to good manners
There was a time when
politeness was taken for granted. Now, in-your-face rudeness has
become a norm rather than an aberration, whatever the cause — be it
life in the fast lane or just the growing apathy towards others
upon a time it was unthinkable for anyone not to say ‘sorry’ for
any inconvenience caused, howsoever minor, or a thank you for any
favour. Social interaction was punctuated by graciousness and charm
and to say 'please' came easily. Cut to the present, all courtesies
and graces have gone with the wind and what has replaced these is
crass and loud behaviour that is taken as a sign of confidence and
no thank you please
etiquette and good manners, once considered an asset, an essential
courtesy in any communication, now appear to be a fading trend. People
used words like 'Thank you', 'Please,' ‘Excuse me’ and 'Sorry' in
their speech so often to establish long-lasting relationships.
gymming: Fads and facts
and more teenagers are hitting the gym with a vengeance. There is an
increasing consciousness of an acceptable image in the society. The
boom of reality TV shows and the desire to make it big also boosts the
The fabled land of sun, sand
and the sea is falling victim to its own myth. Saturation tourism and
environmental degradation stare the idyllic getaway in the face
little land of Goa was called paradise because of its swaying palms
and silver sands. There were vistas of virgin land as far as the eye
could see, parted by sprawling rivers and a lazy, content and a
susegado ambience in which the visitor was king.
Space wars: A rare sight as fishermen work their nets on their lone boat on the Benaulim beach. Today, almost every available nook on beaches across Goa is taken up by beach shacks and beds, pushing the traditional fishermen out of their own space Photo: S Gasper D’Souza
S Gasper d’Souza
the past decade, the tiny state of Goa has seen rapid growth, albeit
somewhat unplanned, creating consternation in the minds of many a Goan.
At the same time, Goa continues to be called home by many who choose
to set up abode here.
A born leader, Lala
Harkishen Lal electrified Punjab, literally and metaphorically
nearly 50 years, sandwiched between two centuries, the 19th and 20th,
Lala Harkishen Lal whether from the heights of fame or from a prison
cell attracted public attention and influenced society. Harkishen Lal
(1864-1937), was born in Leiah, a town near Dera Gazi Khan.
footsteps of Dr Living Stone
The gateway to the Victoria
Falls from the Zambian side, the town is named after Scottish
missionary David Livingstone, who crusaded for the abolition of slave
ago, graceful ladies in long Victorian gowns carrying parasols waded
their way to the river for their boat trip on the Zambezi. Smartly
dressed gentlemen with hats danced the waltz, bridge and chess parties
and boat regattas kept the Europeans busy.
called Dara Singh
From being a wrestler to an
actor, India’s original muscle man and action hero won many
Devinder Bir Kaur
Ramanand Sagar was making the mega-serial Ramayana for
Doordarshan, he wanted only Dara Singh to play the role of Hanuman.
Dara Singh had already played the monkey god in the film Jai
Bajrang Bali, but that was in his heyday.