BEING A FAUJI’S FATHER

If you have ever voted in any election in India, you are familiar with how they mark your index finger, extending from lower part of nail to skin of the finger, with indelible ink. This ink is produced in a company called Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited, the only company in India authorised to do so. After about 30 to 40 days, there is no trace of this indelible ink […]

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CHALO INTEZAAR KARTE HAIN

तू भी देखना एक ऐसा भी दिन आएगा, आंसुओं से मेरे तेरा दिल पिघल जाएगा मेरी ना श से तुझे कोई शिक्वा ना होगा तेरे दिन तो क्या जहान संवर जाएगा प्यार और इश्क़ मुझे करना ही ना था घुट घुट रोज़ मुझे मरना ही ना था अब सोचता हूँ क्यों चला गया वहां तेरी राहों से मुझे गुज़रना ही ना था सोचा था ज़िन्दगी का हमसफ़र मिला है मेरी […]

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A HUNDRED GHAZALS IN HINDI MOVIES – PART III

As I brought out in the introduction of ‘A Hundred Ghazals In Hindi Movies – Part I’, and ‘A Hundred Ghazals In Hindi Movies – Part II’, the ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in […]

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SUFFIX ‘EX’ IS FOR EXERCISES IN THE NAVY – PART I (AMPHEX ON NANCOWRY), EPISODE II

The story so far: In Part I, Episode I of this post I described to you that I was made the Naval Liaison Officer (NLO) of Merchant Vessel Nancowry which was part of the Amphibious Task Force (ATF) given the task of taking the army personnel and wherewithal for an Amphibious Assault on Carnicobar from the port of Vizag in Andhra Pradesh. My team had tough time during the midnight […]

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BIKINI SPEECH

I underwent the Higher Command Course with the Army from Jul 1996 to May 1997 (HC 25, that is) in the College of Combat (presently called the Army War College) at Mhow, near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. In our course, there were 37 officers from the Army, six from the IAF and two from the Navy. My first humorous article that appeared in Aug 1996 issue of Combat News is […]

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SUFFIX ‘EX’ IS FOR EXERCISES IN THE NAVY – PART I (AMPHEX ON NANCOWRY), EPISODE I

In the Navy, names of all exercises are suffixed with the letters EX. Hence, we have TACEX as Tactical Exercise, SPRINGEX as a Theatre Level Exercise during Spring Time, REACTIONEX as an Exercise at sea to assess the reactions of the ship’s company, and so on. The suffix EX also gives rise to a new and entirely naval vocabulary. So, if you come across an officer in the wardroom in […]

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