Pu La Deshpande

PL DeshpandePL Deshpande

Making Magic from the Mundane

Born and brought up in Mumbai in a simple Goud Saraswat Brahmin (caste) household, P. L. Deshpande was a talented author, musician, singer, musicologist, stage performer, stage and film artist and director.
There are many who have mastered Marathi language, few who have made their mark in Marathi literature as true entertainers. Without mocking the mediocre, resorting to sleazy slapstick and conjuring up atrocious fantasies, P. L. consistently had his audience rolling in the aisles and readers smiling, including his critics. Like all sensitive artists, although his art was affected by the major politico-economic-social upheavals that India was going through during his lifetime, especially during the peak period of his career, it never stained his work. There are references to economic challenges, generation gaps and difficulty in coping with the changing times – all extremely poignant subjects – however all of his books, plays talk about happiness and have a very positive effect.
He himself describes the purpose of his life philosophically – a note to readers at the beginning of his book “Hasavnuk” loosely translated from Marathi -
Caught between birth and death, is the charade that we call life. So what better purpose can be there for this life then, other than to make people laugh?
Birth score – 4/5
Pride score – 5/5
Overall NB score – 9/10

 

Birth Score – 4/5

Pride Score – 5/5
A very impressive 9/10 Notable Brahmin Score.

 

Srinivasa Ramanujan

Srinivasa Ramanujan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Srinivasa Ramanujan - The greatest mathematician of the 21st century.

Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar was a Tamilian Brahmin (caste). He was born on the 22nd December 1887 which is now celebrated as National Mathematics Day in his honour.

 

Ramanujan was mentored into leaving his clerical service by the then deputy collector V, Ramaswamy Aiyer – another Tamil Brahmin & pursuing his passion of mathematics. He also collaborated with GH Hardy – a renowned mathematician at Cambridge for 5 years, from 1914 – 1919.

 

His accomplishments include contributions to number theory, infinite series & continued fractions among others. Until his untimely death at the age of 32, Ramanujan had independently compiled over 3900 equations. His unconventional theorems also include Ramanujan Prime & Ramanujan Theta function. This is inspite of not having any formal education in Mathematics!

 

Inspite of his untimely death at the age of 32, Ramanujan produced a lifetime worth of work that continues to inspire mathematicians even after almost a century.

 

His life has recently inspired a bio-pic titled “Ramanujan”. Do watch it.

 

Birth score – 4/5

 

Pride score – 5/5

 

Overall NB score – 9/10

Shrimant Bajirao Peshwa

Bajirao Peshwa

Shrimant Bajirao Peshwa

An undefeated warrior & visionary statesman of the Maratha Empire.

Some historical quotes about Bajirao Peshwa -

“Bajirao was a heaven born cavalry leader.  In the long and distinguished galaxy of Peshwas, Bajirao Ballal was unequalled for the daring and originality of his genius and the volume and value of his achievements.  He was truly a Cavalry Hero as king- or rather as a Man of action.’  If Sir Robert Walpole created the unchallengeable position of the Prime Minister in the unwritten constitution of England, Bajirao created the same institution in the Maratha Raj at exactly the same time.” (Jadunath Sarkar – ‘Peshwa Bajirao I and Maratha Expansion’)

“Bred a soldier as well as a statesman, Bajirao united the enterprise, vigour and hardihood of a Maratha chief with the polished manners, the sagacity and address which frequently distinguish the Brahmins of the Konkan.  Fully acquainted with the financial schemes of his father, he selected that part of the plan calculated to direct the predatory hordes of Maharashtra in a common effort.  In this respect, the genius of Bajirao enlarged the schemes which his father devised; and unlike most Brahmins, of him it may be truly said- he had both- the head to plan and the hand to execute.” (J. Grant Duff – ‘History of the Marathas’)

Bajirao I was born on the 18th of August 1700 in a Koknastha Chitpavan Brahmin (caste) family. He was the eldest son of Balaji Vishwanath Rao Peshwa. The Peshwas were Prime Ministers of the Maratha empire. This position was created by Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire.

Bajirao was trained by Maratha generals to be proficient in warfare, politics and military campaigns. At an early age Bajirao travelled all over the Mughal empire upto Delhi with his father. At the age of 19 after the death of Balaji Vishwanath, Bajirao was chosen to became the next Peshwa.

At that time, Shahu Maharaj was the King of the Maratha empire and occupied the seat in Satara. In his court, the young Peshwa Bajirao is said to have thundered, “Let us transcend the barren Deccan and conquer central India. The Mughals have become weak, insolent, womanizers and opium-addicts. The accumulated wealth of centuries in the vaults of the north, can be ours. It is time to drive from the holy land of Bharatvarsha the outcastes and the barbarians. Let us throw them back over the Himalayas, back to where they came from. The saffron flag must fly from the Krishna to the Indus. Hindustan is ours”.

For twenty long years, Bajirao’s army moved throughout the Mughal empire taking town after town, village after village and advancing on Delhi.

