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When an atheist teaches faith

Sumit Paul Raised by atheist parents, it was exceedingly difficult for me to be present in a mandatory religious class in Tehran, where I spent my childhood. Though no teacher imposed Islam on me, teachers as well as my peers … Continue reading

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Money advisers & ‘dhania’ garnish!

Sudhansu Mohanty Looking back, I guess there are two assignments in Indian babudom that are most reviled — audit and finance. Our genteel government ecosystem puns, even demonises them. From abominable no-men and canny road-blockers, they are seen as sultans … Continue reading

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Who makes a ‘mulk’?

Mohan Singh Japan, a small naval power during World War II, had captured British colonies like Malaya, East Indies and Singapore, because the British were more fiercely engaged in Europe. Rangoon (Yangon), where we lived, was actually bombarded and captured … Continue reading

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The unbridled joy of cycling

Anil Sarwal THE City Beautiful offers its inhabitants a relatively safe and pleasurable cycling experience. There are cycleways shaded by green trees, and special cycle paths at roundabouts. Apart from those who use cycles for their daily activities, one can … Continue reading

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Where are their heroes?

Col PS Randhawa (retd) I was part of a group of principals and directors of Army Public Schools who visited Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, recently. It was a visit eagerly awaited, and we expected a … Continue reading

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Not quite music to their ears

Gurvinder Kaur There comes a turning point for everyone in life. Mine, much to my chagrin, came rather late. But once it appeared, I could ignore it no longer. It happened at a party where I sang a song and … Continue reading

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When mules had the last laugh

Brig IJ Singh (retd) HAVING taken over the division in the Valley in 1969, the General, who was fond of horses and mules, decided that he would first visit our regiment (Mountain Artillery Pack). It was an opportunity for us … Continue reading

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