Thursday, January 18, 2018


Hilary Mantel became the first woman to receive the Man Booker prize twice, following in the footsteps of J. M. Coetzee, Peter Carey and J. G. Farrell.  She is an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and critic.  Her work, ranging in subject from personal memoir to historical fiction, has been short-listed for major literary awards.  In 2009, she won the Man Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall.  Her latest book, Bring Up the Bodies, the second installment of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, won the 2012 Man Booker Prize. 



The first thing that comes to my mind is that age is no bar if you have the determination and soul to follow the path undertaken to fight for the rights of your society.  The adulation and appreciation becomes more highly regarded since she is a teenage girl who comes from a place where freedom itself is in shackles.  She had to pay the price for raising her voice with an assassination attempt.  She is undergoing treatment now.  She received immediate worldwide media coverage and produced an outpouring of sympathy, along with widespread anger.  Protests against the shooting were held in several Pakistani cities the day after the attack.  Prayers are being held throughout not only in Pakistan but also in India and other parts of the world for her recovery and wellbeing.


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Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi received the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal that she was awarded in absentia in 2008 when she was still under house arrest in her country.  It is a rare honour bestowed to any foreign leader by the US administration.  In her heart touching speech she said democracy offers the best balance between freedom and security.  To be a full human being, we need both security and freedom. Without security, we cannot rest in peace necessary to discover the world to be the beautiful place that it can be. Without freedom we will be deprived of the opportunities that will make us more human and more humane.


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The date July 20, 1969 is inscribed with golden letters in history of human race.  It was the day when a human walked on the moon and changed the world.  His famous quote when he put his first step on the moon was "one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." made him fabulously famous and the inspiration of generations.  Neil Armstrong died at the age of 82 after suffering complications from heart bypass surgery he had undergone a month ago.



In our country, cricket and films are seen and dreamt as a career for name, fame, and money.  One man has changed the perception to a certain extent. Indian physicist Ashoke Sen received the first Fundamental Physics award for his contribution to the String Theory.  The award started by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner.  Sen and eight other scientists will get 3 million dollars (Rs. 17 crores approx.) each triple of what is given with the Nobel prize.  Seven of the winners are based in the United States, one in France, and one in India.


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