HindustanTimes Mon,20 Oct 2014

Regional Takes

Memories in a blue suitcase

It was that time of the year again. A time when all family and children come home to roost. The girls from their marital homes, the boys on leave from their universities or work. Dussehra and Diwali are fun, even poignant times because the planning and feverish excitement starts weeks before. Writes Pallavi Singh.

Military diplomacy with China at what cost?

On September 25, Lt Gen Zhu Fuzi, Political Commissar, Chengdu Military Area Command, was received at Headquarters Eastern Command, Kolkata, along with a seven-member People’s Liberation Army delegation on a two-day visit. This, even as Chinese troops were ensconced in our territory in the Chumar area of Ladakh. Writes Mandeep Singh Bajwa.

Bow to the Love Charger

The pants are tight and leather. The jacket is sleeveless, metal-studded. The hair is long, flowing. The singing is mostly in English, Hindi, Punjabi, and probably another language that I can’t understand. The lyrics are quite inspiring at a gut level, even if it’s mostly just the hook line. The verbal histrionics are admirable. Writes Aarish Chhabra.

All’s well that sells well

It was I who banished the little salesman from my life, when I bid adieu to rickety roadways buses and entered the ‘Orbit’ of luxury coaches. Gone was the nameless guy who sold the portable manual juicer for a song. Writes Vikramdeep Johal.

Domesticated ignorance

These peculiar-looking ducks dabbling and basking at the Sukhna Lake have mystified even the leading lights of the tricity’s birding brigade. One of these was photographed last December amid a flock of migratory Ruddy shelducks by a birder, who thought it was a juvenile of the migratory Common shelduck. Writes Vikram Jit Singh.

Karva Chauth, anything but lunacy

Karva Chauth 2014 came and went but for me, 30 years young, whose marriage is only two years old, the third fast was remarkable in many ways. Not because of the deprivation inflicted on my physical being, but for the mental turmoil I endured dealing with a flood of questions and conflicting answers that shook my beliefs before leading me to spiritual fulfilment. Writes Anusha Singh.

The travails of an author

If by dint of sheer determination, pluck, and all kinds of heavenly assistance, one does manage to become a published author, one has to be prepared for the next phase of life, which is facing the many challenges that the status of being an author brings with it. Writes Vivek Atray.

Man proposes, God disposes

When I completed my matriculation in 1959,one of my cousins was planning to go to the US. I, too, insisted on going abroad but my parents did not agree, saying I was their only son. I had to reconcile.Writes Cdr DPS Bajwa(retd)

Dr Jhatka, who gave us a shock

Remembering Pran Kumar Sharma, late creator of Chacha Chaudhary, also reminds me of Dr Jhatka, another popular character that first appeared in Hindi comic magazine 'Lotpot' as part of Kripa Shankar Bhardwaj strip Motu-Patlu. Writes Col Avnish Sharma (retd).

A bright feathered tale

After a usual workday, I got home late evening, unlocked the door, peeped into the hall and, as every day, called out aloud: "Birdeeezzzzzz," to say hello to my feathered little friends, a pair of bright yellow miniature cockatiels. The response wasn't enthusiastic. Never mind; who says birds can't be moody. Writes Anusha Singh.

Bringing back sanity on our roads

Every day we read about people dying in road accidents. Apart from this almost every one of us has faced road rage in one form or the other. The problem seems to be assuming alarming proportions. Writes Prabhjot Singh Mand, IAS (RETD)

Stay fit at any age

Although fitness in reality means being physically, mentally and spiritually fit, yet most of us relate it only with physical fitness. If we are asked how fit we are, most of us will find it very difficult to answer this simple question.  Wrties Col DS Cheema (RETD)

Forgotten pleasures

Firstly, a confession: I too have been at fault and stand guilty as charged. The online bug has bitten me too and sometimes it is quite a while before I venture into a bookshop to buy a book. Writes Pallavi Singh.

Time to write new rule book on gender

On the occasion of the Girl Child Day on October 11, a forum theatre and discussion on gender issues was organised for the youth of Kerala and adjoining villages and colonies by the Navjyoti India Foundation (whose director is Neetu Sharma). Writes Kiran Bedi.

Swachh Bharat campaign and that man called Satbir

Don’t throw that banana peel on the road! Wait, until you spot a garbage bin. Put it in there. And feel good about yourself. That’s the essence of the drive called Swachh Bharat as we, the people, led by the Grand Saviour of the Nation, embark on a journey towards Clean India. Writes Aarish Chhabra.
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