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HindustanTimes Mon,22 Dec 2014

Regional Takes

A rare compliment

I realise now why people take even the compliment as complaint. We have assumed that only finding faults and criticising gets things done. Compliment is rare. In teenage, I had the notion that my father made a mountain out of every molehill about me. Writes DC Sharma.

OMG! MSG is finally here

For once, Salman bhai must be having sleepless nights, and Shahrukh Khan must already be counting his days in the industry. PK or no PK, Aamir ‘sincere’ Khan would probably be the only Khan of the troika who would somehow find a way to remain in the industry despite this tsunami. Even Rajinikanth must be mulling retirement after all.Writes Aarish Chhabra

The biopic bandwagon

Be it cinema or theatre, the rush seems to be for the real-life story, more so after the runaway success of Bhag Milkha Bhag (2013) on the city-based sports legend Milkha Singh. Priyanka Chopra in Mary Kom (2014) was the next sporty success. And now, well-known film-makers and wannabes are all rushing to get the rights to film the lives of those who have made a difference. Writes Nirupama Dutt

Apprentice learning

Recently, an acquaintance’s eight-year-old daughter celebrated her birthday in school and the family decided to take toffees packed in transparent, small packets to class. Of course, they bought the savouries from the most expensive shop in town.Writes Madhusheel Arora

Virus hits birders hard

The closure of the Sukhna lake for 30 days could not have come at a worse time for the tricity’s burgeoning tribe of bird-watchers. The lake provides an ideal location to watch migratory and resident birds via a criss-cross of jungle tracks. Writes Vikram Jit Singh.

Why date a girl who writes

Date a girl who may never wear completely clean clothes, because of coffee stains and ink spills. She will have many problems with her closet space, and her laptop will never be boring because there are so many worlds cluttered inside -- open tabs of popular music jammed alongside interesting factoids about Catherine the Great and the immortality of the jelly fish. Writes Geetanjali Sharma.

Terror, then and now

Three decades back, the closest a child got to Terror was when he was caught doing mischief by an elder or stuck in a dark cinema hall watching a film where the villain seemed all powerful. The way out of the crisis was to say a silent prayer, and it usually worked. Writes Yojana Yadav.

Of honey and the bees

The vice-chancellor of one of the acclaimed universities of our country was candid when he recently said that girl students were not allowed to visit the library because it distracted boys. Writes Avnish Sharma

Only Murphy can explain

It is strange but common. We all experience it, in some way or the other, but overlook it. We laugh it off; or just leave it like that, thinking it as one of the many aberration or odd things in life that have no logical explanation. Writes Sarita Mohan

The profitable new venture

My boss asked me to find him a 2-acre plot on the outskirts of the city and get in touch with some placement agency for a dozen MBAs, besides a front-office executive and a personal secretary — both of whom must be women. The MBAs could be men (with beards preferably) or women, it didn’t matter. Writes VV Narayanan

Open response to Prime Minister's 'Mann Ki Baat'

Thank you sir for bringing into focus the challenge of drug abuse through your radio broadcast, 'Mann Ki Baat'.While you addressed the nation as an educator, reformer and a transformational leader, I add, for your consideration, a comprehensive strategy for dealing with the menace as the prime justice enforcer of the country.

Fletcher Sahib of the ICS

In pre-Independence India, there were 11 British provinces and 559 princely states. There were many brilliant civil servants, who proved a vaulting asset not only to the Raj but also to the departments where they served. One such officer was Anthony Leocadia Fletcher, popularly called Tony Fletcher of the ICS (Indian Civil Services). Writes RK Kaushik.

Beep is a bad word

‘I hope you have a beep. We just can’t have beep unless you have a beep.’Watching TV has become a hilariously frustrating guessing game these days. I am not talking about the saas-bahu variety; that’s as predictable as the behaviour of Sanghi trolls online..Writes Aarish Chhabra

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
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