Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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12 Dec 2017

Wings don’t always help fly

Amrinder Bajaj12 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

NEVER again will I use the phrase ‘free as a bird’. Over the past year, I saw enough to learn that they too paid the price of living as humans do. They were not free to do as they wish but were as bound to the vagaries of life and the inevitability of death as we are.

11 Dec 2017

Shut eyes & the world feels right

Anmol Rattan Narang11 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

I COMPLETED my graduation in the year 1972. Those days, the results of all university examinations were first declared and published in newspapers.

09 Dec 2017

Lead from the front

Ratna Raman09 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

THE noun ‘example’ (from Latin exemplum; ‘take out’) has travelled long distances in the English language.

08 Dec 2017 clinches the deal

Raj Kadyan08 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

PEOPLE of my vintage are caught in a time warp.

07 Dec 2017

Our seniors...such bravehearts

07 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

IT was 1999; I was a student of class IX studying in Kendriya Vidyalaya Palampur.

06 Dec 2017

‘What kind of water, Sir?’

Sudhirendar Sharma06 Dec 2017 | 1:01 AM

NO sooner had I made my selection from a severely restricted vegetarian menu than the waiter at a restaurant in Kensington, London, surprised me by asking, ‘still or sparkle’? It took me a few seconds to fathom that the query was related to my choice of ‘ordinary’ or ‘carbonated’ water.

05 Dec 2017

Truths that last a lifetime

Bubbu Tir05 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

SOME homespun beliefs travel with you all your life. As one evolves, one outgrows and sheds a few nuances about life-philosophies. Yet there are a few that remain intricately woven into one’s mindset.

04 Dec 2017

Power play & the three Lals

Vikram Singh04 Dec 2017 | 12:44 AM

READING the book titled My Encounters with the Three Lals of Haryana, I was reminded of my brief reminiscences of the famous trio of Haryana politics, and two other chief ministers.

02 Dec 2017

Gender justice not served

Ratna Raman02 Dec 2017 | 12:38 AM

IN the 13th century, ‘gender’ (n, Latin) described family, species and race, while in Olde French it indicated kind, type.

01 Dec 2017

Keep the dreams coming

Bipin Malik01 Dec 2017 | 12:08 AM

I DO not know why I still dream of my childhood.

30 Nov 2017

Lessons in a ray of sunshine

Satjit Singh30 Nov 2017 | 12:31 AM

THE manager of the hill resort where we checked in guided us that, among other attractions, there were spots for the best view of the sunrise and sunset.

29 Nov 2017

On this road, 40 years ago

Roma Uppal29 Nov 2017 | 12:57 AM

FORTY! What does ‘4’ and ‘0’ stand for? Is it an age, or just a numerical figure? Today, as I took my morning stroll, I looked down the road I had been walking on these past over 40 years.

28 Nov 2017

Sinner and a hint of saint

Ranbir Parmar28 Nov 2017 | 12:22 AM

OUR octogenarian neighbour Panditji was a reservoir of yarn from his career as a cop.

27 Nov 2017

50-50 not a bad deal at all!

LR Sharma27 Nov 2017 | 12:42 AM

RAJIV GANDHI had once made a ‘catchy statement’ at a public meeting that lingers — only 10 per cent of government budget percolated down to the poor.

25 Nov 2017

Licence to create freely

Ratna Raman25 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

POETIC licence’ is the freedom enjoyed by poets, artists, playwrights, novelists and filmmakers for a subjective engagement with ideas, themes and people.

24 Nov 2017

The marvel that is Taj

Rajnish Wattas24 Nov 2017 | 12:29 AM

TAGORE’S poetic words, ‘The Taj Mahal…a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time’, take on a tragic hue today.

23 Nov 2017

The earth shook... and held together

Col HP Singh (retd)23 Nov 2017 | 12:38 AM

IT was a bright autumn day.

22 Nov 2017

This one trip for Mom

Suniti Kharbanda22 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

MY 74-year-old widowed mother is a fiercely independent woman, staying on her own and managing the day-to-day running of the house without help from her children.

21 Nov 2017

Punjabi hospitality at its best

SS Chhina21 Nov 2017 | 12:54 AM

I WAS attending a seminar on multiculturalism organised by Trent University, Ontario.

20 Nov 2017

A teacher one of a kind

RS Mehta20 Nov 2017 | 12:22 AM

ABOUT 50 years ago, I was admitted to Kendriya Vidyalaya in Class VII in Ahmednagar. Despite being the first position holder in my village school in Haryana, I failed in the pre-admission test. The Principal, however, gave me a chance to study there, perhaps in consideration of my father, who was an Army man.

18 Nov 2017

Naming and shaming

Ratna Raman18 Nov 2017 | 12:42 AM

RULES exist in order to set and mark boundaries.

17 Nov 2017

Holy ecownomics!

Mahesh Grover17 Nov 2017 | 12:37 AM

THE Lion King had been avidly following the affairs of humandom, listening to debates extolling the virtues of a cow. “Her urine is precious as ‘gold’ while its excreta more valuable than Kohinoor,” declared one human nonchalantly.

16 Nov 2017

Fauji by ‘proxy’ & loving it

SS Grewal16 Nov 2017 | 12:39 AM

THOUGH a farm scientist by profession, from my bearing and disposition, many take me to be a police or an army officer.

15 Nov 2017

Life back a full circle

Gurpreet Dullat15 Nov 2017 | 12:33 AM

THE word ‘mother’ denotes love, emotion, care, compassion and sacrifice.

