On the face of it, there seems little common among the dozens of achievers we have decided to celebrate in this issue. For it includes, among others, India’s most power men (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah), top industrialists (Ratan Tata and Kumar Mangalam Birla), film stars (Akshay Kumar and Tapasee Pannu), spiritual gurus (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Baba Ramdev), sportspersons (Saina Nehwal and Sunil Chetri), and rising businesspersons.
What we celebrate in our achievers is not the magnitude of their success but the intensity of effort they have put into their work. We honor them for their spirit, for their nerve to soldier on despite odds, for making their dreams real, for their commitment to society. We believe that size does not matter; spunk does.
Everybody knows about the achievements of Birla and Nehwal; but we also want to highlight the feats of the personalities that don’t get noticed by the mainstream media and others. Businessmen like Ajay Harinath Singh have made their presence felt not only in India but also in other countries. Singh says that he is now building upon a globally disruptive idea in world of business and entertainment. Dr. Y. Kiron has excelled in the realty sector, while Dr. Sohini Sastri has made name for herself in astrology. Then there are educationists like Indraman Singh who have blazed a trail by setting up a number of schools and colleges.
R.K. Sharma, who made a fortune in the private security business, is also working on other ideas for diversification. Ajay Ajmera made a name for himself in the business of saree making. B. Lakshmi Narayana made his presence felt in real estate. Deepak Kumar Choudhury, who established himself in realty, is not diversifying. Sarvesh Goel is an entrepreneur and educationist. Dr Raj Baida specializes in Ayurvedic medicine. Balaga P. Rao is a filmmaker.
You may have noticed that the array of achievers that we have presented has representation from various walks of life. We hope that their stories will motivate our readers, especially the young ones, to aim high in life.