Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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17 Jun 2019

Nabhaites proud of their ‘Moti’

17 Jun 2019 | 6:32 AM

It was a shocking news for me when I received a WhatsApp message from a friend on June 6 regarding the missing AN-32 in which our school friend and batchmate, Mohit Kumar Garg, was on board.

15 Jun 2019

What made Karnad such a hit

VBN Ram15 Jun 2019 | 6:22 AM

SERENDIPITY in the truest sense — that is what I experienced when I had a chance encounter with the legendary film and literary icon Girish Karnad at the Jaipur Literary Festival about five years back.

14 Jun 2019

A dry well of painful memories

14 Jun 2019 | 6:35 AM

Days of relentless struggle for nights of ceaseless work but all in vain. One more innocent life is lost! The untimely and unfortunate death of Fatehveer, the victim of a borewell tragedy, jolted me and painfully pushed me back to my own childhood memory.

13 Jun 2019

The whirring music of AN-32s

Brig Suresh Chander (retd)13 Jun 2019 | 6:29 AM

THE AN-32 crash has evoked massive reaction from service personnel for a variety of reasons. From immense resentment of not equating the loss of crew to the same status as service personnel killed in action to the seemingly tardy search operations.

12 Jun 2019

Will miss Yuvi’s lazy elegance

Rakesh Chopra12 Jun 2019 | 6:20 AM

I started following cricket with the 1983 World Cup. Because of his exploits with the bat and the ball, Mohinder Amarnath became my favourite cricketer.

11 Jun 2019

Imprisoned by social media

Subir Roy11 Jun 2019 | 6:32 AM

WE were on a holiday in Chennai and the pleasant evening had brought many of us to the tables spread out on the lawn. I noticed a nearby couple. They appeared to be at peace with each other but through an hour or more, did not exchange a word. They were both tapping away at their respective cellphones!

10 Jun 2019

A citizens’ initiative to save Kelgeri

Ramanpreet Monga10 Jun 2019 | 6:05 AM

LONG back, providence had decided for us to relocate from Delhi to Dharwad.

08 Jun 2019

Wish she was born half-century later...

Wg Cdr DPS Bajwa (retd)08 Jun 2019 | 6:51 AM

My cousin, who is in her early seventies, was reminiscing her chequered life.

07 Jun 2019

Jiggs uncle’s lesson — cook with love

07 Jun 2019 | 6:49 AM

The very first time that I met Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra, better known as Jiggs, he gave me a most important lesson. In his ruminative manner, he said; ‘That you love to cook is good. But it is better that you learn to cook with love.’

06 Jun 2019

No more partition, we stay as one

Shiv Sethi06 Jun 2019 | 7:54 AM

READING Khushwant Singh’s renowned Train to Pakistan makes me ruminate over the horrors of the Partition. The writer has consummately stitched his narrative together by blending the two essential human passions of love and hatred, presenting a despondency-ridden spectacle of a failed love story that could not culminate into union due to communal bloodbath.

05 Jun 2019

Age-old story: heavy books, weak bones

JS Raghavan05 Jun 2019 | 6:46 AM

ROBERT BROWNING in his Rabbi ben Ezra wrote ‘Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.

04 Jun 2019

Art of flying kites & spinning tops gone

Rahul Yadav04 Jun 2019 | 7:41 AM

MY wife and I were soaking in the sun on a chilly Sunday afternoon in our society park, watching the scene in front of us with curiosity as two young mothers along with their children were trying to fly a kite. Somehow the kite would just not lift off, but notwithstanding repeated failures, the young mothers did not give up.

03 Jun 2019

Bhakti in olive greens

Lt Gen KJ Singh (retd)03 Jun 2019 | 7:14 AM

Spiritualism of the secular variety comes easily to soldiers.

01 Jun 2019

So similar, and yet different

VK Kapoor01 Jun 2019 | 6:53 AM

We were sitting in the lawn of a hotel in London. We had gone for our son’s wedding. As we were sitting and chatting, an elderly gentleman walked towards us.

