IMMORTAL GHAZALS OF SHAKEEL BADAYUNI – PART III

This post is in continuation of my ‘Immortal Ghazals of Shakeel Badayuni – Part I’ and ‘Immortal Ghazals of Shakeel Badayuni – Part II’. On the 10th of January this year I started a Facebook group ‘Main Shayar To Nahin’ primarily to air my devotion for him and some other Urdu poets. I regularly put up Shakeel’s poetry with meanings so that more and more people can savour his excellence. […]

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BENGAL BASED HINDI MOVIES FROM ANURADHA TO PIKU

I am fascinated by the talented Bengali film makers, story writers, directors, actors, singers and music directors of Hindi movies. Most of them have brought something refreshingly new, challenging and memorable to the table. I am indeed working on an essay to bring out their contribution to the Hindi cinema; which is mammoth indeed. This essay or article is only about one aspect, that is, movies based on neglect of […]

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ARMED FORCES’ PENCHANT FOR SECRECY

This is a humorous take on our penchant for secrecy, the kind that evokes nostalgic mirth. It is not meant as criticism. Of course we have our reasons for secrecy and most of these are valid reasons. Humour, of course, obtains from those quaint situations and anecdotes that arise from this ubiquitous penchant. Armed forces personnel are, by nature, secretive and suspicious. I must have had traits of a potential fauji […]

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DOING THINGS WITHOUT APPARENT PURPOSE OR REASON

Seeing the quality and popularity of my blog posts,  people frequently ask me to write and publish books. In addition to love for my writing, I know that they mean well by suggesting that I do something about my ever dwindling financial resources. When I left the Navy after nearly 37 years, I didn’t have much and I didn’t even covet much. I also know that they feel that the […]

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INDIANS – POOR IN RECORD-KEEPING; ARMED FORCES NO EXCEPTION

As Director,  College of Naval Warfare in Mumbai, in the year 2008; I took the Naval Higher Command Course student officers with me to a tour of South Africa and Mauritius. In Mauritius we visited the Folk Museum of Indian Immigration.  We were surprised to see the records of all indentured labourers who came to British Mauritius from Bihar between 1834 and 1921 (the museum houses 2000 volumes of these). […]

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HAMARA NAVAL DRAMA

Now that after retirement I am employed in a corporate, I am able to see the difference in work culture: you have people specifically for specific duties as given in their JDs or Job Descriptions. In the armed forces, one is expected to do everything as and when the need arises; and many a times someone else’s job too. No one tells you how; you learn as you go along. […]

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