Savitri Jindal

Savitri Jindal – India’s richest woman is anything but ordinary.  Sure she looks ordinary but she is worth $14.4  billion, at 62 – she never asked her husband how much he made and was pretty happy playing the happy housewife but a tragic accident in 2005, had her rise up to her duty.  Although her sons are the ones who does the running of the steel business, this  62 yrs old who uses essential oils perfume  is the one that binds the entire family together and make things work.

And she is a lucky star for the company because it is said that after she became the woman behind the business, business had been so good – it not only tripled its profit but quadrupled.  Although her dead husband had the foresight to train each son to be in charge of a certain area in the business, Savitri believes in cross holding as such, each son is able to explore their interest with greater freedom.

Carrying on her husband passion to help the poor, by building schools and hospitals, Savitri continued his legacy by setting schools and hospitals each time they set up a new factory in a new area, thus providing the necessary needs for the villagers.  As such, the workers are treated like an extended family.

Satinder Garcha

Satinder Garcha is not your ordinary Indian man who is smart in programming like all Indian engineers back his home town.  A newcomer in the Forbes list for one of the richest man in Singapore – Satinder Garcha has an acumen for business yet love his relax lifestyle – and a safe one too – so he chose Singapore to settle down in.   Garcha became a millionaire before turning 30 by selling to TMP Worldwide.

Went into the property business but not just any property business because he knew that he would have to compete with the old boys’ club – so he focus on landed property and not just for sale but to buy – own and then rent them out.  And aiming for upscale renters alone.  Garcha is also best known on the greens where polo was the sport he loved best.

Sachin Tendulkar

Where to I began with Sachin Tendulkar – he is a legend if you asked me – one of the greatest batsman of all times.   Sachin is a Indian Cricketer whose fame – goes as far as Australia. He is the only cricketer to accomplish the feat of scoring a 100 centuries in international cricket and most recently is in the news for being a elected for a  Rajya Sabha seat and announced that he is no politician but more honored by it than anything else.  Sachin insisted that he will not be quitting his sports because of politics.

As one who believes in chasing his dreams till it came true – Sachin definitely had accomplished more than most people in India.  He was awarded the second highest civilian award and many honorary rank and may trophies in his 22 years of cricketer career.  But it’s not all about him being famous, he is also a well known philanthropist in India sponsoring underprivileged children every year and raising money for a crusade against cancer for the cancer foundation.   There are many books written about Sachin and his career as a cricketer but nothing compares with the man himself for all his hardwork put into his passion in sports.

Mahatma Gandhi

We`ve seen movies about Mahatma Gandhi – we`ve read about him in our history books – we`ve heard people refer to his story when it comes to freedom – so Mahatma Gandhi is not a stranger to anyone around the world.  He who inspired other freedom and human rights movement and led India to independence.  Mahatma Gandhi reminds me to be humble – he reminds me to be selfless – he reminds me to be courageous and act through honesty and integrity – not for the good of myself but others.

Manmohan Singh

Mr Singh is the current Prime Minister of India and he has a lot of specials in him – being the first sikh to hold this position in India.  Born in 1932 – he is slightly older than my own mother – named as the most respected world leader by Newsweek – he is loved by not only his own people but by people around the world.   Forbes named Mr Singh as one of the most powerful people around the world and said that he was one of the best Prime Minister ever in history for India.  Why is Mr Singh a special Prime Minister?  he was the only one who would back up special courts in India against corruption and recently reshuffled his cabinet due to corruption scandals.  Since his ruling, Mr Singh has promoted globalization in India – thus allowing India’s products to be shipped worldwide and economically viable for the nation.  Opening of schools all over India was also his priority in India.  Mr Singh’s impact on working with foreign countries to bring world peace is highly commendable as well.  He traveled to various countries meeting with various leaders – to come up with agreements and pacts that his predecessors had worked on before him.  A man with uncommon decency was what he is being called and a man with lots of grace.

