Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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24 Sep 2018

A tough fighter till the very last

Air Mshl Sukhchain Singh (retd)24 Sep 2018 | 12:17 AM

A contemporary of the late Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, Air Marshal Randhir Singh, who died recently, hailed from Bhasaur in Sangrur district.

22 Sep 2018

A crash course in some lessons

Col HP Singh (retd)22 Sep 2018 | 12:13 AM

Piloting my aircraft on that bright sunny day was pleasurable.

21 Sep 2018

This one, you can’t ever win!

JS Raghavan21 Sep 2018 | 12:02 AM

Eventfully married for nearly 50 years, I can recall several colourful spats with my wife.

20 Sep 2018

Losing to find oneself among books

Anusha Singh20 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

Majority of us associate libraries with our school and college days.

19 Sep 2018

Common man can, if he is allowed

Rana Preet Gill19 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

How do you make a difference in the life of a common person? How do you empower people? These were some lessons a bureaucrat taught people in Hoshiarpur.

18 Sep 2018

The weight a rank pulls matters

RS Dalal18 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

Recently, the newspapers were abuzz with reports about the Army’s proposal to abolish the rank of Brigadier.

17 Sep 2018

Enchanting to pensive in a flash

Chinmay Kumar Hota17 Sep 2018 | 12:43 AM

It was my first day in our new house at the farthest corner of the town.

15 Sep 2018

What is in a look? Plenty!

Sandeep Sinha15 Sep 2018 | 12:26 AM

The lady who had come to see my wife asked if I was in the Air Force.

14 Sep 2018

Out of dark alleys not yet into hearts

Renu Sud Sinha14 Sep 2018 | 12:01 AM

THE celebrations have waned, the news about it has already moved to inside pages. Not to say it didn''t have its 50 cm in sun (some newspapers devoted even two pages to it); TV channels must have devoted over 15 hours and not just the proverbial 15 minutes.

13 Sep 2018

Kishori Amonkar, the goddess of sur

Kamla Popli13 Sep 2018 | 12:50 AM

It is a typical Mumbai apartment complex whose staircase I ascend with trepidation, for I am to meet no ordinary person, but a resplendent star in her field and supposedly a temperamental, imperious empress.

12 Sep 2018

Write, but not on Firaq’s sexuality!

Sumit Paul12 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

Now that the Supreme Court has decriminalised homosexuality, I look back and remember how difficult it was to write on this issue! The year was 2003, I just returned from Oxford and was planning to pursue my second PhD on the great Urdu poet Raghupati Sahay ‘Firaq’ Gorakhpuri.

11 Sep 2018

Is the middle class cold to Punjabi?

Ashok Kundra11 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

It is ironic that Punjab’s middle class is wary of learning and speaking in Punjabi.

10 Sep 2018

The contest for Shadman Chowk

Hemant Chopra10 Sep 2018 | 12:24 AM

IF you Google Shadman, you will know that it is a Persian word meaning ‘happy’. Shadman Chowk in Lahore, hence, can be loosely translated as ‘happy crossing’.

08 Sep 2018

Chance meeting with Vajpayee & his Pom!

Lt Gen Baljit Singh (Retd)08 Sep 2018 | 12:25 AM

He was the spit image of a senator from Caesar’s Roman empire, robed in a knee-length toga of thick white fabric and flat-soled sandals held in place by leather straps entwined around the calves.

07 Sep 2018

In and out of combat dress!

Lt Gen KJ Singh (retd)07 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

COMBAT dress, the most visible and signature dress in the armed forces, was introduced in the Army in the 1980s. The uniform is not supplied to officers, who procure the cloth and get it stitched.

06 Sep 2018

Kashmiri hearts beat for Kerala

Affan Yesvi06 Sep 2018 | 12:57 AM

The trending hashtag in Kashmir in the second half of August was #KashmirForKerala.