31 May 2019

Potato tale and some failure

Sudhansu Mohanty31 May 2019 | 6:28 AM

I wasn’t qualified to be anything, so I became a babu! School life was tough, every day was a trauma. Cricket, badminton and table tennis saved me. My home tutor, Bhokulananda Sir, engaged to pull me through class VII boards, could only despair.

30 May 2019

An earthly party in Yamlok

KR Bharti30 May 2019 | 7:26 AM

ON a routine round of Yamlok, Yamraj noticed a great demographic spurt. Pleased with the expansion of his domain, he announced a grand party and ordered his accountant Chitragupta to send an invite to all gods and demons. Just as things began rolling, a Yamdoot suddenly appeared with a body.

29 May 2019

Ugly behind us, look forward now

IP Anand29 May 2019 | 7:23 AM

The election process has come to a close.

28 May 2019

Romancing the tonga

28 May 2019 | 6:31 AM

THE tonga remained an important mode of transport for many decades in our country. It was part of our culture and tradition and played a significant role in many Hindi films, notably Sholay. My 84-year-old uncle, who migrated from Lahore to Delhi in 1947, fondly remembers his cousin’s baraat which went to a nearby village on tongas.

27 May 2019

When Chilly flew the coop

27 May 2019 | 6:30 AM

Had it not been for my timely intervention, the cats would have devoured the other squab too. There had been several attempts by the pigeons to encroach upon the lesser visited corners of my house.

25 May 2019

Hero of the Eastern World

25 May 2019 | 6:46 AM

MODI has turned himself into quite a hero….” The drawling voice with an unmistakably infuriating accent was coming from somewhere far behind in the coffee bar exuding exasperatingly sweet perfume that coaxed you to raise the stink with the diminutive manager peeping from behind the vending machine.

24 May 2019

Ode to a summer songstress

24 May 2019 | 6:41 AM

IT is a scorching May afternoon. As I watch from my perch at the window, the streets empty out as denizens of the city retreat into the cool confines of their houses for a much-needed siesta. Even the patchy stray dog in the corner has limped its slow wavering way to a shady spot under the sparse hedge.

23 May 2019

It matters a lot to vote

23 May 2019 | 6:39 AM

I was one of those voters who got up early the other day and voted for the candidate whom I consider would do something for my area and for the country at large.

22 May 2019

Encourage thought, not cramming

22 May 2019 | 6:42 AM

Class X results of the CBSE are alarming. Learners are in no way encouraged. They are rather put into a dark tunnel leading to unemployment. Parents whose children have scored less find faults with their wards. Who would tell the creativity of their wards was growing wings?

21 May 2019

Pyrrhic victory no win at all

21 May 2019 | 6:44 AM

Col IBRAHIM SINGH, commanding an infantry battalion, is holding an operational conference of his officers.

20 May 2019

My grandfather’s heart

20 May 2019 | 6:53 AM

AS I opened the old yet pristine red velvet box, a million memories gambolled before me. For years, the summer holidays were synonymous with my grandfather’s home. During the summers, the courts were closed and my grandfather’s duties as a magistrate also came to rest, giving him ample time for me.

18 May 2019

A vote deal that helps you & me

Prabhjot Singh18 May 2019 | 6:41 AM

Dear Candidate, I have been watching you for the past several weeks making efforts to win me over with lucrative promises.

17 May 2019

On the right trek, age no bar

Suniti Kharbanda17 May 2019 | 6:54 AM

When we cross the magical figure of 50 years, something happens to each one of us.

16 May 2019

The right kind of chowkidars

V Viswanathan16 May 2019 | 6:31 AM

Prime MINISTER Modi’s ‘Main bhi chowkidar’ campaign to counter Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ jibe has put all those who take care of security of installations in the spotlight.

15 May 2019

In the name of another God

15 May 2019 | 6:24 AM

When I first saw the Pantheon in Rome, it was raining that day. I stood in the damp air and marvelled at the oculus at the top of the temple. It is said emperor Hadrian wanted it to let the light come in, and also to reveal to us both conditions: how we stand exposed to the infinite sky and still remain enclosed in its shelter.

14 May 2019

At 10, a hard lesson in vanity

Subhash Chandra14 May 2019 | 7:21 AM

It was a special day.

