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OUR ‘MAKAAN’ IN FAROOKA 1947

Thumbing Through a Bunch of Old Papers Last week, I was seeing some old papers, to weed out the ones which I do not need any longer. I saw an irrelevant pencil sketch, and just before throwing it into the dust bin, I noticed that it was the outline of the house we left behind in Pakistan, in 1947, drawn …

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30th April 1997 and 6th May 2004

Twenty-three years ago, on 30th April 1997, our revered mother, whom we called ‘Jhaiji’ left for her Heavenly abode. Almost exactly seven years later, on 6th May 2004, our father, whom we addressed as ‘Pitaji’ joined her. Since then, during this period, we pray for the eternal peace of their souls. We also recall moments out of their pious and …

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PITAJI’S DIARIES AND PHOTO ALBUMS

 Pitaji’s Archives Our revered father, Major Balwant Singh ji, whom we called Pitaji was born in Faruka (Dist Sargodha, now in Pakistan) on 30 June 1911. During the last few years of his life, he recorded the story of his life, in three diaries. The memoirs go back to 1919. Early in life, he acquired a camera, and the pictures …

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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 …