SEE WHERE TACT CAN TAKE YOU

Hi folks, here is the second entry of mine in this section: In the Navy, for the sailors, we have a Divisional system. That is, the ship’s company (crew) is divided into small manageable Divisions that are generally named after parts of ship, for example, Foxle (this is how forecastle is pronounced) Division, Quarterdeck Division, Engine Room Division and so on. Each division is under a young Lieutenant called the […]

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AN EYE FOR AN EYE

Hello, everyone. I am starting a section today ‘In Lighter Vein’. This is one section wherein you too can contribute your jokes/anecdotes in the Comments. I hope you will do so. Here is the first entry. An Indian Policeman had an Indian Navy sailor as his friend. Knowing that the sailors are entitled to get liquor at cheaper rates (since some of the taxes are exempted for them), the Policeman […]

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LET THE WORLD END

Lord, it has been some time Since you came on the Earth And stayed with your people. It was a whiff of fresh air Hope and Peace Faith and miracle. You called yourself Jesus at one time, Mohammad at other, Guru Nanak, and Buddha yet another. Your people rejoiced And we still worship you In all your various forms But, now rages the storm of destruction, Of killings, stealing and […]

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BEING NON-SENSICAL MAY BE FAR SIGHTED

I believe that it is not just ‘we are what we think‘; but, also, the universe is what we think it is. Surprised? Hogwash? We often refer to it as ‘magic’ or ‘supernatural’ what we cannot understand. Those who can let their imagination take wing can ‘see’ and ‘hear’ things better than others; something that we have called ESP (Extra Sensory Perception). I have proved in this section of my […]

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COUNTERPOISE

For something to be born, something has to die, For someone to be happy, someone has to cry. Is the Nature thus in a perfect balance, Giving each emotion an equal chance? The flood is balanced by the drought, Sadness within has happiness without. Are we then parts of a whole, Fragments of a common soul? In pensive mood, should we search for our other half, Who would, through our […]

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NURTURING INDIA’S MARITIME MILITARY RESURGENCE

The British, when they ruled India, were circumspect in giving Indians any significant role in maritime matters. It is because, Britain being a maritime power, ruled over many parts of the world through the effective use of its navy. It had realized the importance of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and considered the Indian Ocean as its own “private lake”. Not many of our countrymen care to remember that we […]

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KAVITA KA CHAKKER

This post is devoted to a friend of mine who remarked to me that writing poems is as easy as twiddling thumbs and that he could give me a run for money. Here goes: मनकोटिया जी अपने आप को कहते थे कवी, एक दिन इसी बात पे झड़प बैठा रवि, कहने लगा, “शायरी क्या है, कविता क्या है कुछ तो जानते हो, के तुक्के को ही कविता का रूप मानते […]

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FOREIGN JAUNTS

Navy is a true international service; it is because most often than not it operates beyond 12 nautical miles of the coast and hence in international waters called the high seas. Our counterparts from the Army and the Air Force rarely leave the country whereas we do it on an everyday basis; in almost every sailing we leave the territorial limits of the country. I was conscious of it in […]

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RAINS AND OUR SONGS

Other day I read a beautiful quote: “Some people love to walk in rain; others only get wet.” What makes the difference? You need to see Gene Kelly’s 1952 ‘I’m Singin’ in the Rain’ to know the difference. Listen to José Montserrate Feliciano García singing ‘Listen to Pouring Rain’ to know the difference. He was a blind Puerto Rican composer who couldn’t have seen the rain; but rain is not meant to be […]

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POLITICISING BABA RAMDEV

I am an apolitical man. All articles in my blog and all my utterances have always been so. Baba Ramdev may have said something in the past, which appeared to be favouring one group or party. Afterall, manipulating an emerging leader by pulling him down to our level of moral and other values is a national pastime. But, despite this manipulation I believe that by and large Baba Ramdev is apolitical and […]

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MYSTERIES OF LIFE

There are many serious mysteries of life; for example, whether there is God or not, where do we go after death, whether you get reward or punishment for your deeds in this world or the next, and whether you go only when your time comes or is it left to chance?This article is not about that. This article is about those everyday mysteries of life that we cannot find answers to; […]

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REAL BEAUTY – A FEELING OF PURE JOY

Somerset Maugham, the great novelist I used to read in my school and college days, could never understand the brouhaha about Beauty. According to him a glass of beer on a hot summer day was beautiful.  “Beauty is an ecstasy” he wrote, “It is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and […]

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DO OUR FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS REFLECT OUR CULTURE?

There is a recent ad that is a telling commentary on the disgraceful hurry that we, as Indians, show whilst getting out of the aircraft on landing. So, even when the air hostess is requesting people to remain seated until the aircraft comes to a complete stand-still or not to open overhead lockers, any number of people are already vying to get a head startover others. This is an exact […]

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OSAMA, OBAMA, O MAMA

They finally found him not in a cave in a mountain but in a huge mansion in Abbottabad, a few hundred metres away from Pak Military Academy. I was reminded of this scene in Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie in which they are looking for Burt Reynold’s house whilst standing in front of a huge mansion with a large sign atop the house with his name on it that even the blind […]

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CORRUPTION KI BAAT MAT KARO BHAI

Corruption की बात मत करो भाई मैं तो ठहरा सिर्फ तुम्हारा नाइ आपके बाल काट के चला जायूँगा और फिर अगले महीने ही आयूंगा यह नेता पांच साल में एक बार आता है आपकी जेब काट के चला जाता है रिश्वत लेने के लिए नए तरीके सोचता है अपने साथ साथ अपने वोट भी बेचता है मैं तो उस्तरे से करता हूँ तुम्हारी shave ये बगैर उस्तरे के बनता है […]

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