Friday, October 18, 2019
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17 Oct 2019

So someone may see rainbow

Major Amarjeet Batth (retd)17 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

I once attended a seminar on eye donation, where speakers extolled the virtues of being an eye donor.

16 Oct 2019

Lessons from rites of passage

Sudhansu Mohanty16 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

My mind often goes back to the evening I returned home after cremating my father.

15 Oct 2019

Books, like humans, age too

Jaspreet Singh15 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

F or God’s sake and for your benefit, please don’t tear pages’ and ‘Please don’t tear the pages, God is watching your deeds’.

14 Oct 2019

A debt of Rs 50 remains unpaid

JBS Nanda14 Oct 2019 | 6:23 AM

The tale of my alma mater, Government College, Ludhiana, in which I studied from 1960-66, remains incomplete if I do not touch upon the splendid personality of my canteen contractor, popularly called ‘Santa Singh canteenwala’.

12 Oct 2019

Dey is forgotten, Nehru’s ‘daughter’ too

12 Oct 2019 | 6:52 AM

It had been built by the muscles of refugees who had been uprooted from their homes as a result of the Partition and put in a camp commanded by the great visionary, SK Dey. He decided to construct Nilokheri as an agro-industrial township as well as a focal point for rural development by linking the adjoining villages with it. It could claim to be the first planned township of North India.

11 Oct 2019

The many Ching Fung-Lis on road

11 Oct 2019 | 6:39 AM

Road safety week functions, like several other ceremonious oath-takings the year round, have not yielded any fruitful transformation. Punjab is among some states that have decided to put on hold the amended Motor Vehicles Act.

10 Oct 2019

Gandhi and the final trigger

10 Oct 2019 | 6:50 AM

Why was Mahatma Gandhi, who propagated ahimsa, responsible for India attaining Independence, and revered by most Indians and the world, assassinated? Punjab and Bengal, two Muslim-majority provinces with sizeable Hindu and Sikh population, were bifurcated on the eve of our Independence.

09 Oct 2019

The jogger with the flute

09 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

I had been wondering where he lived till one day I saw him jogging towards the garden as I waited for the signal to turn green. Yes, he comes from the same area where I live. While I drive to the Fragrance Garden, he comes running along the pavement. Once in the garden, he goes on steadily jogging, his breath almost loud as he crosses.

08 Oct 2019

A motorcycle for mom

08 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

I was introduced to the word ‘dowry’ even before I could spell it. I think it was one of the first few words I learnt, not at school, but at home. I knew that this five-letter word was the reason why my parents quarrelled, why my granny refused to give milk to my mother, why mom washed clothes in winter with ice-cold water, and why she often sobbed silently in the bathroom.

07 Oct 2019

Aam Kashmiri, soldier keep suffering

07 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

The removal of Article 370 has brought Kashmir into focus in a big way. While the official narrative is focused around ending the problems of Kashmiri people and integrating them with mainstream India, the other side is harping about the end of the special status and security clampdown along with restrictions on communication.

05 Oct 2019

Once a teacher, always a teacher

Anirudh Dhanda05 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

THOSE were the times when teachers enjoyed a different status in society. Parents would go to school only once, at the time of admission, and leave it to the teacher to educate the child — and also to set him right.

04 Oct 2019

Celebrate with 550 hospitals, schools

Gursharan Singh04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

I live in Ludhiana, and on many occasions have visited the Christian Medical College & Hospital (CMC&H) for treatment of self or attending to a relative or friend.

Leading by example, on cycle

Raj Kadyan04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

Recently an Army Commander-designate cycled from Delhi to Jaipur to take over his post.

02 Oct 2019

Demolishing a demigod

02 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

I could see it coming from a mile. ‘Who is Veer Savarkar?’ my nine-year-old daughter asked, moments after we landed at the international airport named after him at Port Blair. The present tense wasn’t really wrong as the controversial figure lives on even over five decades after his death.

01 Oct 2019

When a group of boys met CM Kairon

Lt Col Swarajinder Singh (Retd)01 Oct 2019 | 6:49 AM

Sardar Partap Singh Kairon, former CM of Punjab, was a great visionary.

30 Sep 2019

The bonds that bind

Upant Sharma30 Sep 2019 | 6:40 AM

Among the experiences of life catalogued in my private journal, a soulful rendezvous with a child every day in the park at twilight has been one of my most treasured possessions.

