- Jan 17, 2015 13:06 ISTspiceoflife
As a student of English literature, I had once asked my teacher: "What makes a piece of writing literature?" So much is being written all the time in today's world that it has always been difficult for me to separate grain from chaff. Writes Sneha Bengani.
- Jan 16, 2015 11:41 ISTSpiceoflife
Ah! Finally winter has made its presence felt. Though I love autumn and spring as well for their cheerful cadence and warm days but hey I'm true-blue scorpion and so I enjoy when the days shorten. It's the perfect sleeping weather. Chitvan Singh Dhillon.
- Jan 15, 2015 08:55 ISTspiceoflife
Is the pen really mightier than the sword? Is the pencil more powerful than the gun? I have often asked myself these questions, and my answer has always been an emphatic yes. And it remains the same, even after the Charlie Hebdo carnage. Writes Vikramdeep Johal.
- Jan 14, 2015 10:44 ISTSPICEOFLIFE
For the past year, our mailbox has been flooded with letters for my 17-year-old daughter. College brochures after brochures arrive in the mail daily. It feels almost like colleges across the nation are wooing her like besotted lovers. Considering how expensive the college tuition in the US is, it is not unusual for colleges to woo most 11th and 12th graders. Writes Sona Sethi.
- Jan 12, 2015 10:55 ISTspiceoflife
When it comes to Punjab, praiseworthy words on friendly hospitality come naturally to the tongue. I am sure people across the world who have visited Punjab, especially villages, must be inundated with many examples on its hospitality and what makes it so great. Writes Rameshinder Singh Sandhu.
- Jan 11, 2015 09:40 ISTbytheway
If there wasn’t the soaring sargam of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to divert attention every few hours, only God knows what this season of foggy depression would have made me do. Writes Aarish Chhabra.
- Jan 11, 2015 09:25 ISTbitofwit
You can’t be a successful Dictator and design women’s underclothing. One or the other. Not both. —The Code of the Woosters (1938). “What are you writing, saabji?” the maid enquired. She likes to pry into my affairs — when the memsaab is away. Writes Vikramdeep Johal.
- Jan 11, 2015 11:14 IST
Over the past few months, the country has been through a series of needless and avoidable controversies on issues extremely critical to our national interest. Writes Harcharan Bains.
- Jan 11, 2015 09:10 ISTsitrep
What is the current position on implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP)? The government’s bland statement, “The demand has been accepted and the modalities of its implementation are being worked out” gives nothing away. Writes Mandeep Singh Bajwa.
- Jan 11, 2015 09:51 ISTpunjabibynature
The Punjab government unleashed an advertisement blitzkrieg recently, urging all and sundry to stop tarnishing the image of Punjabis as drug addicts, because Punjab has nothing to do with drugs. Writes Khushwant Singh.
- Jan 10, 2015 21:44 ISTWildbuzz
The northern goshawk is the state bird of Indian Punjab due to its association with Guru Gobind Singh and earlier Gurus. The goshawk was pre-eminent in its status as a bird of falconry or hawking in the Mughal period. But Punjab’s contemporary denizens can neither see this bird in captivity nor is it a wintering migrant here from the Himalayas.Writes Vikram Jit Singh
- Jan 10, 2015 13:19 IST
Jammu and Kashmir slipping into the governor’s rule even after witnessing the highest-ever voter turnout since militancy erupted in 1990s only besmirched the fledgling democratic process in the conflict-ridden Muslim majority state and dampened renewed hopes.
- Jan 10, 2015 12:11 ISTspiceoflife
One of the country's best schools was in an uproar. The principal had called an emergency meeting. This was a school that didn't have a canteen and disallowed even cold drinks on its premises, and a beer bottle had been found on a Class-7 boy. Writes Charu N Thakur.
- Jan 09, 2015 11:17 ISTspiceoflife
I flipped the bookmark from Flipkart, which came free with the books I'd ordered from the website, in my hand. This one's shaped like a comb, the implication being since you'd be so engrossed in reading your book, it's time to take a break and groom yourself a bit. Writes Ritu Nanda.
- Jan 08, 2015 10:23 ISTSPICE OF LIFE
Dimple Kapadia won the National Award for her true to life depiction of a lower caste Rajasthani “professional weeper” in the film Rudaali in 1993. Mourning publicly for the loss of a male member was unacceptable for upper caste families in olden times, so they would hire such weepers, all of who were women. They would come daily, beat their chests, flail their hands and howl and scream, and thus make up for the lack of emotion exhibited by the bereaved family. Writes Pallavi Singh