which will be displayed in https://agnijashatadalama.wordpress.com before 2017 is over you can use my paypal account:

https://paypal.me/sharmishthabasu

Hope to get a nice amount of buyers there 🙂

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Wednesday Table of Urania 31.1.18 Ramesh Krishnan

Ramesh Krishnan

I was lucky enough to watch him play during his best years, and of course I supported him! I really loved his style of playing. I remember him playing against John McEnroe (I hope the spelling is correct). The announcer was profusely complimenting Ramesh Krishnan’s level head and poise. I think that is what made me his fan too. He was so calm in the court!

Here is what wiki says about him:

Born 5 June 1961 is a tennis coach and former professional tennis player from India. As a junior player in the late 1970s, he won the boys’ singles titles at both Wimbledon and the French Open. He went on to reach three Grand Slam quarter-finals in the 1980s and was a part of the Indian team which reached the final of the Davis Cup in 1987. Krishnan also beat then World No. 1, Mats Wilander, at the1989 Australian Open. He became India’s Davis Cup captain in 2007.

Ramesh was born in Madras India, and is the son of Ramanathan Krishnan, who was one of India’s leading tennis players in the 1960s. Ramesh emulated an achievement of his father’s by winning the Wimbledon junior title in 1979. He also won the French Open junior title that year, and was ranked the No. 1 junior player in the world.
At the senior level, Ramesh reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon once (1986) and the US Open twice (1981 and 1987). He was admired for his touch, anticipation and all-round game, but his lack of a killer stroke or a strong service kept him from reaching the very top of the men’s game.

Ramesh was a key member of the Indian team which reached the Davis Cup final in 1987. It lost to Sweden. In the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Ramesh reached the men’s doubles quarter-finals partnering Leander Paes.
Ramesh retired from the professional tour in 1993. Over the course of his career, he won eight top-level singles titles and one doubles title. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 23 (in January 1985). His career prize-money totalled US$1,263,130.

In 1998, Ramesh was awarded the Padma Shri in recognition of his achievements and contributions to Indian tennis.
Ramesh runs a tennis academy in Chennai, set up along the lines of similar institutions in the United States. He became India’s Davis Cup captain in January 2007.

Highlights of this extraordinary Indian player:

Won eight top-level professional singles titles and one doubles title.
Reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 23.
1979 – Wimbledon and French Open junior singles champion.
1981 – US Open – reached the quarter-finals.
1986 – Wimbledon – reached the quarter-finals.
1986 – Won Japan Open.
1987 – Reached the quarter-finals of 1987 South Australian Open and Heinken Open in back to back weeks in January.
1987 – US Open – reached the quarter-finals.
1987 – Member of the Indian team which reached the final of the Davis Cup. (Krishnan won the decisive singles rubber against Australia in the semi-finals. India went on to lose to Sweden in the final.)
1988 – Won the Wellington Open, Runners Up in the ATP Auckland Open, Runners up in the Bristol Open, Runners Up in the Rye Brook, New York Open.
1989 – Defeated the then-World No. 1 Mats Wilander in the second round of the Australian Open.
1989 – Won the ATP Auckland Open, reached the quarter-finals of the Schenectady, New York Open and Washington, D.C. Open in back to back weeks in July. He reached the quarter-finals of the 1989 Livingston Open.
1990 – Won the Schenectady open and reached the semi-finals of the 1990 Heineken Open.
1991 – Reached the quarter-finals of the Wellington Open.
1992 – Reached the semi-finals of the Singapore Open.
1992 – Reached the quarter-finals of the Men’s Doubles Competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain with Leander Paes.

Article Source: Wikipedia.

Welcome to the first halt in my blogs, well, if you force a workaholic to stay indoors 24×7 she either goes crazy, becomes an expert home-minister or picks up extremely time-consuming hobbies and dedicates her 200% to it!

That is what I have been doing since 2009, since relentless heckling of a gang of ghouls robbed me off my lifelong dream of having a career and forced me to stay at home. Initially it was tough for a woman like me, who never wanted to be anything but a career woman, but then, blessed me, I was bitten by writing bug, encouraged by favourable winds (readers) it became my full fledged passion, and illustration joined. Now, writing comes to me in a flow, so I usually write very quickly (I took professional training in typewriting quite seriously so my typing speed is really fast), but lucky for me illustrations take time, long time so I spend my time with these two newly picked up hobbies, that is since 2008 or 2009.

I took all the normal steps- blogged like crazy I have at present 17 blogs and believe me they are driving me nuts. I have self-published in Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/author/sharmishthabasu) that was elation and tragedy! Elation in publicity wise and tragedy in sale-wise! But my workaholic brain and muse won’t leave me in peace, I could not create my own library in Amazon! Come on! So an idea popped up (courtesy goes to Jonathan Ojanpera) and I started my own Ezines- Agnishatdal and Agnijaat, you can buy them via my patreon id, they are now one year old (1 year was on 17th July 2017) – Now, this was the best idea that came to me since sending my first scribbling to MSN’s reader’s archive!

Next landmark step was Agnijashatadalama- my online store which is waiting for a real bank account which will act normally in collaboration with my paypal account.

Surprise elation was illustrating Kevin Cooper’s Reflections:
https://kcbooksandmusic.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/reflections-the-illustrated-version/

and I have bagged another assignment from him, if luck permits and he likes my work you will be knowing about it real soon! I mean by March or April 2018!