28 Sep 2019

Big, fat weddings at what cost?

28 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

Chaotic, slow-moving traffic competing for space with incoming baratis dancing to drumbeats with unbridled flamboyance while heading for wedding venues; countless cars, with valets at a loss to find appropriate parking; women decked up in what they perceive is ‘wedding appropriate’, glittering jewellery in the cold winter wedding season are a norm rather than exception.

27 Sep 2019

Turning English on its head!

Satish K Sharma27 Sep 2019 | 6:59 AM

FRIends, there is no shortage of funds for the promotion of our new product but we must achieve our sales targets.

26 Sep 2019

A heartthrob who defined ‘cool’

Meera Malik26 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

The birth anniversary of Dev Anand brings back a kaleidoscope of memories from my childhood and youth.

25 Sep 2019

Goody bags for wedding guests

JS Raghavan25 Sep 2019 | 7:22 AM

On the eve of South Indian weddings, it was customary to put together a goody bag, meant for departing guests, the task superintended by a mirthful uncle of the bride-to-be, who regaled young nephews with risque stories, since all would be in a celebratory mood.

24 Sep 2019

Pride of place — laddoo, jhumka

Sudhirendar Sharma24 Sep 2019 | 7:33 AM

IT is the stuff of legend that products and places pride their identity from. Think of it, the ash gourd sweet candy called petha has given Agra its distinct geographical indication (GI) label.

23 Sep 2019

Sleepy city to symbol of future

RK Saboo23 Sep 2019 | 6:47 AM

As a student, I always considered history to be a dry subject and shunned it immediately after matriculation.

21 Sep 2019

More than just a blue dot

Hena Kumar Sukhna21 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

Travelling from Ludhiana to Chandigarh, I was amazed to see how my entire world had started revolving around a blue dot.

20 Sep 2019

Another temple is born, in a park

Rajiv Sharma20 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

It all began with a small structure raised by a devotee in one corner of a public park.

19 Sep 2019

Hockey stick lost to a mob

NJ Ravi Chander19 Sep 2019 | 6:40 AM

The Madhavraya Mudaliar Road, Fraser Town, Bengaluru, is famous for its eateries and food stalls that sprout up during the holy month of Ramadan.

18 Sep 2019

Gift of values, not valuables

Mahesh Grover18 Sep 2019 | 6:43 AM

A young lad, upon being gifted a brand-new BMW car recently, took exception to this affectionate gesture of his parents, since nothing less than a Jaguar measured up to his expectations.

17 Sep 2019

When the grace of rain is a curse

IP Anand17 Sep 2019 | 6:42 AM

Says an Urdu poet, ‘Yeh na socha ke lahu barsa hai ke barsa pani/ Log bachon ki tarha khush hein ki barsaat hui’ (Without giving a thought whether it showered blood or water, people are delighted like kids that it has rained).

16 Sep 2019

Getting through old age, a day at a time

IM Soni16 Sep 2019 | 6:31 AM

Iam 84 years old, and want to share a secret: you simply grow old in calendar years.

14 Sep 2019

Roll of dice in the face of fire

14 Sep 2019 | 6:57 AM

OUR artillery had opened up in the neighbouring sector and enemy retaliation on our post was imminent. We took shelter in the bunkers prepared by drilling into the rock-solid ice at the Siberian temperatures of the Siachen Glacier.

13 Sep 2019

Hardwired into digital-scape

13 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

As you age, there’s this urge to silhouette ‘life lived’ with ‘life present’ — to assess changes. What’s striking today is mobile telephony. The ride on the Internet highway is so bewitching that no ancient man like me would have ever wildly dreamt of.

12 Sep 2019

Never loyal, but gain loyalty

12 Sep 2019 | 6:47 AM

Talking about me, Christopher Marlowe says that I am just external trash. Au contraire, Dan Ariely puts me on a pedestal, calling me the oxygen of life. I have both detractors and devotees in this world. The ravages of time debilitate every robust body one day, but the theory of ageing does not apply to me.

11 Sep 2019

Emptiness, grief & love left behind

11 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

I was driving past a newly opened eatery. My first impulse was to dial dad and ask him to meet me there for lunch. Another time, I was clicking the beautiful landscapes of Leh during my first-ever solo trip, and I thought papa won’t stop raving about the pictures when he sees these.

