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1. S. Nambi Narayanan life
S. Nambi Narayanan is an Indian aerospace engineer, who worked for the Indian Space Research Organisation and contributed significantly to Indian space program by developing the Vikas rocket engine.
This was in 1994, when Nambi Narayanan was leading ISRO’s cryogenic rocket engine project and acquiring technology from Russia. On 30 November 1994, three policemen reached his house. At that time Nambi had no idea what was going to happen to her. The first question he asked the policemen was, ‘Have I been arrested?’ In response, the policemen said, ‘No’.
Completely unaware of the matter, Nambi was taken to court and then arrested. After this the news spread like fire in the media and he was even called a traitor. He was accused of defrauding ISRO, leaking Defense Department information to two Maldivian women and selling rocket technology to Pakistan.
Nambi was sent to judicial custody for 11 days on charges of breach of India’s official secret law and corruption. Several reports claim that Nambi Narayanan was beaten up, made to bed and inhumane acts were done to him during the custody of the investigating officers. He was forced to stand up straight for 30 hours and answer questions. Nambi Narayan’s lie detector test was also done. But it is said that its report never reached the court.
A month after Nambi’s arrest, the case moved from the Kerala Intelligence Bureau to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and on 19 January 1995, he was released on bail. In 1996, the CBI termed the allegations against him as false. During this an internal check was also done by ISRO and it was found that none of the drawings of the cryogenic engine were missing.
The CBI had filed a 104-page chargesheet in this case, in which they did not find any evidence against Nambi. In 1998, the Kerala government had tried to reopen the case by knocking on the doors of the Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court had turned down the petition.
After getting a clean chit, Nambi started working as an administrator in ISRO. In 2018, the Supreme Court ordered an inquiry into the conspiracy in the case.
Nambi himself had also filed a case against the Kerala government for implicating him in a false case. He was given a compensation of Rs 50 lakh. In 2019, the Kerala government announced an additional one crore rupees to Nambi Narayanan for his wrongful arrest and harassment.
Who had conspired against Nambi, it is not known till date but due to this incident all his honour, dignity and happiness were lost. In her memoir, Nambi, describing the pain of appearing in court for the first time, wrote, “I was in shock and felt as if I was watching a film and I was its character.”
2. Glenn Cunningham
This story is of Dr. Glenn Cunningham, who is known to be one of America’s fastest runners. Do you know that at one time he could not even stand on his feet. So let’s know how this is possible. As a child, at the young age of 8, Glenn’s feet were badly burned by a fire in his school.
The leg was so burnt that the doctors told that he would never be able to walk. His mother used to take care of him when he came back home from the hospital. She would massage their feet and take them for a walk in the field and park with the help of a wheel chair.
Once his mother made him sit on a wheel chair and went away for some work, then he himself got down from the chair and fell in an attempt to walk. He started doing this continuously every day. He was determined to stand on his own feet. With this effort, he slowly started standing, then walking and running again. Now he has become the fastest runner to run America’s miles. He also set a world record in the 1500 meters race.
3. Marvan Attapattu (Srilankan Cricketer)
It’s a story that Harsha Bhogle, India’s most loved cricket commentator, loves to tell, over and over again.
Making his debut in Test cricket for Sri Lanka, Marvan scored a duck in his first innings.
And again, in his second innings.
They dropped him. So he went back to the nets for more practice.
More first-class cricket. More runs. Waiting for that elusive call. And after twenty-one months, he got a second chance.
This time, he tried harder.
His scores: 0 in the first innings, 1 in the second. Dropped again, he went back to the grind. And scored tonnes of runs in first-class cricket. Runs that seemed inadequate to erase the painful memories of the Test failures.
Well, seventeen months later, opportunity knocked yet again. Marvan got to bat in both innings of the Test. His scores: 0 and 0. Phew!
Back to the grind. Would the selectors ever give him another chance? They said he lacked big-match temperament. His technique wasn’t good enough at the highest level. Undaunted, Marvan kept trying.
Three years later, he got another chance. This time, he made runs. He came good. And in an illustrious career thereafter, Marvan went on to score over 5000 runs for Sri Lanka. That included sixteen centuries and six double hundreds. And he went on to captain his country. All this despite taking over six years to score his second run in Test cricket.
