Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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20 Feb 2018

How much longer for change?

Balvinder20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

AN otherwise gentle and kind woman, born to a family of devout Sikhs, my mother would always make me bathe and change my clothes whenever she found me, as a child, playing with Lachoo, a safai karamchari’s son and my lone friend in our locality.

19 Feb 2018

Growing up with Masha

Gauri Parasher Joshi19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

MY mother happened to show me an animated film of a little, mischievous girl called Masha, who is brought up by a patient and harried bear.

17 Feb 2018

Must we be exam warriors?

Ratna Raman17 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

THE word warrior (Middle English, from old Northern French ‘werreier’, a variant of ‘guerreior’; make war from guerre; war) has been in use since 1800 CE .

16 Feb 2018

Scarred, but not for life

Miraj Chauhan16 Feb 2018 | 1:11 AM

WHEN you see life under apparent stillness that is where real life throbs.

15 Feb 2018

Meat of the matter

Shiv Sethi15 Feb 2018 | 1:04 AM

AFTER the rise of the saffron party in the sphere of national politics, a bigot brand of Hinduism is asserting its religious and cultural supremacy. A man with tastebuds for non-veg food is now dubbed anti-national. Indeed, your choice of food is entirely your personal matter.

14 Feb 2018

Missing Lahore days...

ML Joshi14 Feb 2018 | 12:45 AM

OFTEN, becoming nostalgic, I can’t resist the haunting, but vivid memories of the bloody Partition.

13 Feb 2018

The other side of Nehru

RN Malik13 Feb 2018 | 12:25 AM

NEHRU, of late, has become the most misunderstood personality in India, largely due to the disinformation campaign by some vested interests.

12 Feb 2018

Rani & the bigger picture

Kamal Jit Singh12 Feb 2018 | 12:42 AM

AS I read reports of rowdyism and avoidable violence over a film, I was confused and distressed. Memories took me to childhood in kasabas (mini towns) of Rajasthan and Hindi-medium schools, where I did my primary education. I got selected at a Sainik School in Chittaur.

10 Feb 2018

Take it from the top

Ratna Raman10 Feb 2018 | 1:10 AM

COMPRISING of three letters, of German and Dutch origins,and in circulation in the English language, ‘top’ is one of the few words that is ‘generic’ (characteristic of group, class) in usage.

09 Feb 2018

The good days in an old diary

HS Dimple09 Feb 2018 | 12:44 AM

EVEN as the dim hope of ‘good days will come’ has nearly shattered, the bright memories of the good old days revive sometimes.

08 Feb 2018

My lessons from Padmaavat

Nazam Riar08 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

There was constant pressure from my 12-year-old son to watch the movie Padmavaat from the very first day of its release but I refused to succumb.

07 Feb 2018

The cultural divide in undivided India

Amrinder Bajaj07 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

My lust for travel did not die with my husband.

06 Feb 2018

Begin small to achieve big

Devender Kumar06 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

SERVICE to society’ is what guides, or ought to, every civil service aspirant.

05 Feb 2018

The boss they didn’t like

DC Sharma05 Feb 2018 | 1:05 AM

I WAS just over 30 when I was promoted as the head of the department of English at a college in Kangra. My teaching experience at the college was barely six years then. I had taught at other DAV colleges for an added five years.

03 Feb 2018

A step toward evolution

Ratna Raman03 Feb 2018 | 12:51 AM

EVOLUTION is the process by which something develops.

02 Feb 2018

Mere paas Maa hai…

Rajan Kapoor02 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

THE popular dialogue — Mere paas Maa hai — used by various television channels to pay homage to Shashi Kapoor, made me ponder over the statement uttered by the star in the film Deewar.

01 Feb 2018

Forever ‘left’ out

Sumit Paul01 Feb 2018 | 1:00 AM

BORN a southpaw, I often feel like an odd man in the world of right-handed people. A left-handed person faces bias, though it may not be blatantly obvious.

31 Jan 2018

More equal than others

RS Dalal31 Jan 2018 | 12:30 AM

THE open display of differences between the CJI and four senior SC judges created a division, both for and against their assertion of the right to be consulted and counted.

30 Jan 2018

Bapu’s own words more fun

Parvinder Dalal30 Jan 2018 | 1:32 AM

HISTORY of the world is but the biography of great men,’ said Thomas Carlyle, and this, I thought, would be the beginning of my lecture that day.

29 Jan 2018

Don’t give up, struggle on

Bhim Inder Singh29 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

IF I were in your place, I might have committed suicide.

26 Jan 2018

Mistaken as terrorists!

Mahabir Jaglan26 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

CHILLY breeze in winter, descending the slope of the Tawi valley, cools the Jammu town occasionally to freezing point.

25 Jan 2018

The guru was revered once...

Miraj Chauhan25 Jan 2018 | 1:21 AM

EKLAVYA, without even giving it a second thought, gave his right thumb to Dronacharya as Gurudakshina and became the epitome of discipleship.

24 Jan 2018

Cross-border friendship in Rome

Vijay Sabharwal24 Jan 2018 | 12:25 AM

IT’S been seven decades since the Partition, but the relations between India and Pakistan are still complex, verging on hostility.

23 Jan 2018

Lesson in humility from MIAF himself

Wg cdr DP Sabharwal (retd)23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

THERE was a call for you from Delhi,’ said my wife as I entered home.

