Thursday, December 13, 2018

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12 Dec 2018

Was queen of hearts and flavours...

Rishabh Kochhar12 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

With the world mourning the loss of former US President Bush, we almost forgot the demise of Karre Mastanamma, dubbed the world’s oldest celebrity chef at 107, from a village near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.

11 Dec 2018

Win her, not through coercion

Surinder Singh Sohal11 Dec 2018 | 12:33 AM

THOSE knocked off their pedestal or perch in politics and in the world of glamour and showbiz by the #MeToo wave must be ruing their sexual peccadilloes and wandering hands that belatedly did them in: their comeuppance.

10 Dec 2018

Kidney act wins thousand hearts

Javeed Ali10 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

MANJOT SINGH KOHLI, a 23-year-old Sikh girl from Udhampur district, is a rights activist. Her name is trending on social media, for what is an inspirational act.

08 Dec 2018

From an LIC agent, a dheeth lesson

Col DS Cheema (Retd)08 Dec 2018 | 12:22 AM

The greatest tragedy to have visited united India was partition, which uprooted millions of families like ours.

07 Dec 2018

What gender is anger?

Rashmi Kalia07 Dec 2018 | 12:15 AM

On our wall is a sculpture of Goddess Kali, the Goddess of feminine rage and resistance: black in colour, eyes red with intoxication and in absolute rage.

06 Dec 2018

Wild love in the wild

Karan Thapar06 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

Do you ever think about the sex life of tigers? It’s an esoteric subject and you’re unlikely to find much on it in bookshops.

05 Dec 2018

To be happy once more!

Rajnish05 Dec 2018 | 12:00 AM

HAPPINESS, they say, is a state of mind.

04 Dec 2018

Right slogan, wrong twist!

KR Bharti04 Dec 2018 | 12:28 AM

Two bus accidents have taken place in quick succession recently in Himachal, killing scores of people.

03 Dec 2018

Lord Hanuman and monkey totem

Chandrabhaal Tripathi03 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

I AM glad that Sri Nand Kumar Sai, Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, has tried to explode a myth that Lord Hanuman was not a monkey but a tribal leader.

01 Dec 2018

B&W added colour to life

MR Anand01 Dec 2018 | 12:10 AM

OUR street has a lone dog. A black dog with white patches. He is not attached to any particular house, but he and our street’s iron-wallah Muthu have a soft corner for one another.

30 Nov 2018

To not die unsung, unheard, unknown

Subhash C Sharma30 Nov 2018 | 12:52 AM

AMONG books, sometimes, you come across priceless gems which dwell in your soul like a soft sweet melody. For me, Jung Bahadur Goel’s Muhabbatnama has been one such book; reading it has been like falling in love.

29 Nov 2018

Brothers in arms; not at war

Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (retd)29 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

NOW and then, incidents of military-police confrontation crop up, which need to be handled with maturity.

28 Nov 2018

Suddenly, all is a lot less noisy

KK Paul28 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

Recently I had an occasion to visit a government hospital in Delhi and was pleasantly surprised.

27 Nov 2018

Punjabi pag shines through!

JS Raghavan27 Nov 2018 | 12:02 AM

There was a time when orthodox Brahmin lawyers in Tamil Nadu sported a tuft.

26 Nov 2018

Pygmy artwork that became giant

Balvinder26 Nov 2018 | 12:24 AM

THE Statue of Unity, one of the most expensive dream projects of PM Modi, was unveiled with great fanfare. Built at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore, and with a height of 182 m (597 ft), it is being presented as the world’s tallest monument.

24 Nov 2018

The thinking cap stays on for good

24 Nov 2018 | 12:19 AM

The other day I met a young lady specialising in training children to sharpen their 'thinking' skills.

23 Nov 2018

Goodbye Fahmida Riaz…

Swarajbir23 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

Won’t you wait for the full moon?’ With this long poem she posed an eternal question before the masses of Pakistan.

