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Post time 2007-6-22 04:00:55 |Display all floors
L.N. Mittal

Should Indian Government support Laxmi Mittal's bid for Arcelor

The steel tycoon, Laxmi Narayan Mitttal is a London based industrialist and a Forbes 100 billionaire. He is the richest Indian in the world and one of the richest persons in Britain. Such is the charisma of Mittal that his company is all set to become the world's largest producer of steel. Mittal holds steel assets in South Africa, Poland, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan.

Why Is He Famous?
The foreign operations of the family business were passed on to Laxmi Narayan Mittal at an early age. Starting from Ispat Indo in Indonesia, Mittal has become the steel king of the world. By his vision and hard work, Mittal has built the moderate business of his family into a global steel giant, which spans across many countries. The companies of the LNM Ispat group include Ispat international NV, Ispat Karmet and Indo Ispat. From the core business of steel manufacturing, his group is now diversifying into shipping, coal, power and oil enterprises. The most fascinating thing about this man is that he is said to have a knack of buying sick and rusted steel companies and turning them into gold!

Experts say that his capability to quote the cost of these sick companies make him winner all the way. It is no mean achievement that when the global steel industry is in its worst recession phase, Mittal's steel plants are churning huge profits! His zeal and fierceness for acquiring sick and closed steel plants is so intense that many times he has to jet from one country to another, in quick succession, to sign another takeover deal. It is no surprise that he turns all of them into gold. That's why the old saying, fortune favors the brave, applies to him in its entirety. Mittal, now owns 12 giant-sized steel plants that are part of a far-flung empire stretching from Canada to Trinidad & Tobago to Kazakhstan and Indonesia.

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Post time 2007-6-22 04:01:49 |Display all floors
Madhur Jaffrey

Why Is She Famous?
One of the versatile Indians abroad, Madhur Jaffrey is an actress, culinary expert, TV presenter, movie script and cook book writer. But it is for her cookery that Madhur is best known. Madhur Jaffrey began her carrier in films with the Ivory-Merchant production, Shakespeare Wallahs. This movie won her the best actress award at the Berlin Film festival in 1965. Some other noted films of Madhur are "Heat and Dust", "Autobiography of a Princess", "The Asian Garden", "The perfect murder", "Six Degrees of Separation" and "Wolf.

After Madhur was divorced from her husband, she turned to cooking as a new career. This field provided a wide scope to Madhur Jaffrey as the range of Indian dishes is unending. She wrote cookery books like 'Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking', 'A Taste of India 'and more recently 'World vegetarian'. By introducing genuine Indian cuisine to the British kitchen, Jaffrey has drastically changed the way British people cook, eat and think about Indian food. Later Madhur appeared on T.V. shows but acting always has been her first love. She has received tremendous accolades and awards for her versatility. Madhur Jaffrey has been awarded with Muse Award for Outstanding Vision & Achievement, NYWFTV 2000; Award for Excellence in acting & cookery, Gov. Pataki '99; Tarknath Das Award, Glenfiddich Award for Best Radio/TV Broadcasting 1982 etc

Background
Madhur Jaffrey was born in Delhi, India. She did her early studies in Delhi itself. Afterwards Madhur Jaffrey went to England on a scholarship to learn acting and after graduation married Jaffrey. Later she settled down in New York and gave birth to three daughters, Meera, Zia and Sakina. Unfortunately her marriage with actor Saeed Jaffrey did not work and she got divorced. Madhur Jaffrey got remarried and now lives in New York

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Post time 2007-6-22 04:02:35 |Display all floors
M. Arunachalam

M. Arunachalam is a Hong Kong-based businessman. M. Arunachalam has played an important role in promoting trade and investment between Hong Kong and India as also between China and India. M. Arunachalam has held the post of chairman, Indian Chambers of Commerce and president of the Asia Pacific Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. M. Arunachalam has been part of several delegations of Indian and Chinese businessmen to India. He has also hosted several delegations from India.

M. Arunachalam was a member of the Trade and Industry Advisory Board, Hong Kong. M. Arunachalam has been continuously promoting Indian culture in Hong Kong by organizing performances of artists from India. In his capacity as a responsible businessman, M. Arunachalam has been liberally contributing to various organizations in India. Arunachalam is recognized for enhancing the image and understanding of India in Hong Kong and the adjoining regions.

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Post time 2007-6-22 04:03:24 |Display all floors
Mira Nair

Why Is She Famous?
Mira Nair is an Indian filmmaker of international repute. She started her carrier as an actor and then turned to directing documentaries. Her early documentaries included "So Far From India" and "India Cabaret". Mira Nair made a mark from her very first feature film, Salaam Bombay, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Category in 1988. Salaam Bombay won the Camera D'Or (for best first feature) and the Prix du Publique (for most popular entry) at the Cannes Film Festival and 25 other international awards. Her next film, The Mississippi Masala won three awards at the Venice film festival. Mira Nair's subsequent films include the Perez Family, My own country, Kamasutra and the monsoon wedding. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Film Festival, Monsoon Wedding also won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and received tremendous critical and commercial success.