Wow! What a guy!
How many of us can handle failure as well as he did?
Six years of trying, and failing. He must have been tempted to pursue another career. Change his sport perhaps. Play county cricket. Or, oh well, just give up. But he didn’t. And that made the difference.
We all hear stories of talented people who gave up before their potential was realized. People who changed jobs and careers when success seemed elusive.
The next time you are staring at possible failure or rejection, think of Marvan. And remember this: If you don’t give up, if you believe in yourself, if you stay the course, the run will eventually come. What more you could even become captain some day.
NEVER GIVE UP.
NEVER, EVER GIVE UP!
4. Usain Bolt
We all have heard the name of Usain Bolt. Know how Usain Bolt, famous as the world’s fastest runner, won this title.
Bolt belonged to a poor family. Usain Bolt’s father’s name was Wellesley Bolt, there was a small shop in his village. He could only make a living with the income of the shop. He did not have money to buy shoes. Bolt’s school manager had given him the shoes. Bolt was born on August 21, 1986, in Sherwood Content, Trelawney, a small village in Jamaica
Where there was nothing in the name of convenience, neither street lights, nor drinking water. Usain Bolt’s mother’s name was Jennifer Bolt. According to his mother, he was born a week and a half after the scheduled date and it has to be said that Usain’s speed was slow only at that time.
Usain was admitted to William Knibb School, where the principal Lon Thop told that Usain is very good at sports. The school manager also took care of his training. The school and the whole village rejoiced after winning the championship at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Usain Bolt made many records in his career. Usain Bolt got the title of Lightning Bolt.
5. Dashrath Manjhi
Dashrath Manjhi also known as Mountain Man. Friends, how is Dashrath Manjhi a source of inspiration for us? And why is he called Mountain Man? Let’s know.
Dashrath Manjhi was a resident of Gehlaur village in Gaya district of Bihar. Dashrath Manjhi was born on 14 January 1934. There was a big mountain in his village, only after crossing which one could go from one town to another. Even the smallest needs had to cross the mountain.
It is a matter of one day when Dashrath Manjhi was working near the mountain and like every day his wife Falguni Devi was going to give him lunch when unfortunately suddenly she fell into a mountain pass due to slipping of her feet. Everyone in a hurry started trying to take him to the hospital. But his wife died due to not reaching the hospital on time. Because it took time to reach the hospital after crossing the mountain.
In this way Dashrath Manjhi started believing the mountain guilty of the death of his wife. Dashrath Manjhi loved his wife very much. He used to affectionately call his wife as Faguniya. The death of his wife shocked him. That’s when he decided that he would make a way by cutting the mountain so that like his wife, no one else would be late in reaching the hospital.
Due to his decision, the world started calling Dashrath Manjhi the Mountain Man of India. Dashrath Manjhi picked up a small chisel-hammer with his lofty intention and started cutting the mountain. In the beginning, people used to laugh at him, called him mad and used to say that Manjhi is in shock due to the death of his wife, so he is doing such a thing. But Dashrath Manjhi continued to work.
In this way, days passed and many years passed, but whether it was hot or cold, rainy or sunny, Dashrath Manjhi did not give up and continued to work hard to achieve his goal.
And after 22 years of hard work, the mountain made a 360 feet long, 25 feet deep, 30 feet wide road. We now know this road as Dashrath Manjhi Road. In this way, the life of Dashrath Manjhi is an example for millions of people who are working hard for many years but still not getting success. From the life of Dashrath Manjhi, we get to learn that by working hard, we can definitely achieve our goal one day or the other.
No matter how difficult the task is, if your spirits are raised, then everything can be easy.
6. APJ Abdul Kalam
‘Dr Abdul Kalam’ was born on 15 October 1931 in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. His father’s name was “Jainulabadin” and mother’s name was “Ashiamma”. He was from a middle class family. Abdul Kalam taught honesty, discipline and patriotism from his father. He completed his early education from a nearby school. He completed his higher education in 1950 from “St Joseph’s College” in Tiruchirappalli.
After that, he studied Aeronautical Engineering from “Madras Institute of Technology”. After completion of his studies, he became Senior Scientific Assistant in the Technical Center in D.T.D&P in 1958. He also worked for a few years on the Space Research Committee.
