DREAM OF DIGITAL INDIA AND THE COMMON MAN

When I was in the Indian Navy, we often had to travel by train. Now, anyone who has ever traveled by Indian Railways a few decades back would tell you what an ordeal it used to be. Though in Nov 2010 I had written a humorous piece titled ‘The Great Indian Train Journey’, anyone who had spent hours standing in queues, dealing with corrupt and inefficient railway officials before, during […]

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‘SELFING’ – AN ‘EVOLUTIONARY’ WAY FOR NAVY WIVES?

A great piece of information in the Times of India edition of yesterday, 28th March, totally went unnoticed. I am reproducing (!!!) the item below. It talks about a female hybrid fish that grows male reproductive organs, impregnating itself and then giving birth to offspring. Navy wives (and probably their counterparts in the Army and the Air Force too) would be much excited to read the news. This is where […]

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HUM EK, HAMAARI EK…

हम एक, हमारी एक……….. ज़िन्दगी, कभी एक दूजे की, कभी खुदा की बंदगी I पैंतीस साल पहले जो मांगी थी दुआ, उसी का तो अब तक है सिलसिला, नज़रों का एक होना तो सुनते आये थे, पर यहाँ तो दिल, ख्वाब, सब एक हुआ I हम एक, हमारी एक ………….पहचान, एक दूसरे में बस्ती है अपनी जान I गरीब थे हम, पर बने रहे अमीर, हम ही तो थे कल […]

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THE BEST RAAGA BASED SONGS IN THE HINDI MOVIES – RAAGA DARBARI KANADA – PART III

As you are already aware, these blogs are being recreated from the posts on my Facebook page Lyrical wherein I started with this theme of giving you the best raaga based songs in Hindi movies on the 8th of Aug 2015. Presently, I am on my 18th Raaga: Raag Asavari. I have already given you blogs on Raaga Bhairavi (Part I, II and III), Yaman or Kalyan (Part I, II […]

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THE BEST RAAGA BASED SONGS IN HINDI MOVIES – RAAGA BHIMPALASI – PART II

As you are already aware, these blogs are being recreated from the posts on my Facebook page Lyrical wherein I started with this theme of giving you the best raaga based songs in Hindi movies on the 8th of Aug 2015. Presently, I am on my 18th Raaga: Raag Asavari. I have already given you blogs on Raaga Bhairavi (Part I, II and III), Yaman or Kalyan (Part I, II […]

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WHAT WOULD LIFE BE WITHOUT THE SMART-ASSES?

They are everywhere. They know that people would see through their dirty-tricks but they just can’t help being smart-asses. For example, we had a senior officer’s wife who was a kleptomaniac. One would think that she would have been afraid of being caught in the act or embarrassed or mortified. But, no, kleptomania is a mania beyond you. You just cannot help it. When the urge comes and you think […]

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