HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Regional Takes

Wife-beating and retreating

A UN report says six out of 10 Indian men admit that they beat their wives. The other four seem too goody-goody to be true. Anyway, here’s my own farm-fresh personality quiz that will test how good or bad you guys are at battering your better half.Writes Vikramdeep Singh Johal

Using the army as a political tool

Politicians had earlier used the triumphs of the armed forces like the Hyderabad Police Action, the liberation of Goa, the magnificent Bangladesh victory and the Kargil War to further their political agendas. However, for the first time, the army’s functioning has been used as a political tool in a negative sense.Writes Mandeep singh bajwa

Punjab Education League

Kabbadi is back again and so are my Kabaddi blues. Blues, because it is my personal opinion that Punjab should concentrate more on Mental Kabaddi and a good sports policy than just Kabaddi. Writes Khushwant Singh

Panthera Leo Perfidy

The 34-second video of two Asiatic lionesses (Panthera leo persica) that sent tremors through Panchkula on December 9 after going viral on WhatsApp was not fake but one misrepresented by posting it on social media as night footage shot at Panchkula.Writes Vikram Jit Singh

Rendezvous with respite

My idea of an ideal family picnic materialised last Sunday when we, a family of four, discovered ourselves finally in New Delhi's Old Fort. The greed and need for leisure after strenuous, mechanical lifestyle took us there. Writes Vandana Arora.

How about a Chamcha Day?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a clear message to all his colleagues that sycophancy shall not be tolerated. According to him, people should work hard for earning rewards. That is a step in the right direction and if we as a country manage to eradicate this malady, along with its offshoots, corruption and nepotism, that have spread their insidious tentacles deep into our society, we will surely become a global force to reckon with. Writes PS Tulsi.

Jumping the queue

The tendency to jump queues is not uniquely Indian but is clearly more evident in our land than anywhere else. We have all experienced the pain of standing in unending queues at railway stations, temples, admission counters and even hair-cut salons. And these ever-longer lines just refuse to move forward. Thus, it is commonplace to find several impatient individuals trying to use industrious methods to inch ahead! Writes Vivek Atray

Light travels far

It was a pleasant Sunday evening. I was sitting on Marine Drive, relishing corn on the cob, as my legs dangled playfully from the parapet walls. I was enjoying the breeze against my face, while the ocean waves hit the rocks rhythmically. At a distance, birds flew across the fluffy, crimson clouds that were making way gracefully for a deep-blue-moon-lit sky. Writes Anusha Singh.

Who will rock the boat?

Once upon a time, a troop of monkeys lived in a canopy jungle encompassed by a concrete wall. The simians lived a fulfilling life and were happy with what they knew, how they lived, and what they ate. The habitat was much to their liking because they didn't have to strive for food; their supplies came, three times a day, from the other side of the wall. Writes Yuvika Grewal.

The hour of federalism, has it come?

Finally, the hour has come, or has it? The answer will be provided by a clue to whether the Prime Minister’s meet on replacing the Planning Commission with a body more in sync with federal principle was a mini political cameo or a genuine constitutional classic. Writes Harcharan Bains.

Craving for green chicken

As winter sets in, the calls from mother to come over to the village get more frequent. It's not that she needs me to take her to doctor or pay her bills. The reason to invite me over is that she knows how much I like "green chicken". "Puttar, sarson da saag te makki di roti bana rahi haan, aaja chheti, bahu nu laike. Writes Jinderjeet.

Meet the wedding band

He is Raju on most days. But here, he insists that I use his full name, Mohammad Gias-ud-Din. The change is instrumental. On most days, Gias-ud-Din is 20-year-old construction worker Raju. Writes Aarish Chhabra.

Thinking smart cities

Is Chandigarh a smart city and what is implied by this most-used phrase in the context of cities over the past six months or so? The single most important criterion emerging out of the public discourse on the issue is that increased energy-efficiency is critical to smartness. Writes Madhusheel Arora.

When City Beautiful plays muse

The city of Chandigarh has played the muse to many a talent since its young existence of a little over six decades. Now, 60 years is a long time in human life signifying that two-thirds or more of the journey is over but in the life of a city, it is a short period. Writes Nirupama Dutt.

The 'Ber' Truth

Many of us as kids have tasted the tiny, wild 'ber' that grow in the scrublands and Shiwaliks overlooking the tricity. These are delicious, brown, golden and maroon in colour, and pack a sizable seed. Even the most nimble of our fingers cannot escape unscathed from the spines or thorns strategically placed to protect the fruit.Writes Vikram Jit Singh
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