The full name of APJ Abdul Kalam was “Abul Pakir Zainulabdeen Abdul Kalam Masoudi”. He was also known as the Missile Man and the President of the People. He was also honored with ‘Padma Bhushan’ and ‘Bharat Ratna’. He was appointed as the eleventh President of India in 2002. He served as the President from 2002 to 2007 and contributed to the development of the country.
He died on 27 July 2015 due to a heart attack. His last rites were performed with full military honours. Dr. Abdul Kalam was a great scientist. It is said that he used to study both the Quran and the Bhagavad Gita. He was also the Patriarch of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology. He successfully completed many space programs of ISRO.
7. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey’s success story is very unique. From a very early age she experienced a level of adversity and poverty that most people would struggle to overcome. She was born into poverty and a broken home in rural Mississippi. Her parents who were just 18 and 19 when they had her, split soon after she was born. This lead to her being taking in by her grand mother.
And her grandmother was not your typical warm and fuzzy grandmother. No, she was a hard-nosed grandmother who was an extreme disciplinarian who discipline her for even the slightest offenses. But, the poverty and disciplined lifestyle didn’t last forever as she moved back with mother at the age of six.
Oprah would then experience sexual assault at an early age, having been molested as early as 9 by some of her family members. Having been emotionally abandoned, abused, and molested, she eventually started part-taking in extremely risky behaviors. Behaviors which eventually led to her becoming pregnant at the age of 14.
Then, because she got pregnant her mother kicked her out of the house. Oprah would go on to live with her father, only to then lose the baby a week after he was born.
Needless to say, Oprah’s early life was chockfull of struggle, adversity, and tragedy. But, regardless of all of her unfortunate experiences, she decided to turn her life around after she lost her baby. So, she committed herself to getting an education, becoming her best, and to going after her dreams.
She decided to start trusting herself again, and loving herself, and making choices that would improve her life versus destroy it. One day, she garnered enough confidence to participate in a beauty pageant. And it was her participation in this pageant that would eventually lead her into a job working for a radio station doing the news.
Oprah’s love for speaking to an audience set the stage for continued success as she would go on to become a news anchor, which she would eventually leverage to host a TV chat show in Maryland, which ultimately led to her having her morning talk show in Chicago.
And as they say, the rest was history. Oprah overcame massive challenges in her youth. Challenges that side line all too many people. She chose to turn her wounds into wisdom, and went on to become one of the most successful talk show hosts in history (by helping many others do the same) with her own self-named talk show, The Oprah Winfrey show. Oprah is now one of the richest self-made women in America.
8. A butterfly’s struggle
One day, a man finds a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. He sits there and watches the butterfly struggle to come out through the tiny opening. After a while, he decides to help the butterfly when he sees it is not moving.
Using a pair of scissors, the man snips off the cocoon and opens it fully. The butterfly emerges out easily but it has a swollen body and undeveloped wings. The man waits patiently to see the wings grow and tries to nurse the butterfly but in vain.
The butterfly spends the rest of her short life, struggling to fly and crawling around. The man tried to do a good deed without realizing that some struggles are important in life. Nature has designed the butterfly’s body to struggle before it can fly.
Moral Of The Story: The struggles and hardships in life shape our personality. They make us courageous and independent.
9. An Act of Kindness
Vikas Khanna, who is a renowned chef, a cookbook author, a filmmaker, restaurant owner and a humanitarian, but most popularly known as a judge on MasterChef India, is a huge fan of her.
Seven years ago in 2013, Vikas Khanna was on a flight from Mumbai to New York via London. On the same plane, an air hostess came to him requesting a few minutes to meet a lady who was eager to talk to him.
Khanna immediately agreed (we all know how generous he is), and a 60-year-old woman dressed in a beautiful sari with flowers in her hair arrived. He bowed respectfully and said, “pari panna,” which is the custom of touching the feet of one’s elders as a sign of respect.
The lady said in her lovely Maharashtrian accent that she had seen him boarding the plane and hence wanted to see him. Khanna asked her where she was from, and she replied that she might not have heard of the place as it was a small village, and she had been married there in Kolhapur. His immediate response was, “Yes, it is one of my favorite cities. The difference between the best molasses and the best chili.”
