A FLEETING VISIT TO SILVASSA AND DAMAN

We (my wife and I) recently went to Silvassa, the capital of Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the erstwhile Portuguese colonies, which joined the Indian state in 1961. My company has a Polyester Texturising Plant there. Lyn, my wife, went around in Silvassa looking at the parks, dams and lakes whilst I busied myself in my job. Silvassa, derives its name from the Portuguese word “silva”, which means wood. Silvassa is just […]

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THE BASTARD

All characters in this story are imaginary and bear no resemblance to anyone dead or alive. All incidents except historic incidents are fictitious. Names of places and some historic events are actual but are only incidental to the story and not purported to convey specificity of places, events, organisations etc. 1 It wasn’t easy being a bastard child. In the school he came up with – what he thought as – […]

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हर तरफ तेरा जलवा

फिर मुझे पुकारा है…..तेरी चाहत ने, तेरी आहट नेतेरी आवाज़ ने, दिल के साज़ नेतेरी धड़कन ने, तेरी उलझन नेतेरी साँसों ने, तेरे अश्कों नेतेरी आँखों ने, तेरे होंठों नेतेरे हाथों के गरम छूने नेतेरी याद ने, तेरी हसरत नेतेरे प्यार ने, तेरी उल्फत नेतेरे दर्द ने, तेरे ज़ख़्म नेतेरे हसीन ख्यालों के वहम नेतेरी हंसी ने, तेरे रोने नेमेरे ज़हन में तेरे होने नेतेरी आँखों  की मधुर मुस्कान नेतेरे दिल में उमढ़ते तूफ़ान नेतेरी आहों ने, तेरी राहों ने,मेरे आगोश में उलझी बाहों नेतेरे लबों से थिरकते गीत ने,जो मिल के बनाया उस अतीत नेउन वादीयों ने जो हमारे संग बहकती थीउस कोयल ने जो हमें देख चहकती थीउन फूलों ने जिस में तेरे प्यार का रंग थाउन हवाओं ने जिनका हमें संग थाउन बातों ने जो कभी ना होती थी खत्मउस अदा ने जिसने ढाया था मुझपे सितमतेरी मस्ती ने, तेरी हस्ती ने,तेरी गलियों ने, तेरी बसती नेतेरी खुशबु ने, […]

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KILL ME, CARMEN

I stand still on a rock, my rockAnd watch the roaring seaReaching out to meTo reclaim and drench my soul.The sea is just the opposite of me:Calm in its depths and clamorous outside.I stare at the cloudsBoth within and in the skyAs they change shapes and moods:Now a king, then a horseAnd finally a hatted witchAlluring small kidsWith her trickster candy floss.I look at the light-houseStanding witness to and guidingShips […]

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CLOSED UP ON THE BRIDGE

Bridge is a very sacred place for the executive officers on a ship; this is the place from where the ship is controlled navigationally and to some extent for exercises and operations. At sea, Bridge is the place that is humming with activity. There is a swivel chair for the Commanding Officer; irrespective of the rank, he is called ‘the Captain’. If the Fleet staff is embarked, there would be another […]

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ARMED FORCES AND THE INDIAN SOCIETY

Indian Armed Forces comprise the military services: Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, supported by what is called as para-military forces: Assam Rifles and Special Frontier Force. As of 2010, the Indian Armed Forces have a combined strength of 1.32 million active personnel and 1.15 million reserve personnel. In addition there are 2.28 million paramilitary personnel making it one of the world’s largest military forces in the world in […]

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DIMINISHING DAD

It wasn’t very long ago when I was big and rich; really big and rich. Less than three decades back. I had a small telly, the best I could afford with my Navy pay. I didn’t have a car since I couldn’t afford it. My wife and I used to call our Yezdi 250 cc a donkey since the mobike could carry everything for us including gas cylinders that we […]

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