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I am impressed by the achievements of some of India’s young achievers and try to publicize their feats through this medium. Not that they need this publicity but to tell their stories to inspire others. When people say that India’s sporting achievements are only in cricket, I am glad to say there are increasingly more exceptions to that rule. Only the other day, young Pankaj Advani from my hometown of Bangalore became the World Champion in Billiards. This was the 5th World Championship he won.

Perhaps thanks to our colonial heritage, India always had world class players who won laurels in billiards and snooker. To start with, when we were kids, we had the legendary Wilson Jones, and much later Mike Ferrieira and Arvind Savur. Another who made the mark was Geet Sethi.

It was perhaps fitting that in the recent championship the final was between the seasoned Sethi and the much younger Advani. The new order romped home as Advani beat Geet Sethi ( twice his age at 47) in the finals- a person whom he has admired and learnt a lot from.

Pankaj is in every way an early achiever- getting noticed when he won his first big championship when he was a mere 11 years old. Hie has an impressive list of championship victories. Those who are interested in knowing more about him can visit his website.

His list of achievements are truly awesome for one of his age. Way to go, Pankaj. May you inspire many of the youth of India to try to emulate you.

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This is Post No: 279 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success.

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