Thursday, January 17, 2019
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16 Jan 2019

One monkey to another

KR Bharti16 Jan 2019 | 6:38 AM

Amonkey picking lice of a fellow monkey at the Ridge, Shimla, said, ‘Achhe din might have come for humans but we monkeys, for sure, have fallen on bure din .

15 Jan 2019

A man before his time

Col DS Cheema (Retd)15 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

THIS piece is a tribute to the innate genius of an unsung hero of science and relates to the period when there was no need for the government to make special efforts to develop scientific temper among students.

14 Jan 2019

Not loose change, it’s about change

Satish Arya14 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

How much?’ I asked a clerk at the post office.

12 Jan 2019

The spirit of Lohri is sadly gone

Shiv Sethi12 Jan 2019 | 6:36 AM

Change is the law of nature. In these fast-changing modern times, our ways of living have also changed, as have the colours and contours of our festivals.

11 Jan 2019

They chose the shrine dogs

Rana Preet Gill11 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

They wait for devotees, day and night. In the mornings, they sit with hungry eyes waiting for morsels of food that the devout bring when they come to pray at the shrine. They look like guardians of the pious place.

10 Jan 2019

Doesn’t quite ring a bell

Ritu Kumar10 Jan 2019 | 7:59 AM

Every phone booth of yore possessed a distinct whiff of romance, had a story when communication wasn’t as easy as it is today.

09 Jan 2019

She is one among men in uniform

Lt Gen RS Sujlana (retd)09 Jan 2019 | 6:39 AM

Acase of misdemeanour by a Major-General with a woman officer has received much media glare.

08 Jan 2019

Weird ideas at Science Congress

P Lal08 Jan 2019 | 6:57 AM

THE claims by certain ‘knowledgeable’ people at the Indian Science Congress that ancient India knew of stem-cell reproduction techniques, the intricacies of construction of flying machines and the Pythagoras Theorem et al made me remember a book read a long time ago — Begone Godmen by Abraham Thomas Kovoor, a rationalist of repute.

07 Jan 2019

There is humour at hospitals too

Lokesh Rana07 Jan 2019 | 7:02 AM

NOBODY wants to land up in a hospital.

05 Jan 2019

An election won by fluke!

Satish K Sharma05 Jan 2019 | 6:46 AM

It was in 1969 or 1970. I was barely 10. We lived in a rented house in a locality called Maaji Sa ka Baas at Bikaner.

04 Jan 2019

For the loss of a reason...

MR Anand04 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

Recently there was a hue and cry against the decision of the IIT-Madras management to have a separate kitchen, utensils and dining area for vegetarian students.

03 Jan 2019

Funny, it is wide of the mark!

Navneet Kaur03 Jan 2019 | 12:05 AM

My mother was a professor of English. Every year, she would receive a heap of answer sheets of university examinations for evaluation.

02 Jan 2019

Brahmastra in common hands

Hari Krishan Chaudhary02 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

I AM a common man, the man in the street toiling to earn his bread through labour. I follow debates on television, where burning issues like demonetisation, Rafale deal, corruption, women empowerment, petrol prices and GST are discussed.

01 Jan 2019

A tambola evening to remember

Col Avnish Sharma (retd)01 Jan 2019 | 12:54 AM

My wife is particularly fond of the ‘intellectual’ game called tambola.

31 Dec 2018

Reference check both ways!

Sudhirendar Sharma31 Dec 2018 | 12:02 AM

I question the wisdom of my friends in senior positions who without fail switch to plan B for hiring new staff. Handling volume of applications, short listing suitable candidates, and conducting personal interviews are tiresome set of tasks which may not lead to favorable outcomes.

29 Dec 2018

A gutted hut & true Xmas spirit

TK Nandanan29 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

The chilliest season, winter brings with it fond memories of yesteryear.

28 Dec 2018

See the one reflected in the other

Seerat Kaur Gill28 Dec 2018 | 1:02 AM

These days, talking about religion has become synonymous with walking the tightrope.

