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Yes, every child is special, but some are just gifted. Not only are their achievements and talents unbelievably inspiring, but even their attitude towards life is something we all need to look up to for they are so modest and down to earth.
At 18 months, when the rest of us were still pooping and drooling, Ajay Puri was already operating a computer. Ajay was operating several Microsoft products including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, FrontPage and Access Database and even sending out emails. Now at 17, Ajay is is no less than a celebrity. He's met from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Dr Manmohan Singh to Bill Gates -- and is invited to speak at various conferences around the world.
Performing a surgery at the tender age of seven is something that’s surely headline worthy. Akrit, who has an IQ of 146 (80-100 is considered to the average IQ range), began walking and speaking when he was about 10 months old. Yeah that tiny! Remember your diaper days? He began studying medicine at the age of 12. At 17, he signed up for his master's course in applied chemistry, determined to find a cure for cancer. Akrit, has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey show, is 19 years old today.
Here is Mumbai’s Angad Daryani, the youngest entrepreneur who likes to call himself a ‘Maker’. Here’s an unbelievable fact that he is a school dropout. While he was in the ninth grade, he realized that whatever he is studying, he would never apply in his real life. Though he did choose to get home-schooling and he appeared exams at IGCSE and NIOS at the same time. He built India’s first 3D printer at the age of 13.Using Home made kits and working yet to bring 3D printing to every house in the country.
This 6-year-old is often referred as a mini-encyclopedia, and it’s pretty justified because he has answers to every possible question. While some of us while we were his age were trying to read & write the basics, Kautilya Pandit rattling off statistics about GDPs, economies, geographies and the per capita incomes of over 213 countries from around the world. He hails from a small village in Haryana and recently was spotted in Kaun Banega Crorepati as well.
This young table prodigy was spotted by Bharat Bala, a filmmaker. Keshava left the world spellbound with his live performance at the 2010 Commonwealth games in New Delhi. He started learning the tabla from the age of two; and by the time he hit his seventh year he performed at the ceremony. It is no surprise that he is being compared to the Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain for his incredible talent and curly locks.
Now this teenager can’t be called just a genius because he has done something that incomparable. He has reportedly developed a potential test for Alzheimer’s. Not just that, with his test he could detect the disease 10 years prior to the first symptoms appear. According to the medical practices, the condition can be detected only through cognitive tests or by examining the brain post death. But, Nithiyanandam, has developed a ‘trojan horse’ antibody which can penetrate into the brain and attach to neurotoxic proteins which are present in the very first stages of the disease. The antibodies, which would be injected into the bloodstream are also attached to fluorescent particles which can then be picked up on a brain scan.
I hate Mathematics and that’s why I’m in awe with this story of the 15-year old Priyanshi Somani, a maths whiz kid who amazed people with her mental maths abilities at the tender age of 6. During the Mental Calculation World Cup competition in 2010, she was the youngest participant and in spite of that she bagged the title beating 37 competitors from 16 countries. To win, she had to calculate the square root of 10 six-digit numbers in 2 minutes and 43 seconds... which she did!
This 13-year old Lucknowi girl has already completed her graduation and not just that, she is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in…Wait For It…Microbiology. While she was just seven, she was competing with students twice her age. The authorities refused to release her Pre-Medical Tests as she was underage, but then she didn’t give and went on to study Microbiology. What makes her story even more inspiring is her family background. Her dad is a Class 8 dropout and her mother never went to school. Both parents work as daily wage labourers and struggle to make ends meet. Her educational expenses are being borne by Sulabh International, an Indian NGO that works for the impoverished.
Imagine when a kid is being compared to the ace artist and painter Picasso, won’t it make you want to look at his artwork? Shorya Mahanot a 7- year-old creates abstract expressionist paintings that group the expressive forces of nature with color and life. His inspirations were his sisters who worked more with figurative paintings, but he chose a different path and created magic on the canvas with his abstract art.
Even though Keshava managed to steal the show at the Commonwealth games, another wonder in the music world who proved that there are more fish in the sea. Meet Truptraj Pandya, who has received a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records to be the youngest tabla player. Now here’s a shocking fact, his first public performance was when he was just 2, and played live at the All India Radio when he was barely three. I remember learning to get words out of my mouth at that age. Truptraj has played at over 50 public concerts. Meanwhile, his training continues. He hopes to become a professional tabla player when he grows up. Good luck little wonder!