Dreamers Never Die

Dreamers Never Die

Reminiscing back to the history, the world seems so beautiful with all those dreamers that despite whatever the political scenario, personal life, their existence have been quintessential & impactful. And they’re all proven even centuries later today. Men of dignity and pride, they have created the history giving grounds to all those great works in whichever field they stepped on. From science to music, from arts to politics, their works will always be memorable and inspirational.

As the adage says, “Lies and great works can never be hidden: both of them will be seen soon”. And those great works made these names great. They brought drastic changes in good ways in their respective ways: Gave a new face and meaning to lot of things. Those remarkable deeds were not achieved easily; definitely not a cakewalk and no one should forget that. Behind their great works lie their hard work, dedication and even blockades. Overcoming all the hurdles ended up giving their works recognition and a better place. And here we have a list of some personalities who were influential, rebellious and made this world a better place to dwell in.  Their names tell a story which later became history and we pay tribute to the history that was.

John Winston Lennon (1940-1980) was an English Musician and singer-songwriter. One of the founding members of all time hit band The Beatles, John Lennon became an icon in 20th century and gave iconic solo like “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine”. And song like When I’m Sixty Four shall always be with you as your amigo.

But his songs were not just to entertain. Instead was a medium of expression of plea for peace and progress in nation. He revealed rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, his writings, in drawings, in film and in interviews becoming controversial through his political and peace activism. This gave him adversaries as well that he was murdered after his release of “Double Fantasy”. However, his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War. Ergo, John Lennon is the Angel that fought for people.

On the other side of world there was a man moving on the path of non-violence fighting for the freedom of his country, for Indian Independence. Just a plain clothe over his body carrying a stick, wearing round glasses, he dared to fight against the strong with words, not arms. Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) (1869-1948), who in the history of India and to the world, has been an exemplary man, the footsteps of whom many people follow. If that was not true, movie Lage Raho Munna Bhai would not have Mahatma Gandhi in it. Though he remains history, he is immortalized in many movies & the movies inform what Gandhi means to all. With great struggle and patience he carried the fight for freeing India and finally India saw the light at the tunnel in the end and he was shot dead by an assassin. And this name revolutionized the whole world. Gandhi remains alive, even though modernity is here. And so does simplicity & humility.

Literature, the word is synonymous to William Shakespeare (1564-1616).  From a child to an adolescent and to aged, the name is very much familiar. An English Playwright of the 17th Century, creator of Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Shakespeare is that image which takes you to that theatrical world which seems so lively. His works take you to the settings of English/ Elizabethan Globe Theatre. Noone can separate Shakespeare from not only English literature but from literature itself. Dramatic world as well poetic one, have been enriched by the great products of stupendous mind of Shakespeare. Centuries back here we can find how influencing his works are that Omkara, a Hindi movie, was made upon his tragic play Othello. He surely was a hero of literature.

Often known as Madiba, his Xhosa clan name; or as tata (Xhosa: father), Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born in 1918) served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). He was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life in prison: served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island. Following his release from prison in 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to multi-racial democracy in 1994. As president, he frequently gave priority to reconciliation, while introducing policies aimed at combating poverty and inequality in South Africa. To make South Africa free of apartheid was possible only because it had a dreamer like Mandela. And not only South Africa got rid of apartheid but his this success stood as an example for the whole world.

Where there are people whose dreams gave the world a brighter day, some are such whose dreams gave brighter techno–days. Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (1941- 2011) was such a man who can be credited for everything we know today about Windows, IPod and Android. An American computer scientist who “helped shape the digital era”, he created the C programming language and, with long-time colleague Ken Thompson, the UNIX operating system.Ritchie and Thompson received the Turing Award from the ACM in 1983, the Hamming Medal from the IEEE in 1990, the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 1999, and Japan Prize for Information and Communications for his work in the development of the UNIX operating system in 2011. Ritchie was the head of Lucent Technologies System Software Research Department when he retired in 2007. He was the ‘R’ in K&R (a common reference to the book’s authors Kernighan and Ritchie) and commonly known by his username dmr.

Computer historian Paul E. Peruzzi said after his death: “Ritchie was under the radar. His name was not a household name at all, but. . . if you had a microscope and could look in a computer; you’d see his work everywhere inside.”

No man is far away from the name Steven Paul Jobs (1955 – 2011) today. An American businessman and inventor widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution he was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs was co-founder and previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney. But what makes him even more recognized is because what Apple has achieved all these years have been possible because of this man who was once fired from Apple itself: Started NeXT, which later got Apple’s attention that in 1996 was merged in Apple with Jobs as an interim CEO. Since Jobs was a man with deep insight and a heart with strong will to bring something amazing in the tech-world, Apple then started to reach a place where today it’s already that height where others want to reach: iMac, iPod portable music player, iTunes digital music software, and iTunes Store were his introduction to that pinnacle. And what more could be said about him when “i” is all in the air.

Generations to generations these names get a hold with obeisance. We can see how different time got bigger dreams that spread crossing over the seas to the whole world. They were the dreamers; lived their dreams. Their worlds were away from ordinary souls where no one would easily wander off. They always dreamt higher and kept faith in living in it. They not only lived it but aspire people to feel it as well and take them as well together. Ergo, they are deemed as the souls of world that shall always get a body this way or the other way.

‘What you dream is not that important. What’s important is that you should keep dreaming. Dream to reach your dream, dream to bring whole world in your dream of success.’

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