Thursday, November 15, 2018

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14 Nov 2018

The joy of youth dimmed by conflict

Affan Yesvi14 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

Ittifaaq, a social organisation, recently held a programme for pellet victims in Srinagar.

13 Nov 2018

Let’s drink to that, a little at a time

Col HP Singh (retd)13 Nov 2018 | 12:45 AM

I was born in a family of boozers. So fanatic was my indoctrination that till I came of age, I always thought that brandy was a medicine for cough and cold.

12 Nov 2018

Strains of Jana Gana Mana in Bavay

Vee Walker12 Nov 2018 | 12:16 AM

The audience of several hundred waits expectantly.

10 Nov 2018

From a lion at sea to the Gir

Lt Gen Baljit Singh (Retd)10 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

Paradoxical as it may sound, but here was a man who could not swim even in a bath tub and yet he ‘missed by a whisker to be the Naval Chief’, as he mused with a chuckle to my wife during a brief visit to our home in 2012.

09 Nov 2018

The true wisdom of sarbat da bhala

Charanjeet Singh Minhas09 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

IT was the Saturday after.

07 Nov 2018

Diwali at Akbar’s birthplace in Pakistan

Sumit Paul07 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

At this juncture of history when India and Pakistan are at loggerheads and baying for each other’s blood, imagining Diwali at Amarkot (Sindh) in Pakistan may sound incredible to people.

06 Nov 2018

Chowk, the harbinger of news

Satish K Sharma06 Nov 2018 | 12:37 AM

The 250 sq-ft courtyard of my ancestors’ stone-and-mortar house at our village in Rajasthan was simply known as ‘chowk’.

05 Nov 2018

In step with both science & tradition

JS Raghavan05 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

DECADES back, the black and white Doordarshan channel was the only source of drawing-room entertainment. When I dropped in at the sprawling house of the Shankars, the hall was empty, but for Susheela, the daughter-in-law.

03 Nov 2018

This Diwali, give away... to get

Surjit Singh Flora03 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

DIWALI is one of the largest and most popular festivals in India. My appeal to all is: Be a Santa Claus this Diwali! Indians have a habit of spending a lot on festivals, especially on crackers on Diwali.

It was Bose who ushered gender parity

Col DS Cheema (Retd)03 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

THE other day, reading about the induction of girls in Sainik Schools, I recalled the days when I was studying in a small-town school in the early 1960s.

01 Nov 2018

Name-game and whom to blame

Vikram Kanwar01 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

THAT change is the law of nature appears to be fast catching up with Indian cities.

31 Oct 2018

A begonia window & loss of a friend

Preeti Monga31 Oct 2018 | 12:34 AM

THE most beautiful window that I once had in my house in Mumbai was the one with begonia under the skylight in the west wing, where seven silver-dappled Rex Begonia made a permanent rainbow, with their ruby, purple, orange, peacock, chocolate and tomato-red leaves.

30 Oct 2018

The well-meaning neighbourhood uncle

Rajan Kapoor30 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE other day, when an elderly man of my colony registered his protest against some boys driving recklessly, in a monthly meeting, a quarrel broke out among the parents of the boys accused of rash driving and the complainant.

29 Oct 2018

A lyrical legacy that must go on

Ramnik Mohan29 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

A FEW months ago a song caught on — Ae watan, watan mere aabaad rahe tu/ Mai jahaan rahoon, jahaan mein yaad rahe tu.... A friend had sent an audio download of the song from the film Raazi.

27 Oct 2018

Discovering bliss in the mundane

Nikhil Jaiashwani27 Oct 2018 | 12:08 AM

When I count my blessings, the little alcove in my first-floor flat finds its way right to the top.

26 Oct 2018

Benefit of not snitching on comrades

Brig Gurinder Singh (Retd)26 Oct 2018 | 12:48 AM

This Air Force Day, the Chief of Air Staff graciously invited Hon. Capt. Faqir Singh, his drill Ustad (Instructor) at the NDA. Your parents teach you to walk but drill Ustad teaches you to march properly. It is not unusual for any officer to remember his Ustads.

25 Oct 2018

His tinctured & unrequited love

Gurupdesh Singh25 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

Sahir''s poetry is all about love, yet it is not. He is romantic in diction yet sounds anti-romantic in content and stance. He is sentimental, melodramatic yet reads like a realist, direct and in your face.

24 Oct 2018

The loss of a dented helmet

P Lal24 Oct 2018 | 1:01 AM

THE hullaballoo over the use of a helmet by two-wheeler women riders of a certain faith reminds me of my own days in the early part of my career when I was posted as a Superintendent of Police in the Punjab CID at Chandigarh.

23 Oct 2018

When orchards grew around Joda Fatak

Rajiv Sharma23 Oct 2018 | 12:38 AM

MY entire childhood was spent around the site of the Amritsar train tragedy, Joda Fatak, named so because of two parallel level crossings. It seems my playground has been stabbed and mutilated.

22 Oct 2018

Only if love could have saved him...

Charanjeet Singh Minhas22 Oct 2018 | 12:35 AM

IT was 2009. I was in Bangalore. A cool breeze was bringing sweetness to the surroundings. On the phone, my wife was telling me the news from our home in Delaware.

20 Oct 2018

In education, the death of curiosity

KM Sheshagiri20 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

TWO incidents serve as a backdrop to this piece.

19 Oct 2018

The many Ravanas on our back

Hari Krishan Chaudhary19 Oct 2018 | 12:13 AM

HORDES of children of the society knocked on my door. A leader among them came forward, ‘Uncleji, Dasehra donation please!’

18 Oct 2018

Going round in circles with camel

Satish K Sharma18 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

DHOLKA, where I arrived in a no-frills state road transport bus one day in October 1987, is a small town of Ahmedabad rural district.

