HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Regional Takes

Bison's watering hole

Once upon a time, the tricity's most sought after watering hole at the Chandigarh Golf Club bore a strong character and historical profile. Pictures of legendary players had adorned the walls. A massive Indian bison head mounted at a prime location of the bar's walls complemented the pictures and presided over the cheery spirit of the late evenings. Writes Vikram Jit Singh.

What’s in a name?

A prominent Hollywood star has named her daughter Sunday Rose. It may appear peculiar, as we Indians have a penchant for names. We have our fair share with Champa, Chameli ,Gulab or others of the fragrant kind but to prefix the day of the week before the name of a flower may seem a trifle weird or is it? Writes Sucharita Lahiri.

Foot-in-mouth disease among humans

The foot-and-mouth disease afflicts cows, buffaloes and sheep and causes them to break out in acute fever and blisters and could be fatal. Whereas the foot-in-mouth disease is known to attack us humans as we often shoot off our mouths, resulting in embarrassment. One may think that the tendency to say the wrong thing, at the wrong time, takes some doing, but actually it is a common malady and afflicts us all, at some time or the other. Writes Pallavi Singh.

Village on Facebook, like it

Facebook now is embedded so much into the psyche of the village youth that they cannot imagine life without it. There is not a boy or a girl who does not use this popular social-networking medium to share every moment of daily life, whether it’s going to the fields or riding the buffaloes into the village pond, or playing cards under the banyan tree. Writes Jinderjeet.

Don’t tweak; revamp govt ecosystem

As a follow-up to its pre-election motto, “Minimum government, Maximum governance”, the Narendra Modi government recently amended the All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968, to incorporate 19-point guidelines for officers belonging to these services, which, inter alia, mandates them to Writes KR Lakhanpal

Invited to fishy dinner

We had been through tough training, lasting well over a month and were on way back to Ambala. En route, my friend, captain Inder, and self decided to peel off from the military convey and spend the evening and the next morning fishing in the Yamuna river. My friend told captain Dogra, another officer from our brigade headquarters, who because of his short height and body structure was better known as “Khogga”, to inform his wife that he would be back the next morning after the fishing. Writes Harwant Singh.

City needs new mindset more than a makeover

What’s so beautiful about Chandigarh? That’s what many commuters seem to wonder as they patiently negotiate potholes and bumpy stretches while crawling through haphazard traffic on entering the city via Zirakpur. Writes Yojana Yadav.

It’s never too late to break a bad habit

The question “Can I try to replace my bad habits with good ones even at this age?” has bothered me for quite some time. I think almost all senior citizens face this dilemma. We have realised since we were categorised as seniors that our conduct and behaviour have undergone drastic changes. Writes Col DS Cheema.

Pakistan is marching towards chaos

While the Middle-East is in a state of turmoil, developments nearer home in Pakistan are nearly as bad. Various governments in Pakistan, its army and the ISI have from time to time played with the idea of creating trouble for India in Jammu and Kashmir. Lt Gen Harwant Singh (retd) writes.

Long live the newspaper

The moment I put the tea tray on the bedside stool, my husband asked for the morning newspaper. "It hasn't come today," I replied. "Remember it was a national holiday yesterday?" "Oh, no!" he said, disappointed. Writes Ritu Nanda.

What PU polls teach us

The circus is back in town. Student union elections at Panjab University and its colleges in Chandigarh, I mean. And I do not mean that in a mean way. Circus is fun, and teaches you many things — how to put your life at risk to play to the gallery. Writes Aarish Chhabra.

On shortage of ‘change’

After a recent meal at a club, I came across a phenomenon that had been on the back of my mind for some time. The issue of the shortage of loose change and whether it is deliberate or unavoidable. Writes Madhusheel Arora.

The Patiala Gharana and beyond

At a recent seminar in the city, experts looked back at the lost glory of the Patiala Gharana and recalled the magical music that Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan (1902-1968), a famed exponent of the Gharana, created during his period. Writes Nirupama Dutt.


When walking through the Sukhna Lake Nature Trail, one is besieged by caterpillars of the Geometridae moths that hang down on slender white threads from kikar trees. Some fall on the ground and move forward in a peculiar manner. Writes Vikram Jit Singh.

The Patiala Gharana and beyond

At a recent seminar in the city, experts looked back at the lost glory of the Patiala Gharana and recalled the magical music that Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan (1902-1968), a famed exponent of the Gharana, created during his period.
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