Monthly Archives: October 2016

Priyanka Chopra


priyanka-chopra        Priyanka Chopra

Jamshedpur: Priyanka Chopra born 18 July 1982 is an Indian actress singer film producer philanthropist, and the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant. One of India’s highest-paid actresses and one of the nation’s most popular celebrities, Chopra has also gained recognition for her sense of style. She has received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards, and was awarded the Padma Shri the fourth highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 2016. That same year, Time named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Although Chopra initially aspired to study engineering or psychiatry, she accepted offers to join the Indian film industry, which came as a result of her pageant wins, making her Hindi film debut in The Hero in 2003. She played the leading lady in the box-office hits Andaaz and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and earned praise for her breakout role in the 2004 thriller Aitraaz. In 2006, Chopra established herself as a leading actress of Indian cinema with starring roles in the top-grossing productions Krrish and Don. Following a brief setback, she received critical acclaim for playing a troubled model in the drama Fashion which won her the National Film Award for Best Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Chopra subsequently gained recognition for her versatility in portraying a range of unconventional characters in the films Kaminey 7 Khoon Maaf,Barfi  Mary Kom Dil Dhadakne Do and Bajirao Mastani all of which garnered her critical acclaim and several accolades. In 2015, she began starring as Alex Parrish on the thriller series Quantico, becoming the first South Asian woman to headline an American network series. In 2016, she produced the acclaimed comedy-drama Ventilator.

In addition to her acting career, Chopra is noted for her philanthropic work, and was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010. She promotes various causes such as environment, health and education, and women’s rights, and is particularly vocal about gender equality, and gender pay gap. Though she is reticent to discuss her personal life in public, her off-screen life is the subject of substantial media coverage. As a singer, she has released three singles. Chopra is also the founder of the production company Purple Pebble Pictures.


F Scott Fitzgerald


   f-scott-fitzgerald             F  Scott Fitzgerald

  1. Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940 known professionally as F. Scott Fitzgerald, was an American novelist and short story writer, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the “Lost Generation” of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote numerous short stories, many of which treat themes of youth and promise, and age and despair.

Joyce Carol Oates


joyce-carol-oates        Joyce Carol Oates

Lockport, New York, United States: Joyce Carol Oates born June 16, 1938 is an American writer. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over 40 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won many awards for her writing, including the National Book Award, for her novel them two O. Henry Awards, and the National Humanities Medal. Her novels Black Water What I Lived For  1994 Blonde 2000 and short story collections The Wheel of Love and Other Stories 1970 and Lovely Dark, Deep: Stories 2014 were each nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Oates has taught at Princeton University since 1978 and is currently the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor Emerita in the Humanities with the Program in Creative Writing.

Maria Popova


maria-popova       Maria  Popova

Bulgaria–Maria Popova born 28 July 1984 is a Bulgarian writer, blogger, and critic living in Brooklyn, New York. She is known for her blog, which features her writing on culture, books, and eclectic subjects off and on the Internet.

Working style–Running Brain Pickings takes over 450 hours of work each month. Popova reads hundreds of pieces of content a day and anywhere between 12-15 books per week. From this, she posts the best to her blog and Twitter feed. She spends three to eight hours writing a day publishes three articles a day from Monday to Friday and tweets about four times per hour. All these articles and tweets are written and scheduled in advance. She goes to one of her two offices in New York City where she writes for her blog tweets, goes through feeds and more.