In his lifetime, Bajirao undertook 41 military conquests. He was undefeated throughout his lifetime. Some of his battles included -

  • Battle of Malwa against the Mughals.
  • Conquest of Gujarat
  • Conquest of Central India
  • Attack on the capital of the Mughal empire at Delhi
  • Hoisting the Maratha flag upto Attock in Afghanistan
  • Defeating General Bungash Khan, bravest commander of the Mughals.
  • Defeating the armies of the Pathans, Portuguese around the western courts.

On April 28, 1740 Bajirao Peshwa passed away from an illness on the banks of river Narmada. He had been resting with his troops before their next battle when he was taken sick and died.

Bajirao Peshwa was instrumental in breaking apart the Mughal empire and creating a strong military base for the Maratha empire.

Birth score – 4/5
Pride score – 5/5
Overall NB score – 9/10

Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai

CEO – Google
Pichai Sundararajan or Sundar Pichai as he is popularly known is a Tamil Brahmin (caste). Born on 12 July 1972 in a quiet, middle-class Chennai family, he worked hard in school at studies and sports and excelled at both.
After securing a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a fiancee (he proposed and was accepted by his class mate Anjali) from IIT Kharagpur, Sundar left India for studying at Stanford University which had offered him a scholarship. He then worked in Applied Materials, completed an MBA from Wharton and was a McKinsey consultant for a while.
He joined Google in 2004 where he worked on the Google Toolbar and later Google Chrome and Android and distinguished himself as a brilliant tech executive. A year after Pichai was put in charge of Android, (the original founder of the technology had to make way for him), Google shipped 1 billion Android devices. He was also instrumental in the birth of Google Chrome, which displaced IE as the most popular browser.
His personal ambition is to work on big problems that solve big problems in users’ lives.
A rare combination of technical and business acumen and an easy-going and friendly personality has catapulted Sundar Pichai into the top spot at Google. We have no doubt that he will lead the tech giant as ably as his predecessors.
Sundar Pichai lives in San Francisco with his wife and 2 children, Kavya and Kiran.
Birth score – 4/5
Pride score – 4/5
Overall NB score – 8/10

N Chandrasekaran (N Chandra)

N Chandrasekar

N Chandrasekaran 

Chief Executive Officer -

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

 

N Chandrasekaran or N Chandra as he is popularly known is a Tamil Brahmin (caste).

N Chandra was born in a typical Tam – Bram (Tamil Brahmin) family in small town Tamil Nadu in 1963. As a child, N Chandra was very studious and excelled in Mathematics.

His claim to fame begins with being appointed as one of the youngest CEOs in Tata Group – India’s largest business conglomerate. He undertook the responsibility of running India’s largest IT company and not only has he retained the numero uno position but also added value to TCS in all aspects – in employee count, revenue, earnings & market reach.

He also has the distinction of receiving honorary doctorates from several business institutions globally such as – JNTU Hyderabad, Nyenrode University Netherlands, etc. Some of the awards that N Chandra has received are – CNN – IBN Indian of the Year 2015, NDTV Business Leader of the Year, BT CEO of the Year, etc

As the CEO of TCS, he is ever smiling and ever ready to meet customers. Chandra’s leadership has redefined TCS to become a more customer centric organisation. His drive as a leader has also led to emergence of several new opportunities in the technology industry which makes TCS the market leader that it is today.

N Chandra is passionate about new technology (obviously) & books in the genres of fiction, politics & business. His other notable interest is that he is a marathon runner! Till date he has run over 8 marathons globally. No wonder TCS is one of the lead sponsors for many marathon events that happen globally. His interests also include photography and music.

He lives in Mumbai with his wife Lalitha & son Pranav.

Birth Score – 4/5

Pride Score – 4/5

An excellent beating 8/10 Notable Brahmin Score.

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella Brahmin

Satya Nadella

 

Chief Executive Officer – Microsoft Corporation

Satya Nadella is a Telugu Brahmin (caste).

He was born in Hyderabad in 1967. His father was an IAS Officer and was part of the National Planning Commission during 2004-09. Satya completed his Bachelors from India and followed it up with Masters in Computer Science from Milwaukee & MBA from University of Chicago.

Satya Nadella has been with Microsoft for over 20 years and been part of various cutting edge technologies including Online Services, Servers, Enterprise Databases, Cloud, etc. We believe his success at each of his appointed roles must have been outstanding. Which is why Microsoft Corporation promoted Satya to be its CEO in 2013 replacing Steve Ballmer.

Satya has his work cut out for him as Microsoft faces competition in Search, Mobile, Cloud & other emerging technologies. His recent initiative to make Windows mobile free of cost shows that Mobile is an area where Microsoft intends to be very aggressive in gaining market share.

Satya is married to Anupama and they have three kids. The Nadella family stays in Washington State, USA. In his personal life, Satya is known to be cricket fan. His success was celebrated in his village near Hyderabad.

Quite astonishingly Microsoft has had only 3 CEOs till date – Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer & now Satya Nadella. I am sure those are big boots that he has to fill in!

Birth Score – 4/5

Pride Score – 5/5

A world beating 9/10 Notable Brahmin Score.

Ravi Shankar

Dr. Raghuram Rajan

Ravi Shankar

“A national treasure and global ambassador of India’s cultural heritage.” – tweeted by PM Manmohan Singh’s office

Ravi Shankar is a Bengali Brahmin  (caste).