13 May 2019

Ammi, one to admire and love

Anirudh Dhanda13 May 2019 | 6:54 AM

To every man, the greatest storyteller is his grandmother.

11 May 2019

Sometimes, a mother is so much more

Raj Kumari11 May 2019 | 6:51 AM

Growing up, I never found my mother very motherly, and I mean not in a conventional cuddly way.

10 May 2019

First election was a celebration

Lt Gen Baljit Singh (retd)10 May 2019 | 7:43 AM

When India set out on its electoral journey in 1951, the country and countrymen at large had not the vaguest idea of democracy nor of the worthies who aspired to represent them in the first Lok Sabha.

09 May 2019

Marked for success? Maybe not

Aditya Mukherjee09 May 2019 | 7:21 AM

Back in the eighties, when I was a student of humanities, anybody getting around 60-65% in aggregate in the boards was a big cause for celebration.

08 May 2019

Can we stop ordering her about?

08 May 2019 | 6:45 AM

A baby girl is a bundle of joy. As a youngster, unrestricted and uninhibited she wants to fly. Yet, she is conditioned to limit herself — not to be expressive, not to be assertive, follow norms set by socially constructed myths.

07 May 2019

Sorry, can’t offer shelter from storm

Subir Roy07 May 2019 | 6:47 AM

When the severe storm, Fani, hit Odisha and was set to blow its way through Kolkata the next day, we middle-class folks went through the drill we were familiar with — stay put at home, make sure all the out-facing doors and windows are properly latched, remember to switch off as many gadgets as possible.

06 May 2019

The many vegetarians in Pakistan!

Sumit Paul06 May 2019 | 7:57 AM

Stereotyping countries and their people is common and when it comes to Pakistan, fixed opinions are all the more difficult to be dislodged.

04 May 2019

Another eco-friendly house goes down

04 May 2019 | 6:42 AM

The owner had named it ‘Aalhana’ (the nest). An ochre house at the beginning of our street was an enchanting landmark. The single-storeyed house boasted of a beautiful lawn in the front and at the back.

03 May 2019

Long queue? Get a wheelchair!

03 May 2019 | 6:38 AM

Ihad read that Indians, more than others, avail the facility of wheelchair assistance at airports.

02 May 2019

Take pride in moms, working too

02 May 2019 | 6:40 AM

Mom, why aren’t you a housewife, like my friends’ moms?’ I asked my tired mother as an eight-year-old.

01 May 2019

A caravan-home away from home

Rahul Bedi01 May 2019 | 6:50 AM

Some 30 years ago I arrived in Delhi armed with the ubiquitous holdall, a steel trunk and a retrospective memory of times when rents in the city were within the reach of poorly paid apprentice journalists, of which I was one.

30 Apr 2019

When it was the voice you fell for

MR Anand30 Apr 2019 | 6:53 AM

The other day, when I was recalling the good old days and things from my boyhood, my thought went back to our first radio, a three-banded affair.

29 Apr 2019

Granny’s male-child fixation

29 Apr 2019 | 6:43 AM

If in childhood I had to choose to put a post on my relationship status with my grandmother, I would have clicked the ‘it is complicated’ option.

27 Apr 2019

Bullying Vijender the boxer!

27 Apr 2019 | 6:58 AM

Having joined as Joint Director at the Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban, in 2015, I was assessing the progress made by gazetted officers under training.

26 Apr 2019

‘Preetlari’, a deft engineer too

26 Apr 2019 | 6:52 AM

GURbakhsh Singh ‘Preetlari’, whose birth anniversary falls today, is best remembered for his immense contribution to Punjabi language, literature and culture.

25 Apr 2019

Read for the mind, and soul

25 Apr 2019 | 6:47 AM

Mark twain fittingly said the man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

24 Apr 2019

Hitting the wrong note, every time

24 Apr 2019 | 6:48 AM

Right from my early years in school, several of my friends were blessed with a fine musical sense that unfortunately seemed to elude me.

23 Apr 2019

Cooking up a storm

23 Apr 2019 | 6:46 AM

Ever since the two tied the knot, the paparazzi, both in India and abroad, has been in an overdrive mode, busy speculating how long Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas marriage will survive.