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Sahajanand Saraswati

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Sahajanand Saraswati      Sahajanand Saraswati

Ghazipur: Swami Sahajanand Saraswati, born in Ghazipur district, United Province in British India, was an ascetic, a nationalist and a peasant leader of India.

Swami Sahajanand Saraswati 1889–1950 born in Ghazipur district, United Province in British India, was an ascetic, a nationalist and a peasant leader of India.

Although born in United Province present-day Uttar Pradesh his social and political activities focussed mostly on Bihar in the initial days, and gradually spread to the rest of India with the formation of the All India Kisan Sabha. He had set up an ashram at Bihta, near Patna and carried out most of his work in the later part of his life from there. He was an intellectual, prolific writer, social reformer and revolutionary.

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Mohan Singh Oberoi

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Mohan Singh Oberoi     Mohan Singh Oberoi

Bhaun, Pakistan: Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi was an Indian hotelier, the founder and chairman of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, India’s second-largest hotel company, with 35 hotels in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Egypt, Australia and Hungary.

Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi 15 August 1898 – 3 May 2002 was an Indian hotelier, the founder and chairman of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, India’s second-largest hotel company, with 35 hotels in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Egypt, Australia and Hungary.

In his obituary the Times of India said that he was acknowledged for putting the Indian hoteliering on the global map by successfully establishing hotel brands like Oberoi and Trident worldwide.

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian awards, in 2001.

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Anne Rice

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Anne Rice

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Anne Rice is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica. She is perhaps best known for her popular and influential series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, revolving around the central character of Lestat.

Anne Rice born Howard  October 4, 1941 is an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica. She is perhaps best known for her popular and influential series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, revolving around the central character of Lestat. Books from The Vampire Chronicles were the subject of two film adaptations, Interview with the Vampire in 1994, and Queen of the Damned in 2002.

Born in New Orleans, Rice spent much of her early life there before moving to Texas, and later to San Francisco. She was raised in an observant Catholic family, but became an agnostic as a young adult. She began her professional writing career with the publication of Interview with the Vampire in 1976, while living in California, and began writing sequels to the novel in the 1980s. In the mid-2000s, following a publicized return to Catholicism, Rice published the novels Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, fictionalized accounts of certain incidents in the life of Jesus. Several years later she distanced herself from organized Christianity, citing disagreement with the Church’s stances on social issues but pledging that faith in God remained “central to her life.” However, she now considers herself a secular humanist.

Rice’s books have sold nearly 100 million copies, placing her among the most popular authors in recent American history. While reaction to her early works was initially mixed, she became more popular with critics and readers in the 1980s. Her writing style and the literary content of her works have been deeply analyzed by literary commentators. She was married to poet and painter Stan Rice for 41 years, from 1961 until his death from brain cancer in 2002 at age 60.She and Stan had two children, Michele, who died of leukemia at age five, and Christopher, who is also an author.

In addition to her vampire novels, Rice has authored books such as The Feast of All Saints adapted for television in 2001 and Servant of the Bones, which formed the basis of a 2011 comic book miniseries. Several books from The Vampire Chronicles have been adapted as comics by various publishers. Rice has also authored erotic fiction under the pen names Anne Rampling and A. N. Roquelaure, including Exit to Eden, which was later adapted into a 1994 film.

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Patricia Cornwell

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Patricia Cornwell      Patricia Cornwell

Miami, Florida, United States: Patricia Cornwell is a contemporary American crime writer. She is widely known for writing a popular series of novels featuring the heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies Patricia Cornwell born Patricia Carroll June 9, 1956 is a contemporary American crime writer. She is widely known for writing a popular series of novels featuring the heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies.

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Dean Koontz

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Dean Koontz      Dean Koontz

Everett, Pennsylvania, United States: Dean Ray Koontz is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire.

Dean Ray Koontz born July 9, 1945 is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, with 14 hardcovers and 14 paperbacks reaching the number one position. Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including “David Axton”, “Leigh Nichols” and “Brian Coffey”. He has sold over 450 million copies as reported on his official website.

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Miguel de Cervantes

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Miguel de Cervantes      Miguel de Cervantes

Alcalá de Henares, Spain Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and one of the world’s pre-eminent novelists.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 29 September 1547  is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and one of the world’s pre-eminent novelists.

His major work, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written. His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often called la lengua de Cervantes .He has also been dubbed príncipe de los ingenios.

In 1569, in forced exile from Castile, Cervantes moved to Rome, where he worked as chamber assistant of a cardinal. In 1571, he decided to join the Spanish Navy, and participated in the battle of Lepanto, a major clash between the Catholic states and the Ottomans for the control of the Mediterranean. Following this, Cervantes’ military career was cut short when he was captured by Ottoman pirates and taken to Algiers, which had become one of the main and most cosmopolitan cities of the Ottoman Empire, and was held there for ransom between the years of 1575 and 1580.[8] In 1580, after his captivity, he was released by his captors on payment of a ransom by his parents and the Trinitarians, a Catholic religious order, and he subsequently returned to his family in Madrid.

