This is not fiction, not a story too. A seventh year old kid from Kerala, India completed 25,000 art works. Edmund Thomas Clint, that is his name died of kidney failure on April 15, 1983. At the age of five, he secured first prize in the competition for under 18. Today, if he is alive, he would have been 34. His parents, Joseph and Chinnamma remember about Clint’s last words, “Amma, I might suddenly fall asleep. When you call me, I might not answer you. But don’t be scared. I’ll be sleeping,”.
Clint showed unusual talent at the age of two itself. He used to draw cartoons and festivals. He became subject of research among art community after his demise. Even though, he lived only for few years he has marked his visit to earth through his paintings, which, otherwise it may take years for a normal person to do. Two books were published based on his story. One book came in English (Ammu Nair’s A Brief Hour of Beauty and A biography, Clint – Nirangalude Rajakumaran (Clint – The Prince of Colors) came in Malayalam. In Kochi, there is a street named after Clint.
Following links gives more information about Clint
Some works by Clint
Several times I traveled in Air Deccan flights. Recently, I read in some newspaper article that G.R.Gopinath, a retired captain from Indian Army is the Co-founder of Air-Deccan. Captain G.R. Gopinath (Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar Gopinath), is also author of the book “Simply fly”.
Born in a middle class family, educated from mediocre village schools and then military schools, joined Indian Army. His bio-data goes like that. After retirement, rather than selecting a peaceful retirement life, he selected a rather difficult path of forming the foundation of the idea of “low cost airlines”. His ideas are ecologically amenable and he visualized the development of the country through his innovative ideas. He also established a economically viable sericulture farm. Even though, Air Deccan later merged with Kingfisher Co., Captain G.R.Gopinath would be known for his contributions in aviation sectors, especially a low cost airlines in a country wherein domestic flight journey was not amenable to middle class family.
French Govt. has conferred Captain G.R. Gopinath by knighted with “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur” the highest civilian award conferred by the French Government.