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In times of the coronavirus pandemic, expect socially distanced weddings with guests logging in to view celebrations online(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Guest Column: In Covid times, weddings can be simple, chilled out and joyful too

By Rama Kashyap
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:35 PM IST
No grandeur, no flashy decorations, no big pandals, no array of food stalls serving a variety of cuisines, it was just a simple wedding with rituals performed solemnly, watched online
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Living independently can be a challenge for senior citizens, but with the right attitude it can be a time for adventures and spiritual growth(Shutterstock/For representation)
Living independently can be a challenge for senior citizens, but with the right attitude it can be a time for adventures and spiritual growth(Shutterstock/For representation)

Guest Column: Life as a senior citizen can be challenging, but do count the advantages

By TS Chawla | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 02:14 PM IST
Health issues and isolation can be problems, but with enough time to spare to look back and reflect on past experiences, many seniors can lead rich, meaningful lives
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Green spaces are soothing for the mind and soul.(Getty Images)
Green spaces are soothing for the mind and soul.(Getty Images)

Guest Column: Adding years to life and life to years with gardening

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:23 PM IST
According to a National Geographic article, researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School in England analysed data from 10,000 city dwellers and found that those living near green spaces reported less mental distress
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Cultivating a few cross-religion friendships will not only make us smarter, but calmer as well, no matter how polarised the general climate(HT Photo/For representation)
Cultivating a few cross-religion friendships will not only make us smarter, but calmer as well, no matter how polarised the general climate(HT Photo/For representation)

Guest column: Ad came. Ad Trolled. Ad left

By Amit Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2020 10:57 PM IST
In spite of its democratic dividend, India has recorded the highest unemployment in 45 years, but for some TV channels, Bollywood gossip and petty religious issues are taking precedence over matters of grave importance
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We get so busy running the rat race that we often forget to enjoy quality time with our families.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
We get so busy running the rat race that we often forget to enjoy quality time with our families.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Guest column: The present is a gift, use it well

By Col RD Singh (retd) | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 10:47 PM IST
Mental health issues often plague us because either we are overambitious or we worry too much about the past and future
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Intended to empower graduates with competencies and 21st-century skills to become global citizens, and contribute to the nation’s economy, ‘graduate attributes’ shall also provide for content mapping, suggest pedagogical pathways and effective evaluation tools for measuring attainment level prior to award of the degrees.(Shutterstock)
Intended to empower graduates with competencies and 21st-century skills to become global citizens, and contribute to the nation’s economy, ‘graduate attributes’ shall also provide for content mapping, suggest pedagogical pathways and effective evaluation tools for measuring attainment level prior to award of the degrees.(Shutterstock)

Success of National Education Policy depends on General Education Council

By Raghavendra P Tiwari | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 12:46 PM IST
The GEC is the most crucial vertical for the success of NEP, 2020, as it will be responsible for framing graduate attributes – qualities, skills and understandings that students should develop while pursuing degrees
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It’s all about dealing with loneliness, crazy hair and getting more than comfortable with track pants.(Shutterstock)
It’s all about dealing with loneliness, crazy hair and getting more than comfortable with track pants.(Shutterstock)

Guest column: Unlockdown tales or emerging from hibernation

By Alka Kashyap
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 08:22 PM IST
From track suits and flip flops to elaborate party wear with golden masks, it has not been easy waking up from the long slumber
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People come up with the smartest of excuses for making mistakes: Such as blaming the mask for blurring their vision and making it impossible to read vital instructions clearly.(Shutterstock)
People come up with the smartest of excuses for making mistakes: Such as blaming the mask for blurring their vision and making it impossible to read vital instructions clearly.(Shutterstock)

Guest column: Humour in innocence

By Col Avnish Sharma (retd)
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 04:23 PM IST
There is no dearth of wit and innocent humour in the armed forces
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The markets have been reopened to kick start the economy, but the wise are not venturing outdoors unless absolutely necessary to avoid transmission of Covid-19(Hindustan Times)
The markets have been reopened to kick start the economy, but the wise are not venturing outdoors unless absolutely necessary to avoid transmission of Covid-19(Hindustan Times)

Guest column: Don’t dare the devil in times of coronavirus!

