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A home called ‘Chandanwari’

Rana Preet Gill I spent most of my childhood in a rented house on a busy street. My home was painted cherubic yellow. The street teemed with speeding bikes that honked all through the day. But once you shut the … Continue reading

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Postal tricks save the day

BB Pardhan THERE was a time when post offices and postmen were intimately intertwined with peoples’ lives. As a young lad, I was fond of writing letters to my friends and relatives. Since I was also at that time looking … Continue reading

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Ghazal in its Authentic Form: Rekha Surya Performs at MIT

In today’s world of mediocre and diluted ghazal-singing, it will be a pleasure for Boston music lovers to hear Begum Akhtar’s youngest disciple Rekha Surya sing Ghazal in its authentic form at the MIT Wong Auditorium in Cambridge, MA on … Continue reading

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Eid from an atheist’s eye

Sumit Paul ANY festival gives intrinsic joy and Ramzan Eid is no exception. Having lived in Islamic countries like Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria and North African countries, I have always felt from the recesses of my heart that this … Continue reading

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Passwords & their secret hiding place

Brig Suresh Chander (retd) The wife was her usual aggressive self when she demanded to know if I had changed the wi-fi code. Without even giving me time to respond, she thundered, ‘Why is it not working?’ My slightly nervous … Continue reading

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Real men, not of straw

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu The Himachal Pradesh High Court’s order on fair distribution of water to all, not just the VIPs, reminded me of some fearless officers who enforced law in complete fairness and merit. Over three decades ago, the final … Continue reading

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ਬਿਰਧ ਆਸ਼ਰਮਾਂ ‘ਚੋਂ ਉੱਠਦੀ ਹੂਕ’

ਪਤਝੜ !!! ਬੇਜਾਨ, ਬੇਰੰਗੇ ਪੀਲੇ ਪੱਤਿਆਂ ਦਾ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਟਾਹਣੀਆਂ ਨਾਲੋਂ ਵਿਛੜਨ ਦਾ ਮੌਸਮ; ਆਪਣਿਆਂ ਤੋਂ ‘ਤੇ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਜੜ੍ਹਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਦੂਰ ਹੋਣ ਦੇ ਦਰਦ ਦਾ ਮੌਸਮ. ਕਿੰਨੀ ਟੀਸ ਉੱਠਦੀ ਹੈ ਮਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਿਸੇ ਤੋਂ ਵਿਛੜਨ ਵੇਲੇ. ਇਸ ਪੀੜ ਦਾ, ਇਸ ਤੜਪ … Continue reading

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