CROSS-LOC SURGICAL COUNTER-TERRORISM STRIKES, A NEW INDIAN PSYCHE AND RESOLVE?

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Mu’izz ad-Din Muhammad Ghori, also known as Muhammad of Ghor, was a Sultan of the Ghurid Empire (The Ghurids were a Persian dynasty from Ghor region that is presently in Afghanistan). The dynasty was originally Buddhist but they converted to Sunni Islam after the conquest of Ghor by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1011 (Kashmir, Doab, Rajasthan and Gujarat were never conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni and remained Hindu dynasties). Mahmud […]

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HIMACHAL THE BEAUTIFUL STATE, PART I – REWALSAR

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I stay in Kandaghat, Shimla Hills, Himachal Pradesh (Please read: ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is – Kandaghat In Shimla Hills’). Earlier because of my job (I served as an officer in the Indian Navy and retired as a Commodore and then took up job as a Senior VP in RIL) I was able to spend only my leave holidays in Kandaghat. But, now that recently I am fully retired […]

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SHE WILL GET ME SOME TIME, I KNOW – A CONFESSION

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What a long-lasting affair? What a long wait for her? She has been chasing me Ever since I was a boy Perhaps she liked my daring even then Dangling from rocks Diving into a raging river naked To flirt with her Even when I didn’t know swimming. During my youth She knew she had got me On many an occasion When I was careless, reckless But, only nearly I flirted, […]

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VETERANS’ OBSESSION WITH MEDICAL ISSUES AND ECHS

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Now that I have joined the Veterans’ community six years ago (We wear a badge to that effect in all our gatherings; we in the armed forces have always taken badges so seriously that many of us gave up our lives to earn two inches of ribbon and a badge (medal)), I find that not only that ailments are a constant companion with most of us, talking about our ailments […]

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THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONS AND RELATIONSHIP(S)

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Origins of Emotions and Relations I find Human Evolution as a very fascinating subject. Humans or homo sapiens, as we see them around now, at some point of history of primates, separated themselves from the apes (hominids). Genetic studies bring out that the history of primates is older than 85 million years ago. There have been many theories (in the absence of recorded history we have either theories or gospel […]

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AS IF WE OTHERWISE RESPECT MEDAL WINNERS

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One oft-repeated comment that I received on my ‘Olympics Are Biased Against Indians’ has been that I should write a fresh one for the just concluded Olympics. The article, people wrote, is hilarious; but, they want a fresh one too. So here it is, not during but after the Olympics. It is not hilarious but in my own straight-bat manner, I have tried to hit the nail on the head. […]

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A HUNDRED GHAZALS IN HINDI MOVIES – PART VI

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As I brought out in the introduction of ‘A Hundred Ghazals In Hindi Movies – Part I’, ‘A Hundred Ghazals In Hindi Movies – Part II’, ‘A Hundred Ghazals in Hindi Movies – Part III’, ‘A Hundred Ghazals In Hindi Movies – Part IV’, and ‘A Hundred Ghazals In Hindi Movies – Part V’, the ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line […]

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A HUNDRED GHAZALS IN HINDI MOVIES – PART V

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As I brought out in the introduction of ‘A Hundred Ghazals In Hindi Movies – Part I’, ‘A Hundred Ghazals In Hindi Movies – Part II’, ‘A Hundred Ghazals in Hindi Movies – Part III’, and ‘A Hundred Ghazals In Hindi Movies – Part IV’, the ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. A ghazal may be understood […]

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JAI HIND – MERA WATAN, MERA KHUMAAR

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साक़ी जो पिलानी है तो कुछ ऐसी पिला दे, जो हम सबको मेरे देश का दिवाना बना दे I मेरे वतन का रहनुमा कुछ इस कदर हो मदहोश, वह अपना घर छोड़, वतन को आशियाना बना दे I साक़ी जो पिलानी है तो कुछ ऐसी पिला दे…… दफ्तर का बाबू हकूमत के ख्वाब छोड़ के, आम लोगों की ज़िन्दगी को सुहाना बना दे I साक़ी जो पिलानी है तो कुछ […]

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FREEDOMS WE INDIANS CAN DO WITHOUT

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Happy 70th Independence Day of India. It was on this day, 15th August, in the year 1947, when we received Freedom at Midnight. Our first Prime Minister of independent India made his famous Tryst with Destiny speech to the Indian Constituent Assembly in the Parliament, a speech that is counted amongst the most famous speeches in the history of the world. The opening two paragraphs of this speech are: “Long […]

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SHAKEEL BADAYUNI – COUNTDOWN TO HIS BIRTH CENTENARY 03 AUG 2016 – PART V

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These blogs, one part in a week, have been reconstructed from my Facebook Page: Lyrical whereat I attempted a four week tribute to Shakeel Badayuni leading up to his Birth Centenary on 03 Aug 2016. I completed Part I of this Countdown from 03 Jul to 09 Jul 16, Part II from 10 Jul to 16 Jul 16, Part III from 17 Jul to 23 Jul and Part IV from […]

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HUMOUR AS A WAY OF LIFE

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Sunbyanyname is the name of my blog. It is in sharp contrast to that period of  my life when it used to occur to me that life is a great burden, most people are unfair and self-centered and that human beings are condemned to live in bondage and disease throughout their miserable lives. My father had died prematurely of a jeep-accident at the age of fifty-six years and my having […]

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SHAKEEL BADAYUNI – COUNTDOWN TO HIS BIRTH ANNIVERSARY 03 AUG 2016 – PART IV

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These blogs, one part in a week, have been reconstructed from my Facebook Page: Lyrical whereat I am attempting a four week tribute to Shakeel Badayuni leading up to his Birth Centenary on 03 Aug 2016. We have completed Part I of this Countdown from 03 Jul to 09 Jul 16, Part II from 10 Jul to 16 Jul 16 and Part III from 17 Jul to 23 Jul. Those […]

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