Thursday, August 16, 2018

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15 Aug 2018

Patriotism, the tailor-made kind

Ashima Sehajpal Batish15 Aug 2018 | 12:02 AM

DURING the interval of Mulk, a film that deals with seemingly bigger patriotism issues, an ad of an ethnic clothing brand for men brings it down to ‘pehno apni pehchan’.

14 Aug 2018

Medication and abnormal lab tests

Samir Malhotra14 Aug 2018 | 12:59 AM

A few months back I had this telephonic conversationMr.

13 Aug 2018

True sacrifice not about the goat

Sumit Paul13 Aug 2018 | 12:37 AM

IN these highly polarised times when the binary of ‘they’ and ‘us’ is becoming increasingly blatant and boorish, a heart-warming memory of religious munificence still gladdens my heart and mind.

11 Aug 2018

Torture didn’t break him, this did

Naresh Raj11 Aug 2018 | 1:20 AM

MY father was a teacher and a freedom fighter who took part in ‘Praja Mandal’, a political outfit launched by Babu Brish Bhan and Giani Zail Singh, former President of India, in the early thirties.

10 Aug 2018

A green thumb that got out of hand

Desh Bir Sharma10 Aug 2018 | 12:19 AM

IN recent months I had felt a keen desire to go green.

09 Aug 2018

Karunanidhi’s Punjab connect

KS Chawla09 Aug 2018 | 12:31 AM

THE late Justice Gurnam Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who was Chief Minister of Punjab, and M Karunanidhi, DMK supremo and five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, are considered pioneers of seeking greater autonomy for states and federalism in the country.

08 Aug 2018

‘Ameer Nishan’ as it really was

Parbina Rashid08 Aug 2018 | 12:45 AM

It was not Anubhav Sinha’s appeal to everyone (Pakistanis included) to watch Mulk legally or illegally (it is banned in Pakistan) that made me visit my nearest cinema hall when it opened this Friday.

07 Aug 2018

Defend the right to disagree

Lalit Mohan07 Aug 2018 | 12:47 AM

For the moment Kanhaiya Kumar is off the hook.

06 Aug 2018

After sparrows, frogs too vanish

Rakesh Kochhar06 Aug 2018 | 12:04 AM

MONSOON has been in full swing. Rivers are in spate and there is waterlogging everywhere. But something is missing.

04 Aug 2018

Why can’t Punjab model jail host Mallya?

Rajnish Wattas04 Aug 2018 | 12:05 AM

WITH the Chief Magistrate of the Westminister Court anxious about ‘daylight’ conditions in Arthur Road Jail of Mumbai, where Vijay Mallya might be lodged if sent back to India, there is a deep focus on the jail architecture here.

03 Aug 2018

Why not an Indo-Pak cadet exchange?

Brig IJ Singh (retd)03 Aug 2018 | 12:56 AM

IMRAN KHAN’S PTI is ready to improve ties with India. He has also welcomed Modi’s telephonic call on his victory as a new chapter in relations between the two nations.

02 Aug 2018

Another day along the zero line...

Anirudh Gupta02 Aug 2018 | 12:38 AM

WHEN dusk falls, the eerie silence is punctured and the mute lush fields of Hussainiwala are set ablaze by the thunderous tapping of feet by BSF sentinels, who match every step, every motion with their Pakistani counterparts in a bid to outdo them.

01 Aug 2018

The feel of overnight stardom!

R Muralidharan01 Aug 2018 | 12:18 AM

THE rains had stopped for a while. The damp and murky July weather was adding to the gloom of my homesickness. It was July 1985.

31 Jul 2018

When Imran Khan took to off-spin!

Sumit Paul31 Jul 2018 | 12:36 AM

NOW that Imran Khan is all set to become the PM of Pakistan, cricket lovers will remember him as a person who surprisingly never mouthed a single cuss word while playing for his alma mater and the counties!

30 Jul 2018

The day ‘Neeraj’ met Sushma Swaraj

RK Malhotra30 Jul 2018 | 12:44 AM

IN the physical form yes, poet-lyricist Gopal Das ‘Neeraj’ is no more, but who can have the heart to say: ‘Neeraj is no more’? He lives in his immortal compositions.

28 Jul 2018

Life in a whole new orbit

PPS Gill28 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

A VIEW from my study of different shades of green on a wall of trees that ring the rectangular park is inspiring.

