Throwing light on Nur Jehan
APROPOS of Manohar Malgonkar’s write-up "Throwing light on the ‘light of the world" (April 13) Nur Jahan was the most accomplished but extremely ambitious queen.
By her exquisite charm, piercing intellect and remarkable deportment she had immense influence over Jahangir, who often declared that he had bestowed sovereignty on her and he needed nothing more than a quart of wine and a pound of flesh.
She exercised unbounded power in the affairs of the state. Her will was law. Coins were struck in her name.
She was brave and fearless and well-versed in Persian and Arabic literature and adept in constructing extempore verses.
Bhagwan Singh, Qadian
Without a sister
Apropos of Vinish Garg’s write-up "Life’s lacklustre without a sister!" (April 20). The writer has expressed his regret at not having a sister. The feelings in the small note are praiseworthy and interesting. The presence of a girl provides a unique experience for the whole family. Besides a girl in the home is great help to the whole family as she assists in household chores. Most boys are non responsive in the household chores. Daughters are always more attached to their parents.
Ujagar Singh, Chandigarh
This refers to V. Gangadhar’s interview with Mahesh Bhatt (April 13). Mahesh Bhatt is like a person living in the proverbial "fool’s paradise", totally cut-off from realities. Only people like him could be foolishly blind to the imminent threat the world, in general, and India, Israel and USA, in particular, face from the global Islamic jehadi terrorism.
A.K. Sharma, Chandigarh
Burdening the child
This has reference to Inderdeep Thapar’s write-up "Burden the child and bend nature’s way" (April 13). Today’s child is over-burdened and to add to it, parents expect miracles from their child. That curbs the natural instincts of the child, obstructing his natural growth and development.
The child should not be subordinated to rigid syllabus and a rigorous time table. His interests should be regarded supreme and should not be sacrificed. An examination system, that aims at testing a child’s memory only, needs a thorough overhaul. Parents and teachers should confine themselves to the roles of observers, leaving the child free to carry on with his activities.
Tarsem S. Bumrah, Batala
Satguru Jagjit Singh
This refers to Reeta Sharma’s article "Punjab’s silent musical revolution" (April 6). I am very impressed by the teachings of the Satguru Jagjit Singh. Satguru Jagjit Singh has tried to eradicate the social evil of dowry and extravagance on the occasion of marriage ceremonies. His appeal to people to not spend more than Rs 13 is a major step in this direction. In the present society lakhs of rupees are spent on marriages and thousands of marriages take place everyday.
Ashok Agnihotri, Batala