By Alka Kashyap | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 12:04 AM IST
With Covid-19 cases spiralling, no one can throw caution to the winds just because they cannot remain cooped up at home any longer. Where’s their sense of responsibility?
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Balbir Singh Junior, a player par excellence.(Sourced)
Balbir Singh Junior, a player par excellence.(Sourced)

Guest column: Three cheers for Balbir Singh Junior, a hockey player not many know about

By Wg Cdr DPS Bajwa (retd) | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 11:54 PM IST
Balbir Singh (Jr) was born on May 2, 1932, at Sansarpur (Jalandhar), which is known as the nursery of hockey players in India. He took to playing hockey from the early age of six
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This could be the right time to start a positive engagement with nature -- by taking care of plants and starting a kitchen garden.(Shutterstock)
This could be the right time to start a positive engagement with nature -- by taking care of plants and starting a kitchen garden.(Shutterstock)

Guest Column: In Covid times, cultivate kinship with plants

By Hira Singh Bhupal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 11:42 PM IST
There’s a unique joy in watching plants grow. Nothing else can give us such exceptional happiness during this Covid-19 crisis
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Some men from the patrol at Billi Post, with the author wearing a turban and snow goggles (sitting). A Chinese bunker can be seen in the background.(Courtesy: Author’s own)
Some men from the patrol at Billi Post, with the author wearing a turban and snow goggles (sitting). A Chinese bunker can be seen in the background.(Courtesy: Author’s own)

Guest column: When the Billi Patrol took on the Chinese at the border

By Col PS Sangha (Retd) | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 11:16 AM IST
A lesson in hitting back at your adversaries on the India-China border, but with a smile on your face
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Kumari Vidyavati Anand DAV College, Karnal, is named after a woman who donated almost all of her life’s earnings to the institute.(Shutterstock)
Kumari Vidyavati Anand DAV College, Karnal, is named after a woman who donated almost all of her life’s earnings to the institute.(Shutterstock)

Guest Column: Remembering Kumari Vidyavati Anand, an educationist par excellence

By Usha Verma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2020 11:03 PM IST
The founder principal of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalya (HRMV) in Jalandhar was devoted to Gandhiji’s way of life, wore khadi and believed in empowering people who worked for her
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Teachers often have the power to change the lives of their students.(Shutterstock)
Teachers often have the power to change the lives of their students.(Shutterstock)

Guest Column: For helping a girl believe in herself, happy Teacher’s Day, Amrita Ma’am!

By Seerat Kaur Gill | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 11:02 PM IST
Sometimes, teachers can be real heroes for helping shy little children come out of their shells in their own time, at their own pace.
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Every stakeholder should have a say in the decision to reopen schools, it should not be made or influenced by a minority.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Every stakeholder should have a say in the decision to reopen schools, it should not be made or influenced by a minority.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Guest column: To open or not to open schools? The dilemma of parents during a pandemic

By Poonamjot Kaur Sidhu | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 10:20 PM IST
When we as parents of private school going pupils protest the opening of schools, we are depicting a myopic view. We are focused inwardly, not reflecting on the implications of this closure on a larger segment rapidly running out of options
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We as a people have changed and are no longer comfortable in crowds, at markets, weddings or other gatherings.(HT Photo/For representation only)
We as a people have changed and are no longer comfortable in crowds, at markets, weddings or other gatherings.(HT Photo/For representation only)

Guest column: Life before corona and after

By Rakesh Kochhar | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 09:42 PM IST
The novel coronavirus has drastically changed our lives – the mask has become ubiquitous, files are handled only while wearing gloves, and pockets and purses always carry hand sanitisers
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Rural living is all about one moment of peace and another of chaos, rescuing Lapwing chicks.(Shutterstock)
Rural living is all about one moment of peace and another of chaos, rescuing Lapwing chicks.(Shutterstock)

Guest column: Some calm, some chaos, that’s what farm life is all about

By Seerat Kaur Gill | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 09:39 PM IST
Being in a farm is all about engaging with nature in such a wholesome way that everything else pales in comparison
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A good mentor and teacher always focuses on constructive criticism to drive a student to better his or her performance.(Shutterstock)
A good mentor and teacher always focuses on constructive criticism to drive a student to better his or her performance.(Shutterstock)

