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Chenab Connection

Posted on 6 Sep 2015 In: Soundingboard

I owe a sincere apology to readers of the articles in my blog for reminding me to shed  the writers block! I wish also  to thank them for their concern and their subtle unspoken  encouragement to me to continue to write. I have heard it loud and clear and will not disappoint anyone. However [...]

The Day Of The Himalayan Bear

Posted on 13 Jul 2015 In: Soundingboard

It is painful and it hurts! “Sarhad par hum apne mulk ke liye jaan dete hain; Kya apne hi ghar mein apne hi haq ke liye jaan dena padega?” (we lay down our lives on the border for our country; do we have to lay down our lives in our own house  for our [...]

Too Clever By Half!

Posted on 12 Jun 2015 In: Soundingboard

If someone is too clever by half it often means they are irritatingly devious and manipulating, rather than actually very clever and most of us see through the trickery. This exactly is happening on the National governance stage! It possibly is rampant universally too! We are witnessing nothing new but repeat of an age [...]

Brag, Bluster and no Substance

Posted on 21 May 2015 In: Soundingboard

We waited, anticipating and excited  to hear Vinobha Bhave, the Gandhian,  the founder and the nurturer of the Bhoodan movement; persuading wealthy landowners to voluntarily give a percentage of their land to the landless people. He was in Bangalore and as eager beavers in our teens, we wanted to meet him and talk to [...]

Solicitude Of a Retiree

Posted on 29 Apr 2015 In: Soundingboard

Retirement and employment are the opposite sides of the same coin; when the coin is tossed retirement begins when employment lands face down! for the retirees life starts anew and stretches nearly over one fourth of their lifespan before they finally say good bye. For those who have balanced their portfolios when active, this [...]

The Newspaper

Posted on 5 Apr 2015 In: Soundingboard

“What a newspaper needs in its news, in its headlines, and on its editorial page is terseness, humor, descriptive power, satire, originality, good literary style, clever condensation and accuracy, accuracy, accuracy.”
Said Joseph Pulitzer the Hungarian born publisher, who endowed the Pulitzer  prize in 1917. It is a high honor award for the achievements [...]

Hello Progress!

Posted on 24 Feb 2015 In: Soundingboard

It may sound a bit churlish but then most of us at times do agree with José Maria de Eça de Queiroz  ’Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.’ More so when they have a memory lapse forgetting that ‘in a democracy the poor will have more power [...]

The Phuljhari Season

Posted on 30 Jan 2015 In: Soundingboard

Every day barring Sunday around 10 AM the garbage collector’s whistle at our entrance gate announces his presence and a call for Bahadur to fetch the household garbage and deposit it in his cycle barrow. Thereafter the garbage thus collected from the 40 odd houses in the enclave moves to its central destination from the [...]

Is it the beginning of the end?

Posted on 22 Nov 2014 In: Soundingboard

The dramatic arrival of ISIS on the stage of Iraq and Syria has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth world over. Many Saudis appear to be deeply disturbed by the radical doctrines of ISIS — and are beginning [...]

“The Wishbone” Few Snippets.

Posted on 19 Nov 2014 In: Soundingboard

“The Wishbone” is my latest novel and is on sale on amazon.com and kindle.com. Wish to share some  experiences as I wrote the novel and hope they enthuse your  interest   in reading the novel.
Having lived a salaried class life, the thought of owning millions rarely crossed me. One evening in a gathering at Secunderabad [...]