Aishwarya Rai

The former Ms World with flawless skin is also an actress in her own rights in Bollywood.  You wouldn’t hear Ms Rai ask you how to get rid of pimples anytime soon too.  I was very impressed not only by her looks but by her radiant and beautiful skin.  She certainly don’t look like your everyday Indian girl – in fact, I strongly suspect she has some western ancestors somewhere a long the line.

For those who thinks that Aishwarya Rai is just another beautiful bimbo than you are wrong – she was studying to become an architect but gave up to become a model.  It is no wonder that Ms Rai had been named one of the most beautiful woman in the world.  Born in 1973, she continued to enjoy success in movie making – and married to another successful actor – she is said to be very religious.  I love looking at Aishwarya myself as a woman and envy her beautiful skin.

Sonia Gandhi

Named by Forbes as one of the most powerful people in the world – Sonia Gandhi is not like Princess Diana at all.  I find that her earlier pictures – showed she was more foreign than she was in her later years.  Perhaps being married to an Indian and India – changed one’s look?  If I didn’t know any better – I would have really thought she was from India.  But not so true because Sonia Gandhi was originally from Italy and met Rajiv Gandhi while he was in Cambridge.

Sonia’s husband as you all know is the member of the ruling party in India and Rajiv (husband) grandfather was India’s first prime minister and his mother Indira Gandhi also was in the office in the 70s.  Sonia’s husband also was the prime minister in the 80s but only for a short period till he was assassinated.  It was much later that Sonia followed the husband’s family footstep and entered into politics.

Amitabh Bachchan

Those from Asia and loves Bollywood movies and shows would recognized Amitabh Bachchan – because he is not only an actor but a producer of Bollywood movies.  He won many film awards and is now collaborating with a philantropy group, GiveIndia to conduct an online charity auction.  Bachchan is a leading philanthropist among the likes of Mukesh Ambani and Lakshmi Mittal.  The Joy of Giving Week, organized by GiveIndia last year raised 1.2 million rupees by auctioning an opportunity to participate in a cricket coaching camp with the sport’s leading run-scorer  Sachin Tendulkar.

Dr. Pallavi Patel

Dr. Pallavi Patel, accomplished pediatrician, entrepreneur and philanthropist, had always wanted to make a difference in the world.  A native of Ahmedabad, India, she worked with her physician husband, Dr. Kiran C. Patel, in Zambia for many years before coming to Tampa in 1982. In Tampa, she was soon making a major difference in her community.  The Patels started a medical practice which quickly expanded to 22 locations offering family and internal medicine, pediatrics and cardiology.  By pursuing managed healthcare contracts, these practices serviced more than 90,000 patient visits annually.  Eventually their efforts led to the formation and success of Wellcare HMO.  By the time they sold their majority interest in that company in 2002, it served over 400,000 members and employed more than 1200 people in Florida and New York.

Patwant Singh

Bhai Patwant Singh is a famous Sikh writer, commentator, journalist, editer and publisher, as well as a frequent TV presenter. He was born in New Delhi on March 28, 1925. He grew up and carried out his school and University education in Delhi. He began his career in the family business of building and engineering but soon merged these interests with his love for writing. He started up his first periodical, The Indian Builder, in 1953 as publisher. In 1957, he unveiled his most influential journal, Design, the only magazine of its kind in the world at that time.

Singh wrote over 10 books on history, politics and international affairs. His latest ‘Empire of the Sikhs: The Life and Times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’ was released in Washington DC on June 18. Educated in Delhi, Patwant Singh, who made headlines with path-breaking Design magazine before turning his focus to issues that the Sikh community was grappling with, authored a definitive biography of Bhagat Puran Singh and several books about Sikhs.

As Chairman of a family Trust, Patwant Singh established a unique rural medical facility in the state of Haryana in 1977. The Kabliji Hospital and Rural Health Centre is today acknowledged as a one-of-a-kind initiative in providing medical coverage and promoting preventive health in rural India. It was born out of Patwant Singh’s conviction that very little was being done for the medical and educational needs of the rural population in India, and that private initiative must play a role in providing these. A school was also founded next to the hospital a few years later. Both continue to flourish.

He travelled to many countries, often as a guest of their governments. Among these are Germany, USA, UK, Sweden, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.