zimmedari & mehmandari
Urdu and Hindi languages, there are a score or more words with the
suffix "dari". For example, "dukandari"
(shop-keeping) and "imandari" (honesty). Ironically, every
profession or act with the suffix "dari" in its name
is difficult, overbearing, unpleasant, and what not.
of a glorious past
is a strange paradox that while we swear by our glorious tradition, we care
little for its upkeep and preservation. One such rich slice of history is
going to seed at Arki, a small haphazardly-growing town of Himachal Pradesh
40 km from Shimla.
G. K. Sharma
was the morning of November 2, 1963. I was in Saigon when the military
coup, led by General "Big" Minh, took place. President Ngo
Binh Diem of South Vietnam had been toppled and murdered. The whole city
of Saigon was agog with rumours. In an adventurous mood, I, along with a
friend, entered the presidential palace — the scene of the army coup
— to find out things first hand, and to satisfy our curiosity!
and fewer moments of silence
wrote Herman Melville, the noted novelist of Moby Dick fame, "is
the only Voice of our God". "Silence, in its way, is
fundamental to life but everywhere one turns one sees a culture willing
to deny that essential truth," says Mark Salouka, author of War of
the Worlds a cultural critique of the digital revolution.