DOESN’T PAY TO BE A GOODIE-GOODIE GUY

When I undertook to allow the armed forces to train me to become a good staff-officer (Read Learning ‘The Ropes’ At Defence Services Staff College At Wellington, Nilgiris – Part I’ and ‘Part II’), I also took it upon myself to let go of all that used to keep me in high spirits. It was a tough decision but I was going to prove a point to me; which was […]

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ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL WERE RICH

The title doesn’t seem to go well with the constant struggle that the armed forces seem to be having for obtaining adequate remuneration for the serving and retired personnel. Curiously,  this intense – and at times, bitter – struggle is not with the government but with another arm under the government (just like the armed forces) called bureaucracy. Bureaucracy or babugiri has relentlessly endeavoured to keep the armed forces on […]

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THE YEAR 2222 AND NAVAL WARS

She liked the ring of the year 2222. Now that Hinglish had become the largest spoken language in the world, people in America, Germany, France and England and many other hitherto unheard of countries all spoke in Hinglish and ushered in the year 2222 with sounds of Bai Bai. The commentators on BBC and CNN channel had tough time reporting whether they were asking for Maid Maid or saying Good-bye […]

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KUCHH TO HAI

कुछ नहीं भूला कुछ नहीं खोया कुछ था भी नहीं कुछ है भी नहीं ओस कि बूँद थी क्या या उड़ता हुआ गुबार? हवा के झोंके की अपनी कोई हस्ती है क्या? ख्वाब था ख्वाब है हमें अपनी खबर न थी उन्हें मेरी खबर न थी तिनकों के आशियाँ में बस्ते थे हम, और अब यादों के धुंदले साये में अब और ठिकाना ढूँढ़ते हैं ये धुएं के महल ये […]

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CHALTA HAI – MOHAN RAM-BHAROSE

CHALTA HAI – MOHAN RAM-BHAROSE is Chalta Hai’s first attempt at movie making and is already being talked about as a potential Oscar winner. Here are some of the scenes that have already been shot (being an international movie, some of the dialogues are in English, whilst others are in Hindi; the ones which are in Punjabi have been deleted in order to avoid getting an ‘A’ Certificate for the […]

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GUNNERS TOO ARE HUMAN – PART IV – FREE-LOADING GUNS

So you have finished reading Parts I to III of this serialised post (If not, read ‘Gunners Too Are Human – Part I’, ‘Gunners Too Are Human – Part II’ and ‘Gunners Too Are Human – Part III’) and are now ready for Part IV? Well, fasten your seat belts; here goes: I don’t know if it has changed now; but, during our times, Gunnery Officers also used to be […]

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