But heck I am not a millionaire actually it is my brother’s generosity that I get food on my plate and clothes on my back! Honestly! So I constantly keep trying to make my only skill into my livelihood! Writing and illustration! Now, when one after another compliments your work that hints you can try your luck with them, so I started trying different avenues and at present I am trying my level-best with Patreon, the site is very co-operative it allows one to keep their money with them till they can withdraw it, my problem is hilarious, I have a bank account but that does not accepts foreign checks or EFT. To work on that – honestly I need serious income from Patreon, Amazon ($0.00 in last six months) or some other miraculous source, so I am not fretting on that! Instead of that I am trying to build a steady group of patrons in patreon, and entertain my muse with the organized creativity involved in that “patron building process”!

My Patreon Profile is https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

If you become my patron there I will love to offer you these little gifts as a token of my gratitude, I will make them worthy of your generous contribution! If you think otherwise you know where to contact and suggest me!

If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat every month
If you pledge $2 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush and glimpses of my upcoming books in form of another mini book every month.

There are more but check out my Patreon profile to get the full details!

Plus as a parting gift 2017 activated my paypal account too, if you want to buy my ezines or my books which will be displayed in https://agnijashatadalama.wordpress.com before 2017 is over you can use my paypal account:

https://paypal.me/sharmishthabasu

Hope to get a nice amount of buyers there 🙂

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Wednesday Table of Urania 24.1.18 Prakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone, (born June 10, 1955, Bangalore [Bengaluru], India) Indian badminton champion who dominated the national badminton scene for almost a decade (1971–80) and put India on the sport’s international map.

Padukone won the national senior championship in 1971 at age 16, thereby becoming the youngest player to have achieved the feat. He won each successive national championship until 1979, setting a record of nine national titles in a row. In 1978 he won the singles badminton gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. The following year he completely dominated the top European players of his era and won both the Danish Open and the Swedish Open. His greatest accomplishment came in 1980 when he became the first Indian to win the All England Championships, the world’s most prestigious annual badminton competition. The All England win catapulted Padukone to the number one world badminton ranking, making him the first Indian to achieve that status.

Padukone won the first Alba World Cup in October 1981 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the first Indian open prize-money tournament, the Indian Masters (now the India Open), at Pune in November. In 1982 he won the Dutch Open and the Hong Kong Open, and at the 1983 world championships, Padukone won the bronze medal in men’s badminton.

In 1989 he retired from the competitive badminton circuit, and in 1994, along with fellow national champion Vimal Kumar, he founded the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bangalore (Bengaluru). Its alumni include national champions such as Pullela Gopichand and Aparna Popat.

Padukone was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours, in 1982.

Source: Brittanica.com (just copied the article, there is nothing extra to add in it I think).

Welcome to the first halt in my blogs, well, if you force a workaholic to stay indoors 24×7 she either goes crazy, becomes an expert home-minister or picks up extremely time-consuming hobbies and dedicates her 200% to it!

That is what I have been doing since 2009, since relentless heckling of a gang of ghouls robbed me off my lifelong dream of having a career and forced me to stay at home. Initially it was tough for a woman like me, who never wanted to be anything but a career woman, but then, blessed me, I was bitten by writing bug, encouraged by favourable winds (readers) it became my full fledged passion, and illustration joined. Now, writing comes to me in a flow, so I usually write very quickly (I took professional training in typewriting quite seriously so my typing speed is really fast), but lucky for me illustrations take time, long time so I spend my time with these two newly picked up hobbies, that is since 2008 or 2009.

I took all the normal steps- blogged like crazy I have at present 17 blogs and believe me they are driving me nuts. I have self-published in Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/author/sharmishthabasu) that was elation and tragedy! Elation in publicity wise and tragedy in sale-wise! But my workaholic brain and muse won’t leave me in peace, I could not create my own library in Amazon! Come on! So an idea popped up (courtesy goes to Jonathan Ojanpera) and I started my own Ezines- Agnishatdal and Agnijaat, you can buy them via my patreon id, they are now one year old (1 year was on 17th July 2017) – Now, this was the best idea that came to me since sending my first scribbling to MSN’s reader’s archive!

Next landmark step was Agnijashatadalama- my online store which is waiting for a real bank account which will act normally in collaboration with my paypal account.

Surprise elation was illustrating Kevin Cooper’s Reflections:
https://kcbooksandmusic.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/reflections-the-illustrated-version/

and I have bagged another assignment from him, if luck permits and he likes my work you will be knowing about it real soon! I mean by March or April 2018!

But heck I am not a millionaire actually it is my brother’s generosity that I get food on my plate and clothes on my back! Honestly! So I constantly keep trying to make my only skill into my livelihood! Writing and illustration! Now, when one after another compliments your work that hints you can try your luck with them, so I started trying different avenues and at present I am trying my level-best with Patreon, the site is very co-operative it allows one to keep their money with them till they can withdraw it, my problem is hilarious, I have a bank account but that does not accepts foreign checks or EFT. To work on that – honestly I need serious income from Patreon, Amazon ($0.00 in last six months) or some other miraculous source, so I am not fretting on that! Instead of that I am trying to build a steady group of patrons in patreon, and entertain my muse with the organized creativity involved in that “patron building process”!

My Patreon Profile is https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

If you become my patron there I will love to offer you these little gifts as a token of my gratitude, I will make them worthy of your generous contribution! If you think otherwise you know where to contact and suggest me!

If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat every month
If you pledge $2 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush and glimpses of my upcoming books in form of another mini book every month.

There are more but check out my Patreon profile to get the full details!

Plus as a parting gift 2017 activated my paypal account too, if you want to buy my ezines or my books which will be displayed in https://agnijashatadalama.wordpress.com before 2017 is over you can use my paypal account:

https://paypal.me/sharmishthabasu

Hope to get a nice amount of buyers there 🙂