THEY ALSO SERVE WHO HAVE STONES PELTED ON THEM

Mary (curiously an anagram of Army, the institution being discussed here today) of Magdala (a city on the¬†southwest coast of the Sea of Galilee) or just Mary Magdalene was being stoned by a mob because of her sins (particularly adultery; the Army doesn’t have adultery, it has infantry) and that’s the time Jesus came to her rescue and said, “The first stone should be cast by one who hasn’t sinned”. […]

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NAVY, THE SILENT SERVICE THAT VERY FEW UNDERSTAND

Now that we are less than two days away from decommissioning Indian Naval Ship Viraat, the world’s oldest warship in active service, perhaps it is time that we take in how huge are things at sea in comparison to what we are used to ashore. I remember when I was undergoing the Army Higher Command Course in 1996-97 and it was being discussed how two-third of India’s energy imports are […]

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CHEST PAIN!

When I was a Lieutenant (another common-sounding rank with the Army and hence eligible to be called ‘Lieutenant (I.N.)’ by them (Please read ‘Captain (I.N.), Is It A Rank?’), I once reported with Chest Pain after playing a game of squash racquets. I was in an establishment called INS Agrani (Navy’s Leadership School for Petty Officers), in Coimbatore. I reported to the No. 6 Air Force Hospital there (as I […]

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ADIEU PATRICK DESYLVA – MY DOCTOR, FRIEND AND AN ANGEL

Even though I am married to a Catholic, I never considered 13 to be an unlucky number. From now onwards, I have reason to hold it as an unfortunate day. For it is on this day in this month (February) that I lost my doctor, friend and God’s own angel on earth: Patrick DeSylva. He was (it is difficult to think of him in the past tense) special – very […]

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MARRIED TO THE MOB!

Ladies and gents, guys and gals, Did any of you see this rip-roaring American comedy starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Modine? Michelle Pfeiffer did the role of her lifetime as Angela de Marco, wife of gangster Frank “The Cucumber” de Marco. Matthew Modine acted as Agent Michael “Mike” Downey, the undercover FBI agent assigned the task of investigating her mafia connections. So, you have understood the name but must be […]

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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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“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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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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AS IF WE OTHERWISE RESPECT MEDAL WINNERS

One oft-repeated comment that I received on my ‘Olympics Are Biased Against Indians’ has been that I should write a fresh one for the just concluded Olympics. The article, people wrote, is hilarious; but, they want a fresh one too. So here it is, not during but after the Olympics. It is not hilarious but in my own straight-bat manner, I have tried to hit the nail on the head. […]

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HUMOUR AS A WAY OF LIFE

Sunbyanyname is the name of my blog. It is in sharp contrast to that period of¬† my life when it used to occur to me that life is a great burden, most people are unfair and self-centered and that human beings are condemned to live in bondage and disease throughout their miserable lives. My father had died prematurely of a jeep-accident at the age of fifty-six years and my having […]

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HELL IN THE JVDE (KHARGHAR) – A ‘WAR’ MOVIE IN THE MAKING!

First of all, what is JVDE (Kharghar), you are bound to ask me? Well, it stands for Jal Vayu Defence Enclave (Kharghar), an AFNHB (Air-Force Navy Housing Board) colony in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai (Please read: ‘Jal Vayu Defence Enclave Kharghar – How Can It Become The Best Colony?’). Secondly, why do I have to write posts about this colony? It is simply because after retirement from the Indian Navy in […]

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MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE

No, this article is not about the 1970s British sitcom by the same name. Nowadays, in Mumbai, for example, it is common to see a man sharing a house with two single women (all students or all in their early careers); the women preferring the man’s presence for safety and security. However, in the 70s sitcom, starring Richard O’Sullivan, Paula Wilcox and Sally Thomsett, it was considered a very daring […]

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LIFE IS INTERESTING BECAUSE OF WEIRDOS

This article is written in jest only. When we were in the Navy, many of us were at the receiving end of a number of these weirdos’ intended or unintended jest. It is, therefore, alright to recall some of their eccentricities in sheer nostalgia. When you get a rotten tooth pulled out, you sometimes miss the slow ache the tooth used to cause and your tongue goes to the void […]

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