Saturday, December 07, 2019
06 Dec 2019

Nigana legacy with politicians now

06 Dec 2019 | 6:40 AM

Human brain is unique. It stores many old memories. Ostensibly forgotten, these re-emerge from the sleep mode and get refreshed off and on. I spent my childhood in a village in what is now Haryana.

05 Dec 2019

A comrade’s dream & dilemma

05 Dec 2019 | 6:35 AM

Having done my MA (English) from Kurukshetra University in the early eighties, I was bursting with enthusiasm for social change. The tales of simplicity of Ch Charan Singh, comrade Jyoti Basu and Harkishen Singh Surjeet impressed me the most.

04 Dec 2019

When parali wasn’t a dreaded word

04 Dec 2019 | 6:47 AM

There is a material difference between the plant stems of wheat and rice. The dry stem of rice plant is flexible and can be easily braided. But it is not so with wheat. Wheat chaff has nutritional value as animal fodder.

03 Dec 2019

The battle for Brachil Pass

03 Dec 2019 | 6:55 AM

DURING the afternoon of December 3, 1971, as we played baseball in the open area at Drass, our Commanding Officer, Lt Col BS Joshi, was called over to the Brigade Headquarters.

02 Dec 2019

Retracing the past, step by step

Aneet Kanwal Randhawa02 Dec 2019 | 6:57 AM

Nostalgia beckons like nothing else.

30 Nov 2019

Music of life, once upon a time

Rajesh Sharma30 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

ONCE upon a time there was a tavern/ where we would raise a glass or two... Those were the days, my friend/ We thought they’d never end... For we were young and so sure to have our way... Recently I received a link to this 1968 Mary Hopkin number from a batchmate.

29 Nov 2019

The ‘non-meter’ variety

29 Nov 2019 | 6:41 AM

If I am given an option to describe us vegetarians, I would simply say, ‘vegetarians are those who are made fun of because of what they don’t eat’.

28 Nov 2019

The power of mundane routine

Ritu Kumar28 Nov 2019 | 6:28 AM

BUSY with band, baaja and baraat with two weddings in our family, my days passed quickly in planning the weddings of my sister’s children. Everyone huddled around excitedly, partaking of fun, food and festivity.

27 Nov 2019

It doesn’t end with voting

Amarjit Singh Madhok27 Nov 2019 | 6:25 AM

THE recent elections took me down memory lane, prompting me to share my reminiscences of the voting system in the US during my last visit there in 2014.

26 Nov 2019

Fathers think alike, care to listen

Harish Barthwal26 Nov 2019 | 6:54 AM

The first-ever letter I received from my methodical father was a sheer advisory.

25 Nov 2019

Bomb on board Jala Kanta!

25 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

While serving on a ship as chief engineer, I applied to my company for permission to carry my wife and sons, aged 7 and 11, for a voyage. The permission came through when my ship was in Calcutta, where my family joined me. Our first destination port of (cargo) discharge was Rotterdam in Holland, also called the Netherlands, the lowlands.

23 Nov 2019

When Qureshi came calling

23 Nov 2019 | 6:59 AM

Across the world, the opening of the Kartarpur corridor has become the talk of almost every tongue.

22 Nov 2019

Closing the gap in ‘Mini India’

Simran Sidhu22 Nov 2019 | 6:39 AM

Watching the ongoing debate on television over the Ayodhya issue took me back to my university days, wherein my class comprised of students from various cultures and states.

21 Nov 2019

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t

VK Kapoor21 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

A cop is the symbol of governmental authority. August Vollmer, the father of American policing, remarked, ‘He is supposed to possess the qualifications of a soldier, lawyer, diplomat and an educator. He is condemned when he enforces law, dismissed when he does not.’

20 Nov 2019

Forgotten precursor of ‘green wave’

20 Nov 2019 | 6:38 AM

Dr MS SWAMINATHAN, the then adviser to the union minister of agriculture, is rightly hailed as the father of the Green Revolution in India (he had pioneered the breakthrough in Indian agriculture on the advice of Nobel laureate Norman Borlaugh by importing the wheat seed from International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre in 1961).

