Skip to main content

Abhinav Bindra: Our Pride, First Indian Gold in Olympics

Abhinav Bindra
Yesterday in Beijing Olympics was quite special for us, Indians. One certain Abhinav Bindra made himself the most eligible bachelor in Indian subcontinent. Our first ever gold medal in Olympics was born, from the hands of Mr. Bindra (25)  , who won the gold medal at the World shooting championship for India, for men’s 10m air rifle shooting.

Abhinav hails from a rich Sikh Khatri family. He was born in 1982, September 28. After doing his MBA from the University of Colorado, he went to Germany for his shooting training. He is said to own a shooting range in his farmhouse in Chandigarh and practice 14 hours a day.

Others of Abhinav’s Achievements

* He made a junior world record of 597/600 in 2001 Munich World Cup to win a Bronze.

* In Manchester in 2002 Commonwealth Games, he scored a Gold, thus making himself the first Indian shooter to get a gold in a world championship.

* He won Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2001, one of the most prestigious awards for sportsmen in India.

* He won six gold medals in various international meets in Europe during 2001.

* In 2004 Athens Olympics, though he couldn’t win a medal, he broke the Olympic record.

* In Zagreb, July 24, 2006, he became the first Indian shooter to win gold in a world championship.

Abhinav hails from a Punjab Sikh family, though he doesn’t have the popular Sikh surname, Singh. His parents, Dr. Apjit and Babli Bindra, are said to be the promoters of Hitech group, with a revenue of over USD 75 million. Abhinav is the CEO of Abhinav Futuristics, and has tie-ups with large corporations like Samsung and Sahara group.

Besides this achievement, the various states in India offered him bounties, which includes (in US dollars): Punjab (10 million), Hariyana (2.5 million), Maharashtra, Karnataka (1 million each), Tamilnadu, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Chandigarh (0.5 million each) and other bodies like BCCI (2.5 million), Samsung (2 million), Indian Railways (lifelong pass for Bindra and one companion in first class AC compartment in all trains), Spacejet (lifelong flight ticket), etc.

More states and companies are coming up to shower bounties on this 25 year old.

Congratulations! Abhinav!

Copyright © Lenin Nair 2008 (with due contributions from Wikipedia, dailies like The Hindu, Hindustan Times, etc.)


  1. Ahh.. congrats. My nation, Singapore, is still stucked with 2 silver medals.


Post a Comment

Comments are moderated very strictly

Popular posts from this blog

What Is the Difference Between Hardcover and Paperback?

Today, my reader, Rahman contacted me with a doubt:

Dear Lenin, would you explain why there are two types of books: hardcover and paperback?
This is quite a simple affair and there are explanatory articles to be found at various places on the Net. Here is my addition.


A hardcover aka hardback is a book bound with thick protective cover, with usually a paper or leather dust jacket over the main cover. The aim of hardcover is protection and durability. These books are mainly for long-term use and collectors’ editions. Hardcover books last far longer than the corresponding paperbacks. They do not get damaged easily thus making them perfect for reference guides, great literary works, etc.

In addition, there is a difference in the type of paper used to print hardcover books. The paper used is long-lasting acid-free type. Acid-free paper has a pH value of 7 (neutral) which makes it highly durable. The papers are stitched and glued to the spine.

Hardbacks are prepared for commercial …

En Dash, Em Dash, and Hyphen

We have three types of dashes in use: The hyphen, En Dash, and the Em Dash. In this post, we will see how to use them all correctly.

Hyphen (-)

The hyphen is the minus key in Windows-based keyboards. This is a widely used punctuation mark. Hyphen should not be mistaken for a dash. Dash is different and has different function than a hyphen.

A hyphen is used to separate the words in a compound adjective, verb, or adverb. For instance:

The T-rex has a movement-based vision.
My blog is blogger-powered.
John’s idea was pooh-poohed.

The hyphen can be used generally for all kinds of wordbreaks.

En Dash (–)

En Dash gets its name from its length. It is one ‘N’ long (En is a typographical unit that is almost as wide as 'N'). En Dash is used to express a range of values or a distance:

People of age 55–80 are more prone to hypertension.
Delhi–Sidney flight was late by three hours.

In MS Word, you can put an En Dash either from the menu, clicking Insert->Symbol or by the key-combination, Ctrl + Num…

What Is the Meaning of the Word 'Ghajini'? Story and Trivia of Aamir Khan's New Film [Special]

[Special Entry]

Aamir Khan's latest film is titled a little weirdly for the taste of Hindi filmgoers. 'Ghajini': They have never heard of such a name, and such a word never existed in Hindi or in any other Indian language.

The name Ghajini is the name of the villain of the film. In Tamil version, the name of the villain was Laxman.

As a Tamil moviegoer, I have already watched Ghajini and know the story in full.

So, What Does the Title Mean?

In Tamil, the title of the film is inspired by the story of Mahmud of Ghazni, an ancient invader of India. This person was so persistent in invading India that he continued trying after several failures. In the film too, the protagonist is such persistent in finding out and killing the villain of the film, who had killed his girlfriend, Kalpana (played by Asin). Aamir's Character (named Sanjay Ramaswamy in Tamil), is a short-term amnesiac, who cannot remember anything more than fifteen minutes.

You may ask then how the Ghazni became…