When you hand over the keys of the family car for the very first time to the most precious person in the world, your child, you know it is going to be quite a ride. I am an apprehensive mother of a new teen driver. Sona Sethi writes.
It is not that I nurse a disdain for big brands, huge standalone stores or foreign direct investment. I am all for heralding the arrival of Ikea, Walmart, Carrefour and the like to our shores and giving us a taste, at last, of the choicest of fresh foodstuffs. Pallavi Singh writes.
Locusts are back. This time through modern-age aerial channels: television, radio, the Net and high-end phones. Our skies again seem covered by the swarms (not the original ones that eat grain and have been curbed for three decades). Rajesh Moudgil writes.
At last, the darkness began to lift with daybreak. The fateful mid-December dawn was preordained to be the most cherished one. Capture of Bandar railway station on the outskirts of Dhaka the previous night proved to be a hard nut to crack. Maj Gen GG Dwivedi (retd) writes.
An email from a friend suggesting that my friend Common Singh’s voice had been finally heard in Delhi coincided with a knock on my door. On asking who it was, the reply sure enough was, “Sirji, Common Singh.”
Struck with a spate of military transport accidents in his command, the General Officer Commanding addressed the officers of the division. "Gentlemen, we must adopt defensive driving as our mantra." He stressed on holding training classes for the rank and file to hone the skills involved in this novel concept. Col Avnish Sharma (retd) writes
Nothing reminds me of my native town near the Pakistan border in Punjab more than a power cut. Eight years in Chandigarh discounted, finally, after a month of having shifted into an EMI-fated flat in a sub-village of Zirakpur, it feels like home. Aarish Chhabra writes.
Raising the broom defiantly, my maid thundered: "Saabji, give me 30% raise from next month or else I'll quit." Her threat wasn't surprising, for she frequently opens up with me when my bitter-better half is not at home. Vikramdeep Johal writes.
The Bangladesh campaign witnessed great feats of improvisation by Indian troops as well as unorthodox methods of command and control by some outstanding formation commanders. Mandeep Singh Bajwa writes.
An inheritance from the Imperial British Army was the tradition of hunting and adorning the officers' mess with wildlife trophies. Posted in the field for long periods and with unbridled access to arms and ammunition, many an Indian Army officer tried his luck at hunting. Vikram Jit Singh writes.
When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, I say I am thankful to have a cup. Each day, each moment is worth thanksgiving. During a recent discussion with my son who is on the verge of entering his teenage years, I made him realise how fortunate he is. Vandana Arora writes.
Why is Anna Hazare on a fast for the lokpal bill yet again, this time in his own village at Ralegaon Siddhi, near Pune (Maharashtra)? Where is the lokpal bill for which the country has been agitating since the past three years? Kiran Bedi writes.
It is not very common to come across one who opts to stand by his convictions and stake all. However, our army does show up, once in a while, an officer who displays courage to stand by, against all manner of odds, a cause he considers to be in the best interest of his troops, unit or formation. Lt Gen Harwant Singh (retd) writes.
During childhood, my grandfather told me the story of a police officer named Ahmed Hussain from his village, fondly called Hussainya by the village elders. He had spent his entire service span of 35 years in Madhya Pradesh. He was an only child; his parents had passed away when he was young. Thus, he had nothing to lure him to return to his village during service. Mahavir Jagdev writes
The extraordinary performance of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is not just the success of the efforts made by those behind this new political movement. It reflects the aspirations of a large section of people, including those living in Delhi. Syed Nooruzzaman writes.