Saturday, March 23, 2019
21 Mar 2019

Good old Shimla a thing of the past

Col Mahesh Chadha (retd)21 Mar 2019 | 5:41 AM

Walking for miles to school across Shimla dales, drinking water at a flowing spring; pelting stones at some pear, apple, plum, fig tree and savouring the raw fruit; plucking a berry or some wild flower; admiring a farmer ploughing his terraced fields with a pair of oxen; giving a helping hand to a whistling shepherd to mentor his sheep and caressing his lamb are unconvincing stories for my grandchildren.

20 Mar 2019

Coonoor cashew & Tatanagar tamarind

Arupendu Gupta20 Mar 2019 | 7:06 AM

Some months ago I was at Coonoor and was pleasantly surprised to spot a cashew tree in the wild, laden with fruits and the trademark cashew nut hanging below the fruit.

19 Mar 2019

Need real leaders, not celebrities

Neela Sood19 Mar 2019 | 6:32 AM

Dates for the elections have been announced. Political parties look like preferring celebrities, ignoring the claims of professional politicians.

18 Mar 2019

Warm trick to beat the cold

Col Avnish Sharma (retd)18 Mar 2019 | 6:54 AM

Unlike my wife, who belongs to the hills, I am not fond of winter.

16 Mar 2019

Fairy tales that feed prejudice

Komal Randhawa16 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller, said Steve Jobs.

15 Mar 2019

Time when it was about ‘you, not me’

Sanjeev Trikha15 Mar 2019 | 7:41 AM

The feeling of ‘not you but me’ seems to be governing today’s human character.

14 Mar 2019

A taste for stolen cucumbers!

14 Mar 2019 | 6:42 AM

The cliché is old. It has been in use in rural and urban slang alike for long, making a powerful punch in an argument among children.

13 Mar 2019

Mounting guard on horseback

Gautam Kaul13 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

Anews report recently stated that the Maharashtra Police were recalling the use of the police horse for patrol duties in the city, after 87 years.

12 Mar 2019

Real patriot? An honest worker

Rajan Kapoor12 Mar 2019 | 7:31 AM

THE recent tension between India and Pakistan triggered a meaningful discussion on patriotism in my classroom. A group of students hailed India’s muscular approach. Another group remained silent.

11 Mar 2019

Confusing bullets with confetti

Maninder Bains11 Mar 2019 | 7:31 AM

People want peace, joy and not war.

09 Mar 2019

Curd-rice or Pandit Nehru?

09 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

One of the essential victuals in the school bag in those days was a loaded, circular, stainless-steel tiffin box to be in readiness to appease hunger pangs at lunchtime.

08 Mar 2019

Women cricketers, what a league!

Sudhirendar Sharma08 Mar 2019 | 6:58 AM

After almost a lifetime of following cricket, first on radio and later on television, I have switched on to watching women’s cricket.

07 Mar 2019

Punishing slip, the Army way

Raj Kadyan07 Mar 2019 | 6:47 AM

Every Army battalion appoints a duty officer of the week (DOW) with a charter of duties. Our battalion was in the process of being raised. With only a few officers posted, the DOW turn came every four or five weeks.

06 Mar 2019

‘No’, it is not a bad word

06 Mar 2019 | 6:40 AM

Growing up as an Indian, it is a character defect — the inability to say ‘no’. Can you say no to your mother when she offers a second helping at the dinner table? Can you say no to your boss? How about saying no to your wife or mother-in-law?

05 Mar 2019

Be on time, rain or shine

Mohan Singh05 Mar 2019 | 6:33 AM

Khalsa COLLEGE, Amritsar, was rightly called a nursery of the Army, Air Force and administrative or IPS officers. This status existed in the mid-20th century when I entered the portals of this august institution in 1952, as a first- year student, only to retire as a lecturer in 1995.

04 Mar 2019

Don’t let him down, he never does

Col HP Singh (retd)04 Mar 2019 | 6:48 AM

THE nation is full of praise for the defence forces following the air strike on our belligerent neighbour. The forces have always risen to the occasion whenever the country has demanded.

02 Mar 2019

Con Air replay aboard a bus!

02 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

The ability to make my face expressionless has paid me rich dividends at times, especially when I am travelling by public transport, which I often do.

01 Mar 2019

When radio was window to world

01 Mar 2019 | 7:02 AM

World Radio Day recently reminded me of my first addiction in life.

28 Feb 2019

Lending a hand in the kitchen

28 Feb 2019 | 6:48 AM

I have liked the kitchen ever since I was five years old. I used to watch my grandmother as she made rice dal and vegetable curry in our Kanchipuram house.

27 Feb 2019

These shows we can do without

27 Feb 2019 | 6:51 AM

On February 19, two Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team aircraft collided, killing Wg Cdr Sahil Gandhi and injuring two officers during the 12th edition of the Aero India show at Bengaluru.

26 Feb 2019

The hunter of maladies & mischief

26 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Salt and pepper beard, lean frame, average height, energetic demeanour, white trousers, matching shirt and azure turban were the hallmarks of Mr Sucha Singh, the pharmacist at the school infirmary.

25 Feb 2019

Not jungle, ‘human raj’ sucks

25 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

There was much commotion in the jungle. Animals and birds were taking out a rally. The fluttering and screeching of the birds and the growling, snarling of the animals, both big and small, echoed in the jungle.

23 Feb 2019

But will it help in the real exam?

