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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Regional Takes

Of culinary affairs and flairs

As a young bride, I had decided to follow the rulebook, even if it suggested something as ludicrous as baking a cake with a husband who was all thumbs at it. Writes Sucharita Lahiri.

Reinvent yourself to stay relevant

“Hey, what happened? You look like Santa Claus,” she blurted out as she ran into an old friend (pun unintended) at the school parent-teacher meeting. Suddenly conscious about her coloured hair, she bit her lip and hoped she hadn’t offended him in jest. Writes Yojana Yadav.

Jasdeep, we miss you!

“Bhul gaye ji!” Jasdeep Malhotra would most probably have said in his smart-but-honest style. He would be so wrong. It’s been one year since Jasdeep passed away, but the memories are as fresh, his caustic-but-often-true comments still ring in the ears, his so-full-of-life persona is physically absent, but how can anyone forget that laughter? Or that must-be-said piercing remark which only he would have the courage to utter?

Plan for tailor-made rations unrealistic

A proposal by the Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences to allocate rations to personnel of the three defence services on the basis of their regional background sounds dubious and is too far-fetched. Writes Col Avnish Sharma (retd).

Indus water: treaty and conflicts

In a world burdened by burgeoning populations and faced by declining water resources, water is likely to trigger conflict. For India and Pakistan, too, fed as they are by the common Indus river watershed, water is a serious issue. Writes Lt Gen Pramod Grover (retd).

Sell the sizzle, not the steak

A mass hysteria with western roots has spread to the entire world like an epidemic, and many Asian countries with ape-the-West zeal are soaking in the frenzy. Aren't we all bored of our overloaded Facebook news feed about this Ice Bucket Challenge hoopla by now? Clearly, we must be. Writes Neha Verma.

Back in the timeless studio

It’s the kind of thing that makes you curse Partition. It is also the thing that makes you love the internet even more. In its seventh season, Coke Studio is back. And all is suddenly well with the world again. Writes Aarish Chhabra.

Modi-Thurber connection

During his upcoming visa-free visit to the US of A, Narendra Damodardas Modi is not scheduled to meet James Grover Thurber, the great humorist. Alas, the latter died way back in 1961, when Modi was a mischievous boy who used to staple together people’s clothes at weddings and dangle the mouth-watering imli before shehnai players to distract them. Writes Vikramdeep Johal.

The Enduring Punjabi Spirit

Last fortnight I had the opportunity to attend Capt Amarinder Singh’s key note address in London. Held at the prestigious Great Hall of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea it was on the role of soldiers from the India subcontinent in World War 1. Writes Khushwant Singh.

Jallo family and Nangal Lubana village

Villages sending large numbers of men to the armed forces are our valuable military heritage to be cherished. Likewise military families deserve a special place in our esteem. Writes Mandeep Singh Bajwa.

Tale of 2 couples

Sarabjit Mahal and his better half, Basant, are not the standard, large group, raucous set of birders. Here is the Ambala-based couple's personal story about a pair of the magnificent Pallas’s fish-eagle. A vulnerable species, this eagle is known to hunt waterbirds as large as geese and also pirate food from other predators. Writes Vikram Jit Singh

Tax-free entertainment

While on our way back from school, we indulged in a kind of luxury, availing it free of cost, as also partly fulfilling our desire to watch movies in those days, when they came with an impassioned beseeching of parents, guardians and seniors. Writes Rajbir Deswal.

A 5,000-rupee note

My parents encouraged me to dream. Unless you dream, you don't become big in life, they held. As a youngster, I started dreaming of dream girl Hema Malini to be my better half. Writes Dr Rajan Chugh.

It's never too late

William shakespeare once said, “I wasted time and now doth time waste me.” It would be better to put time to good use instead of getting wasted by time. That way, we will have the satisfaction of knowing that we, for our part, never allowed time to hang heavy on our hands! Writes Parambir Kaur.

Which, which stories, Dr Dhillon?

Dr Dhillon finished Act IV of Macbeth with the end of the first period. But before he read exeunt, he wanted to finish one more scene. He was the school principal and wasn’t always available to teach. So, whenever he could, he preferred to take two classes in a row — “so we can finish Macbeth before your first prelims,” he told us. Dr Dhillon taught us English.writes Rakesh Kumar

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