In 1585, Cervantes published a pastoral novel named La Galatea. He worked as a purchasing agent for the Spanish Armada, and later as a tax collector for the government. In 1597, discrepancies in his accounts for three years previous landed him in the Crown Jail of Seville.

In 1605, he was in Valladolid when the immediate success of the first part of his Don Quixote, published in Madrid, signalled his return to the literary world. In 1607, he settled in Madrid, where he lived and worked until his death. During the last nine years of his life, Cervantes solidified his reputation as a writer; he published the Novelas ejemplares in 1613, the Journey to Parnassus in 1614, and the Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses and the second part of Don Quixote in 1615. His last work Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda  was published posthumously, in 1617.

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Larry Ellison

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Larry Ellison    Larry Ellison

Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States: Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Ellison is an American internet entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist.

 Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Ellison born August 17, 1944 is an American internet entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist. He serves as executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle Corporation, having previously been chief executive from its founding until September 2014. In 2014, he was listed by Forbes magazine as the third-wealthiest man in America and as the fifth-wealthiest person in the world.

Ellison was born in New York City but grew up in Chicago. He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and the University of Chicago without graduating before moving to California in 1966. While working at Ampex in the early 1970s, he became influenced by Edgar F. Codd’s research on relational database design, which led in 1977 to the formation of what became Oracle. Oracle became a successful database vendor to mid- and low-range systems, competing with Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server, which led to Ellison being listed by Forbes as one of the richest men in the world.

Ellison has donated up to 1% of his wealth to charity and has signed The Giving Pledge. In addition to his work at Oracle, Ellison has had success in yachting, through Oracle Team. He is a licensed aircraft pilot who owns two military jets.

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Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant     Kobe Bryant 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States: Kobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bean Bryant born August 23, 1978 is an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He entered the directly from high school and won five championships with the Lakers. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He led the in scoring during two seasons, and ranks third on both the league’s all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists. He holds the record for the most seasons playing with one franchise for an entire career.

The son of former player Joe Bryant, Kobe Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. He declared for the draft upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 draft by the Charlotte Hornets, who traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest, and he was named an All-Star by his second season. Despite a feud between them, Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002.

In 2003, Bryant was accused of sexual assault in Colorado, but the charges were eventually dropped, and a civil suit was settled out of court. After the Lakers lost the 2004  Finals, O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat. Bryant became the cornerstone of the Lakers, and he led the in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons. In 2006, he scored a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second most points scored in a single game in league history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962. Bryant was awarded the regular season’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2008. After losing in the 2008 Finals, he led the Lakers to two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, earning the Finals Award on both occasions. He continued to be among the top players in the league through 2013, when the 34-year-old Bryant suffered a torn Achilles tendon. Although he recovered, his play was limited the following two years by season-ending injuries to his knee and shoulder, respectively. Citing his physical decline, he announced that he would be retiring after the 2015–16 season.

At 34 years and 104 days of age, Bryant became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. He is also the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. Following his second year in the league, Bryant was chosen to start every All-Star Game until his retirement for a record 18 consecutive appearances, and his four All-Star Awards are tied for the most in history. At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, he won gold medals as a member of the U.S. national team. Sporting News and named Bryant the top player of the 2000s.

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Kewal Dheer

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Kewal Dheer       Kewal Dheer

Gaggo, Pakistan:

Born 5 October 1938 age 77

Gaggo, Vehari, Punjab

Occupation       Writer, retired govt. officer

Nationality         Indian

Genre        Fiction, psychology

Notable works  Badchalan, Yadon-Ke-Khandar, Apna Daman Apni Aag, Bikhari-Hui-Zindagi, Dharti-Ro-Padi, Sanjh Ki Parchhaiyan, Manto Mera Dost, Yadon Ki Dastak

Dheer’s book of short stories, “Dharti-Ro-Pari,” was published in 1957. He has published ten volumes of short-stories and five novels, as well as travelogues on Pakistan, Canada and several countries of Europe. In the 1970s Dheer founded Adeeb International and Sahir Cultural Academy. Dheer has written books on literature, psychology, sexology, medicine that have published in Urdu, Hindi, English, and Punjabi. He has also written television, theatre and film including Vachan, Sheeshe-Ki-Diwar,’ and Gumrah. Dheer has worked as an editor for Swatantrata Weekly The Signature  Qamar Monthly  Kitab Numa and Adeeb.

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Truett Cathy

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S. Truett Cathy  Truett Cathy

Eatonton, Georgia, United States: Samuel Truett Cathy, was an American entrepreneur who founded the fast food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A

Samuel Truett Cathy March 14, 1921 – September 8, 2014 was an American entrepreneur who founded the fast food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A. Cathy on August 28, 2004

Born Samuel Truett Cathy

March 14, 1921

Eatonton, Georgia, U.S.

Died September 8, 2014 aged 93

Clayton County, Georgia, U.S.

Nationality         American

Citizenship        United States

Alma mater        Henry W. Grady High School Anderson University SC

Known for          Founder and former chairman of Chick-fil-A

Net worth  Increase $4.2 billion 2012

Religion    Southern Baptist

Spouse     Jeannette  Cathy m. 1948; wid. 2014

Children    Trudy

Website    www.truettcathy.com

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