Monday, May 21, 2018

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19 May 2018

In pain but God’s own man

Harshvardhan Singh19 May 2018 | 12:32 AM

My heart pains whenever I see young able bodied people shirking from the call of duty on one pretext or the other.

18 May 2018

What is in a name, in Mathematics?

Nirmaljit Kaur18 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

Till a few years ago when secularism was not such a bad word, it essentially meant either being religion-neutral or an all-inclusive approach.

17 May 2018

An old soldier’s camaraderie

Lt Gen (retd.) R S Sujlana17 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

THE mobile rang sharply, an unknown number, somewhere from a foreign land. I wondered who and answered the call. A strong deep voice replied, ''General Sahib Sat-Sri-Akal, I am Nagra calling.'' For a moment I was stumped, then my memory struck a bell.

16 May 2018

My child, my perfect teacher

Seerat Kaur Gill16 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

My daughter is my teacher.

15 May 2018

Happy in the world of ‘fools’

Raj Kumar15 May 2018 | 1:17 AM

It was just another birthday gift that my daughter presented me on my sixth birthday.

14 May 2018

Missing Ma, her books, her presence

Surbhi Goel14 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

I miss her physical presence. It was incredibly therapeutic to just sit next to her, in silence, watch her read a book, turning over pages.

12 May 2018

Nothing quite like motherhood

Satjit Singh12 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

I was reading a sentimental outpouring by a dear one in my family: ‘A first time mother like many others, I have started looking into the mirror more often.

11 May 2018

Not gold, the touch was precious

Aastha Bagga11 May 2018 | 12:02 AM

POURING steaming hot adrak wali chai in a bone china cup, I handed it to the garbage man, who was sitting on the ice-cold marble floor of our veranda on a bone-quivering winter morning.

10 May 2018

From joy of retirement to retiring hurt

Brig IJ Singh (Retd)10 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

Retirement blues hit hard with regards to authority, power and command.

09 May 2018

Another day in paradise

V Ravi Shankar09 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

It was just another day… cold, windy, a white-out with temperatures touching minus 40 degrees C in Siachen.

08 May 2018

The paradox of plenty

Sudhirendar Sharma08 May 2018 | 1:00 AM

Aren’t gadgets and technology a great leveller? My help gives me an edge in breaking news of all kind.

07 May 2018

Without teachers, what are we?

Shiv Sethi07 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

They say if you educate a man, you educate an individual, but when you educate a woman, you educate the whole family, and thereby society at large.

05 May 2018

Give a child a home

Raj Kumar05 May 2018 | 12:19 AM

You have not taken medicine for your blood pressure yet.

04 May 2018

A cupboard full of memories

Ritu Kumar04 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

The journey of an object through history is a chequered one.

03 May 2018

Not until she gets it back...

Deepika Rai03 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

I saw her for the first time near my high school.

02 May 2018

Nathu Khan’s Umeed

Brig Gurinder Singh (Retd)02 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

IN 1988 my battalion moved to Siachen Glacier. We all were anxious and overawed by exaggerated stories/rumours about life in the highest war zone of the world.

01 May 2018

The many meanings of life

Neela Sood01 May 2018 | 12:10 AM

Life has a different meaning for everyone.

30 Apr 2018

Manekshaw, the only way he could be!

Wg Cdr DP Sabharwal (retd)30 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

He was known for witty quips.

28 Apr 2018

A priceless lesson from a student

Sumit Paul28 Apr 2018 | 12:07 AM

A FEW memories remain etched in the heart and mind forever.

27 Apr 2018

That won’t make us happy

Seerat Kaur Gill27 Apr 2018 | 12:33 AM

Happiness is elusive. Philosophers and clerics have been trying to explain it through religious and spiritual texts; each churning out mantras to happiness.

26 Apr 2018

Bugbear once, relief now

RS Mehta26 Apr 2018 | 12:15 AM

Retirement brings in a mini fortune in the form of terminal benefits.

25 Apr 2018

Labouring to be educated

Roopinder Singh25 Apr 2018 | 1:09 AM

He carried his eight decades of existence with an ease that was reassuring.

24 Apr 2018

A story in every picture

Miraj Chauhan24 Apr 2018 | 12:53 AM

The other day while grappling with boredom on a Sunday, I decided to time-travel.

23 Apr 2018

Cold courage and an ice-wall

Maj Gen Raj Mehta (retd)23 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

Trivandrum is a verdant, emerald-green capital city.

21 Apr 2018

Girls welcome... only for Durga Puja

Arsh Sharma21 Apr 2018 | 12:47 AM

Please send her to my house for puja as soon as she wakes up,’ I heard someone talking to my mom in the other room.

20 Apr 2018

What it takes to be a saviour

Rajan Kapoor20 Apr 2018 | 12:02 AM

The other day, my college organised a seminar on Bhagat Puran Singh.

