Sunday, October 22, 2017

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21 Oct 2017

Through the cracks

Ratna Raman21 Oct 2017 | 12:20 AM

WHEN we were little and heard one language at home, another on the streets and an altogether different language at school, we plunged headlong into entirely different worlds, with help from different sounding words.

19 Oct 2017

Let’s light up our soul

Ramesh K Dhiman19 Oct 2017 | 12:45 AM

COME Diwali, topping the to-do list is giving a face-lift to the house, preferably with a fresh coat of paint after dusting it clean. We reach out to the farthest corners and wash clean the thick layers of dust settled over window sills and ventilators.

18 Oct 2017

Embrace Urdu once more

Baldev Singh18 Oct 2017 | 12:49 AM

In 1998, my wife and I went to Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, for shopping.

17 Oct 2017

Treat a girl as blessing too

Jasleen Kaur17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

THOUGH we think of ourselves as modern, many of us are still confined to patriarchal notions.

16 Oct 2017

Kundan Shah’s prophecy comes true

Aditya Sharma16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

KUNDAN SHAH’S tragi-comic body of work not only amused and informed, but also, more importantly, made the audience empathetic.

14 Oct 2017

Giving wolves a bad name

Ratna Raman14 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

A BIBLICAL parable speaks of the mean wolf that devoured a lamb drinking water downstream after accusing it of polluting his water source upstream.

13 Oct 2017

Aching for past mundanities

Amrinder Kaur Bajaj13 Oct 2017 | 12:38 AM

MY heart was crushed under an oppressive weight that made it difficult to breathe.

12 Oct 2017

Good to have the wife back!

Satjit Singh12 Oct 2017 | 12:53 AM

CROSSWORD puzzles always make me conscious of my poor vocabulary and lack of concentration.

11 Oct 2017

Dying to see what is missed...

Ranbir Parmar11 Oct 2017 | 12:12 AM

I HAVE always fancied the idea of coming back to life after my death and secretly seeing how the world is missing me or otherwise.

10 Oct 2017

The king’s gift of bamboo

Brig Gurinder Singh (Retd)10 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

MY battalion moved to south Nagaland in March 2000.

09 Oct 2017

With tree, peace gone too

Suman Kochhar09 Oct 2017 | 1:10 AM

I DISTINCTLY remember the magnificent, neem tree in front of my childhood house.

07 Oct 2017

Mere condolences won’t do

Ratna Raman07 Oct 2017 | 12:40 AM

THE world is becoming a more unhappy space to live in.

06 Oct 2017

The missing picture & Raaj Kumar

Rakesh Chopra06 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

IT was May 1985 and we, class X students of a boarding school in Himachal, were attending an NCC camp at Khrew, a cantonment in Pulwama, some 20 km from Srinagar.

05 Oct 2017

One of a kind Chief

Wg Cdr JS Bhalla (Retd)05 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

IT was a foggy winter morning at Halwara. As visibility improved, squadrons launched their aircraft for local flying. It was around 1000 hours when I heard “Halwara 10” calling.

04 Oct 2017

Training to be in New India

Kanupriya Arya04 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

HAVING spent a few years in New York, I finally landed in my own land — ‘New India’.

03 Oct 2017

A merry bunch of freeloaders

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu03 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

IN early 1960s, I was in class V, when a senior colleague of my father started living in our street in a rented accommodation.

02 Oct 2017

The password maze

Mina Surjit Singh02 Oct 2017 | 12:13 AM

OUR daughter-in-law, who came into the family some 20 years ago, was a proficient Microsoft-certified computer instructor and subsequently became the prime motivator of my foray into the technological wonderland of computers.

30 Sep 2017

Our daily breads

Ratna Raman30 Sep 2017 | 12:54 AM

A FRIEND brought me some delicious Scottish shortbread from England.

29 Sep 2017

For yourself, do for others too

MK Kohli29 Sep 2017 | 12:22 AM

WAY back in 1951, I was a BA student of DAV College, Jalandhar, and living in its main hostel. I had taken up history and Sanskrit as elective subjects, but had not studied the latter during my intermediate.

28 Sep 2017

A toast to nari shakti

Tejinder Singh Bedi28 Sep 2017 | 12:08 AM

MOST of us worship Maa Durga or Maa Sheranwaali or Her other incarnations, and also respect and hold in dignity our mothers, daughters, sisters and our Sita-swarup spouses as nari shakti.

27 Sep 2017

Will she ever be free?

Suman Agrawal27 Sep 2017 | 12:36 AM

R ELAX pa, they played good. ‘But they could have played better. How often do you get a chance to take women’s cricket to new heights?’ he exclaimed, throwing the remote on the nearby sofa.

26 Sep 2017

Zora, the king of the cantt

Rana Preet Gill26 Sep 2017 | 12:50 AM

AFTER marriage, my husband never stopped gushing about his childhood companion, a gaddi dog named Zora. My father-in-law was in the Army and was posted at Leh, where gaddi dogs were tough survivors and kept vigil along with Army men.

25 Sep 2017

After we are gone...

Wg Cdr JS Bhalla (Retd)25 Sep 2017 | 12:12 AM

DEATH was, still is, esoteric — an unacceptable truth.

23 Sep 2017

Daphne myth & laurel leaves

Ratna Raman23 Sep 2017 | 12:07 AM

P UBLIUS Ovidius Naso (43 BCE -17/18CE) or Ovid, the canonical Roman poet, is popularly known for his ‘magnum opus’ (Latin, best work) Metamorphoses (Latin, transformations).

22 Sep 2017

Narad, Narain & babus

KR Bharti22 Sep 2017 | 12:37 AM

A CULTURAL meet of IAS officers of Himachal cadre took place in Shimla after a hiatus of five years.