19 Nov 2019

The sound of words and music

Satish K Sharma19 Nov 2019 | 6:42 AM

IT is not too often that a word lover comes across a term which she can take fancy to instantly. But when it happens, the experience is sublime. You hear the word, roll it upon your tongue, savour its music, and park it at a convenient recess of the mind for easy retrieval, so that you can use it again and again.

18 Nov 2019

IMA through the rear-view mirror

Col DS Cheema (retd)18 Nov 2019 | 6:49 AM

Since the past few months, I have been travelling to Mussoorie on the invitation of Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of National Administration to share my management teaching experience.

16 Nov 2019

It happened in times of telegram

16 Nov 2019 | 6:47 AM

Millennials may have used or heard of telegram messenger, an app that can instantaneously send heavily encrypted messages that are capable of self-destructing, but they perhaps know little or nothing of its 19th century namesake, telegram — the telegraphic service offered by the Department of Posts in India till July 2013.

15 Nov 2019

Old names... feel like old times

15 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

What’s in a name? A lot if you are in India.

14 Nov 2019

Little by little, space has vanished

14 Nov 2019 | 6:34 AM

My first memory of any earthly object that stirred my toddler’s soul is space, afforded by the football field abutting our home on Cuttack’s medical college campus.

13 Nov 2019

Army’s connect with Kartarpur Sahib

13 Nov 2019 | 7:15 AM

The sight of multitudes of devotees with hands folded in reverence, patiently awaiting their turn at the Dhussi Bundh at Dera Baba Nanak to pay obeisance from a distance to the holy shrine of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib used to inspire awe.

12 Nov 2019

Paighaam of love and friendship

12 Nov 2019 | 7:38 AM

The opening of the Kartarpur corridor should further strengthen the bonhomie, for Pakistan has important Sikh shrines like Nankana Sahib, Panja Sahib at Hasan Abdal, an hour’s drive from Islamabad, and Lyallpur (now Faislabad) gurdwara.

11 Nov 2019

The seventh river of peace

11 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

India and Pakistan can sink their differences and live in eternal peace.

09 Nov 2019

Pakistan as we don’t know it

09 Nov 2019 | 7:00 AM

A few months ago, my wife and I decided to do the unthinkable: visit Pakistan.

08 Nov 2019

The call from Eminabad

08 Nov 2019 | 7:06 AM

The other day I received a call on my mobile phone.

07 Nov 2019

IMA was home to leopards once!

07 Nov 2019 | 6:54 AM

The campus of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) is surrounded by many reserve forests. Over the years, increased intrusion of human footprint into the forests has led to an exodus of wildlife towards civilisation.

06 Nov 2019

Never been better for ‘cattle class’

06 Nov 2019 | 6:40 AM

Two cows, after feasting on the lush-green crop, headed towards the national highway for rumination and to enjoy the rendezvous with some already seated there. “The ambience of these highways and the gush of wind generated by speeding traffic has been my weakness,” one of them remarked.

05 Nov 2019

A conflict too painful for words

05 Nov 2019 | 6:52 AM

When intellectuals contemplate theories of genesis, many of them discuss the issue whether it is man who appeared first on Earth or I. Though there are divergent opinions about the creation of both of us in this world, one truth cannot be negated that man and I are intertwined. Such is the intensity of our relation that we dwell in each other.

04 Nov 2019

Wisdom or artificial intelligence?

04 Nov 2019 | 6:53 AM

It was Teachers’ Day. Greetings were pouring in. In a self-congratulatory mood, I announced, “You know, I have a dinner date today with Mr Kaushal... my student.” My better half replied, “Yes, we know. He honours you, this day, every year.”

02 Nov 2019

Eat, pray and love

NJ Ravi Chander02 Nov 2019 | 6:58 AM

IN the good old days, living in a joint family was an experience in itself.

01 Nov 2019

When Mulk Raj changed the story

01 Nov 2019 | 7:04 AM

The way I introduced Dr Mulk Raj Anand to students of literature and their mentors from all over Haryana in a hall packed to capacity in November 1994 made it clear to one and all, including the novelist himself, that I had mastered every word of his major writings, especially Untouchable, Coolie, Two Leaves and a Bud, and the series popularly known as Seven Ages of Man.

