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Independence and Freedom

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 In: Soundingboard

For most of our generation the exactitude of the pre independence era has never touched us; we were mere toddlers when freedom from outside control was acquired. As we grew up, the absence of personal experience during the bygone era was compensated to an extent from our exposure to those who participated in the freedom [...]

Autobiographies: Inspirational or Sensational

Posted on 5 Aug 2014 In: Soundingboard

Biography and autobiography are stories of real person’s life, the former written by someone other than that person while the latter is the biography of a person narrated by him or her. In both the cases it is about a person spanning from childhood to old age. Biographers normally enjoy the liberty of expressing their [...]

Is the Silent Majority Irrelevant or a Myth?

Posted on 15 Jul 2014 In: Soundingboard

The dictionary says that the ‘silent majority ‘is a presumed moderate majority of the citizens who are too passive to make their views known’. More recently the silent majority has become an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. It is said that in most [...]

A World Cup with No Holds Barred

Posted on 19 Jun 2014 In: Soundingboard

While thousands from all over the world throng the stadiums in Brazil to cheer their teams and watch the ball played with finesse and elegance a different tournament watched by the world community is on in the Middle East where the heads of slain soldiers cut from their bodies is kicked around with disdain and [...]

Caught In A Cleft

Posted on 9 May 2014 In: Soundingboard

THE Most expensive–and the noisiest–campaign in India’s political history is drawing to a close having aroused voters to a feverish  pitch.  It would seem to be a rule of modern media politics (Internet, TV and mobile texting) that the more expensive a campaign is, the more rank-and-file interest and participation it is likely to arouse. [...]

Vidya Trust

Posted on 15 Apr 2014 In: Soundingboard

It was in 1990 that I first played Golf on the Bolarum Course in Secunderabad.  A youngster around 10 years ran towards my car and requested me to take him as my Caddie. Initially it irked me to hire a child for my entertainment, but looking around I found that the children of similar age [...]

The Mating Season

Posted on 26 Mar 2014 In: Soundingboard

For those with soiled cerebrum, please do not over stretch your enthusiasm, mating is to join together as mates (associates) and nowhere does  Webster Dictionary imply a physical relationship! Yes there are mating seasons, childhood, adolescence, retirement, school and college days, workplace, and so on where we reach out and seek friends and comrades. In [...]

1 and 1 = 2 or 11?

Posted on 10 Mar 2014 In: Soundingboard

I hold no brief for the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein; his (and that of the Mullas of Iran) comeuppance much earlier would have saved over half million lives, destruction and subsequent misery. Saddam was hanged but the Mullas continue to call the shots in Iran; when will the Mullas be forced into servility, is [...]


Posted on 24 Feb 2014 In: Soundingboard

We all have been exposed to the process of governing in some way or the other and during some time or the other. As, bright kids in School as a prefect participating and controlling bunch of kids; as professional adults at various levels of hierarchy; as parents tending to the family needs and so on.  [...]

Model and Pedestal

Posted on 1 Feb 2014 In: Soundingboard

It may appear odd and archaic but I do smile when I am lonesome at the foibles enacted by me since my childhood.  The sheer enormity of the oafish and awkward escapades and quests make me blush even at this ripe old age! To enumerate and anatomize each would be dreary and certainly embarrassing.  However, [...]