NAVY COUPLES – MADE FOR EACH OTHER (A VALENTINE’S DAY POST)

Part I The title of this post sounds a bit parochial since it doesn’t include the other two services. Well, there is a reason. Read on.… When I was undergoing the Staff Course in Wellington (Nilgiris), in the Castle Quarters that we stayed in, there were three other houses: one belonging to an IAF officer and the other two to army officers. The IAF officer Thakurdesais and us occupied the ground floor […]

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LEARNING BY POWERPOINT AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Though Microsoft PowerPoint was officially launched on 22nd May 1990, in the armed forces in India, it hit us with the force of a Tsunami much later. I think possibly it was in 1997-98 that we shifted from OHP slides to PPTs in a huge manner. PPTs made a paradigm shift in the way we looked at things. It killed all imagination and concentration totally. Earlier if we had to […]

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IS COMMUNAL DISHARMONY A CHALLENGE TO INDIA’S MARCH TO GREATNESS?

Historically, and I am talking about many hundred years ago or so, the Indian record of racial and communal indiscrimination had been better than the world’s average. At one time in our history, we didn’t require the kind of advice that the US President Barack Obama gave to Indians through his talk to the Delhi students recently when he visited us as the Chief Guest for the Republic Day Parade. Obama […]

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COMMUN ICATORS’ WOES

There was a time, and times have not changed even now, when the Israelites found themselves in constant battle or war for survival with their neighbours. During one of these, a battle weary Israelite with bombs and shells falling all around him, his house and town in shambles, his clothes in tatters, looked skywards and asked, “God, are we your chosen people?” God’s voice, from the heavens was heard by him […]

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PHIR YAAD NE TADPAAYA…..

आज फिर तसव्वर में उनका दीदार हो गया खुदा की रहनुमाई पे फिर से ऐतबार हो गया ना मेरे करीब हैं वो ना मुझसे दूर रहते हैं फिर से दिल की अफरा तफरी का आसार हो गया ज़िन्दगी सेहरा बनी थी उनकी अलैहदगी में उनके मिलते ही आलम गुलज़ार हो गया हमने माना करामात-ऐ- ख्याल ही था लेकिन चंद लम्हों के लिए दिल खुशगवार हो गया मुझे यकीन है तग़ाफ़ुल […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAHEEDA REHMAN 03 FEBRUARY

This is the second year in succession when I forgot her birthday. Could there be a hidden mental process involved in my repeatedly forgetting her birthday besides the fact her famous book by Nasreen Munni Kabir titled ‘Conversations With Waheeda Rehman’ is always at my bedside table? Perhaps the hidden mental process is secretly wishing for her not to become older! Her films have a great association with my childhood […]

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ANJAAM-E-MOHABBAT HAMEN MANZUR HAI

मेरी आरज़ू-ऐ- मोहब्बत के जनाज़े पे वो भी उदास थे कहीं मरने वाला उनका कोई हबीब तो नहीं? यह हालात-ऐ-वफ़ा का ही कोई अंजाम लगता है वरना ज़ालिम तो वह हैं पर कोई रकीब तो नहीं क्या खून-ऐ-जिगर के बाद कोई अफ़साना बाकी है? इस बद नसीब के कहीं ऐसे नसीब तो नहीं? उनके नक्श-ऐ-कदम से कहीं ये फिर ना धड़कने लगे इतना तो यह बेचारा नजीब तो नहीं लटके […]

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