10 Sep 2019

Sawan, then, was the real deal

10 Sep 2019 | 6:38 AM

In the monsoon season, I am reminded of the good old days of my village in west Pakistan. My village, Rwaat, was 10 km from Islamabad. I cherish the reminiscences of the month of Sawan celebrated in the village.

09 Sep 2019

Would we have made the cut now?

09 Sep 2019 | 6:43 AM

In my student years, the longest vacation was the four-month gap awaiting the School Leaving Examination Certificate from Cambridge University and entry to a college of my choosing, in 1953.

Nagarkar, a liar who spoke the truth

Bindu Menon09 Sep 2019 | 6:43 AM

IN one of his interviews, Kiran Nagarkar said a writer had to tell many lies, and confessed that he was a liar in that sense. In the death of Nagarkar, the literary world has lost a liar who was obsessed with telling many uncomfortable truths.

06 Sep 2019

Redbuttons never crowed again...

06 Sep 2019 | 7:15 AM

No household in our street reared chicken. That was why I was surprised when one Sunday morning I heard a cock-a-doodle-doo from our backyard. When I went down to investigate, there stood on the compound wall a rooster. Never before had I seen a smaller rooster. His red-button eyes were bold and full of self-confidence.

05 Sep 2019

A teacher must be more, much more

Rajesh Sharma05 Sep 2019 | 6:43 AM

Knowledge might be the safest of possessions, but it becomes toxic if one doesn’t constantly work on it. The warning comes from Narayana who composed Hitopadesha over 10 centuries ago.

04 Sep 2019

Shadow of a school, once vibrant

LN Dahiya04 Sep 2019 | 6:41 AM

About 63 years ago, I was admitted to grade VI at Government Middle School in a village in Sonepat district.

03 Sep 2019

A little space for everyone

Poonam Khaira Sidhu03 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

There is a buzz in our home, as we prepare for our younger son to acquire a wife.

02 Sep 2019

Pride and glory make the flag

Sanjeev Trikha02 Sep 2019 | 6:32 AM

My name is Tricolour.

31 Aug 2019

Help them grow out of the box

Sarika Kanwar31 Aug 2019 | 6:35 AM

A girl’s favourite colour is pink, they say, and a boy’s is blue. What if a girl likes blue and a boy loves pink? Would that be ‘normal’? Will we accept it? Or we consciously brainwash children into the pink and blue boxes, where they’ll keep living their whole life?

30 Aug 2019

Accursed to tell the truth

Narinder Jit Kaur30 Aug 2019 | 6:33 AM

I am a mirror. I don’t have an existence of my own. It’s only when someone comes into my contact that I become alive.

29 Aug 2019

Old joy of letters & typewriter

Aalisha Chauhan29 Aug 2019 | 6:29 AM

One fine day, brushing my hand over my typewriter placed at the far edge of the shelf under heaps of dust, I thought how letters and postcards were a thing of the past now.

28 Aug 2019

Tasneem leaves a literary void

DC Sharma28 Aug 2019 | 6:43 AM

The year was 1968.

27 Aug 2019

‘Use or lose’ is for weapons too

Col DS Cheema (Retd)27 Aug 2019 | 7:51 AM

The news giving details of all 21 guns not firing at the State funeral of former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra did not surprise me, but did take me back to an incident in 1990.

26 Aug 2019

A man for all seasons

Sanjay Jain26 Aug 2019 | 6:54 AM

PLAINTIVE cries on ArunJaitley’s demise can’t remain confined to his Kailash Colony residence, from where he shaped the destinies of many of his loved ones and the unknown.

24 Aug 2019

Exquisite Mona Lisa moment

Parbina Rashid24 Aug 2019 | 7:18 AM

Y ou bought disappointment worth 52 euros,’ said my sister when I told her that I just bought a ticket for a group tour to Louvre.

23 Aug 2019

Years later, patience paid

Lal Singh23 Aug 2019 | 6:47 AM

Our ship was on a Far East-Pacific-US voyage. After loading cargo at Calcutta and fuel bunkering in Singapore, we reached a Taiwanese port called Keelung. While on a sightseeing walk, I found a huge crowd outside a large department store.