Jayanti Roy23 Feb 2019 | 7:08 AM

With all the reports about the harmful impacts, distractions, wastage of time due to social media, we would expect our children to refrain from using it, at least during exam days.

22 Feb 2019

A lakeside glimpse of life

RK Saboo22 Feb 2019 | 7:13 AM

I GO to the Sukhna Lake every morning for a walk.

21 Feb 2019

Ready to be a mouse for that house!

MR Anand21 Feb 2019 | 7:32 AM

There lived, half a century ago, a Gujarati family in our street.

20 Feb 2019

Neither a borrower nor a lender be

Ritu Kamra Kumar20 Feb 2019 | 7:10 AM

Neither a borrower, nor a lender be.

19 Feb 2019

Reclaiming old grandeur

Aneet Kanwal Randhawa19 Feb 2019 | 7:28 AM

One has to break the mundane to enter the realm of the interesting.

18 Feb 2019

Give teachers freedom to mould pupils

Beant Singh18 Feb 2019 | 6:53 AM

The recent unsavoury incident relating to the humiliation of a District Education Officer at a school function by a minister, in the presence of her subordinates and students, is food for thought, especially for educationists.

16 Feb 2019

Is it the end of humanity?

Vishal Kumar16 Feb 2019 | 6:45 AM

Although it was a beautiful sunny morning at my native town, I had to cancel my morning walk, as I was supposed to board a train to Delhi.

15 Feb 2019

Years later, the question still haunts

SS Chhina15 Feb 2019 | 6:41 AM

The bustle of teacher union’s elections at the end of every academic session was an annual feature.

14 Feb 2019

The feet, a good place to be

JS Raghavan14 Feb 2019 | 6:28 AM

DURING the halcyon days, when elders commanded respect from youngsters, it was customary to prostate before them when they arrived.

13 Feb 2019

Why ‘likes’ shouldn’t really matter

Aditya Mukherjee13 Feb 2019 | 6:38 AM

Unlike others for whom being on Facebook is a raison d’etre of their social identity, I have never found this democratic platform invigorating.

12 Feb 2019

Pink slip of the other kind

Mohan Singh12 Feb 2019 | 6:44 AM

Twentieth-century typewriters, their parts like key levers, carriage, roller and tabulator, and their functions were unintelligible to us kids, though my elder brother, who was a steno in the DC’s office in the 1950s, had access to all carriage sizes A to E.

11 Feb 2019

Sad end to a long chapter

Shiv Sethi11 Feb 2019 | 6:58 AM

Books are the chief defence of a society. Any generation that does not buy books cannot nurture its intellectual capacities.

09 Feb 2019

The last of Janus generation

AK Maria09 Feb 2019 | 6:29 AM

We are a limited edition, the first and the last, extremely unique and will be extinct within two-three decades.

08 Feb 2019

‘Still charming’ Shimla of yore

Raaja Bhasin08 Feb 2019 | 7:07 AM

My late father first came to Shimla from Lahore in the 1920s as a small boy.

07 Feb 2019

When a wedding meant more

Col Mahesh Chadha (retd)07 Feb 2019 | 6:32 AM

WHEN I attend weddings these days, I am wonderstruck! Gone are the days when the ceremony was considered a solemn occasion. All rituals were performed with sobriety and invocation of the Almighty.

06 Feb 2019

So kids may be able caregivers...

Neela Sood06 Feb 2019 | 6:38 AM

I had a chance to visit a couple who had put three posters on the wall of the drawing room of their house.

05 Feb 2019

Retreat of the humane side

Sanjeev Trikha05 Feb 2019 | 7:02 AM

Nationalism is not a showpiece to be worn on the sleeve.

04 Feb 2019

Poor me, don’t pour that drink...

04 Feb 2019 | 6:37 AM

AAP MP Bhagwant Mann put alcohol right, left, front and centre in our drawing rooms, chilled with guilt and drowned with apologies with a hangover of repentance.

02 Feb 2019

A wile to win over Winston

George N Netto02 Feb 2019 | 6:48 AM

In the 1970s, I often accompanied my British planter-boss during his inspection of Munnar’s sprawling tea estates.

01 Feb 2019

Up & down the NPA roller-coaster

01 Feb 2019 | 6:41 AM

Bankers these days remain obsessed with NPAs (non-performing assets).

31 Jan 2019

The past and the present in Jind

31 Jan 2019 | 6:54 AM

This is a voice from the past; a voice which echoes, unlike the din created by the present-day loud and confusing electioneering, where more than the candidates’ persona, their social media presence matters.

30 Jan 2019

Unisex apron with strings attached!

30 Jan 2019 | 6:45 AM

Sooner or later, even an alpha male, treating the kitchen as an unexplored terrain in his residence, may have to venture into it, with no more protection than an apron.

29 Jan 2019

Rohith’s note and political gods

29 Jan 2019 | 6:49 AM

On January 17, three years ago, Rohith left a suicide note. A part of the letter, in which he expressed disillusionment with Ambedkar Students’ Association and Student Federation of India, and their ambitions to change the world, was struck out.

28 Jan 2019

Questions are gone, the answers too

TK Nandanan28 Jan 2019 | 6:54 AM

Death is a great leveller. And with the death of the man who knew too much, in our locality, an era of enlightenment passed away.

26 Jan 2019

The elfin charm of emojis

Mina Surjit Singh26 Jan 2019 | 6:35 AM

A couple of days ago, a friend sent me a video of an insensitive, distasteful and sexist act by a stand-up comedian, which surprised me.