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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

Regional Takes

Dr Jhatka, who gave us a shock

Remembering Pran Kumar Sharma, late creator of Chacha Chaudhary, also reminds me of Dr Jhatka, another popular character that first appeared in Hindi comic magazine 'Lotpot' as part of Kripa Shankar Bhardwaj strip Motu-Patlu. Writes Col Avnish Sharma (retd).

A bright feathered tale

After a usual workday, I got home late evening, unlocked the door, peeped into the hall and, as every day, called out aloud: "Birdeeezzzzzz," to say hello to my feathered little friends, a pair of bright yellow miniature cockatiels. The response wasn't enthusiastic. Never mind; who says birds can't be moody. Writes Anusha Singh.

Bringing back sanity on our roads

Every day we read about people dying in road accidents. Apart from this almost every one of us has faced road rage in one form or the other. The problem seems to be assuming alarming proportions. Writes Prabhjot Singh Mand, IAS (RETD)

Stay fit at any age

Although fitness in reality means being physically, mentally and spiritually fit, yet most of us relate it only with physical fitness. If we are asked how fit we are, most of us will find it very difficult to answer this simple question.  Wrties Col DS Cheema (RETD)

Forgotten pleasures

Firstly, a confession: I too have been at fault and stand guilty as charged. The online bug has bitten me too and sometimes it is quite a while before I venture into a bookshop to buy a book. Writes Pallavi Singh.

Time to write new rule book on gender

On the occasion of the Girl Child Day on October 11, a forum theatre and discussion on gender issues was organised for the youth of Kerala and adjoining villages and colonies by the Navjyoti India Foundation (whose director is Neetu Sharma). Writes Kiran Bedi.

Swachh Bharat campaign and that man called Satbir

Don’t throw that banana peel on the road! Wait, until you spot a garbage bin. Put it in there. And feel good about yourself. That’s the essence of the drive called Swachh Bharat as we, the people, led by the Grand Saviour of the Nation, embark on a journey towards Clean India. Writes Aarish Chhabra.

The web of business

Information and money are the two building blocks of the modern business world and in the interconnected world of today; it is unquestionable that the importance of these two variables is only set to rise. Writes Madhusheel Arora.

Fans sing praises of ghazal queen

After the last rotation of the 78-rpm record, the singer spoke out her name, “Main hoon Akhtari Bai Faizalabadi” (7 October 1914 – 30 October 1974). This ‘Bai’ blossomed into the celebrated Begum Akhtar who is hailed among the last of the great tawaif singers. Writes Nirupama Dutt.

Turtles! O My Gosh!

Whenever researchers and wildlife organisations want to find a lost species, they turn to Rupali Ghosh, 54, an accomplished explorer based in Rajkot, Gujarat. A lady who has worked with King Cobras and crocodiles along with Rom Whitaker and Dipak Mitra in earlier years. Writes Vikram Jit Singh.

A bureaucrat everybody loved to meet

This story dates back to the mid-60s when interacting with senior bureaucrats in flesh and blood was not as difficult as it is today. In 1962, the army's corps of electrical and mechanical engineering (EME) had set up its recruitment training centre at Bhopal. Writes Col DS Cheema (retd).

An uncommon trait in Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh was undoubtedly one of the most celebrated writers whose column in newspapers was looked forward to by all. He was a genius, not born but self made, cultured and well read. Writes HK Manmohan Singh.

Jack of all trades, master of...

The world comprises two kinds of people - the gifted ones who excel in academics, sports, literature and fine arts, and those who have to struggle to acquire some skill. I fall in the latter category. In 1978, I took admission in the veterinary college of Punjab Agricultural University. Writes Kirti Dua.

My years with the IAF

It’s been almost two years since I hung my uniform after serving in the Indian Air Force. As I cherish the memories, it will always be a matter of pride to have been associated with one of the finest forces in the world. Writes Satish Kumar

Seller’s innovation, buyer’s delight

I recently came across a roadside vendor who had displayed CDs and DVDs in an umbrella that was turned upside down, allowing many a curious passer-by the opportunity to glance through his entire collection. It was an innovative way to catch the customer’s eye without taking much space on the pavement. Writes Rajbir Deswal

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