HIMACHAL THE BEAUTIFUL STATE, PART I – REWALSAR (TIBETAN SHRINES)

In my earlier article: ‘Himachal The Beautiful State, Part I – Rewalsar’, I had brought out the journey to this beautiful lake town, 24 kms from Mandi. I had also brought out that Rewalsar is a confluence of three religions: the Hindu, the Sikh and the Buddhist. I had covered the Guru Gobind Singh Gurudwara of the Sikhs and the three main temples of the Hindus: the temple of the […]

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CROSS-LOC SURGICAL COUNTER-TERRORISM STRIKES, A NEW INDIAN PSYCHE AND RESOLVE?

Mu’izz ad-Din Muhammad Ghori, also known as Muhammad of Ghor, was a Sultan of the Ghurid Empire (The Ghurids were a Persian dynasty from Ghor region that is presently in Afghanistan). The dynasty was originally Buddhist but they converted to Sunni Islam after the conquest of Ghor by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1011 (Kashmir, Doab, Rajasthan and Gujarat were never conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni and remained Hindu dynasties). Mahmud […]

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HIMACHAL THE BEAUTIFUL STATE, PART I – REWALSAR

I stay in Kandaghat, Shimla Hills, Himachal Pradesh (Please read: ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is – Kandaghat In Shimla Hills’). Earlier because of my job (I served as an officer in the Indian Navy and retired as a Commodore and then took up job as a Senior VP in RIL) I was able to spend only my leave holidays in Kandaghat. But, now that recently I am fully retired […]

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SHE WILL GET ME SOME TIME, I KNOW – A CONFESSION

What a long-lasting affair? What a long wait for her? She has been chasing me Ever since I was a boy Perhaps she liked my daring even then Dangling from rocks Diving into a raging river naked To flirt with her Even when I didn’t know swimming. During my youth She knew she had got me On many an occasion When I was careless, reckless But, only nearly I flirted, […]

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VETERANS’ OBSESSION WITH MEDICAL ISSUES AND ECHS

Now that I have joined the Veterans’ community six years ago (We wear a badge to that effect in all our gatherings; we in the armed forces have always taken badges so seriously that many of us gave up our lives to earn two inches of ribbon and a badge (medal)), I find that not only that ailments are a constant companion with most of us, talking about our ailments […]

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THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONS AND RELATIONSHIP(S)

Origins of Emotions and Relations I find Human Evolution as a very fascinating subject. Humans or homo sapiens, as we see them around now, at some point of history of primates, separated themselves from the apes (hominids). Genetic studies bring out that the history of primates is older than 85 million years ago. There have been many theories (in the absence of recorded history we have either theories or gospel […]

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