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Khushwant on old age

Khushwant Singh, in his columnThis Above All (Saturday Extra, Feb 12), has spoken of the strange mental phenomenon of old age and rather sought affirmation of his feelings from others of his age. His grouse is that, at his advanced age of 90 plus, he can recall the bawdy songs of childhood, and he wonders whether it reflects a dirty mind.

I am 80 plus and I think that the mental phenomenon, projected by him, is universally applicable in old age. One can vividly recall couplets, dialogues exchanged in childhood, but cannot recall what has been said a few hours earlier. A highly costly vegetable is not tasty unless it is mixed with chilly and salt. The same is true of life.

It is not a dirty mind that is enabling the writer to recollect the bawdy songs of his childhood in old age. Rather it depicts that his childhood was spent surrounded by such songs.


The Raj Ghat

I read the write-up, Footprints of the Mahatma (Jan 29). The term “final resting place” for the Raj Ghat is a misnomer. How can the noble soul of Mahatma Gandhi rest at one place? It will forever inspire and guide actively millions all over the world to follow the path of truth and non-violence.

At the Raj Ghat, the serene environs remind the world of the selfless man, who gave his life for peace and harmony in the world and equality for all human beings.n

KAVYA DUTTA, Zirakpur 


Buch: A role model for civil servants

I read M.N. Buch’s profile by Harihar Swarup in his column under the caption, Actually, a civil servant (Sunday Oped, Feb13). I was pleased as well as saddened to read the rickshaw driver anecdote. Pleased because Mr Buch displayed true character of a civil servant and helped a layman who was being unduly harassed.

I was sad because not every officer emulates Mr Buch and thus people suffer due to red tape and the slow grinding mill of the government.

No doubt, we have taken long strides and e-governance is becoming part of our life, but the progress is rather slow while the babus’ attitude is deplorable. They refuse to realise the fact that they will have to serve the public.

Hope the attitude changes and true spirit of service like that of Mr Buch's drills is drilled because no other way seems possible or workable in our government class. 

B. M. PURI (via e-mail) 



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