Welcome back to my 19th page of WordPress.com Health Blog to which I have given the title “A Journey Round my Skull – 3 ” since it is a continuation of / sequel to my previous 17th WordPress.com pages Title: “A Journey Round my Skull – 1” and my previous 18th WordPress.com page Title: “A Journey Round my Skull – 2″.
Competitors to La Rotonde Cafe and Literary Cafe mentioned in the previous page were La Coupole, Paris – not usually busy now and Le Dome Cafe, Paris – now just a sea food restaurant, no more attracting intellectuals.
Edinburgh’s The Elephant House on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh (nick-named The ‘Harry Potter’ cafe) (Visit http://www.wanderingmee.com/2012/09/thus-born-the-boy-wizard-tracing-j-k-rowling-steps-in-edinburgh/” for a nice photo) with the pleasingly low key back room coffee shop overlooking Edinburgh Castle was where Joanne “Jo” Rowling, OBE, FRSL (/’ro?l??/; born 31 July 1965), pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, the British novelist and philanthropist first penned, when 25 years of age, her world-famous novel book series Harry Potter, 450 million copies and more sold worldwide and bequeathed the film Harry Potter which was the highest-grossing film series of all-time that recorded world box office sales of $7.7 billion. She also wrote he wrote in many other cafés, especially Nicolson’s Café (owned by her brother-in-law, Roger Moore). so rich Rowling now, no wonder, has her own writing place at a £4.5 million Georgian house in Kensington, West London, on a street with 24-hour security.(Visit http://www.jkrowling.com/en_GB/ and http://www.jkrowling.com/en_GB/about-jk-rowling for more details about this phonomenon of a young lady novelist who took the world by storm.). Hers is a real Rags to Riches story – she went from her childhood’s being unemployed and living on state benefits to becoming a multi-millionaire in five years; In 2004, Forbes named Rowling as the first person to become a U.S.-dollar billionaire by writing books, the second-richest female entertainer and the 1,062nd richest person in the world; Rowling disputed the calculations and said she had plenty of money, but was not a billionaire. The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List named Rowling the 144th richest person in Britain. In 2012, Forbes removed Rowling from their rich list, claiming that her US$160 million in charitable donations and the high tax rate in the UK
meant she was no longer a billionaire.In February 2013 she was assessed as the 13th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.
On a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990, J.K.Rowling wrote her initial Potter ideas on a napkin, yet another commanility between Frigyes Karinthy on one side and J.K.Rowling, Albert Einstein, Norbert Wiener (1894-1964), the US mathematician held in esteem as the archetype of the genius and absent-minded professor, our own Mahathma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation, India ( I LOVE INDIA) all of whom cherished, valued and wrote their earth-shaking ideas on bits of scrap paper and backs of envelopes and most recently closer to home, the “Four Aleys” book(which is about four women, each named Aley — came out as individual scenes and showed women who were unusually strong and were struggling to make their mark in a patriarchal society where women are generally dependent on men emotionally and financially)’s author Renu Kurien Balakrishnan(,the beloved wife of Ajit Balakrishan, the founder of Rediff.com and the author of The Wave Rider) who confessed “‘I wrote this book on scraps of paper and Ajith had packed them into his bag on a trip to San Francisco'”.