19 Apr 2018

The girl who became ‘beta’

Apoorva Sharma19 Apr 2018 | 12:02 AM

It is indeed not easy to break down the cliches of our society, and its rigid mindset.

18 Apr 2018

Hitting the mark for less

Maj Gen SPS Narang (retd)18 Apr 2018 | 12:49 AM

PoST superannuation, after serving glorious 38 years in the Army, I got the job of a professor in a domain-specific university in Dehradun.

17 Apr 2018

A leaf out of cheat sheet

Col DS Cheema (Retd)17 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

Every year before March, students and their parents start preparing for oncoming examinations.

16 Apr 2018

Lessons learnt by fluke

DC Sharma16 Apr 2018 | 12:49 AM

SEEING politicians using gimmicks and jumlas today, I get nostalgic. During my youth, only a few people would make use of tukka, tikdam and ghugi. Tukka or guesswork may work, or may land you in trouble.

14 Apr 2018

Enter the dragon

Sandeep Sinha14 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

The only time I had heard of Punjab’s China connection was when I came across the term Sino-Ludhianvi dishes.

13 Apr 2018

The parting kick

Vikramdeep Johal13 Apr 2018 | 12:11 AM

Hope you won’t dispose it of as scrap,” I asked him pleadingly.

12 Apr 2018

How old is old?

Satjit Singh12 Apr 2018 | 12:46 AM

IT was a meeting that I anticipated would be unsavoury, but not for the reasons I thought. A senior executive — quite young — was sitting in front of me, flanked by his junior and an engineer from my office.

11 Apr 2018

The DC office that was

Padma Jha11 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

It was the glory of Solan — the huge building which housed thee administrative greats but not that huge that one had to ask one’s way about or get lost in the maze of verandas and rooms or use a lift.

10 Apr 2018

Turban tales from Times Square

Roopinder Singh10 Apr 2018 | 12:02 AM

NEW YORK’S always bustling Times Square is a magnet for visitors and residents alike. The best way to feel it is on foot since that is when you hear the throbbing heart of Manhattan as you negotiate your way through a teeming mass of humanity.

09 Apr 2018

Liberation from stage phobia

Miraj Chauhan09 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

It was a bone-chilling cold month of December.

07 Apr 2018

The joys of a bank calendar

Rajiv Bakshi07 Apr 2018 | 12:39 AM

It was the best of time ‘then’. It is not the worst time ‘now’. The old order changes. And I am no exception. In the ’70s I embarked on a journey leaving my parents and siblings to take up my first job in a bank at Dibrugarh.

06 Apr 2018

New-age paper warriors

Ipninder Kaur Bedi06 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

The board exam is upon my family after eight years.

05 Apr 2018

The boss is not always right

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu05 Apr 2018 | 12:52 AM

MY boss often raised his eyebrows on my praising my successor for his performance as Deputy Commissioner, saying, ‘You are the only one I have met who praises his successor, otherwise predecessors and successors are meant to be bashed for your own glorification.’

04 Apr 2018

When HoD took blame for paper leak

Gurinder Singh04 Apr 2018 | 12:33 AM

We were discussing the moral and systemic failure with regard to the recent CBSE paper leak, when a friend narrated her experience while she was pursuing graduation in 1981.

03 Apr 2018

A guru who opened his heart & home

Shiv Sethi03 Apr 2018 | 12:00 AM

FOR some, the guru still holds a place in the heart. The contributions of one of my teachers in the making of my life have been extraordinary. Mr Paul was my English teacher at Bangalore, with all his intellectual bells and whistles.

02 Apr 2018

Fixing the weak ends on weekends

Upant Sharma02 Apr 2018 | 12:46 AM

An official trip reunited me with an old colleague employed with an MNC in Gurugram.

31 Mar 2018

Take turns to be the fool

Ashima Sehajpal Batish31 Mar 2018 | 12:44 AM

Every day should be Women’s Day.

30 Mar 2018

Why taxes don’t feel good

Bhartendu Sood30 Mar 2018 | 12:13 AM

I have been an income tax payee ever since I started my service career in 1972.

29 Mar 2018

Post-vacation vision

Roopinder Singh29 Mar 2018 | 12:12 AM

The verdant greens of Bali were still on the mind.

28 Mar 2018

Love — you just can’t get enough

Roma Uppal28 Mar 2018 | 12:59 AM

‘You will never grow old while there is love in your heart, time will silver your golden hair as you sit in the old rocking chair.

27 Mar 2018

Above be free

Aneet Kanwal Randhawa27 Mar 2018 | 12:01 AM

My seven-year-old daughter had been pestering me to buy her a pair of exotic birds kept in a cage.

26 Mar 2018

Give cry clubs a try

Sudhirendar Sharma26 Mar 2018 | 1:30 AM

FORCED laughter is what I often get to hear during early hours of the day or late evenings from the neighbourhood park.