22 Nov 2018

A defeat that smells of love & hope

Hari Krishan Chaudhary22 Nov 2018 | 12:05 AM

THE trees were majestic, lining the internal roads of our society. Planted decades ago, they had grown tall, with a green canopy of branches covered with a profusion of seven-pointed leaves, giving them the name ‘saptparni’, along with its other name — the ‘devil’s tree’.

21 Nov 2018

A war hero who returned with his horse

21 Nov 2018 | 12:47 AM

The world has been celebrating 100 years of the end of World War I, with the signing of Amistice on November 11.

20 Nov 2018

Time once, now pollution reading

20 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

Once 2.5 PM and 10 PM were times on a clock, now they have become a measure of deadly particulate matter of smoke and dust we inhale to challenge organs meant for a gust of fresh air. Things were never so bad.

19 Nov 2018

A saviour off the battlefield too

Brig SS Ahluwalia (retd), VrC19 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

A great soldier and a great warrior, who won a heroic battle in the sand dunes of Laungewala near Jaisalmer in December 1971 war, left us last Saturday. The battle at Laungewala was a ‘touch and go’ affair for India.

17 Nov 2018

Bliss within easy reach, go for it

Amrinder Bajaj17 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

Bliss is having a mirchi ka pakora — carry-home leftovers after a morning party at a yoga centre — with adrak ki chai on the terrace and sharing it with my Lhasa Apso.

16 Nov 2018

The order changes, not perhaps for good

Sushil Kumar Phull16 Nov 2018 | 12:08 AM

In the late ’60s I registered with the PU to pursue a Phd degree in Hindi. Dr Ganpati Chander Gupta was my adviser. The first DLitt in Hindi from the university, he had added to the lexicon a new word, ‘literology’ — science of literature.

15 Nov 2018

Instant darshan, NTR style!

MR Anand15 Nov 2018 | 12:33 AM

NT Rama Rao, the former Chief Minister and yesteryear Telugu superstar, was our distinguished neighbour when I was a student of Ramakrishna Mission School in Chennai.

14 Nov 2018

The joy of youth dimmed by conflict

Affan Yesvi14 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

Ittifaaq, a social organisation, recently held a programme for pellet victims in Srinagar.

13 Nov 2018

Let’s drink to that, a little at a time

Col HP Singh (retd)13 Nov 2018 | 12:45 AM

I was born in a family of boozers. So fanatic was my indoctrination that till I came of age, I always thought that brandy was a medicine for cough and cold.

12 Nov 2018

Strains of Jana Gana Mana in Bavay

Vee Walker12 Nov 2018 | 12:16 AM

The audience of several hundred waits expectantly.

10 Nov 2018

From a lion at sea to the Gir

Lt Gen Baljit Singh (Retd)10 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

Paradoxical as it may sound, but here was a man who could not swim even in a bath tub and yet he ‘missed by a whisker to be the Naval Chief’, as he mused with a chuckle to my wife during a brief visit to our home in 2012.

09 Nov 2018

The true wisdom of sarbat da bhala

Charanjeet Singh Minhas09 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

IT was the Saturday after.

07 Nov 2018

Diwali at Akbar’s birthplace in Pakistan

Sumit Paul07 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

At this juncture of history when India and Pakistan are at loggerheads and baying for each other’s blood, imagining Diwali at Amarkot (Sindh) in Pakistan may sound incredible to people.

06 Nov 2018

Chowk, the harbinger of news

Satish K Sharma06 Nov 2018 | 12:37 AM

The 250 sq-ft courtyard of my ancestors’ stone-and-mortar house at our village in Rajasthan was simply known as ‘chowk’.

05 Nov 2018

In step with both science & tradition

JS Raghavan05 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

DECADES back, the black and white Doordarshan channel was the only source of drawing-room entertainment. When I dropped in at the sprawling house of the Shankars, the hall was empty, but for Susheela, the daughter-in-law.

