PAISA FAINKO, TAMASHA DEKHO

क्या अजब है मेरे देश में ये पैसे का खेल? अमीर की बद-अमली ग़रीब रहा है झेल I आज़ादी के वक़्त से वह खड़ा है कतार में, कोई तो होगा कभी किसी भी सरकार में, जो उसके दिन भी वैसे ही बदल डाले, जैसे नेताओं के बदलते हैं एक ही चुनाव में I क्या अजब है मेरे देश में ये पैसे का खेल? बद उनवान को नहीं, ईमानदार को मिली […]

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HIMACHAL THE BEAUTIFUL STATE, PART IV – RENUKA LAKE

My Fantasy Place It is within three hours of drive from my place in Kandaghat (Please read: ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is – Kandaghat In Shimla Hills’) and yet, I hadn’t been there except with my parents when I was small. It is my fantasy place. My fantasy is all about a boat in a lake on a moonlit night with a partner. So what if this time the […]

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THE SUPER COOL SUBMARINERS’ SUPER COOL WAYS

Submariners are a class apart. They are cooler than the arctic ice that you saw in the movie Ice Station Zebra in which Rock Hudson played Commander James Ferraday, Captain of the US attack submarine USS Tigerfish. Some of you who saw the movie would recall that the movie was ostensibly about rescuing British personnel on a drifting ice weather station in the arctic but actually about a classified intelligence […]

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“I Hate Your Blog, I Don’t Know Why”

Some of your friends who don’t exactly say it but mean it nevertheless remind you of people who are quite at home with stray dogs but cannot stand your pet-dogs. Why this strange-sounding simile? Well, on social-media discussions, the same people, would quote from little known, pedestrian authors and indeed from recirculated internet stuff that goes by the misnomer of ‘knowledge’, but readily ignore your well researched essay. There must […]

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MOHAMMAD RAFI, DID HE SING OR CRY?

Blasphemy sells and sells big time. Karan Johar, the producer (alongwith Apoorva Mehta and Hiroo Yash Johar), director, story-writer and with dialogue writer (Niranjan Iyengar) of the movie Is Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) is laughing all the way to the bank in having made yet another hit movie. However, a dialogue in the movie when the actress Anushka Sharma, playing the role of Alizeh, tells Ranbir Kapoor as Ayan Sanger […]

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NO ‘GOOD LADIES’ IN THE NAVY!

It is surprising that those who start on a common platform with a common vocabulary, culture and manners (say NDA or National Defence Academy at Khadakvasla, near Pune in Maharashtra) soon get absorbed in their service ethos as soon as they join their individual services: Army, Navy and the Air Force. The expression or phrase: Good Lady or Lady Wife is typically Indian Army officers’ (males) way of addressing their […]

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