27 Jul 2018

They did their bit, the thieves theirs

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu27 Jul 2018 | 12:12 AM

THE months of July and August, 1988, saw very heavy rains, followed by incessant heavy rains for four days in September.

26 Jul 2018

Till religion brings us together...

Col HP Singh (retd)26 Jul 2018 | 12:34 AM

STANDING on an elevated platform some 10 feet above the ground level, I got a scenic view of the vast expanse of cultivated tract extending as far as the eye could see.

25 Jul 2018

A return of the diary would be nice!

Shiv Sethi25 Jul 2018 | 12:53 AM

A PERSON who collects books is designated a bibliophile; and someone with a fascination for stamps and old coins is a philatelist and a numismatist, respectively.

24 Jul 2018

A thought to our Kargil martyrs

Col PS Randhawa (Retd)24 Jul 2018 | 12:48 AM

IT is terribly hot and humid in July.

23 Jul 2018

Something about a dosa & Partition

Raaja Bhasin23 Jul 2018 | 12:02 AM

NONE of us was very bright at economics, but that did not stop the class from doing a ‘mass bunk’. From an open window we watched in amusement as Prof Baldev Kumar took the roll call of an empty room.

21 Jul 2018

Neeraj: Laidback style, superhit lyrics

Vandana Singh21 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

GOPAL Das Neeraj never accepted that he was a lyricist who wrote for films.

20 Jul 2018

Memoirs of an upright cop

MS Bains20 Jul 2018 | 12:03 AM

THE Governor of Punjab, VP Singh Badnore, recently released Rajendra Shekhar’s autographical account Memories Are Made of This, which follows upon a long line of autobiographical works by police officers such as SK Datta (Top Cop Recalls), Joginder Singh (Without Fear or Favour), KPS Gill (The Punjab Story) and Kiran Bedi (I Dare).

19 Jul 2018

Don’t die like a fool on the road...

Manjeet Singh Trehan19 Jul 2018 | 12:19 AM

WHILE I was a senior resident doctor at the PGI Chandigarh, a world health day was observed on the WHO theme on prevention of accidents.

18 Jul 2018

Pre-eminently outrageous

Harvinder Khetal18 Jul 2018 | 12:39 AM

SO, in its endeavour to reform higher education, the government has awarded six institutes/universities with the badge of ‘Institution of Eminence’. This coveted tag — only five institutes of higher education and the non-existent Jio university have been found worthy of it — comes with a generous package.

17 Jul 2018

Alvida, your writings will inspire always

Chaman Lal17 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

ON July 11, at 9.15 pm, Hindi novelist Tejinder Gagan, living in Raipur after retirment as Deputy Director-General, Doordarshan, suffered a cardiac arrest. He was 67. By 11 pm, social media was abuzz with the shocking news. I checked on his Facebook page to confirm it. It was true.

16 Jul 2018

Two calls to remember

Raaja Bhasin16 Jul 2018 | 12:01 AM

IN the years before the mobile phone became an appendage to our bodies and its brand became a benchmark of success or otherwise, I answered a ring on the landline. The gentleman at the other end asked for my father.

14 Jul 2018

A shrink who expanded your world

Rajnish Wattas14 Jul 2018 | 12:23 AM

THE iconic Dr Narendra Nath Wig, founder of PGI’s department of psychiatry, was more a genial guru than a forbidding modern medicine shrink.

13 Jul 2018

The swacchta message at World Cup

Brig IJ Singh (Retd)13 Jul 2018 | 12:22 AM

FIFA World Cup is on. A nation gets eliminated in the pre-quarters. Emotional, the team heads to the dressing room. They quickly pack their baggage, clean up the entire area, put every inventory in place and leave with a note: ‘Thank you, Russia’. The team represented Japan.

12 Jul 2018

Not the orange it was

Latika Sehajpal12 Jul 2018 | 12:30 AM

COLOURS spark and refresh a sagging mind and a sunken spirit. After MBA, colour therapy was my business idea to continue my love affair with colours as well as bring peace to troubled minds.

11 Jul 2018

Going backwards, a step at a time

Raj Rani11 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

In his inimitable style, actor-humorist Woody Allen outlines his hopes for the hereafter: In my next life, I want to live my life backwards.