17 Oct 2018

A time when plates grew on trees

Mary Parmar17 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

GENERATION after generation has been using organic plates grown on trees, mostly found in lower areas of Himachal Pradesh. In Kangra, these ‘plates’ are known as trambel.

16 Oct 2018

The first defenders of #MeToo

Lt Gen Baljit Singh (Retd)16 Oct 2018 | 12:29 AM

There was an unparalleled, high decibel and uproarious debate in the otherwise sedate atmosphere of the Lok Sabha in the 50s, demanding nothing short of an unqualified apology from the Chief of Army Staff.

15 Oct 2018

Will spouses accept marital failure?

Ritu Kamra Kumar15 Oct 2018 | 12:07 AM

THE Supreme Court decision to quash the archaic adultery law has made this taboo topic a subject of hot discussion. The verdict asserted that women are not the property of men and patriarchal dictates can’t govern marital relationships.

13 Oct 2018

When ‘saver’ loosens purse strings

Saurabh Malik13 Oct 2018 | 12:32 AM

Sharmaji was never known for his munificence.

12 Oct 2018

Pitaji wrote, so students won’t suffer

DC Sharma12 Oct 2018 | 12:06 AM

One often hears of a century made in cricket or a golden jubilee in the film industry.

11 Oct 2018

Only 4 real photos of Bhagat Singh

Chaman Lal11 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

Though many pictures of Shaheed Bhagat Singh are in the public domain, not all are real.

10 Oct 2018

After Rafale, French solution to Ayodhya!

Commodore MB Kunte (retd)10 Oct 2018 | 12:43 AM

Eileen Savdie, a Mormon from Utah, made Paris her home after marriage.

09 Oct 2018

Pigeon must awake, there’s danger ahead

Latika Sehajpal09 Oct 2018 | 12:54 AM

We humans are like the pigeon, which sits on a high-tension wire, thinking it is safe.

08 Oct 2018

Tale of two trees & the weight of hopes

Rana Preet Gill08 Oct 2018 | 1:20 AM

There was a banyan and a peepal tree and their friendship endured hundreds of years, I was told.

06 Oct 2018

One head and a hat too many

Satish K Sharma06 Oct 2018 | 12:13 AM

A common occurrence in ‘babudom’ is the phenomenon called ‘additional charge’.

05 Oct 2018

Was ‘queen’ once, now not

Hemant Chopra05 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

Right through childhood and early youth there was a sense of pride for being associated with Shimla — a feeling of being a cut above the rest by being a citizen of an elegant town that had so much to offer.

04 Oct 2018

The one who served like no other

Rajiv Sharma04 Oct 2018 | 12:28 AM

HOUSE No. 3, behind Pingalwara, Amritsar, was our address for almost 30 years before we decided to move to the other end of the city because of space constraints of our ancestral house.

03 Oct 2018

Not a class act in Mumbai studios

Gautam Kaul03 Oct 2018 | 12:30 AM

Pan chewing, a well spread midriff, and a laugh that sent shivers to her rivals, Devyani Chaubal was the intrepid film journalist of Mumbai, among the most feared film scribes! She could sniff out a scandal.

02 Oct 2018

Acts of vanity cast in stone

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu02 Oct 2018 | 12:33 AM

Elections invariably set in motion the foundation/inaugural stone-laying spree, before the imposition of the code of conduct.

01 Oct 2018

Lead them not into temptation...

Chetana Vaishnavi01 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

WHAT a shocking revelation! The milk of human kindness has gone sour! The WHO has cautioned the Government of India that at this rate 87 per cent of citizens would be suffering from serious diseases like cancer by 2025 if adulteration of milk and milk products is not checked.

29 Sep 2018

In tree, a living memorial to love

Hari Krishan Chaudhary29 Sep 2018 | 12:26 AM

Ram Prasad came as a youthful young man who anyone would hire as a help in the farms of Punjab.

28 Sep 2018

‘Nacheez ko Jasdev Singh kehte hain’

Sumit Paul28 Sep 2018 | 12:07 AM

The year was 2003. It was my second lecture as a diction ‘expert’ at FTI, Pune. I saw an elderly Sikh gentleman sitting among the students.

27 Sep 2018

Why women go to gym in a car...

Rajiv Bakshi27 Sep 2018 | 12:07 AM

A typical day in the life of a retired banker like me is to go for a stroll for around 40 minutes, all alone.

26 Sep 2018

A language faujis know and speak

Col Avnish Sharma (retd)26 Sep 2018 | 12:48 AM

Indians speak 398 languages, with official status to 22.

25 Sep 2018

When Kairon’s 10-mile order was revoked

KL Noatay25 Sep 2018 | 12:04 AM

THERE is lot of hullabaloo over the irrational distribution of teachers in government schools of Punjab. While some schools at ‘attractive’ stations have too many teachers for too few students, some schools at unpopular stations have too many students but no teacher.

24 Sep 2018

A tough fighter till the very last

Air Mshl Sukhchain Singh (retd)24 Sep 2018 | 12:17 AM

A contemporary of the late Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, Air Marshal Randhir Singh, who died recently, hailed from Bhasaur in Sangrur district.

22 Sep 2018

A crash course in some lessons

Col HP Singh (retd)22 Sep 2018 | 12:13 AM

Piloting my aircraft on that bright sunny day was pleasurable.

21 Sep 2018

This one, you can’t ever win!

JS Raghavan21 Sep 2018 | 12:02 AM

Eventfully married for nearly 50 years, I can recall several colourful spats with my wife.

20 Sep 2018

Losing to find oneself among books

Anusha Singh20 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

Majority of us associate libraries with our school and college days.