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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 legitimate rights?) The words came from a veteran aged wizened Subedar Major having served with bravery and honor for over thirty five years in the Army and drawing a meager pension. My friend who heard these words had no answer, he was fasting with others, though it was for a day only, to protest for the irrational delay in granting the OROP (one rank one pension) by the Government of the day. Read the rest of this entry »
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 old malaise which our elected leaders are inflicting on us with impunity and unabashedly. It is rather surprising that we so often succumb to them; there could be many reasons but that is another story that could be unfolded separately.
War’s bills do not stop coming when the guns fall silent. Read the rest of this entry »
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 him. Our school teacher guided him to our location in the midst of a large congregation . He looked at us and after a few whispers addressed to our teacher, he left. His message was for us to meet him next morning at 5 am and accompany him during his regular walk. Read the rest of this entry »
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 period is further extension of their lifestyle although they have less frequent contact with their previous social context. Often retirees volunteer for charities and other community organizations. Tourism is a common marker of retirement and for some becomes a way of life;. some retired people even choose to go and live in more suitable climates. Read the rest of this entry »
“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 and excellence in American journalism, letters, drama and music. Every year a recipient is so recommended by the Pulitzer Board to whom the guidelines that Pulitzer spelt out remain sacrosanct. For the awardees the pecuniary benefit may not be much but to their entire community and to all of us who read and hear them, overnight they become icons in their respective fields and we look forward to their future pronunciations with respect and with great expectations. Read the rest of this entry »
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 than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme’-Aristotle. Way back in 1990 the transformation of Hyderabad was visible and vociferously lauded world over. Read the rest of this entry »
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 enclave collection center. The houses and the surroundings thus remain clean and tidy. Read the rest of this entry »
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 to question some aspects of Saudi Arabia’s direction and discourse.
Saudi Arabia’s internal discord and tensions over ISIS can only be understood by grasping the inherent (and persisting) duality that lies at the core of the Kingdom’s doctrinal makeup and its historical origins. It starts with the acceptance of Abd al-Wahhab and advocacy of his ultra-radical views which had resulted in his expulsion from his own town in 1741. After some wanderings, he found refuge under the protection of Ibn Saud the emerging ruler and his tribe. What Ibn Saud perceived in Abd al-Wahhab’s novel teaching was the means to overturn Arab tradition and convention by means of a rigid and radical interpretation of the scriptures. It was a path to seizing power. Read the rest of this entry »
“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 Club the thought did cross me when I heard a friend’s wife mention that her long cherished wish had been granted; she had in her possession the two carat diamond solitaire ring gifted by her husband. I thought for a while and asked her had she ever considered a wish that she was gifted millions of dollars Read the rest of this entry »
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 struggle and the free media. We witnessed the seeds sown of our systems, of governance, welfare, security, and judiciary and so on, and to this day we benefit from them. We began exercising our freedom, we had choice of action with no restraint, fair and equal opportunities, we could speak freely, answer with freedom, frank and outspoken, unrestricted use of our right to our property and fortune and so on. We were free to exercise all our senses and we did and continue. Read the rest of this entry »