14 Nov 2017

On their day, don’t leave them out

Rana Preet Gill14 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

HE was standing next to the car at the traffic lights and staring incessantly at the shining paraphernalia strewn in my daughter’s lap — some newly acquired Barbie accessories, her current favourites.

13 Nov 2017

A date with Audrey

Lt Gen Baljit Singh (retd)13 Nov 2017 | 12:29 AM

RECENTLY a news report revealed that Audrey Hepburn’s memorabilia went for $6.2 million at a recent London auction.

11 Nov 2017

Up, up with the crows

Ratna Raman11 Nov 2017 | 12:54 AM

ROOSTERS crow (verb) each morning but crows only caw.

10 Nov 2017

Birthday lessons

Anmol Bali10 Nov 2017 | 1:32 AM

RECENTLY I celebrated my 22nd birthday, feeling all grown up and mature.

09 Nov 2017

‘Mujhe Farsi sikhayenge?’

Sumit Paul09 Nov 2017 | 12:25 AM

I MET the late Tom Alter for the first time at Film Archives in Poona way back in 2004.

08 Nov 2017

Right man to lead

Col DS Cheema (Retd)08 Nov 2017 | 12:08 AM

ON May 22, 1986, the very first day of my command of a battalion in a high-altitude area, two mechanics of my recovery company died while recovering a vehicle from a deep gorge.

07 Nov 2017

Lid off the secret stash

Rama Kashyap07 Nov 2017 | 12:38 AM

HOW can one forget the evening of November 8, 2016, when PM Narendra Modi stunned the nation with his big-bang announcement on demonetisation, sending shock waves all through the nation, affecting the lives of millions of Indians — men and women, the rich and the poor?

06 Nov 2017

Gharhuka may just bite the bullet!

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu06 Nov 2017 | 1:05 AM

THE announcement of the first bullet train on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad track has been followed by a similar announcement of the second such train on the Amritsar-Delhi track.

04 Nov 2017

Hear the whistle blow

Ratna Raman04 Nov 2017 | 12:30 AM

Whistle-blower is a ‘compound’ (anything with more than one element in it) word, made up of two nouns.

03 Nov 2017

Some bald truths

Rajan Kapoor03 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

OF late, I realise that it is not only history that repeats itself, but also baldness has a penchant for repetition.

02 Nov 2017

‘Miss Universe’ for a day

Rameshinder Singh Sandhu02 Nov 2017 | 12:39 AM

WHENEVER my maternal uncle, who lives in Germany, visits India, he brings along his German colleagues and friends who are eager to explore India and its vibrant culture.

01 Nov 2017

At 5, in love with coffee

Satish Arya01 Nov 2017 | 12:08 AM

BHANU, my son, sent me a picture recently. His eight-month-old son is sitting in his lap while he is holding a mug of cold coffee. I went down memory lane, 28 years back, when my son was five years old. We had gone to Gurugram to attend a relative’s wedding.

31 Oct 2017

Petty crime, swift punishment

Chiranjit Parmar31 Oct 2017 | 12:12 AM

CAN anyone imagine in today’s scenario that a tehsil clerk was jailed for two years for taking a bribe of Rs 20? It is true and happened in Himachal Pradesh 48 years ago.

30 Oct 2017

The kiss of life

Rajiv Bakshi30 Oct 2017 | 12:05 AM

SHE landed on Indian soil on September 25, a few days before her birthday. It was a gruelling 18-hour nonstop flight from New York to Delhi. After that, another long journey was ahead — seven to eight hours by road to Jalandhar. She is an American citizen by birth as she was born in the USA.

28 Oct 2017

Birds of a feather...

Ratna Raman28 Oct 2017 | 12:50 AM

DELIGHTFUL sites can be accessed on Facebook by people fascinated by birdlife.

27 Oct 2017

Door by door, built the ‘house’

Gopal Krishan Sharma27 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

WHILE reading an advertisement of the Punjab Government, inviting applications for a two-year diploma course of radiographer by the Punjab State Medical College at Amritsar and Patiala, in a newspaper recently, I went back to the year 1980, when I passed the matriculation examination of the Himachal school board in the first division.

26 Oct 2017

‘No time’ no excuse

Harjit Singh Khurana26 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

THE year was 1960. Kashmir got its first engineering college known as Regional Engineering College (now NIT). I was among the students of the first batch.

25 Oct 2017

Memories of a long time ago

Desh Bir Sharma25 Oct 2017 | 12:38 AM

I WAS just four in 1956, when I was sent to school.

24 Oct 2017

More than just rage

Satyawan Malik24 Oct 2017 | 12:28 AM

MATHEMATICS, radio and the newspaper carried masterji so far that he would often forget his meals placed beside him.

23 Oct 2017

Donkey at the border!

GS Aujla23 Oct 2017 | 12:23 AM

WHAT would appear to be the most objectionable provocation at the International Border today was known in the mid-seventies as an acceptable indulgence on the dhussi bundh separating India and Pakistan.

21 Oct 2017

Through the cracks

Ratna Raman21 Oct 2017 | 12:20 AM

WHEN we were little and heard one language at home, another on the streets and an altogether different language at school, we plunged headlong into entirely different worlds, with help from different sounding words.

19 Oct 2017

Let’s light up our soul

Ramesh K Dhiman19 Oct 2017 | 12:45 AM

COME Diwali, topping the to-do list is giving a face-lift to the house, preferably with a fresh coat of paint after dusting it clean. We reach out to the farthest corners and wash clean the thick layers of dust settled over window sills and ventilators.

18 Oct 2017

Embrace Urdu once more

Baldev Singh18 Oct 2017 | 12:49 AM

In 1998, my wife and I went to Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, for shopping.