Monday, March 19, 2018

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17 Mar 2018

Put on those dancing shoes

Ratna Raman17 Mar 2018 | 12:44 AM

ACTION verbs are usually dynamic and describe all that is done by persons, animals and things.

16 Mar 2018

Bowled at 99, but not out

Col Mahesh Chadha (retd)16 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

The Indian Test Cricket Team of the sixties and seventies never had a permanent opening pair, invariably fielding one of the stand-ins.

15 Mar 2018

Bringing up father

Rajesh Kumar Sharma15 Mar 2018 | 12:42 AM

MARK TWAIN wrote: ‘When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years’.

14 Mar 2018

More able than most

Shiv Sethi14 Mar 2018 | 12:49 AM

Empowerment is simply a matter of mind.

13 Mar 2018

The priceless childhood toys

Hari Krishan Chaudhary13 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

Five decades ago, as a kid I would often play alone than in a group, but never felt alone.

12 Mar 2018

What good are the degrees?

KR Bharti12 Mar 2018 | 12:47 AM

Although the pakora metaphor used for self-employment by PM Modi has been blown out of proportion by political parties, it remains a fact that the jobs created do not match the number of unemployed, leading to large-scale joblessness.

10 Mar 2018

The many colours in our lives

Ratna Raman10 Mar 2018 | 12:03 AM

Whenever the festival of colours makes an appearance, columns on language take a backseat, since festivals by definition require community participation, revelry and enjoyment.

09 Mar 2018

Nothing beats an engine ride!

V Ravi Shankar09 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

I have always been fascinated by engines; the locomotive kind.

08 Mar 2018

A touch worth a thousand words

Satish K Sharma08 Mar 2018 | 12:35 AM

WHEN he ran his scaly, but eager fingers on my hand and pressed his palm over mine repeatedly, I thought he was overwhelmed because that is what old people do to show gratitude.

07 Mar 2018

It’s unfair for a reason

Sumant Sharma07 Mar 2018 | 12:18 AM

LIFE is imperfect. And thankfully so. For if it were perfect, one would have to strain one’s guts out to keep it perfect. Maintenance of a perfect state of being requires one to be on guard against all errors.

06 Mar 2018

When Harley-Davidsons vroom…!

Rajnish Wattas06 Mar 2018 | 1:07 AM

AS US President Donald Trump spewed fire and fury over the high tariff levied by India on the import of America's iconic Harley-Davidson mobikes, I recalled riding those 'phatphatiyas' that plied as taxis in the Delhi of yore.

05 Mar 2018

In Lahore, a Holi to remember

Sumit Paul05 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

IN 2002, I was in Pakistan for six months to finish my doctorate on (Raghupati Sahay) Firaq Gorakhpuri’s poetry from the University of Punjab, Lahore.

02 Mar 2018

A Chief Secretary is chastised...

Ram Varma02 Mar 2018 | 12:39 AM

AS a former Chief Secretary, my heart bleeds for Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash who was summoned at midnight by CM Arvind Kejriwal to his house and was roughed up by two members of the legislative Assembly in the CM’s presence.

01 Mar 2018

Narcissus in the 21st century

Vikramdeep Johal01 Mar 2018 | 12:41 AM

IT’S 21st century BC. Narcissus, the gorgeous Greek, is busy admiring his reflection in a pool’s crystal-blue waters.

28 Feb 2018

There’s time, the feet can wait

Rajiv Sharma28 Feb 2018 | 12:36 AM

PERIPAUNA chachu!’ Came the voice from behind and I was startled.

27 Feb 2018

Pakora, samosa, tea; what’ll it be?

Tejinder Singh Bedi27 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

AS the job market gets tougher and tougher, there seems to be a new kind of competition for jobs that people still think did not exist.

26 Feb 2018

Stuff Prof Dhawan was made of

Wg Cdr DP Sabharwal (retd)26 Feb 2018 | 12:03 AM

APJ ABDUL KALAM, the former President, while talking about his failure as mission director for the first-ever launch of Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-3), recalled that his boss at a subsequent press conference, stated that they had failed, but he supported his team and said they would succeed.

24 Feb 2018

More than a day’s work

Ratna Raman24 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE words, ‘manual’ and ‘menial’ have origins in different languages.

23 Feb 2018

Skilling in New India... as a bank fraudster

Harish Khare23 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

THE other day a young journalist, who works for a Delhi-based glossy magazine, came to see me.

22 Feb 2018

Admit it, no child’s play

Jupinderjit Singh22 Feb 2018 | 12:21 AM

ASKED what is tougher — scaling the Everest or their child’s admission in an institute of choice — parents would surely choose the latter, without blinking an eye.

21 Feb 2018

Only diamonds are forever!

Nonika Singh21 Feb 2018 | 1:03 AM

THESE days, each time I search the Net, the face of one of my favourite actresses, Priyanka Chopra, pops up.

20 Feb 2018

How much longer for change?

Balvinder20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

AN otherwise gentle and kind woman, born to a family of devout Sikhs, my mother would always make me bathe and change my clothes whenever she found me, as a child, playing with Lachoo, a safai karamchari’s son and my lone friend in our locality.

