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Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha & Bankimchandra Chatterjee

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Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha & Bankimchandra Chatterjee

Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha

Born: 27 June 1964

  • She is a retired Indian track and field athlete.
  • She has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979.
  • She is often called the “queen of Indian track and field”.
  • On 27 June 1964, the Kerala State Government started a Sports School for women and she was chosen to represent her district.
  • She went on to win multiple medals at the 1979 National Games and 1980 National inter-state meet setting many meet records.
  • She made an unimpressive Olympic debut at the 1980 Moscow Games at 16 and was eliminated in the heats of the 100 m finishing fifth. Prior to taking to the 1987 Singapore Asian Championships, she spent a month training in London under Alford.
  • She began the Championships with a silver in the 100 m after falling behind de Vega by 0.31 seconds.
  • She dropped out of the 200-meter race as the 400 m hurdles final was scheduled in 70 minutes from the former.
  • She went on to win gold in 400 m hurdles clocking 56.48 s and another gold in 400 m with a timing of 52.31 s.
  • She won two more medals in the competition — silver in 4 x 100 m relay and gold in 4 x 400 m relay.
  • She has won 101 international medals.
  • She is employed as an officer in the Southern Railways. In 1984, she has conferred the Padma Shri and the Arjuna Award.
  • Currently, she coaches young athletes at her training academy in Kerala, including Tintu Lukka, who qualified for the women’s semi-final 800m at the London 2012 Olympics.
  • Currently, she is committee head of Indian Talent organization which conducts the National Level Indian Talent Olympiad examinations in schools across India.

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Bankimchandra Chatterjee

Born: 27 June 1838

Died: 8 April 1894

  • He was an Indian writer, poet, and journalist.
  • He was the composer of Vande Mataram, originally in Sanskrit stotra personifying India as a mother goddess and inspiring activists during the Indian Independence Movement.
  • He wrote thirteen novels and many serious, serio-comic, satirical, scientific and critical treaties in Bengali.
  • His works were widely translated into other regional languages of India as well as in English.
  • His earliest publications were in Ishwar Chandra Gupta’s weekly newspaper Sangbad Prabhakar.
  • Following the model of Ishwar Chandra Gupta, he began his literary career as a writer of verse.
  • His talents showed him other directions and turned to fiction. His first attempt was a novel in Bengali submitted for a declared prize.
  • He did not win the prize, and the novelette was never published.
  • His first fiction to appear in print was Rajmohan’s Wife.
  • It was written in English and is regarded as the first Indian novel to be written in English.
  • Durgeshnondini, his first Bengali romance and the first ever novel in Bengali, was published in 1865.
  • He was one of the first intellectuals who wrote in a British colony, accepting and rejecting the status at the same time.

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