INDIANS – BARTERING CHARACTER FOR PROSPERITY

Dr Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, when asked by a small girl if he had a solution for rampant corruption in the country, replied, “Start with yourself, go on to the family and extend it to the community.” A very pragmatic advice.I saw hope in this. Afterall, even when we were a poorer country we had values that the world admired. By and large the Indian society was […]

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HAPPY DIWALI

She, a girl of five, In tattered clothes, And shattered hopes, Tugged at her mother’s torn sari nervously. Diwali; it was their big day.. For begging along Marine Drive. Rich people who came here To burst crackers, huge bombs and rockets That burst and filled the sky With myriad colours Were always in good mood To let the beggars have A miniscule part of the money That went up in […]

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ART AND SCIENCE OF MOOD-SETTING

This is not an article; it is an advertisement for a new organisation that I am setting up. The organisation is called AIMS (Association of International Mood Setters). There is golden opportunity in it for any man or woman who likes the idea and joins the organisation and has the necessary potential and skills to become a Mood Setter (MS). The idea though is Copyright protectedand hence you are cautioned […]

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EMERGING ORGANISATIONS, TRENDS AND ACRONYMS

When I was small, knowing the full forms/expansions of abbreviations and acronyms used to be one of the important things in GK, ie, General Knowledge. Many of us nearly failed when confronted with RSVP, UNESCO, FIFA, IOA, YMCA, WHO and the like.Over a period of time the expansions of some of these acronyms and abbreviations have changed. New meanings have emerged. Also, over a period of time, a number of more […]

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INDIA – TOO MANY PEOPLE

Of course India is a young nation with average age of Indians being just 29 years. Paeans have been written and sung about how the young work-force is an asset for the nation. However, anywhere you go, you can’t get over the fact that there are too many of us.The other day an English friend of mine who is working in Dubai remarked about the driving habits of Indians there. He said […]

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VOYEURISM OF AN OPEN LETTER VERSUS SANE THOUGHTS

An open letter, the kind that a certain lady from the South wrote to a Delhi Boy recently, is like streaking in public. It is intended to provide voyeuristic pleasure to a number of people: media, who start salivating at the first promise of increase in TRPs through a flaming controversy; readers, who look forward to someone streaking in public since India is a semi prude society where porn and sleaze are not […]

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ANYTHING BUT JOINTMANSHIP

On promotion to the rank of Captain in the Indian Navy, I was selected  to undergo the Army Higher Command Course at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh (the three services Higher Command courses have a token representation from the other two services). Just before I left Mumbai to go to the College of Combat (now Army War College), friends gathered around me, with drinks in their hands, re-enacting ‘The Last Supper’. […]

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SKID TALK THAT YOU OFTEN COME ACROSS

What is a skid-talk? It is similar to crazy-talk except that probably you don’t mean it to come out the way it does. It inadvertently comes out that way. However, after you’ve said it, either you or others around you realise how crazy or obvious or inane it sounds. Sample this: “They live at the beach; the water comes right up to the shore.” Also, “Two can live as cheaply […]

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HINDI SONGS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CHAND (MOON)

I am very fond of Hindi songs, especially old Hindi songs. Most of the lyricists of the era when I was small and later young wrote in Urdu. I have brought out elsewhere in this blog that Urdu – A Language of the Heart is best suited to give expression to the emotions of people in love. Indeed, I have often concluded that  poets and lyricists of yore must have been in love themselves […]

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SUPERWOMAN

Is that what you think of when you imagine Superwoman? Well, my friend Kamakshi Karuna Kapilavai, with her infant son, feels differently. Recently, she put up a quote from Edgar Watson Howe on facebook, “If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylum would be filled with mothers.” She says that she received many comments on posting this. But she isn’t locking […]

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HIPPOCRATIC OATH AND THE MODERN INDIAN DOCTOR

Following is taken from Wikipedia: The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by doctors and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine ethically. It is widely believed to have been written by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine, or by one of his students. A widely used modern version of the traditional oath was penned in 1964 by Dr. Louis Lasagna, former Principal of the Sackler […]

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CHALLENGES OF SECURING INDIA’S ENERGY NEEDS

We are moving through very interesting times as far as India’s Energy scene is concerned. In the last few years, after the Indian economy was unshackled from some of the restraints (the period called ‘economic liberalization’), our spectacular GDP growth has been globally noticed. To fuel this fast growing economy, India needs to secure its Energy needs, both indigenously and through imports. The most exciting of the indigenous discoveries have […]

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ANYTHING FOR FOOTWEAR

We, in India, from ancient times till now, hold footwear in great awe and respect. I don’t know about earlier times, but, from the time of Lord Rama, sandals are regarded as good as the king himself, the ruler, the monarch. Bharat, in the absence of Lord Rama, ruled Ayodhya through the latter’s sandals.Seen in this light one cannot understand the brouhaha about Mayawati sending an aeroplane to fetch her sandals. […]

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IS AMERICA THE PERFECT WORLD THAT WE IMAGINE?

India is 141st in the world in Human Development Index; it is 135th most dangerous nation out of 153; Mumbai is 116th in world big cities in livability. However, whenever we have to compare ourselves we don’t stop at any other nation but compare ourselves straight with America. It is not just with the media or the intelligentia. You go to the remotest village in the country and the commonest […]

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