OVERBOARD – OVERSEAS

When the Indian Navy conducted the International Fleet Review in Feb 2001, at Mumbai, in which navies of various countries participated, the motto of the IFR was ‘Bridges of Friendship’. The seas are not seen as dividing media but as the media that unites people of various lands. I retired ten years later after spending 37 years of building these bridges across the seas.‘Join the Navy – See the World; […]

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HI SEXY – ‘GATEWAY TO FUTURE’ FOR INDIAN WOMEN

Another International Women’s Day is here (Read my ‘Is There Reason to Celebrate Women’s Day in India‘). My article for which I have provided the link was published in Mar 2010. This was around the time when Xinhua reported that Chinese scientists had created the world’s first genetically modified cow, in Jun 2009, that can give milk rich in Omega-3 fatty acid. On the right is a picture of that cow.But, […]

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WHY THIS VALENTINE VALENTINE DI?

Yo boys I am singing song Love song Hate song Why this Valentine Valentine di Why this Valentine Valentine di It feels “foreign“-uh Why this Valentine Valentine di No overboard please-uh Why this Valentine..di Guardian of moral-uh moral-uh Moral-uh color-uh white-uh White background porn-uh porn-uh Porn-uh color-uh blue-uh Why this Valentine Valentine di Why this Valentine Valentine di “Foreign” skin-uh girl-uh girl-uh MLAs heart-uh black-uh Phone-uh phone-uh watch-uh watch-uh “Foreign” […]

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GUARDIANS OF PORN AND MORALITY

Doesn’t it sound a little incongruous to give the charge of Porn and Morality to the same people? It is like electing a rapist to guard women’s virginity. Hence, less than a week before St Valentine’s Day, these Guardians of Porn And Morality (GPAM, like SPAM), were salivating over some “foreign” porn act whilst simultaneously ensuring that their determination to protect the Indian people against such “vulgar” and “indecent display” […]

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GOD AND I

It was dark, very dark. It must have been extra-sensory experience because though there was no light and she wasn’t shining or anything close to it, I could see her. I hadn’t seen her earlier, not even in my thoughts, but, I could recognise her instantly. “God”, I told her in abject bewilderment, “How can I see you in the dark?” She looked at me with equal dumbfoundment, “I am […]

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THE BEST OF ‘YAAD’ SONGS

Love is a many splendoured feeling; even if you don’t get anything out of Love (eg, the 1955 movie Udan Khatola’s song written by Shakeel Badayuni: “Muhabbat ki raahon mein chalna sambhal ke; yahan jo bhi aaya gaya haath mal ke” (Walk cautiously on the paths of Love; anyone who walked this way, lost everything), you at least get Yaad (Memory or Rememberance). Indeed, poets of yore, thought of Yaad […]

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FINALLY – MAN OVERBOARD

I was commanding the Fleet Tanker Aditya in the year 2001. I had a boss who was very understanding, kind and encouraging; but, I had my boss’s boss who was a terror. The latter had made no secret of his desire to see me land squarely in the gooey stuff. So, he tried sending me into orbit at the slightest pretext. It would have given him immense satisfaction if I […]

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THE NUMBERS GAME

Man is a social animal; it is thus natural for him to crave for acceptance in society and excel. All our virtues are relative: there is no absolute virtue that we have (Read my post: Absolute Virtue): it is always in comparison to others. Rare are the people who can be happy  by themselves rather than as happy as such and such or happier than he or she. For others, […]

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POCKET-MAAR AND I

If the title sounds like another version of ‘King and I’ so be it; I had goosebumps on being face to face with Mr. Smooth Fingers. It wasn’t anything like I had ever imagined: my first experience at being pick-pocketed or nearly pick-pocketed. I didn’t even feel a thing. A hand brushed the right side of my bottom and stayed there just a wee bit longer than the casual brush; and […]

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