They Think Big, Think Different

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They Think Big, Think Different

Source: TNN

Date: December 30, 2006


2006 was the year Indian youth discovered their strength and started questioning themselves and the system. A few took upon themselves the mantle of leaders – and by dint of their grit and faith, blazed an iconic trail.


It's not surprising then, that when we sat down to list Indian Youth Icons 2006, we realised that today's icons have steadily moved beyond showbiz and cricket.


What's common is their belief in themselves and in India; these are the people who dared to dream and had the guts to follow their dreams.


They Think Big, Think Different. As this eventful year draws to a close, LucknowTimes brings to you the people who truly represent the Youth Icons of the year gone by...


These icons range from Sunil Mittal who taught us that big can always get bigger, to Hrithik Roshan who redefined box office success in his bronzed avtaar, to Indra Nooyi who broke glass ceilings with a vengeance to become the fizz goddess, to Kiran Desai who booked a Booker for herself... but they have all been refreshingly new interpretations of achievement.



The 007 files: Bond with the best

Source: TNN

Date: December 31, 2006


The World Is Not Enough: Sunita Williams, who gave outer space a desi touch by lugging along samosas and a copy of Bhagvad Gita.


Golden Eye: Hrithik Roshan. With a bod to match Daniel Craig’s, he struck gold with a multi-crore film deal and the year’s two biggest hits.


Goldfinger: Shane Warne, the spin doctor who legged it to cricket’s exclusive 700 club and quit while well on top. Way to go out, Warnie.


Man With The Golden Gun: LN Mittal, who gunned for Arcelor and brought the Lakshmi home. This takeover tycoon sure does like to steel the show.


M: Madame Gandhi. For being the hand that kept the cradle from rocking, and our petrol bills from merrily skyrocketing.


Moneypenny: Sensex. Its sensational antics left some folks very rich and others counting their pennies.


Oddjob: Navjot Singh Sidhu. Cricketer, commentator, politician, comedian. And now convict.


Blofeld: The Indian male, who felt the blow hard and long; a condom survey pronounced he just didn’t measure up.


Never Say Never Again: Saurav Ganguly, truly the dada of all comebacks.


For Your Eyes Only: We’re sure Kareena’s hell(en)ish number in Don was meant for bf Shahid’s eyes only. We just shut ours.


You Only Live Twice: Shah Rukh Khan, the Badshah who wants to be Shahenshah (selling hair oil, endorsing a bank, playing Don, hosting KBC). Trying to live the life of Big B can be rewarding, no?


From Russia With Love: All those Slavic beauties in those micro skirts who made tennis a joy to behold. Towards the end of the year, the Russian angle took on rather sinister connotations with the pollonium poisoning of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko.


Die Another Day: Harry Potter. Please Rowling, don’t kill Him. The die may already be cast in Book 7, due in ’07, but there can be a Bollywood-style resurrection.


Thunderball: Sreesanth. For having a ball on the pitch while his jhatkas gave the Proteas the shakes.


Diamonds Are Forever: A B Baby, you will always be priceless.


Bond: You and me. For taking on crooks and making sure Tihar became a VIP (Very Important Prison).