22 Jan 2018

Watch what you are getting

Rajan Kapoor22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

THE rescheduling of timings of a male contraceptive advertisement recently kicked off a controversy.

20 Jan 2018

Bring out the mops

Ratna Raman20 Jan 2018 | 12:42 AM

THE noun ‘moppet’ (17th century English) from the now obsolete ‘moppe’ (indicative of a baby or a rag doll) refers to an endearingly sweet child.

19 Jan 2018

Caught in the middle

Rajender Singh19 Jan 2018 | 12:48 AM

THE Gujarat elections proved Alexander Pope wrong for saying, ‘He knows to live who keeps the middle state, and neither leans on this side nor on that.’ The elections showed how everyone — centrists, leftists, moderates and middlings — seemed eager to take the right-wing stance, and rightly so.

18 Jan 2018

Bad perhaps, but so good

Rahul Walia18 Jan 2018 | 12:34 AM

THE small hill town of McLeodganj is the confluence of various religions and cultures.

17 Jan 2018

A wedding to remember

Rameshinder Singh Sandhu17 Jan 2018 | 12:42 AM

RECENTLY I attended a cousin’s weeklong wedding celebrations.

16 Jan 2018

His own courage his ‘backing’

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu16 Jan 2018 | 12:57 AM

BE it top anchors or debaters, most of them are curious to know who is ‘behind’ Kanhaiya Kumar.

15 Jan 2018

In her, found a soul-mother

Sumit Paul15 Jan 2018 | 12:58 AM

THERE’S a mother embedded in every girl and woman.

13 Jan 2018

A little mixing & we’ve an anagram

Ratna Raman13 Jan 2018 | 12:46 AM

FROM the Greek, ana (anew) gramma (letter), the Latin ‘anagramma’ and the French ‘anagramme’, anagram has formed part of the English language since the late 16th century.

12 Jan 2018

The need to be free

Sumant Sharma12 Jan 2018 | 1:21 AM

GRANDMOTHER’S freckled face was a graphic description of her whole life.

11 Jan 2018

The frail thread of humanity

Som Dutt Vasudeva11 Jan 2018 | 12:40 AM

IT is difficult to erase the memory of events that happened in Amritsar on the night of August 15, 1947. I was then a student of third year in the local Hindu College and was living with my grandfather in a sub-urban village, Sultanwind.

10 Jan 2018

Hang if noose fits, UIDAI style!

Rajbir Deswal10 Jan 2018 | 12:48 AM

THREE days into The Tribune’s Aadhaar expose, I was contemplative and on January 8, when I grabbed my copy in the morning, I burst out laughing — ‘UIDAI files FIR against The Tribune, reporter’! My wife, who was sipping tea, asked if I had gone nuts early on today! ‘Not me, darling, but certainly some nerds have.

09 Jan 2018

‘Hindu, but not mandir type’

Wg Cdr SS Randhawa (Retd)09 Jan 2018 | 12:15 AM

ONCE, it is said, someone asked Jawaharlal Nehru if he was a Hindu.

08 Jan 2018

How hope crawled out of Pandora’s box

Ratna Raman08 Jan 2018 | 12:53 AM

PANDORA, one of the earliest humans created by Hephaestus, was blessed with all manner of gifts by the gods.

06 Jan 2018

Walking down the other track

Shiv Sethi06 Jan 2018 | 1:14 AM

IN Robert Frost''s famous poem ''The Road Not Taken'', the interlocutor is confronted with two roads leading to different directions and he is to make a choice of traversing on one of them.

05 Jan 2018

The daily Bachchan overdose

Jayanti Roy05 Jan 2018 | 12:05 AM

AMITABH Bachchan, the iconic cine actor, is the unwavering star of Indian cinema and heritage.

04 Jan 2018

When a granny broke a stereotype

Rajan Kapoor04 Jan 2018 | 12:38 AM

The other day, my college celebrated Achievers’ Day.

03 Jan 2018

Across border, not everyone a foe

Ranbir Parmar03 Jan 2018 | 12:50 AM

Eleven years ago, my wife and I travelled to Pakistan and witnessed an incredible spectacle at the Multan cricket stadium.

02 Jan 2018

Life insurance of friendship

Wg Cdr DPS Bajwa (retd)02 Jan 2018 | 12:08 AM

Friendship is the most precious gift in life.

01 Jan 2018

One for the mother

Col HP Singh (retd)01 Jan 2018 | 12:50 AM

IT is a girl child...congratulations!’ These words ended hours of agony of waiting outside the labour room when my wife was undergoing an excruciating life-giving experience, and I felt helpless standing outside.

30 Dec 2017

Hugs for all seasons

Ratna Raman30 Dec 2017 | 12:57 AM

The word ''hug'' (verb, noun) has been around since the 18th century, lending itself to describing the warmest of human acts.

29 Dec 2017

In an instant, it’s all love & wishes

Shiv Sethi29 Dec 2017 | 12:21 AM

THE old order changeth yielding place to new’, is what Tennyson says in his poem, The Passing of Arthur.

28 Dec 2017

Vanity, thy name is human

Ritu Kumar28 Dec 2017 | 1:36 AM

EVERY year in November, a ‘Ram katha’ is organised in our neighbourhood, in the open space in front of our house.

27 Dec 2017

Flying the good & not-so-good...

Col PS Sangha (retd)27 Dec 2017 | 12:47 AM

IN our lives we, unexpectedly, meet people who are either famous, infamous or become famous/infamous in later years.