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Motivational Story – When A. P. J. Abdul Kalam came up with idea of planting India’s Tricolor on Moon

You will wonder to know that former President and ‘Missile Man’ APJ Abdul Kalam was the first to come up with the idea of planting the tricolor on the moon. Preparation for the mission had begun and scientists were deciding on which instruments to use when they had a serendipitous encounter with Kalam. “Kalam had a meeting with the scientists. I was not present. He suggested painting the tricolour on the impactor that would land on the moon” recalled Jitendra Nath Goswami (Indian Scientist & Researcher)

When Neil Nongkynrih (Pianist)’s sister introduced him to Music

My first teacher was my sister, she is a pianist and she taught and introduced me to music. Music was there with me all the time. It was only when I went to London to do my higher studies, after completing my schooling in Delhi, that I developed a different yearning for music. Thus the Shillong Chamber Choir (SCC) was born

Story – When Neil Nongkynrih (Pianist) told his mother to sell the house

I grew up in Shillong, and like any other family, my father wanted me to be a doctor. When I told him that I wanted to be a musician, he flipped. I went to St. Columbus in Delhi. I went to England after Class 10 to learn music. I was supposed to come back, because we didn’t have money. I told my mother to sell the house, because I was so confident, but she didn’t. Miraculously, a very kind lady decided to be my fairy Godmother, and benefactors.

Motivational Story – Piyush Sahdev who never wanted to be an actor but became one

I never wanted to be an actor. I was very reserved and shy. Even today, I am very shy behind the camera. I became an actor almost by accident and when I started out, I didn’t know anything about the industry. But when I take up something, I give it my best shot. It was a struggle to go through all those auditions and deal with rejections but finally it’s all worth it. To learn the nuances of the craft, I did theatre for a few years and even learnt Bharatanatyam for six months. I also acquired post production skills like editing before becoming an actor.

Emotional Story – When US President Barack Obama got emotional because of his daughter Malia

Former US President Barack Obama once revealed how emotional it was to say goodbye to his eldest daughter, Malia, when she went away to college. “For those of us who have daughters, it just happens fast. I dropped off Malia at college, and I was saying to Joe and Jill (Biden) that it was a little bit like open-heart surgery. I was proud that I did not cry in front of her but on the way back, the Secret Service was off, looking straight ahead, pretending they weren’t hearing me as I sniffled and blew my nose. It was rough.” Obama said the moment was “a reminder that, at the end of our lives, whatever else we’ve accomplished, the things that we’ll remember are the joys that our children — and hopefully way later, our grandchildren — bring us.”

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