27 Dec 2018

Sometimes, it is brawn over brains

JS Raghavan27 Dec 2018 | 1:16 AM

I met Jindar in Calcutta in the early sixties, when I was a gawky teenager.

26 Dec 2018

A bit of morning magic does the trick

Ramandeep Saini26 Dec 2018 | 12:44 AM

My eyes opened to familiar voices.

25 Dec 2018

Toiling for a change that never comes

Satyawan Malik25 Dec 2018 | 12:58 AM

The Haryanvi ragni ‘Saari kaum taraki kargi ladke aur jhagadke, zamidar tera haal dekhke mera kalza dhadke’ (All communities have progressed through fight or struggle, but the unmitigated plight of the farmer makes my heart come into my mouth) is a poignant tale of farmers’ distress.

24 Dec 2018

Chandigarh wins hands down!

Rahul Bedi24 Dec 2018 | 12:13 AM

I fled the gas chamber, Delhi, and its cloying congestion for Chandigarh for three weeks each month in late 2015, for three reasons: to breathe, cycle and drive unfettered by hours of traffic snarls.

22 Dec 2018

Scary jumbo tales from Munnar

George N Netto22 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

Stories of encounters with wild elephants are as common in Munnar, Kerala’s picturesque tea-growing hub and tourist destination, as the tea bushes girdling it.

21 Dec 2018

‘Made in Ludhiana’ saved the day

Lt Gen KJ Singh (retd)21 Dec 2018 | 12:03 AM

CERTAIN stories need to be told as a mark of gratitude to little-known skills of our Punjabi ‘mistris’ and their craftsmanship. This one relates to the early 80s, when T-55s were our Main Battle Tanks (MBTs).

20 Dec 2018

‘Not without a pass, Sir’

Rajbir Singh20 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

Garba festival was in full swing, and all around were boys in the traditional dhoti kurta and girls in ethnic ghagra cholis.

19 Dec 2018

Why should red look blue?

Sudhirendar Sharma19 Dec 2018 | 12:01 AM

NOTHING could be more unreasonable to imagine than blood in blue colour, and yet it evokes collective embarrassment for the entire family on seeing a sanitary napkin advertisement on TV. As soon as the visuals pop on the screen, the channel is quickly changed.

18 Dec 2018

Felt like a real celebration, then

Miraj Chauhan18 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

At 12 midnight, I was in deep slumber when the phone beside me crackled.

17 Dec 2018

Real heroes, and then, some more

Raj Kadyan17 Dec 2018 | 12:02 AM

I stood on top of the bowling run; the fifth ball of the over. Many thoughts came crowding in rapid flashback. The wife was berating me: ‘What good are you? You could not earn in 40 years what these youngsters earn in 40 seconds?

15 Dec 2018

Comes cheap, but with a price

15 Dec 2018 | 12:14 AM

NOWADAYS online purchases and e-transactions are part of our daily routine.

14 Dec 2018

Hills & vales will echo his songs

DC Sharma14 Dec 2018 | 12:03 AM

I was reading the morning newspapers when my wife entered the study and broke the shocking news. My dear friend and popular Himachali folk singer Pratap Chand Sharma was no more!

13 Dec 2018

Mulk Raj’s every man walks among us

Shiv Sethi13 Dec 2018 | 12:07 AM

THE fair of life is beautiful to a child as long as he is under the protective umbrella of his parents. Mulk Raj Anand, a towering legend of English writing, born on December 12, 1905, artistically conveys this idea in his short story, The Lost Child.

12 Dec 2018

Was queen of hearts and flavours...

Rishabh Kochhar12 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

With the world mourning the loss of former US President Bush, we almost forgot the demise of Karre Mastanamma, dubbed the world’s oldest celebrity chef at 107, from a village near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.