10 Jul 2018

STOP. The end of it

Rishabh Kochhar10 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

There were times when communication was still tedious, and people more responsible with it.

09 Jul 2018

Should a minister greet a convict?

Vishavjeet Chaudhary09 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

THERE were reports of a union minister greeting a group of men who had been recently convicted by a court. This, on the surface, sends a fundamentally wrong message.

07 Jul 2018

The magic hand at work

Chetana Vaishnavi07 Jul 2018 | 12:15 AM

A renowned eye surgeon showed a video clip of his operative skills to the audience during a conference abroad and everybody applauded.

06 Jul 2018

The glorious world of words

06 Jul 2018 | 12:53 AM

That is the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet,’ wrote Jhumpa Lahiri. With another session about to commence in college, I decided to organise my bookshelves.

05 Jul 2018

Maa ko le aana...

Brig Gurinder Singh (Retd)05 Jul 2018 | 1:06 AM

In the Army, it is not unusual to find real brothers or cousins serving together in the same unit, especially in caste and region-based regiments as parental and sibling claim is given due consideration while assigning battalions.

04 Jul 2018

Reliving IMA days of youth

Col HP Singh (retd)04 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

RECENTLY our batch celebrated its silver jubilee of adorning the olive green uniform.

03 Jul 2018

This sum has no answer

Satyawan Malik03 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

A FARMER believes in the truth of ‘Kheti, khasam seti’, implying that agriculture seeks diligence and forbearance, besides the kindness of Uparwala.

02 Jul 2018

Alas, the soldier is gone

PS Randhawa02 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

I wonder where the soldier has gone whom I saw in my childhood? In the school in my village, in the 1960s and ’70s, our classroom walls adorned huge posters of Subedar Joginder Singh, Major Somnath Sharma, Major Dhan Singh Thapa and other Param Vir Chakra awardees.

30 Jun 2018

No running away from dowry!

Hena Kumar Sukhna30 Jun 2018 | 12:59 AM

TILL now I had considered myself undeniably lucky to be untouched by our nation’s favourite pastime: a big fat wedding.

29 Jun 2018

The good old bulging piggy bank

Shiv Sethi29 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

A COIN was once an integral part of the people of my generation. Even now, it revives memories of the jingling sound of a piggy bank. When I was 10, my father got me my first piggy bank made of tin.

28 Jun 2018

Pathakji, more than just a teacher

V Ravi Shankar28 Jun 2018 | 12:22 AM

Those were the days! Teachers used to be loved, respected and feared at the same time.

27 Jun 2018

Quite like a zen master

Sarvjit Singh27 Jun 2018 | 1:07 AM

MY father’s friend and colleague at Malerkotla, Prof HS Gill, MA (psychology), was the only one who could share gleefully his revelation with us, ‘Buffaloes are intelligent creatures.

26 Jun 2018

A mentor not to be forgotten

Lt Gen KJ Singh (retd)26 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

ON commissioning in 63 Cavalry, an elite Armoured regiment, I was assigned to the Rajput squadron. Ranks in the Army, despite commissioning, have to be earned again in the regiment and till then, one remains ‘Mr’.

25 Jun 2018

Raazi for rapprochement

Poonam Khaira Sidhu25 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

AS I watched the movie Raazi and the intelligence folks moving in and out of the two countries quite seamlessly, I could not help realise the similarities we share with Pakistan and its people, who are no different from us.

23 Jun 2018

Memories of Kanishka & some more...

Sandeep Sinha23 Jun 2018 | 12:06 AM

THE Kanishka plane crash took place on June 23, 1985. This Air India flight that took off from Toronto for Delhi was bombed at an altitude of 31,000 ft over the Irish airspace and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 329 people on board.

22 Jun 2018

Doyen of Indian botanists no more

Chandrabhaal Tripathi22 Jun 2018 | 12:46 AM

THE doyen of Indian botanists, Dr Holenarasipur Yoganarasimham Mohan Ram (September 24, 1930 - June 18, 2018), passed away just three months before he was to turn 88.

21 Jun 2018

Happy 65th birthday, Shehzadi

Sartaj Chaudhary21 Jun 2018 | 12:39 AM

I don’t think the regime can touch me. The people will just burn the airport down!” spoke Benazir in a soft voice from exile in London soon after Pakistan lifted the Martial Law in 1985.