05 Sep 2018

This once, give education a chance

05 Sep 2018 | 12:45 AM

The three-part series on the transfer policy of government teachers in The Tribune focused on the uneven distribution of teachers in the state, however, there is no mention that even after getting good salaries some teachers fail to deliver good results.

04 Sep 2018

Can avoid, but not ignore them Jats!

Nonika Singh04 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

More than two decades ago when I met the man who is now my husband, I paid little heed to his caste.

03 Sep 2018

The ghav that lasted a lifetime

Satyawan Malik03 Sep 2018 | 12:44 AM

While getting thorns tweaked from the sole of his foot, Masterji would ruminatively repeat his punch line: 'Ghav bhar jaaye par daag nahi'.

01 Sep 2018

A mouthful of words, in Latin

JS Raghavan01 Sep 2018 | 12:09 AM

Among the fringe benefits a gracefully ageing senior citizen enjoys is the factor of safety assumed by teenaged when they approach him whenever they are stumped while doing homework! A fountain of knowledge, which may not be the case!

31 Aug 2018

The touchstone for piety and villainy

Parbina Rashid31 Aug 2018 | 12:03 AM

Thanks to my long years in hostel, I developed the talent of masking my anger with flippant answers whenever I was asked silly questions: ‘Do Assamese people live in tree houses?’ ‘Yes, we all Assamese students, as soon as we de-board the Brahmaputra Express, strip and wear banana leaves, and swing to our tree houses, a la Jane style.

30 Aug 2018

Memorials & funerals for the living

JP Singh30 Aug 2018 | 12:27 AM

We Indians believe in hero worship and indulge in too much emotionalism, especially in the event of mishaps, tragedies and national calamities.

29 Aug 2018

When airwaves knew no boundaries

Harvinder Khetal29 Aug 2018 | 1:06 AM

There is fresh excitement over the renewed possibility of a Sikh pilgrim corridor to Pakistan ever since Navjot Singh Sidhu claimed that the Pakistan army chief, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, had told him of Pakistan’s intention to connect Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district.

28 Aug 2018

Book review and hurt pride

Rajiv Bakshi28 Aug 2018 | 12:50 AM

After my retirement from the bank, I developed a hobby to read at least two or three books in a month, and that too of upcoming authors.

27 Aug 2018

Not the right ‘quotation’

Raaja Bhasin27 Aug 2018 | 12:03 AM

A long time ago, and in a century long gone, skies were blue and children safely drank water from taps.

25 Aug 2018

The keeper of time, and schedule

Shiv Sethi25 Aug 2018 | 12:10 AM

It sounds strange how something as ordinary as a clock can play a vital role in one’s professional life.

24 Aug 2018

The lost art of tree-climbing

Swarna Kumari24 Aug 2018 | 12:06 AM

The sharp showers the previous night had turned into a loud downpour before coming to a grudging halt.

23 Aug 2018

The ancient school of debate

Raj Rani23 Aug 2018 | 12:05 AM

Science versus superstition. Faith versus rational thinking. Tradition versus modernity. These have been, and continue to be, topics for endless debates.

22 Aug 2018

Freedom has a colour: blood-red

Col HP Singh (retd)22 Aug 2018 | 12:11 AM

While browsing through the Independence Day euphoria on social media, I came across a man’s photograph in hospital attire with medical apparatus deployed all around.

21 Aug 2018

Puris, pakoras & golf, all so fauji!

Col Avnish Sharma (retd)21 Aug 2018 | 12:24 AM

Interesting diktats lately issued by Army Chief Gen Rawat include a radical shift in diet pattern of jawans and selective ban on golf.

20 Aug 2018

Free as a bird, at last

Geetanjali Gayatri20 Aug 2018 | 12:19 AM

I was driving back home early morning after dropping off my daughter to school when I noticed a man by the roadside, cycle parked, rummaging through the grass with a stick.

18 Aug 2018

You couldn’t help but admire ABV

BK Goswami18 Aug 2018 | 12:26 AM

THE incident relates to the dark days of Emergency.