31 Oct 2019

Jail, dad and Bhagat Singh’s pen

31 Oct 2019 | 7:42 AM

The Public Safety Act, the law under which Farooq Abdullah and other Kashmir politicians have been jailed, is a successor to a 200-year-old colonial era enactment.

30 Oct 2019

Crushing weight of dying dreams

Rajesh Sharma30 Oct 2019 | 6:40 AM

He called to inform that the result of MA English was out and he had just missed the first class.

29 Oct 2019

Not what Guru Nanak taught

Col HP Singh (retd)29 Oct 2019 | 7:10 AM

As we celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, my mind is in awe of one of the greatest religious thinkers ever born in the subcontinent.

26 Oct 2019

In hallowed corridors, 50 years later

26 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

THE stately church spire of Christ Church School that dramatically rose out of the dense, surrounding foliage drew me to it inexorably. A closer look revealed low, buff-coloured school buildings edged with bright green lines nestling cosily alongside the grand Gothic architectural marvel of 1878.

25 Oct 2019

Gifting, the big dilemma

25 Oct 2019 | 7:36 AM

I am again confused. Should I try contributing to the economy of the country by buying gifts on Diwali or stick to the long-taken vow to refrain from this useless and painfully tiring activity?

24 Oct 2019

Beyond borders, festivals belong to all

Sumit Paul24 Oct 2019 | 7:21 AM

Chand rishte makhsoos hote hain/ Jo sarhadon ke pare jaate hain’ (A few relations are so special/ They transcend all man-made boundaries), penned Kunwar Mohinder Singh Bedi ‘Sahar’ years ago.

23 Oct 2019

In own land a foreigner

Parbina Rashid23 Oct 2019 | 6:37 AM

It’s not easy being a ‘foreigner’ in one’s own country.

22 Oct 2019

More than a nodding acquaintance

Mohanmeet Mann Khosla22 Oct 2019 | 7:03 AM

The dictionary defines a nodding acquaintance as ‘a slight, incomplete, or superficial knowledge of something or someone’.

21 Oct 2019

Truly a class apart

21 Oct 2019 | 6:45 AM

The only time I had a really close brush with Gandhian thoughts was in the takli class in school, where we were supposed to spin yarn from cotton on the slender rod near the base of which was fixed a wheel.

19 Oct 2019

Movies, golf kit and $5-trillion dream

Rajbir Deswal19 Oct 2019 | 6:44 AM

My apologies at the outset for having contributed to the now-withdrawn observation of Ravi Shankar Prasad’s wanton remark, suggesting the negation of the economic slowdown, saying three movies collected Rs 120 crore.

18 Oct 2019

Common sense won the day

KK Paul18 Oct 2019 | 6:39 AM

That there is little connect between innate common sense and educational qualifications is a well-known historical fact.

17 Oct 2019

So someone may see rainbow

Major Amarjeet Batth (retd)17 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

I once attended a seminar on eye donation, where speakers extolled the virtues of being an eye donor.

16 Oct 2019

Lessons from rites of passage

Sudhansu Mohanty16 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

My mind often goes back to the evening I returned home after cremating my father.

15 Oct 2019

Books, like humans, age too

Jaspreet Singh15 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

F or God’s sake and for your benefit, please don’t tear pages’ and ‘Please don’t tear the pages, God is watching your deeds’.

14 Oct 2019

A debt of Rs 50 remains unpaid

JBS Nanda14 Oct 2019 | 6:23 AM

The tale of my alma mater, Government College, Ludhiana, in which I studied from 1960-66, remains incomplete if I do not touch upon the splendid personality of my canteen contractor, popularly called ‘Santa Singh canteenwala’.

12 Oct 2019

Dey is forgotten, Nehru’s ‘daughter’ too

12 Oct 2019 | 6:52 AM

It had been built by the muscles of refugees who had been uprooted from their homes as a result of the Partition and put in a camp commanded by the great visionary, SK Dey. He decided to construct Nilokheri as an agro-industrial township as well as a focal point for rural development by linking the adjoining villages with it. It could claim to be the first planned township of North India.