21 Sep 2017

In new Valley, hope for love

Arun Joshi21 Sep 2017 | 12:19 AM

T HIS is our Kashmir,” exclaimed Hayat, the cab driver, as he adjusted himself on a chair at a restaurant on the Khannabal-Pahalgam road for a better view of the romantic song from the 1968 hit, Mere Humdum, Mere Dost, playing on the television screen.

20 Sep 2017

And so it goes...

Hennaav Kaur Dhillon20 Sep 2017 | 12:45 AM

MISANTHROPISTS dub medicine a dull and boring profession. My girlfriends from school tell me, “You deal with sick patient’s day in and day out.

19 Sep 2017

Bend, but not to break

Col PS Sangha (Retd)19 Sep 2017 | 1:15 AM

I N principles of flight, the two main forces are ‘lift’ and ‘drag’.

18 Sep 2017

Then & now — a sea change

Brajesh Bhatia18 Sep 2017 | 12:58 AM

I WAS recently at the Indira Gandhi airport to catch an early morning flight to Frankfurt, watching hordes of people rushing to catch their respective flight.

16 Sep 2017

Restoration of rights

Ratna Raman16 Sep 2017 | 12:11 AM

A RESTAURANT is an eating house where a person can sit at a table and order a meal and pay for it.

15 Sep 2017

India is what we make it

Kamaljeet K Sekhon Randhawa15 Sep 2017 | 12:36 AM

LIVING away from India for over five years, I feel immense pleasure when white people say to me that they love India! Having travelled to 21 countries so far and met many people, I have never come across anyone who has anything negative to say; their eyes glitter when they speak about India.

14 Sep 2017

Quite off the mark

Mahesh Grover14 Sep 2017 | 12:38 AM

I pored over my son’s report card while he stood before me, nervously wringing his hands trying to manage his discomfort and my frayed nerves, as he anxiously watched various shades of expressions raging across my face.

13 Sep 2017

A long journey of discomfort

Vishavjeet Chaudhary13 Sep 2017 | 12:18 AM

THE romance associated with trains is dateless.

12 Sep 2017

Bit by bit, learning trade tricks

P Lal12 Sep 2017 | 12:09 AM

BEWARE of the ‘Rs’ in the CBI,” cautioned a colleague as I joined the organisation on deputation.

11 Sep 2017

In a fine pickle

Col HP Singh (retd)11 Sep 2017 | 12:31 AM

THE way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This was the mantra my grandmother gave to my bride when we got married. Honeymoon period is perhaps the only time in one’s life when one can attempt to influence one’s spouse.

09 Sep 2017

Dogs bark at the moon

Ratna Raman09 Sep 2017 | 12:24 AM

THE moon is not shamed by the barking of dogs’ is a proverb attributed to the native Americans.

08 Sep 2017

A nest on the window sill

Rama Sharma08 Sep 2017 | 12:32 AM

I WAS back in the university hostel after winter break in a sullen mood. I threw my bag in the dishevelled apartment and heaved a deep sigh. I was too tired to do anything so grabbed a chair.

07 Sep 2017

Fruity jack and wild boar

Maxwell Pereira07 Sep 2017 | 12:59 AM

T HE headline ‘Chocolate made from jackfruit seeds can end world’s cocoa crisis’ made me comment alongside the item on my social media page, ‘A bonanza for coffee estates?’ Memories came flooding in from a childhood in Saklespur, where I witnessed this fruit going waste in coffee estates all over the Western Ghats!

06 Sep 2017

Treat well, win or lose

Narinder Arora06 Sep 2017 | 1:01 AM

D URING the early part of my government service, I was once having a cup of tea with two other orthopaedic colleagues, when suddenly the civil surgeon came for a surprise inspection.

05 Sep 2017

In faraway land, a ‘dear’ funeral

Col PS Randhawa (retd)05 Sep 2017 | 12:32 AM

DYING is a costly affair in England,’ said my friend.

04 Sep 2017

Fantasy comes alive in sleepy town

Ranbir Parmar04 Sep 2017 | 12:37 AM

M Y father had a short stint as the manager of a cinema hall, Randeep Theatre, in the small, sleepy town of Nahan, almost 60 years ago.

02 Sep 2017

Women and furies in hell

Ratna Raman02 Sep 2017 | 12:08 AM

W ILLIAM Congreve’s play, The Mourning Bride, gave us a familiar expression: “Hell hath no Fury like a woman scorned.

01 Sep 2017

Hope gone, how to feel young?

Satjit Singh01 Sep 2017 | 12:19 AM

I HAVE had the opportunity to sponsor a couple of senior citizen events and be a special guest too.

31 Aug 2017

Grew up, left heart behind

Chander Mohan31 Aug 2017 | 12:58 AM

S PATU, or Subathu, is a small village-town in the Shimla Hills. A poor cousin of Kasauli, its only claim to fame has been the Gorkha Training Centre there.

30 Aug 2017

72 hrs without Net, life was good

Harinder Singh Bedi30 Aug 2017 | 12:48 AM

THANKS to the ‘agitation’ over the baba verdict and the response of the administration, we in Punjab (and Haryana, UT) were left with the unthinkable — no internet for 72 hours!

29 Aug 2017

Trauma, kafila & a new home

SS Grewal29 Aug 2017 | 12:27 AM

I WAS barely four when the inevitable happened in 1947.

28 Aug 2017

A single, odd chickpea

Jayanti Roy28 Aug 2017 | 12:39 AM

THIS incident is narrated by one of my friends and I present it in her voice: As I joined my workplace and was initiated into its rituals and traditions, I found that there were some really good things going on.