Guest column: As a teacher, look for positives to inspire your students

By Reema Bansal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 09:22 PM IST
One will often hear laments that the student population does not care much for values. It’s perhaps with a deep parent-like concern that such views are shared, with a faint ray of hope that the scenario will change for the better
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The second wave: Migrants at Ghazipur near Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border waiting to board special buses arranged by the UP govt for their home towns and villages after the Covid-19 outbreak.(ANI)
The second wave: Migrants at Ghazipur near Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border waiting to board special buses arranged by the UP govt for their home towns and villages after the Covid-19 outbreak.(ANI)

Guest column: Partition, Covid-19 and a tale of two migrations

By Col HP Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 09:12 PM IST
During the Partition migration the idea of India was still in its infancy. The common people exhibited great compassion while lending a helping hand to alleviate the sufferings of the victims of the communal holocaust
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Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal(HT Photo)
Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal(HT Photo)

Guest column: Once Chandigarh MC had fixed deposits of 500 crore, writes Pawan Kumar Bansal

By Pawan Kumar Bansal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 11:32 PM IST
Chandigarh municipal corporation had hoped for a grant of 1,073 crore in the current year but it was allocated just 425 crore, which was slashed by 20%, leaving it unable to carry out basic functions
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Often young lawyers feel nervous arguing in court even though they have prepared well for their case.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Often young lawyers feel nervous arguing in court even though they have prepared well for their case.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Guest column: Locked down at home, we miss you, My Lord!

By Alka Kashyap | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 10:40 PM IST
This lawyer is missing the stimulating atmosphere of the courts, always filled with a battery of lawyers, respondents, petitioners, and above all, My Lord, at the helm of affairs
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The Covid-19 pandemic scenario has made it difficult private education providers to stay afloat.(Shutterstock)
The Covid-19 pandemic scenario has made it difficult private education providers to stay afloat.(Shutterstock)

Guest column: For private universities to survive, mergers could be a good solution

By Gursharan Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 08:36 PM IST
Private universities could have paid dividends in the form of appreciable revenues, but the downtrend in engineering courses and exodus of students for foreign education made it difficult for the institutes to run the show
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Honest dialogues with those you care for or with colleagues you perceive as your adversaries can throw up some surprises.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Honest dialogues with those you care for or with colleagues you perceive as your adversaries can throw up some surprises.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Guest column: Differences can be resolved, don’t burn your bridges

By Mahavir S Jagdev | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2020 09:34 PM IST
Different ways of thinking sometimes lead to innovation and creativity and lay the foundation of strong and stable organisations provided our differences don’t degenerate to disputes.
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For Nandita Das, spreading ‘Mantoiyat’ – the desire to be more honest, courageous and free spirited – was one of the main reasons for making the film on Manto
For Nandita Das, spreading ‘Mantoiyat’ – the desire to be more honest, courageous and free spirited – was one of the main reasons for making the film on Manto

Guest article by Nandita Das: Manto’s India... present, continuous, tense

By Nandita Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2020 12:03 AM IST
The mirror that Manto held up to the country all those years ago still reflects the same issues
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(HT File)
(HT File)

Guest column: Can a cab aggregator model help solve the stubble burning problem?

By Vikram Ahuja | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2018 10:35 AM IST
Government employees who own agricultural land and grow paddy have been instructed not to burn stubble. But the farmers remain aggressive and say they won’t buy the machines. Why?
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(Getty images)
(Getty images)

Guest column: #MeToo is a weapon, handle the battle with care and caution

By Priya S Tandon | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2018 09:09 AM IST
The recent #MeToo movement has given an opportunity to many to air their horrific experiences and put to shame the men who had wronged them in the past.
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“I started writing for HT, starting with letters to the editor, and slowly graduating to articles. I didn’t touch upon politics or controversial issues and only wrote about constructive subjects of social good, and life positive.”(HT Photo)
“I started writing for HT, starting with letters to the editor, and slowly graduating to articles. I didn’t touch upon politics or controversial issues and only wrote about constructive subjects of social good, and life positive.”(HT Photo)

Guest column: Newspaper with a warm heart

By Col RD Singh (retd) | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2018 10:08 AM IST
Today, HT has the highest readership in the tricity, and is a leading daily in the country.
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