One of Renu Kurien Balakrishnan’s illustrious predecessors in the matter of writing on scraps of paper and backs of envelopes was Albert Einstein (1879-1955), considered World’s No. 2 Scientist, second only to Sir Isaac Newton PRS(Born 25th Dec 1642-1726) …… Hi! Hi!! My humble self shares the same 25th Dec as Birthday along with 1. Jesus Christ of Nazareth (c.4 BC to c. AD 30-33), the Son of God / Messiah (I am also a Christmas Baby); 2. Sir Isaac Newton PRS 25 December 1642 – 1726/27) as also 3. Clarissa “Clara” Harlowe Barton (December 25, 1821 – 1912), the American Hospital Nurse who founded American Red Cross;; 4. Louis-Joseph “Louis” Chevrolet (December 25, 1878 – 1941), the Swiss-born American race car driver of French descent, co-founder of the famous Chevrolet Motor Car Company in 1911, and a founder in 1916 of the Frontenac Motor Corporation, which made racing parts for Ford’s Model T;; 5. Conrad Nicholson Hilton (December 25, 1887 – 1979) who was an American hotelier and the founder of the well-known Hilton Hotels chain;; 6. Bharath Ratna (Posthumous in 2014) Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (December 25,1861–1946) who was an Indian educationist and politician notable for his role in the Indian independence movement and as the two time president of Indian National Congress; he was respectfully addressed by the title ‘Mahamana’ (“Luminous Mind /
Magnanimous Heart” by the people of India led by Rabindranath Tagore;Mahatma Gandhi called him “Pratah Smaraniya” (usually used to address Hindu saints and mahaans – meaning “To Be Remembered First Every Morning”) and “Devata Purush”( Man of God); the greatest Teacher of Teachers, Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, whose birthday, 5 September, is celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day, said “Pandit Malaviyaji is a Karmayogin”;Malaviya has also been respectfully called “Dharmathma” and “Prince of Beggars”!; India’s National slogan / motto, “Satyameva Jayate” (Truth alone will triumph), inscribed at the bottom of the national emblem – 3 Lions standing over (Asoka) Chakra (an adaptation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka which was erected around 250 BCE at Sarnath, near Varanasi in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh) – and is inscribed on one side of all Indian currency and also all national documents) is also a legacy given to the nation by Pandit Malaviya as the President of the Indian National Congress in its session of 1918 at Delhi, by saying that this slogan from the Mundaka Upanishad / Mudokapanishad (an ancient Sanskrit Vedic text embedded inside Atharva Veda, the fourth of the four great Vedas (Scriptures) of Hinduism / India) should be the slogan for the nation;; 7. Bollywood’s greatest ever music director, Naushad Ali (25 December 1919 – 2006) (whoever will forget “Pyaar Kiyaa To Darnaa Kyaa” sung by Lata Mangeshkar and lipsynced by Madhubala – in Mughal-e-Azam movie 1960 Black and White and remastered in Color in 2004);; 8. Pakistan’s Founder Father of the Nation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah ( 25 December 1876 – 1948);; 9. India’s 10th Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee (born 25 December 1924) honoured by his birth day, 25 December, getting declared “Good Governance Day”;; 10. Baba Ramdev who was born Saturday, December 25, 1965 as Ram Krishna Yadav and is a yoga teacher known for his work in Ayurveda, politics and agriculture.
Just for a change from Birthday monotony above, celebs who died on my Birth Day include 1. Charlie Chaplin -Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) the English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent movies era;; 2. Dean Martin, (born Dino Paul Crocetti, June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) who was an American singer, actor, comedian, film producer and one of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, nicknamed the “King Of Cool” for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance;; 3. Nicolae Ceausescu (26 January 1918 – 25 December 1989) who was a Romanian Communist Despot / Dictator, faced charges including illegal gathering of wealth and genocide and executed with his wife Elena by a Romanian Militia’s firing squad on 25 December 1989;; 4. Elena Ceaucescu (7 January 1916 – 25 December 1989) who was the wife of Romania’s Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, and was also Deputy Prime Minister of Romania and was executed with her husband Nicolae by a Romanian Militia’s firing squad on 25 December 1989;; 5. Gyani Zail Singh (5 May 1916 – 25 December 1994) who was the seventh President of India, known for his literary scholarliness and was also the butt of some funny Sardarji jokes and anecdotes – those interested can read the book “President Giani Zail Singh” by the Sikh author Joginder Singh;; 6. Jap serial Killer Hiroaki Hidaka (April 1962 – 25 December 2006 – died by judicial hanging), who robbed and killed four women between April and September 1996;arrested on September 21, 1996; tried by the district court in Hiroshima which sentenced Hidaka to death on February 9, 2000, a sentence that he did not appeal;he was executed by hanging on December 25, 2006.
OMG! I have filled more than a WordPress.com page with all these Birth and Death narrations for 25th December!
I shall continue with Albert Einstein’ scribblings and problem solving on scrap papers and back of envelopes etc., and Mahatma Gandhi and others too in my next – 20th – page which will continue with the sequel title but numbered 4 – “A Journey Round my Skull – 4”!
So long! See You Again!! Stay Tuned!!