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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

Funny Story – When people thought of Neil Nongkynrih as Rahul Gandhi

I grew up in Shillong, and like any other family, my father wanted me to be a doctor. I went to St. Columbus in Delhi. It’s funny how people welcomed me because they thought I was Rahul Gandhi. Once I told them the truth, they disappeared.

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.”

When Mahavir Singh Phogat got inspired from Karnam Malleswari

“My father had the knowledge of wrestling so when he saw that four girls were born one after the other, he drafted us into wrestling. That was the time when weightlifter Karnam Malleswari had won bronze in (Sydney) Olympics, so our dad thought that if being a girl, Karnam can bring home a medal from Olympics then why can’t his daughters do the same?” recalls Ritu Phogat (Wrestler)

This is how Daya Kaur (Mahavir Singh Phogat’s Wife) got worried about her daughters

I told my husband not to push the girls into the sport. I was worried about how they will ever get married as pehelwans wearing shorts and cutting their hair! They would wrestle boys as there were no other girls.

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