15 Aug 2018

Patriotism, the tailor-made kind

Ashima Sehajpal Batish15 Aug 2018 | 12:02 AM

DURING the interval of Mulk, a film that deals with seemingly bigger patriotism issues, an ad of an ethnic clothing brand for men brings it down to ‘pehno apni pehchan’.

14 Aug 2018

Medication and abnormal lab tests

Samir Malhotra14 Aug 2018 | 12:59 AM

A few months back I had this telephonic conversationMr.

13 Aug 2018

True sacrifice not about the goat

Sumit Paul13 Aug 2018 | 12:37 AM

IN these highly polarised times when the binary of ‘they’ and ‘us’ is becoming increasingly blatant and boorish, a heart-warming memory of religious munificence still gladdens my heart and mind.

11 Aug 2018

Torture didn’t break him, this did

Naresh Raj11 Aug 2018 | 1:20 AM

MY father was a teacher and a freedom fighter who took part in ‘Praja Mandal’, a political outfit launched by Babu Brish Bhan and Giani Zail Singh, former President of India, in the early thirties.

10 Aug 2018

A green thumb that got out of hand

Desh Bir Sharma10 Aug 2018 | 12:19 AM

IN recent months I had felt a keen desire to go green.

09 Aug 2018

Karunanidhi’s Punjab connect

KS Chawla09 Aug 2018 | 12:31 AM

THE late Justice Gurnam Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who was Chief Minister of Punjab, and M Karunanidhi, DMK supremo and five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, are considered pioneers of seeking greater autonomy for states and federalism in the country.

08 Aug 2018

‘Ameer Nishan’ as it really was

Parbina Rashid08 Aug 2018 | 12:45 AM

It was not Anubhav Sinha’s appeal to everyone (Pakistanis included) to watch Mulk legally or illegally (it is banned in Pakistan) that made me visit my nearest cinema hall when it opened this Friday.

07 Aug 2018

Defend the right to disagree

Lalit Mohan07 Aug 2018 | 12:47 AM

For the moment Kanhaiya Kumar is off the hook.

06 Aug 2018

After sparrows, frogs too vanish

Rakesh Kochhar06 Aug 2018 | 12:04 AM

MONSOON has been in full swing. Rivers are in spate and there is waterlogging everywhere. But something is missing.

04 Aug 2018

Why can’t Punjab model jail host Mallya?

Rajnish Wattas04 Aug 2018 | 12:05 AM

WITH the Chief Magistrate of the Westminister Court anxious about ‘daylight’ conditions in Arthur Road Jail of Mumbai, where Vijay Mallya might be lodged if sent back to India, there is a deep focus on the jail architecture here.

03 Aug 2018

Why not an Indo-Pak cadet exchange?

Brig IJ Singh (retd)03 Aug 2018 | 12:56 AM

IMRAN KHAN’S PTI is ready to improve ties with India. He has also welcomed Modi’s telephonic call on his victory as a new chapter in relations between the two nations.

02 Aug 2018

Another day along the zero line...

Anirudh Gupta02 Aug 2018 | 12:38 AM

WHEN dusk falls, the eerie silence is punctured and the mute lush fields of Hussainiwala are set ablaze by the thunderous tapping of feet by BSF sentinels, who match every step, every motion with their Pakistani counterparts in a bid to outdo them.

01 Aug 2018

The feel of overnight stardom!

R Muralidharan01 Aug 2018 | 12:18 AM

THE rains had stopped for a while. The damp and murky July weather was adding to the gloom of my homesickness. It was July 1985.

31 Jul 2018

When Imran Khan took to off-spin!

Sumit Paul31 Jul 2018 | 12:36 AM

NOW that Imran Khan is all set to become the PM of Pakistan, cricket lovers will remember him as a person who surprisingly never mouthed a single cuss word while playing for his alma mater and the counties!