19 Feb 2018

Growing up with Masha

Gauri Parasher Joshi19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

MY mother happened to show me an animated film of a little, mischievous girl called Masha, who is brought up by a patient and harried bear.

17 Feb 2018

Must we be exam warriors?

Ratna Raman17 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

THE word warrior (Middle English, from old Northern French ‘werreier’, a variant of ‘guerreior’; make war from guerre; war) has been in use since 1800 CE .

16 Feb 2018

Scarred, but not for life

Miraj Chauhan16 Feb 2018 | 1:11 AM

WHEN you see life under apparent stillness that is where real life throbs.

15 Feb 2018

Meat of the matter

Shiv Sethi15 Feb 2018 | 1:04 AM

AFTER the rise of the saffron party in the sphere of national politics, a bigot brand of Hinduism is asserting its religious and cultural supremacy. A man with tastebuds for non-veg food is now dubbed anti-national. Indeed, your choice of food is entirely your personal matter.

14 Feb 2018

Missing Lahore days...

ML Joshi14 Feb 2018 | 12:45 AM

OFTEN, becoming nostalgic, I can’t resist the haunting, but vivid memories of the bloody Partition.

13 Feb 2018

The other side of Nehru

RN Malik13 Feb 2018 | 12:25 AM

NEHRU, of late, has become the most misunderstood personality in India, largely due to the disinformation campaign by some vested interests.

12 Feb 2018

Rani & the bigger picture

Kamal Jit Singh12 Feb 2018 | 12:42 AM

AS I read reports of rowdyism and avoidable violence over a film, I was confused and distressed. Memories took me to childhood in kasabas (mini towns) of Rajasthan and Hindi-medium schools, where I did my primary education. I got selected at a Sainik School in Chittaur.

10 Feb 2018

Take it from the top

Ratna Raman10 Feb 2018 | 1:10 AM

COMPRISING of three letters, of German and Dutch origins,and in circulation in the English language, ‘top’ is one of the few words that is ‘generic’ (characteristic of group, class) in usage.

09 Feb 2018

The good days in an old diary

HS Dimple09 Feb 2018 | 12:44 AM

EVEN as the dim hope of ‘good days will come’ has nearly shattered, the bright memories of the good old days revive sometimes.

08 Feb 2018

My lessons from Padmaavat

Nazam Riar08 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

There was constant pressure from my 12-year-old son to watch the movie Padmavaat from the very first day of its release but I refused to succumb.

07 Feb 2018

The cultural divide in undivided India

Amrinder Bajaj07 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

My lust for travel did not die with my husband.

06 Feb 2018

Begin small to achieve big

Devender Kumar06 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

SERVICE to society’ is what guides, or ought to, every civil service aspirant.

05 Feb 2018

The boss they didn’t like

DC Sharma05 Feb 2018 | 1:05 AM

I WAS just over 30 when I was promoted as the head of the department of English at a college in Kangra. My teaching experience at the college was barely six years then. I had taught at other DAV colleges for an added five years.

03 Feb 2018

A step toward evolution

Ratna Raman03 Feb 2018 | 12:51 AM

EVOLUTION is the process by which something develops.

02 Feb 2018

Mere paas Maa hai…

Rajan Kapoor02 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

THE popular dialogue — Mere paas Maa hai — used by various television channels to pay homage to Shashi Kapoor, made me ponder over the statement uttered by the star in the film Deewar.

01 Feb 2018

Forever ‘left’ out

Sumit Paul01 Feb 2018 | 1:00 AM

BORN a southpaw, I often feel like an odd man in the world of right-handed people. A left-handed person faces bias, though it may not be blatantly obvious.

31 Jan 2018

More equal than others

RS Dalal31 Jan 2018 | 12:30 AM

THE open display of differences between the CJI and four senior SC judges created a division, both for and against their assertion of the right to be consulted and counted.

30 Jan 2018

Bapu’s own words more fun

Parvinder Dalal30 Jan 2018 | 1:32 AM

HISTORY of the world is but the biography of great men,’ said Thomas Carlyle, and this, I thought, would be the beginning of my lecture that day.

29 Jan 2018

Don’t give up, struggle on

Bhim Inder Singh29 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

IF I were in your place, I might have committed suicide.

26 Jan 2018

Mistaken as terrorists!

Mahabir Jaglan26 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

CHILLY breeze in winter, descending the slope of the Tawi valley, cools the Jammu town occasionally to freezing point.

25 Jan 2018

The guru was revered once...

Miraj Chauhan25 Jan 2018 | 1:21 AM

EKLAVYA, without even giving it a second thought, gave his right thumb to Dronacharya as Gurudakshina and became the epitome of discipleship.

24 Jan 2018

Cross-border friendship in Rome

Vijay Sabharwal24 Jan 2018 | 12:25 AM

IT’S been seven decades since the Partition, but the relations between India and Pakistan are still complex, verging on hostility.

23 Jan 2018

Lesson in humility from MIAF himself

Wg cdr DP Sabharwal (retd)23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

THERE was a call for you from Delhi,’ said my wife as I entered home.

22 Jan 2018

Watch what you are getting

Rajan Kapoor22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

THE rescheduling of timings of a male contraceptive advertisement recently kicked off a controversy.