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Alternate reality: If this week didn’t happen in history



By Ridham Gambhir

Have you ever given a thought to what would have happened had this week not been there in the history of mankind?

Somebody born this week who made a difference in the world, would never have materialized. Someone who died after leaving a mark, would probably still be alive, while some occasions, political or social of utter importance would never have unfolded.

Let’s have a look at what happened and what-not happened this week (2-9 August) in history!

This week marks the birthday of the first African American President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Imagine, had this man not been born, who would have planned the encounter of Osama Bin Laden? Let’s all raise our toast to Mr. President!

The first man to step on the moon and to enshrine his name in history, Neil Armstrong was born on 5th August 1930. Astronaut-Neil-Armstrong-dies-962541N2-x-large

Our Bollywood beauties, Kajol and Genelia D’ Souza share their birthdays with the Moon Kajol-beauty-secretsman. Blockbusters like Kucch Kucch Hota Hai and Dilwaale Dulhania Le jayenge would have never made their mark in the Indian cinema had Kajol, the unibrow beauty not been a part of it.

We all have seen that blonde woman holding her blowing white dress or stood next to her in the Madame Tussauds museum. Yes, we are indeed talking of the sensuous and gorgeous Marilyn Monroe. Sadly, this week witnessed the death of this enchanting beauty. So may be, if this week didn’t happen, many people would not complain about the absence of ‘real beauty’ in today’s world.tumblr_n7eyvuMGsM1sr7xmio1_r1_500


Kishore-Kumar_0 Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si..  is reminiscent of the legendary actor, singer Kishore Kumar. This man is known for melodious contributions to the Indian cinema so much so that the Madhya Pradesh Government initiated a new award called the “Kishore Kumar Award” for anybody who has posed an exemplary performer in the Indian cinema.

Louis Vuitton, the founder of the plush leather brand Louis Vuitton celebrates his birthday this week. Imagine a world without LV! *sigh* *sigh* While Hugo Boss, the founder of the eponymous clothing company Hugo Boss bid his last farewell to the world this week.

Something as important as an underwear is given special value by Freshpair when it announced 5th August as International Underwear Day. Over the last 10 years the company has celebrated the holiday with New York City model events, massive underwear giveaways, a pop-up shop in Columbus Circle, and a Times Square runway show.NUD_header_main_001

The man who made communication easier and better, Graham Bell breathed his last on 2nd August,1922. So thank Bell for your phone bell!

The man behind the removal of Sourav Ganguly from the Indian Cricket Team, Greg Chappell also had his birthday this week. The latter shares his birthday with the “Indian Father of Green Revolution”, M.S.Swaminathan.gregchappell-getty

This week remembers fondly upon Rabindranath Tagore, the author of Jana Gana mana and Bangladesh’s Amar rabindranath-tagore-630-bioShonar Bangla, who died on 7th August 1941.He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.

Hiroshima Day commemorates 6th August, 1941 the day when an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed a few days later by another dropped on the city of Nagasaki. The two cities were destroyed and casualties, mostly civilians, were estimated at around 200,000, with many more people dying later from injuries and illness. Hiroshima Day is now a focus for anti-war and anti-nuclear discussions and demonstrations.

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With the enumeration of such memorable people and events, we ought to be thankful for the inclusion of this week in our calendar!

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Actors Ajay, Kajol Support Initiative to Turn Plastic ‘Fantastic’

"We can utilise the waste metrical for recycled product and our 'Plastic Banega Fantastic' is an initiative to show how."

Ajay, Kajol support initiative to turn plastic 'fantastic'. Wikimedia Commons

Actors Ajay Devgan and Kajol on Saturday urged people to segregate plastic from daily garbage in a way that it can be utilised to make a recycled product.

The couple came together to support an initiative taken by Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) at the Mahim Creek. As part of HUL’s “Start a Little Good”, a plastic collection drive named “Plastic Banega Fantastic” has begun.

Talking about how effective recycling plastic could be, Kajol said: “We will be giving fishing nets to fisherfolks, and those are made out of recycled plastic… We will give them a park bench that is made out of recycled plastic and many such things. Basically, the idea is to show them products that we can make out of recycled plastic and also usable for daily life.”

“When they see what you can do in a productive manner to segregate plastics out of daily days, people will hopefully take the step seriously,” added the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai actress.

Asked if the government’s Swachch Bharat initiative is bringing any visible change in the surroundings, Ajay said: “We have a large population and it takes time to change people’s habits. There are people who throw garbage everywhere and with constant talks, people will become aware of how such things are harming the planet.”

As parents, Ajay and Kajol both believe that bringing little changes can create a big difference in children’s lives and that is how they can bring about a change in the future generation.

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Kajol Devgan, flickr

Any special things they teach their two children?

Ajay said: “Small things like not wasting water, switching off the light and all electric gadgets when it’s not used. At times kids just waste tissue papers just for fun, and I keep saying not to do that. From their childhood, if we can inculcate these habits in them, it will become a part of their lifestyle.

“Like my son carries a steal tiffin box instead of plastic. We use steel bottles and straw instead of plastic… I know these are very small thing, but as Ajay says these things slowly but surely change the big picture. These things will make them much responsible citizens of the world,” said Kajol.

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The event saw a a beach cleaning session by Ajay and Kajol along with popular radio jockey Malishka Mendonsa.

On the initiative, HUL Chairman Sanjiv Mehta told IANS: “While the invention of plastic is great, the problem started with its waste, used material. Since we all are using plastic and it is an integral part of our life, as people, we have to use it responsibly.

“We can utilise the waste metrical for recycled product and our ‘Plastic Banega Fantastic’ is an initiative to show how.” (IANS)