They came, they won and conquered the world. Meet the desis who made headlines this year.
It's been a good year for Deepika Padukone. Her film Padmaavat entered the 500 crore club this year.
With earnings touching Rs 112.80 crore (nearly double from 59.45 crore in 2017), Deepika Padukone became the first female celebrity to enter the top five in the Forbes list of richest Indians list.
The list dominated by Salman Khan (Rs 253.25 crore) placed the 32-year-old actor at number five. Only 18 female actors made it to the top 100 this year.
Priyanka Chopra had her share of fame too. She became the first Indian to be featured on Vogue US cover.
Zara Rahim, the former director of communications at the magazine congratulated Priyanka for her achievement.
'Believe it or not, from what I know, @priyankachopra is the first Indian woman to grace the cover of American Vogue. This is long overdue, and so well deserved,' Rahim wrote on Twitter.
On December 16, P V Sindhu let out tears of joy and relief when she finally laid her hands on a gold medal and claimed the World Tour Finals title with a win over 2017 world champion Nozomi Okuhara in Guangzhou.
Sindhu became the first Indian to achieve the feat.
In the past, Saina Nehwal had reached the finals of 2011 World Super Series Finals, while Jwala Gutta and V Diju finished runners up at the 2009 edition.
She was also named on the Forbes list of highest paid athletes in the world.
At $18.1 mn Serena Williams topped the list, while PV Sindhu ($8.5 mn) came in at the seventh place.
In November, Mary Kom created history by becoming the first Indian boxer to record 6 gold medals in the Women's World Championships.
The 35-yr-old matched Cuban men's legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful pugilist (men and women) in the World Championships' history.
The 35-year-old who dreams of clinching gold in the 2020 Olympics serves as an inspiration not just for India but boxers around the world.
Photograph: Courtesy VSF.
In March, architect and reputed urban planner Balkrishna Doshi won the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honour.
Doshi is the first Indian to win the prize.
His designs include the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore; Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad; cultural spaces in Ahmedabad such as Tagore Memorial Hall, the Institute of Indology, and Premabhai Hall; and private residence Kamala House (Ahmedabad), among many others.
On November 14 Garima Arora became the first Indian woman to win a Michelin star.
Mumbai-born Garima won the award for her innovative menu at her restaurant GAA in Bangkok.
What's interesting is Garima's restaurant GAA was started only a year and half ago.