11 Dec 2018

Win her, not through coercion

Surinder Singh Sohal11 Dec 2018 | 12:33 AM

THOSE knocked off their pedestal or perch in politics and in the world of glamour and showbiz by the #MeToo wave must be ruing their sexual peccadilloes and wandering hands that belatedly did them in: their comeuppance.

10 Dec 2018

Kidney act wins thousand hearts

Javeed Ali10 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

MANJOT SINGH KOHLI, a 23-year-old Sikh girl from Udhampur district, is a rights activist. Her name is trending on social media, for what is an inspirational act.

08 Dec 2018

From an LIC agent, a dheeth lesson

Col DS Cheema (Retd)08 Dec 2018 | 12:22 AM

The greatest tragedy to have visited united India was partition, which uprooted millions of families like ours.

07 Dec 2018

What gender is anger?

Rashmi Kalia07 Dec 2018 | 12:15 AM

On our wall is a sculpture of Goddess Kali, the Goddess of feminine rage and resistance: black in colour, eyes red with intoxication and in absolute rage.

06 Dec 2018

Wild love in the wild

Karan Thapar06 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

Do you ever think about the sex life of tigers? It’s an esoteric subject and you’re unlikely to find much on it in bookshops.

05 Dec 2018

To be happy once more!

Rajnish05 Dec 2018 | 12:00 AM

HAPPINESS, they say, is a state of mind.

04 Dec 2018

Right slogan, wrong twist!

KR Bharti04 Dec 2018 | 12:28 AM

Two bus accidents have taken place in quick succession recently in Himachal, killing scores of people.

03 Dec 2018

Lord Hanuman and monkey totem

Chandrabhaal Tripathi03 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

I AM glad that Sri Nand Kumar Sai, Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, has tried to explode a myth that Lord Hanuman was not a monkey but a tribal leader.

01 Dec 2018

B&W added colour to life

MR Anand01 Dec 2018 | 12:10 AM

OUR street has a lone dog. A black dog with white patches. He is not attached to any particular house, but he and our street’s iron-wallah Muthu have a soft corner for one another.

30 Nov 2018

To not die unsung, unheard, unknown

Subhash C Sharma30 Nov 2018 | 12:52 AM

AMONG books, sometimes, you come across priceless gems which dwell in your soul like a soft sweet melody. For me, Jung Bahadur Goel’s Muhabbatnama has been one such book; reading it has been like falling in love.

29 Nov 2018

Brothers in arms; not at war

Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (retd)29 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

NOW and then, incidents of military-police confrontation crop up, which need to be handled with maturity.

28 Nov 2018

Suddenly, all is a lot less noisy

KK Paul28 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

Recently I had an occasion to visit a government hospital in Delhi and was pleasantly surprised.

27 Nov 2018

Punjabi pag shines through!

JS Raghavan27 Nov 2018 | 12:02 AM

There was a time when orthodox Brahmin lawyers in Tamil Nadu sported a tuft.

26 Nov 2018

Pygmy artwork that became giant

Balvinder26 Nov 2018 | 12:24 AM

THE Statue of Unity, one of the most expensive dream projects of PM Modi, was unveiled with great fanfare. Built at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore, and with a height of 182 m (597 ft), it is being presented as the world’s tallest monument.

24 Nov 2018

The thinking cap stays on for good

24 Nov 2018 | 12:19 AM

The other day I met a young lady specialising in training children to sharpen their 'thinking' skills.

23 Nov 2018

Goodbye Fahmida Riaz…

Swarajbir23 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

Won’t you wait for the full moon?’ With this long poem she posed an eternal question before the masses of Pakistan.

22 Nov 2018

A defeat that smells of love & hope

Hari Krishan Chaudhary22 Nov 2018 | 12:05 AM

THE trees were majestic, lining the internal roads of our society. Planted decades ago, they had grown tall, with a green canopy of branches covered with a profusion of seven-pointed leaves, giving them the name ‘saptparni’, along with its other name — the ‘devil’s tree’.