I am an avid reader and blogger and I research for almost anything which I find interesting, unique, creative and inspirational not only for me but for others too. During that, I came across various personalities which our paid media has never showcased or even put them in the headlines for the things they have done. You might find videos of them on youtube and info on wikipedia but interestingly, they all are truly UNCOMMON in my opinion. The list is very long so I have compiled few of them in my 3 part series :

1. Field Marshall Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw (aka SAM MANEKSHAW)

History buffs may know him from 1971 Indo-Pakistan War but he made his grounds from the times of World War II where he leads his battalion as Captain Commander against invading Japanese.

There is a very famous incident when Late Mrs Indira Gandhi asked him(in 1971) that ‘ Are we ready for War’, to which he replied, ‘Sweety I am always ready’, and we all know how that war turns out to be.


One more very famous incident was when he recalled his acquaintance with President Yahya Khan when the latter had worked under him in the military operations directorate of the British Indian Army just before partition.Yahya Khan, then a colonel, was impressed by Manekshaw’s James motorcycle which he had bought for Rs 1400. ”I told him that he could have the vehicle for as much. He said he would give only Rs 1000. I said okay,” Manekshaw recalled.”But I don’t have a thousand rupees now, I will send it to you later,” Yahya Khan said. It was August 13, 1947.

21 years later Yahya Khan became the president of Pakistan. ”I never received the Rs 1000, but he gave me the whole of East Pakistan,”he once said.

2. Anshu Gupta – Clothing Man – founder, Goonj


He left his corporate job to start Goonj, an NGO with a mission to solve the clothing problems of the underprivileged. He introduced a new model wherein city’s discard is turned into a rural development resource. It has an annual reach out of over 1000 tones of material; from clothes, school material to old doors, windows and computers.

Yep, Clothing man title fits him perfectly.

3. Justice Hans Raj Khanna – Saviour of Indian Democracy

You will find posts & tweets of democracy all the time and every now & then you will find Arnab Goswami repeating these words that India is a democratic country and we have freedom of speech. But I am sure many of those haven’t heard of Justice H.R. Khanna who bravely stood against political puppets (Other Supreme Court bench Judges) in a landmark case of ADM Jabalpur vs Shiv Kant Shukla to save this very Democracy. This case often referred as Habeus Corpus Case, was essentially a habeas corpus writ petition challenging the legality of the detention by executive order issued with mala Fide intentions of Indira Gandhi during 1970s. Although 4 of the 5 judges on the bench sided with the government, 

main-qimg-e463da9bdf1b7bffb0c89ee8231cbf69-cJustice Khanna was the only judge in the 5 judge bench who delivered a dissenting judgment; the first instance of judicial dissent in India. What this meant was that even though the judgement stood (by majority) the petitions were still maintainable…because of this one brave person. In the aftermath, as expected, Justice Khanna was superseded for the post of CJI of the Supreme Court, and Justice Baig (one of the other 4) was made CJI instead.

We owe our right to life and liberty to this man, and yet, not many know he even existed.

4. Rukhsana Kausar – Indian female Rambo

In 2009, 18-year-old Rukhsana Kausar Killed the dreaded Lashkar armed commander Abu Osama grabbing him by his hair, pinned him down with his own axe, killed him using his own AK-47 when she saw him beating her parents.She tagged another as he fled, and started a pitched battle with the rest of the militants that lasted for hours. After they saw that other family members have also jumped in fight and with injuries mounting, they decided to fled.

main-qimg-842cb45fce84e086a120ce260c4ae607-cI had never touched a rifle before this, let alone fired one – but I had seen heroes firing in films -Rukshana replied this with a big smile when a reporter ask her.

She was awarded the “Kirti Chakra”,the second highest gallantry award during the peace time for her act of bravery.

5. Sindhutai Sapkal – THE MOTHER OF ORPHANS !

She is an Indian social worker and social activist known particularly for her work for raising orphan children. Born on 14 November 1948 at Pimpri Meghe village in Wardha district Maharashtra, she was an unwanted child, so was nicknamed ‘Chindhi’ (torn piece of cloth).

main-qimg-4ed6c000fc1dc80e0de8cb9878fca7be-cMarried at the age of 10 to 30 yrs old Man, gave birth to 3 sons by the age 20, so you know what was the environment. But that’s not the worst. Her husband abandoned her in her 9th month of pregnancy and she was forced to beg but saw other abandoned children , so she adopted them as her own and started begging even more vigorously to feed them.

She has devoted her entire life for orphans. As a result, she is fondly called ‘Mai'(mother). She has nurtured over 1050 orphaned children. As of today, she has a grand family of 207 son-in-laws, 36 daughter-in-laws and over 1000 grandchildren.


To be continued………….