Regional Takes

  • WhatsApp
    Jan 17, 2015 13:06 ISTspiceoflife

    Will chat, won't communicate

    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.

  • tea
    Jan 16, 2015 11:41 ISTSpiceoflife

    Confessions of a tea lover

    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.

  • Vikramdeep Singh Johal
    Jan 15, 2015 08:55 ISTspiceoflife

    The pen and the gun

    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.

  • 1
    Jan 14, 2015 10:44 ISTSPICEOFLIFE

    Life comes full circle

    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.

  • Dead heart
    Jan 12, 2015 10:55 ISTspiceoflife

    Punjabi hearts bigger than their chests

    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.

  • Aarish
    Jan 11, 2015 09:40 ISTbytheway

    Battling SAD in biting winter

    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.

  • Vikramdeep Singh Johal
    Jan 11, 2015 09:25 ISTbitofwit

    A desi ode to Wodehouse

    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.

  • Harcharan Bains
    Jan 11, 2015 11:14 IST

    Keep peace above politics in Punjab

    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.

  • SitRep logo
    Jan 11, 2015 09:10 ISTsitrep

    Can govt get away with 80% of OROP?

    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.

  • Khushwant Singh
    Jan 11, 2015 09:51 ISTpunjabibynature

    Drug politics of Punjab

    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.

  • Vikram Jit Singh, Wilbuzz
    Jan 10, 2015 21:44 ISTWildbuzz

    For whom bells tinkle

    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

  • Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra
    Jan 10, 2015 13:19 IST

    Governor’s rule dampens hope, discredits democracy

    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.

  • beer
    Jan 10, 2015 12:11 ISTspiceoflife

    Storm in a beer bottle at school

    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.

  • Bookmark
    Jan 09, 2015 11:17 ISTspiceoflife

    The bookmark story

    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.

  • Mourners
    Jan 08, 2015 10:23 ISTSPICE OF LIFE

    The practice of grieving

    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