03 Nov 2018

This Diwali, give away... to get

Surjit Singh Flora03 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

DIWALI is one of the largest and most popular festivals in India. My appeal to all is: Be a Santa Claus this Diwali! Indians have a habit of spending a lot on festivals, especially on crackers on Diwali.

It was Bose who ushered gender parity

Col DS Cheema (Retd)03 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

THE other day, reading about the induction of girls in Sainik Schools, I recalled the days when I was studying in a small-town school in the early 1960s.

01 Nov 2018

Name-game and whom to blame

Vikram Kanwar01 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

THAT change is the law of nature appears to be fast catching up with Indian cities.

31 Oct 2018

A begonia window & loss of a friend

Preeti Monga31 Oct 2018 | 12:34 AM

THE most beautiful window that I once had in my house in Mumbai was the one with begonia under the skylight in the west wing, where seven silver-dappled Rex Begonia made a permanent rainbow, with their ruby, purple, orange, peacock, chocolate and tomato-red leaves.

30 Oct 2018

The well-meaning neighbourhood uncle

Rajan Kapoor30 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE other day, when an elderly man of my colony registered his protest against some boys driving recklessly, in a monthly meeting, a quarrel broke out among the parents of the boys accused of rash driving and the complainant.

29 Oct 2018

A lyrical legacy that must go on

Ramnik Mohan29 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

A FEW months ago a song caught on — Ae watan, watan mere aabaad rahe tu/ Mai jahaan rahoon, jahaan mein yaad rahe tu.... A friend had sent an audio download of the song from the film Raazi.

27 Oct 2018

Discovering bliss in the mundane

Nikhil Jaiashwani27 Oct 2018 | 12:08 AM

When I count my blessings, the little alcove in my first-floor flat finds its way right to the top.

26 Oct 2018

Benefit of not snitching on comrades

Brig Gurinder Singh (Retd)26 Oct 2018 | 12:48 AM

This Air Force Day, the Chief of Air Staff graciously invited Hon. Capt. Faqir Singh, his drill Ustad (Instructor) at the NDA. Your parents teach you to walk but drill Ustad teaches you to march properly. It is not unusual for any officer to remember his Ustads.

25 Oct 2018

His tinctured & unrequited love

Gurupdesh Singh25 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

Sahir''s poetry is all about love, yet it is not. He is romantic in diction yet sounds anti-romantic in content and stance. He is sentimental, melodramatic yet reads like a realist, direct and in your face.

24 Oct 2018

The loss of a dented helmet

P Lal24 Oct 2018 | 1:01 AM

THE hullaballoo over the use of a helmet by two-wheeler women riders of a certain faith reminds me of my own days in the early part of my career when I was posted as a Superintendent of Police in the Punjab CID at Chandigarh.

23 Oct 2018

When orchards grew around Joda Fatak

Rajiv Sharma23 Oct 2018 | 12:38 AM

MY entire childhood was spent around the site of the Amritsar train tragedy, Joda Fatak, named so because of two parallel level crossings. It seems my playground has been stabbed and mutilated.

22 Oct 2018

Only if love could have saved him...

Charanjeet Singh Minhas22 Oct 2018 | 12:35 AM

IT was 2009. I was in Bangalore. A cool breeze was bringing sweetness to the surroundings. On the phone, my wife was telling me the news from our home in Delaware.

20 Oct 2018

In education, the death of curiosity

KM Sheshagiri20 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

TWO incidents serve as a backdrop to this piece.

19 Oct 2018

The many Ravanas on our back

Hari Krishan Chaudhary19 Oct 2018 | 12:13 AM

HORDES of children of the society knocked on my door. A leader among them came forward, ‘Uncleji, Dasehra donation please!’

18 Oct 2018

Going round in circles with camel

Satish K Sharma18 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

DHOLKA, where I arrived in a no-frills state road transport bus one day in October 1987, is a small town of Ahmedabad rural district.