She smiled and asked him to laugh too, just like a mother greets her child. Khanna smiled, and he looked at her with moist eyes and then thanked her.
The woman then stood up to leave and told him that she watches all the episodes of MasterChef India just to see him because it reminds her of her late son, and it seems that his smile brings her son back to life .
Vikas Khanna got stuck. She blessed them and then left. Khanna then shared that whenever he feels low or under pressure, he thinks about the woman’s words and smiles to bring a smile on her face.
That’s what kindness is about. You don’t understand the importance of doing something nice for someone knowingly or unknowingly, but it positively affects you too!
Moral: Importance of doing something good in kindness
10. J.K. Rowling
JK Rowling, the author of the famous Harry Potter books, also faced difficulties before making it big. Before making it as a writer, she was working a temporary job as a bilingual secretary.
One day in 1990, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley came to mind while she was on a delayed train commute. And because she didn’t have any pen and paper at the time, she was able to sketch out the characters in her mind before putting them down on paper when she got home.
He had already begun work on the Harry Potter books when tragedy struck later that year. Her mother passed away due to multiple sclerosis. This had a major impact on Rowling and had a serious impact on her writing.
She will also break up with her boyfriend and quit her job not long after.
All of these tragedies put Rowling in a fight-or-flight position. She moved to Portugal in 1991 to teach night classes in English as a foreign language while working on books in the morning.
It was in Portugal that she met a man named Jorge Arantes. Later both of them became each other. And by 1992, Rowling had become pregnant but miscarried. Nevertheless, she and George married later that year, despite the strain from the incident.
In 1993, Rowling was able to complete the first three chapters of the first Harry Potter book. And she will also give birth to their baby girl Jessica. Things were finally looking up.
But this will not last long. Soon after, she became a victim of domestic abuse. Things got so bad that Arantes threw Rawlings out of the house. Rowling took her baby and belongings (with the help of local police) and went into hiding for two weeks before moving to Scotland, where Rowling’s sister lived.
The only thing that was of value to him was a draft of the first Harry Potter book.
Arantes would follow Rowling to Scotland in 1994 to try to get his daughter back. Rowling fought back with a restraining order that forced Arantes to return to Portugal.
At this point, Rowling had to rely on Social Security to cover her needs. He described this period of his life as being as poor as possible in modern Britain without being homeless. But thanks to a friend who loaned her $900, she was able to move into a flat in Leith. It was here that he completed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
In 1995, her divorce was finalized and she was finally able to move on with her life with her young child.
Rowling later said that the first Harry Potter book saved her life and that all the terrible things she experienced during those five years were reflected in the book.
Moral: Don’t let bad luck get the better of you. There’s always something better on the horizon.
11. BUILDING YOUR HOUSE
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, “This is your house… my gift to you.”
The carpenter was shocked!
What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.
So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.
But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Your attitude, and the choices you make today, help build the “house” you will live in tomorrow. Therefore, Build wisely!
12. Colonel Sanders
Colonel Sanders, whose full name was Harland David Sanders. Was an American businessman, who spread the chain of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) producers all over the world. When Saunders was only 5 years old, his father died, and since his mother went to work, he had to cook the food at home. When he was in 7th class, he had to leave studies. When his mother remarried, Saunders ran away from home. Saunders had to struggle a lot in the beginning of his life. Sometimes he worked in a steam boat, sometimes he worked as a salesman in insurance, and sometimes he worked as a fireman in a railway.
At the age of 16 (falsifying his age), he joined the army and worked in Cuba. At the age of 40, Saunders used to cook chicken and serve it to those who stopped by his service station. He did not have any restaurant at that time. Due to the quality of the chicken, its sales soon started increasing and he started working as the chief cook in a 142-seat hotel. There he invented a new way of cooking chicken, Pressure Fryer.
In 1935, he was given the title of Kentucky Colonel by Governor Ruby Laffoon. Now gradually Colonel Saunders’s KFC chicken became very famous. In the year 1964, the Colonel sold his share of KFC Corporation for 2 million dollars. The Colonel sold his franchise in Canada and earned a lot of money.
This story tells that with your high quality and hard work you can achieve great success even in the most difficult circumstances.
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