LIVING WITH DIGNITY IN INDIA

Living with dignity anywhere depends upon how much freedom we get to do the things that we want to do as long as the doing of them is not illegal. One doesn’t exercise a choice in being born in a country; if at all, sometimes the parents may exercise such a choice. So, if you grow up in the country of your birth, wherein you did not exercise a choice […]

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AMARANTH

Like a gentle rain On a placid pond in wilderness The memory of our tryst forms Never dying ripples Each one capturing Those brief moments of togetherness. Did you at that time know That the twinkle in your eyes The softness of your lips Your looks, your scent, your laughter Would remain with me forever? Indelible…unfading. And I would search for these In the pearl drops on lotus leaves, In […]

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ANYTHING FOR ME?

          The Missile Boats, of the type that took part in our daring attack on Karachi in 1971, had a deadly punch of missiles. However, due to their low height of eye, they were many times poor in inter-ship communications, especially in comparison to larger Fleet ships. This often produced frustrating results. One of these is described here.           For CinC’s farewell at sea, the Fleet Commander had got the […]

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A FOUR LETTER WORD CALLED LOVE

Love, they say, is the greatest feeling on earth; some even go to the extent of saying that Love is God. The fact is that highest attainments of mankind are possible through a feeling of love towards others. The other day I wrote about the case of this woman in Russia who was found alive with her infant under the rubble after several days of an earthquake. In order to […]

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SOUNDS OF SILENCE

“The stars of midnight shall be so dear, For her and she shall lean her ear, In many a secret place; Where rivulets dance their wayward round, And beauty born of murmuring sound, Shall pass into her face”. Despite our love for silence that Wordsworth and others wrote endless verses about, the fact is that sounds and noise never leave us. We want to hear, we want to be heard. […]

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CHASING A RAINBOW

He had set out to explore a new world; a world where – as per the lyrics of the old Hindi song – there would be no sorrow or sadness, no tears; where there would be only Love as far as the eye would see and heart would feel. First, there was a hill to be crossed. He had overheard many a wise people in his town telling about the […]

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JO BHI HAI BUS YEHI IK PAL HAI

I am so unsure of myself when I glance at forecasts, horoscopes and what the stars foretell. The reason is that I don’t know whether to believe or not. However, I often read the horoscopes to confirm that my experiences are – laugh if you want – according to some cosmic plan! Amongst all the forecasts, I found that the late Peter Vidal’s were the truest for me. Lately, I […]

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LEADERSHIP LESSON #2

Life’s little things are the ones that teach you more than bigger events. I spent thirty-seven years in the Indian Navy and I am convinced my life was moulded because of the small nuggets that came my way. I shall periodically try to recollect some of these in this blog. This is the second of these nuggets. I was posted on INS Himgiri for obtaining my Bridge Watchkeeping certificate. Himgiri was the second […]

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