THEY ALSO SERVE WHO ARE IN NAVAL HEADQUARTERS!

If you are amused at the title of this post being similar to the 17th century poet John Milton’s famous last line in the sonnet ‘When I Consider How My Light is Spent’, the similarity, I hasten to add, is intentional. As we go along, you will understand. The business end of the navy is at sea and that is where you want to be; that’s where there is life, […]

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“ARE YOU GOING TO RUBI’S PARTY?”

A news item, at the end of the year 2016, from a small village called La Joya in Mexico is probably manifestation of a phenomenon that has had far-reaching effects that the world has seen lately, in the fields of popularity, talent and fame. The invitation for ‘quinceanara‘ party or coming-of-age party of a 15 years old Rubi Ibarra by her father Crescencio went viral (the expression used in the […]

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VOTE-BANDI, NOT NOTEBANDI, IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR

खुश थे जब जेब में न होते थे पैसे, अब हैं तो कुछ अजीब लोग मिले हैं ऐसे I हर चीज़ खरीदने पे लगा दिया है महसूल, और कहा के यही है कफ़ायत का असूल, तुम्हारे पैसे पे मुल्क का भी उतना ही है हक़, जितना औरत का मर्द की कमाई पे है मरने तक I देश को ज़रुरत है देश वासी हों तुम जैसे I खुश थे जब जेब […]

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NOT LETTING THE GOVERNMENT WORK – INDIAN OPPOSITION STYLE

Finally, last week, we had Shri Pranab Mukherjee, telling the Indian parliamentarians that continued disruption of parliament by the opposition to protest against demonetisation is not acceptable at all. He reminded them that the ways of the street are ill-suited for the parliament and that crores of rupees are wasted when the parliament is disrupted in this manner. The fact is that the Congress has been so used to ruling […]

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HOW WE SHOT STARS WHEN WE WERE YOUNG NAVY OFFICERS

If the title suggests to you that we went around with our Kodak or Agfa cameras (the prevalent models in the 1970s) to take pictures of our favourite film-stars like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Vyjayanthimala or Nutan, you are as far away from the mark as someone who thinks pineapple is an apple-like fruit that grows on the pine trees. Worse, if you think, we – the navy officers – […]

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SAB AJANABEE HAIN PAR KUCHH TO HAI APNA

रोने से कुछ न बन सका तो हसने की आयी बारी, कुछ इस तरह से हमने है ज़िन्दगी गुज़ारी I वह जब करीब आये तो हम दूर हो गए, जीती हुयी ये बाज़ी खुद से है हमने हारी I ज़िन्दगी की कश्म-ओ-कश में यह भी भुला दिया, फिर कभी न मिल पायेगी, यह ज़िन्दगी हमारी I साये बढ़ते गए आफताब चले जाने के बाद I महताब की किरण भी दिखा […]

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RIVER RAFTING DOWN THE GANGES

I had never done this before even though I always wanted to. I have spent 37 years in the Navy; but, that’s like a person joining the air force on the strength of his having travelled on the upper deck of a double-decker bus. My wife and I were visiting Haridwar and Rishikesh after our Course Get-together at Dehradun. The day before attempting to make true our fantasy we visited […]

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