Background
Mira Nair was born in 1958, Bhubaneshwar, India. Her parents hail from the Punjab. Mira had her early education at a boarding school at Shimla. It was here that Mira developed passion for dramatics and theatre. Mira read the 'Vanity Fair' when she was just 16 and later adapted it into a film. Mira Nair studied in the Delhi University and then went to the United States to study sociology and later theatre at the Harvard University. Mira is married to Hehmood Mamdani; a Ugandan national.

Mira's greatest recognition came with her first feature film, Salaam Bombay! She was awarded the Best New Director at the Cannes Film Festival and also got a nomination for best foreign film at the Academy Awards. In the year 2002 she directed a section of the French-produced anthology film 11/09/01, featuring short films from 11 international filmmakers in response to September 11. Along with teaching at Columbia University, Nair would next direct the film Vanity Fair, based on the novel by W M Thackeray. Mira Nair was offered the job of directing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

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Post time 2007-6-22 04:04:08 |Display all floors
Manoj Night Shyamalan

Why Is He Famous?
Manoj Night Shyamalan is a US based and internationally acclaimed Hollywood director, screenwriter and actor. Shyamalan was born in Pondicherry, India. Manoj Night Shyamalan had an intense passion for movies from an early childhood, when he used to make small films using his father's cam. It is interesting to know that by the age of 16 he had made more than 45 short films!

"The sixth Sense", his third directorial venture, was one of the biggest box office hits ever in Hollywood. It was released in the year 1999 and was nominated for 6 Academy Awards. The success of this film made him the most famous and most recognized Indian face in Hollywood. Other movies of Shyamalan are - "Unbreakable", "Signs" and "The Village". Presently, Shyamalan is working on a new project called "The Life of Pi". The most peculiar thing about Shyamalan is that he exhibits the image and understanding of India through his films.

Background
Manoj Night Shyamalan was born on 6th August 1970 in Pondicherry, India. His father, Nelliyate C Shyamalan and mother, Jayalakshmi were both doctors and moved to the United States when Shyamalan was still a young boy. Shyamalan had his early education at a Catholic School and Philadelphia's Episcopal Academy. Since his childhood, Shyamalan had shown an early aptitude for movies. It was because of this reason that he chose the Tisch School of Arts at New York University to study film-making. During his final year at the NYU, Shyamalan wrote, directed and starred in his first feature film, 'Praying with Anger'. He also wrote the script for 'Stuart Little' in 1995 and made his second movie 'Wide Awake' in 1997. Shyamalan now lives in Philadelphia with wife Bhavana and Selitha, their daughter.

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Post time 2007-6-22 04:05:34 |Display all floors
Rohinton Mistry

Why Is He Famous?
Rohinton Mistry is a renowned novelist and author. Rohinton was born in India and presently settled in Canada. "One Sunday" was Mistry's first short story and won him the first prize in the Canadian Hart House Literary Contest. "Tales from Firozsha Baag" was Mistry's short story collection and was published for the first time in Canada in the year 1987. Rohinton Mistry's style of writing is distinct and has made a mark for itself. His notable novels are "Such a long journey", "A Fine Balance" (set during the State of Emergency in India in the 1970s), and "Family Matters". Such a Long Journey and A Fine Balance were both short listed for the Booker Prize for Fiction, and Family Matters was short listed for the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Background
Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay, India, on 3 July, 1952, in a Parsi family. Rohinton had his undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics at the Bombay University. He moved to Canada in the year 1975. In Canada (Toronto), Mistry worked as clerk in a bank. But at the same time he studied English and Philosophy part time at the Toronto University. It was while he was a university student in Canada that Rohinton began to write and publish fiction.
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Post time 2007-6-22 04:06:31 |Display all floors
Sabeer Bhatia

Why Is He Famous?
India born computer wizard, Sabeer Bhatia came into limelight when he created the web based e- mail- the Hotmail and later sold it to the software giant- the Microsoft for a staggering $ 400 million in 1998. This deal was struck after hectic negotiations between him and the Microsoft. After selling the hotmail to the Microsoft, Sabeer Bhatia worked with the Microsoft for about a year and then left it to start another venture- Arzoo Inc. It is an e-commerce firm with a revolutionary new way to shop on line. With the hotmail deal, Sabeer Bhatia became the Silicon Valley hero and is still basking in glory. Today, Sabeer Bhatia is an idol for all Indians who wish to make it big in the Silicon Valley.

Background
Sabeer Bhatia, an icon for the young and aspiring software professionals, was born in Chandigarh in 1969 and grew up in Bangalore. Sabeer had his early education at Bishop's Cotton School at Pune and then at St. Joseph's College, Bangalore. For his bachelor's degree, Sabeer went to the Birla Institute of Technology (BITS), Pilani. In the year 1988, he got a scholarship from the California Institute of Technology and moved to the Caltech. Later, Sabeer earned his masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After graduation, Sabeer worked for the Apple Computers for some time, as hardware engineer. It was here that Sabeer, along with his colleague Jack Smith, planned to set up the Hotmail. Rest all is history! A young man only with a few dollars in his wallet (when he left India) created software history.

» Hotmail founder to help build Nano City in Haryana
Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia Wednesday signed an agreement with the Haryana government to jointly set up Nano City, a knowledge hub modelled on the Silicon Valley of the US, at a cost of Rs.18.5 billion ($412 million).

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