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PICTURES IN SEARCH OF SUITABLE CAPTIONS

Dear Friend, Recently, I received a picture from a friend, which compelled me peer at it for quite a while. I then used the ‘picture manager’ to focus my attention on a tiny portion, then looked at half of the photograph, before getting back to the entire picture. I am sharing the results, since it tells a poignant tale. I want you …

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A TREASURE TROVE IN KASAULI

A brief note from the editor A Caravan Many months ago, perhaps in January 2015, Ashwani came to me and told me about a dysfunctional tower clock in a church in Kasauli. He told me that no one is willing to repair it, even as far as Delhi. It emerged that it was installed in 1884, and is a pendulum controlled mechanical …

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VIDYA VICHAARI TAN PAROPKARI

The 2nd of September is a date etched in the psyche of our family. On this day, in 1926, our saintly ancestor, Bhai Hira Singh ji, breathed his last. Tomes have been written about his life and work. He became famous as a ‘Ragi’ ( a singer of the guru’s hymns). However, what is not so well known, is that …

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IN KASAULI, THE CHURCH CLOCK IS TICKING AGAIN!

The picture you see above shows the tower of a church in Kasauli (Shimla Hills). An elegant clock is mounted at its top, which has an attractive antiquated dial. The only thing curious about this grandfather timer is that, until about three weeks ago, neither its hour nor the minute hand had moved for as long as anyone can remember in …

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SEQUEL TO ‘FLOOD CONTROL IN THE VALE OF KASHMIR’ by Joseph Thomas

Editor’s Note. My friend, Joseph Thomas, is an intense human being. When he feels strongly about something, he is a man possessed. Last year, when Srinagar valley was inundated by the Jhelum waters, he said that this disaster was unnecessary. Having been posted in J&K in 1962-64, having flown over the valley and done aerial survey, he knows the terrain …

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THE LAWRENCE SCHOOLS – By Joseph Thomas

 A word about Joseph Thomas At the age of 9, Thomas got a Govt of India merit scholarship to study at the Lawrence School, Lovedale. He was first in academics throughout. Completed his Senior Cambridge in 1957, setting a school record and was awarded the President’s Medal for best all round student. Joined NDA three weeks later. Continued to retain his top …

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SIR HENRY LAWRENCE – By Joseph Thomas

   Editor’s Note, When I was a child, a house on the Lawrence Roads, both in Lahore and Amritsar, was considered to be a prestigious address. Later I discovered that there was a road named after Sir Henry Lawrence in Delhi, too. And then when I grew up, some of my friends joined Lawrence School, Sanawar (Shimla Hills) At the …

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JUSTICE CRAWLS By Rashmi Oberoi

The Editor’s Note In war, truth is the first casualty. The same happens when a road accident occurs. And, ‘Truth does not prevail’. Neither in battle nor in the courts of law, do the righteous triumph. Might is right, in both cases. In this post, we have the story of a brave young lady who went through a traumatic road accident. …

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FLOOD PREVENTION IN THE VALE OF KASHMIR -by Joseph Thomas

    A satellite image of Srinagar, as viewed on Google Crisis Maps. September 2014. The flood channel dug in 1904 exits from a bend in the Jhelum and goes to the left of the picture.   The Vale of Kashmir is an  intermontane valley, flanked by the main range of the Himalayas on the northeast and the Pir Panjal …

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DOES THE SUN RISE IN THE EAST AND SET IN WEST?

Does the Sun rise from the East? If the answer is an unqualified yes, then this story would not be worth reading. And if it is in the negative, it fouls with our primary school teaching. Permit me to mention that direction of the Sunrise and the Sunset varies with the latitude and changes with the seasons. The extreme deviations are …