Indians Extraordinaire- Moments in 2021 that Made Every Indian Proud
By Honey Kumari, Online Content Editor, SiliconIndia | Monday, 03 January 2022, 00:00 Hrs
"The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources." - Luc de Clapiers
The year 2021 brought several highs and lows, but most significantly, the focus comes on the Indians who exceeded the barriers by their overwhelming performances. The landmark moments marks from the time a woman of Indian Origin in the United States became the president to award-winning graphic novels making everyone proud by representing India. These significant steps in different fields made India proud and outshined as a nation determined by integrated culture and true happiness in moments of achievement.
Sirisha Bandla turns to be the second Indian-born woman to go into space
Sirisha Bandla, an aeronautical engineer, sets a historical record by becoming the second Indian- born woman to have gone into space, the first being Kalpana Chawla. Bandla said, "I saw in her an exceptional Indian woman doing something I wanted to do," commenting on her in a cover interview for Vogue.
Oscars of the comic world awarded to Indian illustrator Anand Radhakrishnan for novel Blue in Green
Anand Radhakrishnan, an Indian illustrator, bagged the widely known 'Oscars of the comic world,' this year's Will Eisner Comic Industry Award in the Best Painter/Multimedia Artist category was for his work on British author Ram V's graphic novel, Blue in Green.
The story theme is horror in narration and presents a dark and haunting portrayal of a young musician's quest for creative genius that threatens to consume him—which Radhakrishnan describes as "jazz meets horror".
He creates artworks for the book and mixed media approach with graphite, ink and acrylic, making the skeletal system and digital colour. Radhakrishnan shared the honour with UK-based colourist John Pearson.
Kamala Harris, with a short journey, was U.S. president
Though on the temporary post, Kamala Harris became the first-ever woman and the first African and Indian-American woman to grab the seat of presidential power in the United States. Presently serving as the Vice President, she is also the first woman to get designated as the second-highest position of power.
Harnaaz Sandhu wins the crown of Miss Universe
The 21-year-old Harnaaz Sandhu from Chandigarh makes the country proud by becoming Miss universe. She is also an advocate for women's rights and empowerment. She has worked with her gynaecologist mother to generate awareness about women's hygiene at health camps across the country.
The universe crown was brought back to India, reviving India's Pageant history's lost power and glory.
Sunjeev Sahota was longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize for Fiction
The British-Indian author's novel, China Room, was among 13 titles longlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize, along with authors like Nobel Prize-winner Kazuo Ishiguro and Pultizer prize-winner Richard Powers. The semi-autobiographical book is about three women married off to three brothers without any clue of their identity, their understanding only limited to conjugal visits in the dark of the night, until one of the sisters evolves desperate to know more about her husband. Sahota was earlier on this list in 2015 for his book, The Year of the Runaways.
Indian documentary Writing With Fire made the 2022 Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary Feature
Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, Delhi based Filmmakers, curated a documentary that casts a Dalit women-run newspaper Khabar Lahariya's taking a great leap from Print to Digital. The documentary's title is Writing With Fire, won several awards—including the Special Jury (Impact for Change) and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival—before being nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2022 Academy Awards.
Neeraj Chopra takes the Olympic gold for India in Tokyo by individual efforts
In the Olympics, Chopra, a young athlete, wins the gold medal in Javeline. Chopra told Vogue India, "Of course, it's good that people know and appreciate you, but what's bigger is that now everyone acknowledges my sport. Earlier, you told them about it, and still, they wouldn't understand. Now everyone in India knows what a javelin is. I'm most happy about that."
India acquires three nominations at the International Emmy Awards.
The International Emmys this year brings fresh nominations of three Indian artists, which includes- Vir Das for his Netflix stand-up comedy special, Vir Das: For India, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the Best Performance role adapted from Manu Joseph's book to play in Sudhir Mishra's Serious Men and Ram Madhvani's crime drama web series, Aarya, for Best Drama.
Indian composer Ricky Kej was nominated for the Grammy award again
Ricky Kej gets nominated for Grammy award again for Divine Tides with Stewart Copeland of rock band The Police. Divine Tides is an ode to the natural world and humankind that features nine songs and eight music videos, shot in different places as diverse as the Himalayas and the forests of Spain. He won his first Grammy for his album Winds of Samsara.