HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

Regional Takes


Late on Wednesday night, my smartphone flashed the caller's name 'Salim Khan'. I presumed it was Khan wanting to inform me of yet another exciting snake rescue or a tragic snakebite. But my heart sank. It was not Khan but a panicky lady blabbering at the other end. Writes Vikram Jit Singh.

Of borders and boundaries

How easy it is to compartmentalise people. Good, evil, ugly, beautiful, Hindu, Muslim etc. A lot of my views on these theories of compartmentalisation were challenged when I visited Kashmir a few months ago. Writes Anmol Sandhu.

Dire need to speed up DRDO’s output

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to speed up projects and advance delivery schedules. He has said that India can be world leader in defence technology and show the way forward to the world. Writes Lt Gen Harwant Singh (retd).

Carry secrets to the grave

Today when secrets are sold as easily as the books of Sanjay Baru and Natwar Singh, I recall the true story of a conscience keeper that I heard from my father. It is about Chakwal village in undivided Punjab, where lived a Sikh landlord with a large landholding, a palatial house, seven sons and their children. Writes Neela Sood.

A different class of students

The four of us squeezed into the last row as the lecture was about to begin. Shot of minimum required attendance, no wonder we were in the class trying to look decorous, rather than in the canteen, eating samosas. Writes Charu Thakur

Plants do have feelings

Who says plants don’t have feelings? Plants may not possess minds but researchers are not entirely misdirected when they study just how deep the abilities of plants run. In plants, there exists a faint copy of what we know as consciousness in ourselves. Plants fondly remember and extend their energy to those who grow and tend to them and provide people with a simple way to improve their emotional health. Writes Sangma Khurana

The indispensable Jatt

Jatt is to Punjabi cinema what 'pyar' is to Hindi films. Indispensable. The word common to movie titles for decades. We cannot figure out how long Jatt has been the darling of Punjabi scriptwriters. Writes Parveen Malik.

Remembering a loyal friend

American humourist Josh Billings had once said: "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself." A Pomeranian female dog that we brought as a day-old puppy to our new home in June 1999 was a living example. Writes Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman.

Where did his shoe go?

Ever since a shoe was hurled at chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in a village near Khanna on Independence Day, there has been no spurt in the sale of shoes in Punjab. Anyway, there has certainly been a spurt in opinion-mongering on the subject. Writes Aarish Chhabra.

Any takers for socks?

The more desperate you are, the more desperately you turn to your sole-mate. I learnt this golden truth in my childhood, while watching The Gold Rush. This Charlie Chaplin starrer was one of the few English movies I managed to understand in those days (because it had no dialogues). Writes Vikramdeep Johal.

Indian cavalry on Western Front 1914-18

Prior to World War-I, horsed cavalry was a vital component of offensive warfare. In France and Belgium artillery, machine-guns, barbed wire, gas, mud and static trench warfare robbed it of its mobility and brought in a dangerous new vulnerability. Writes Mandeep Singh Bajwa.

Disciplining spoilt brats

If someone were to do a study on educated and wealthy youth throwing civic order out of place and not obeying traffic rules, just head for Chandigarh’s Sector 9 market or the geri route, and you will find numerous examples. Writes Khushwant Singh.

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.
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