Ravi Shankar was born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhary in 1920 in Varanasi. He spent the first decade of his life in Varanasi with his mother and the next in Europe – mainly Paris with his brother Uday Shankar and his dance group. The next 7 years he spent learning Indian classical music with his guru, Baba Allaudin Khan at Maihar, MP in India.

Ravi Shankar composed music for several Indian films notably the Apu trilogy and worked as music director for All India Radio before beginning his international career – playing on the sitar for small audiences around the world and educating them about Indian classical music. He managed to conjure much-deserved recognition and appreciation for the Indian variety of classical music.

A few among his personal accomplishments include the top 3 Indian civil honours, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 3 Grammys and 14 honorary doctorates. He was knighted by Elizabeth II for his services to music and given the Legion of Honour by the French Govt. He was also the recipient of the first Tagore Award.

Birth Score – 3/5
Pride Score – 4/5

An adequate 7/10 Notable Brahmin Score.

Raghuram Rajan

Dr. Raghuram Rajan

Dr. Raghuram Rajan

“Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.”

Dr. Raghuram Rajan is a Tamil Brahmin (caste).

Dr. Rajan was born in 1963 in Chennai. His father worked in the foreign office and was often posted abroad on duty. He is married to Radhika (a batchmate from IIM) and they have two children.

Dr Rajan has studied engineering from IIT New Delhi and followed it up with an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. He went on to study Management from MIT and has received an PhD.

Dr. Raghuram Rajan’s has had an illustrious career which includes teaching at University of Chicago, being the Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund, being the Economic Advisor to the Indian Prime Minister to his latest position at the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

In 2005, during his stint at the International Monetary Fund, Dr. Raghuram Rajan was notable in his work which spoke of an impending global economic crises. His work came to be seen as a prescient in the aftermath of the economic crises of 2008.

Dr. Rajan has been awarded the Fischer Black Prize & the Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics for his research work.

Dr Raghuram Rajan is known for his conservative and balanced views of the economy. He is very optimistic of the Indian economy and has plans to bring back 8% growth rate in India.

He is on our list of Notable Brahmins as being a superstar economist who is capable and optimistic to bring back glory to the Indian Economy.

Birth Score – 4/5
Pride Score – 3/5
An impressive 7/10 Notable Brahmin Score.

N R Narayana Murthy

N R Narayan Murthy

N R Narayana Murthy

Founder of Infosys Ltd. Inspiration to Young India. Driven by Values.”

 

 

 

N.R. Narayana Murthy is a Kannada Madhwa Brahmin  (caste).

NRN as he is commonly known is the founder of Infosys Ltd, a $7 billion (2013) software company employing over 1,60,000 employees in India. He founded Infosys in Pune in the year 1983 and later relocated the head office to Bangalore. As on date Infosys has over 87 software development centres of which 32 are in India and the rest are outside India.

Narayana Murthy did his graduation from University of Mysore and his post graduation from IIT Kanpur. His first employer was IIM Ahmedabad as a chief systems engineer. After leaving IIM Ahmedabad he worked for quite a few years with Patni Computers Ltd.

Narayana Murthy is married to Sudha Murthy (Sudha Kulkarni). Sudha Murthy is also notable in her own accord as a social worker and an author. They have two joys, a son – Rohan & a daughter – Akshata.

Murthy has more than a dozen honours to his credit given by
Government of India – (Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan),
Government of France – (Office of Legion of Honour)
Government of United Kingdom – (Commander of the Order of British Empire), Philanthropist of the Year, Hoover Medal, Icon of India, Entrepreneur of the Year and many more.

He is on our list of Notable Brahmins as a very successful Indian Businessman who has not only created wealth for millions but done so with integrity, honesty & courage.

Birth Score – 4/5
Pride Score – 5/5
A very impressive 9/10 Notable Brahmin Score.

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

“The greatest batsman of all time.”

Sachin Tendulkar is a Saraswat Brahmin  (caste).

Born in Mumbai, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was introduced to the world of cricket by his elder brother Ajit. Ajit introduced a young Sachin to Ramakant Achrekar a famous cricket coach in 1984 at the age of 11. Even at an early age his coach was very impressed and soon Sachin become a topic of conversation in Mumbai’s cricketing circles. Sachin married Anjali and they have two children Sara & Arjun.

Sachin’s domestic career includes playing at Ranji trophy in India and at Yorkshire in England.

Sachin’s international cricket career has been extremely prolific and is currently the highest run maker with over 18,000 runs in international one day cricket matches. He also holds the record of 51 centuries (100 runs) in Test matches and 49 centuries in international one day matches.

Sachin has been awarded almost all Indian National honours including - Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, Maharashtra Bhushan Award, Maharashtra State’s highest Civilian Award in 2001, Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award in 1999

See more information about Sachin Tendulkar at his wikipedia page here.

He is on our list of Notable Brahmins as his widely acclaimed reputation as being the greatest batsman of all time!

Birth Score – 4/5
Pride Score – 5/5
A very impressive 9/10 Notable Brahmin Score.



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