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Post Cards from “Uncle KS”

Prologue I have some pretentions to being a story-teller. But when I look at my writings and compare them with the works of legends like Khushwant Singh, I find that I am not even a midget. In age, he was almost as old as my respected father. It would, therefore, be sacrilege to refer to him by his name. In …

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Pandit Nehru and our Jhaiji

Note. We called our mother ‘Jhaiji’. This term was, perhaps, derived from ‘Bharjaiji’ used by our father’s younger brothers to address her.   Prologue. The contrast was so glaring and so stark, that the comparison was a bit misplaced, if not invalid altogether. Jhaiji was born in a mud house, in a remote desert village, near Sargodha (now in Pakistan) …

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I discovered a treasure trove!

  AN INVALUABLE BEQUEATH Death has a ghastly face. I have seen few people who are able to face it with courage and equanimity, especially if it arrives  early in life. It is generally believed that, when death knocks at our door, we go through five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. But angelic people are made of a different material. For them, …

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A ‘Middle’ on Military Meetings

Preamble Before the Television age, the newspapers were our only source of information on the current events. The morning began with a cup of tea and the ‘paper’ For many of us, the ‘middle’ article on editorial page was a great attraction. I, for one, read them with very intently. In due course of time I began to write such …

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Milestone Fifty!

  The Editor’s Foreword It is said that ‘Time Flies like an Arrow’.  This proverb implies that time travels at a very high speed, and also that it can move only in one direction: forward. Therefore, just as the arrow cannot return to the bow, yesterday can never come back. As for the speed, I notice that this is relative, as Einstein …

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A REUNION TO REMEMBER by Brig SURINDER SINGH

   PROLOGUE   What makes IIT Delhi the Dream-destination of Millions of our Under-graduates What is it that makes IITs what they are? Is it the brilliant faculty, or their laboratories? Or, are the aspirants enamored by the highly subsidized fee structure? If you ask me, all these factors are relevant, but the most significant cause is the image built …

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‘BAHURANI’ by ‘COLLS’ and ‘MANZIL’ by Prof MOHAN SINGH

‘BAHURANI’ by ‘COLLS’ and ‘MANZIL’ by MOHAN SINGH ‘Colls’ (Col SK Kohli, XV Course, Easy Sqn, EME) NDA, January 1958. Colls was four courses senior to me and we were in the same Squadron. In our second term, he was our Sergeant Major, and so our relations should have been highly officious. But I do not know what happened during …

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FIVE GOLDEN RULES By PROF MOHAN SINGH

A Tribute to Prof Mohan Singh (1905-78)  FIVE GOLDEN RULES FOR WRITERS   If you would not be forgotten As soon as you are dead and rotten Either write something worth reading  Or do something worth the writing                                                                                        By Benjamin Franklin    A Prelude  1956. I had turned fifteen, and the first signs of manhood had just appeared. As if I …

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24, THE MALL, DELHI CANTT IN 1953, AND NOW

  24, THE MALL, DELHI CANTT…NOW, and in 1953-55 Gatecrash! The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it… As we were driving past 24, The Mall in Delhi Cantt, I had an irrepressible urge to enter the house, uninvited and unannounced. It was a bright Sunday morning, and occupants of the house were entitled to …

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‘AN INSPECTION IN THE LAND OF THE KANCHENJUGA’ By Brig KN HARIKUMAR

An Introduction to ‘Peace-time Soldiering’ The Second World War (1939 – 45) went on for so long, that when, at long last it ended, the soldiers had forgotten their peace-time routine. And then one day, a commander called all his officers and said,  “Well, gentlemen, now that the war has ended, let us get down to some serious soldiering!” He …