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LOOKING FOR PARASMANI

By Navneet Bakshi | January 10, 2021 | 2 Comments

STORIES FROM MY CHILDHOOD LOOKING FOR PARASMANI My mother told me once that there exists a stone known as “Parasmani” which when touched to anything made of metal turns that into gold. My life in those days consisted of collecting cigarette wrapping foils some of which were golden (sone ki) and the inferior ones of…

Stalin as Depicted in “Children of Arbat”

By Charumati Ramdas | September 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

By  A. Charumati Ramdas   Russian literature of the last decade of XX century is like a kaleidoscope which presents different patterns and different colour combinations. The people were quite thrilled about the whole idea of ‘freedom’, which promised freedom of expression as well. It was therefore imperative that all that could not see the…

वड़वानल – 69

By Charumati Ramdas | September 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

लेखक: राजगुरू द. आगरकर अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास     दोपहर ग्यारह बजे रॉटरे ने गॉडफ्रे का एक सन्देश रेडियो पर प्रसारित किया: ‘‘कल मैंने तुमसे कहा था कि परिस्थिति सामान्य करने के लिए सरकार के पास प्रचुर सैनिक बल उपलब्ध है। His Excellency Commander in Chief लार्ड एचिनलेक ने दक्षिण विभाग के ऑफ़िसर कमांडिंग…

वड़वानल – 27

By Charumati Ramdas | August 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

  लेखक : राजगुरू द. आगरकर अनुवाद : आ. चारुमति रामदास   ‘‘सर,   मैंने   काफी   ठोस   सबूत   इकट्ठे   कर   लिये   हैं। क्या आज दत्त को आपके सामने लाया जा सकता है ?’’    रावत कमाण्डर किंग से पूछ रहा था । ‘‘तुम इकट्ठा किये गए सबूत मेरे पास ले आओ । मैं उन पर एक नज़र…

Egg Curry for Smart Sulekhika

By Navneet Bakshi | December 8, 2020 | 10 Comments

Egg Curry for Smart Sulekhika It is not so often that I get to demonstrate my culinary skills, but demonstrate is not the right verb to use when the person who is going to evaluate your work is like a tough, serious, finicky school teacher. At best one can get a rye smile or a…

सिर्योझा – 13

By Charumati Ramdas | February 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

लेखिका: वेरा पनोवा अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास अध्याय 13   समझ से परे   आख़िर सिर्योझा को बिस्तर से उठने की इजाज़त मिल गई, और फिर घूमने फिरने की भी. मगर घर से दूर जाने की और पड़ोसियों के घर जाने की इजाज़त नहीं थी : डरते हैं कि कहीं फिर उसके साथ कुछ और…

वड़वानल – 56

By Charumati Ramdas | August 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

लेखक: राजगुरू द. आगरकर अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास ‘‘कल से हम गलतियाँ ही किये जा रहे हैं, ’’ खान के स्वर में उद्विग्नता थी। ‘‘हमने राष्ट्रीय पार्टियों के, विशेषत: कांग्रेस के नेताओं पर भरोसा किया और उनसे नेतृत्व करने की गुज़ारिश की – यह पहली ग़लती थी; और आज गॉडफ़्रे से मिले यह दूसरी गलती…

A REVIEW ON THE BOOK – A CHEQUERED BRILLIANCE: THE MANY LIVES OF V.K. KRISHNA MENON by Shri. Jairam Ramesh, M.P

By Unnikrishnan | July 24, 2020 | 3 Comments

A REVIEW ON THE BOOK – A CHEQUERED BRILLIANCE: THE MANY LIVES OF V.K. KRISHNA MENON by Shri. Jairam Ramesh, M.P : “Some cannot be pinned to any particular stage ; their stage is the world at large”. VK Krishna Menon was one such personality, who could not be confined to one place, community or…

Our Trip to Bahamas

By Suresh Rao | August 3, 2020 | 21 Comments

My two sons had completed their college education that year and had found their niche careers; things were looking good on the home front. For the first time in decades the four of us in my immediate family were under one roof! Not for long though, since  both sons would leave home soon, one in…

वड़वानल – 41

By Charumati Ramdas | August 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

लेखक: राजगुरू द. आगरकर अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास   ”Marker fall in.” चीफ  चिल्लाया,  आठ–दस  सैनिक – सभी गोरे – दौड़कर आगे आए । ‘ये सब काले गए कहाँ ?   ये सारे मार्कर्स तो गोरे ही हैं ।’   चीफ़ मन ही मन सोच रहा था । ‘साले,    कालों की डिवीजन के मार्कर्स नहीं हैं,    मतलब…’…

INDIA PM Modi’s 3-day Visit to USA … my musings

By Suresh Rao - September 25, 2021 - 1
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After Joseph (Joe) Biden became President of US in January ’21 (winning a photo finish race for ‘White House’ beating former President Donald Trump,) this is the first time PM Modi of India is making a 3-day visit to US… visiting Washington DC for one-on-one meetings with President Biden, VP Kamala Harris… also heads of States of Japan and Australia…

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HOW OLD ARE YOU ?

By Ushasurya - September 23, 2021 - 0
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HOW OLD ARE YOU ?g Looking back with nostalgia I recall how easy it was to have pen friends abroad and have regular correspondence with them those days. I wonder if this still happens now, with all this advancement in technology. I mean, having Pen Friends. We did not know what they looked like – the Pen Friends –  till…

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Living at Constance Lodge——Part 6

By Navneet Bakshi - September 21, 2021 - 2
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Living at Constance Lodge——Part 6     Remembering Father 18th September 2021   18th September was my father’s death anniversary, so let me write some more of what I remember about him. After listening to the morning news bulletin, he would start getting ready for going to the office. His office was hardly fifteen minutes by walk from where we…

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Living At Constance Lodge—-Part 5

By Navneet Bakshi - September 20, 2021 - 1
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She used to be in the kitchen and the aroma of preparations for the breakfast wafting through the air aroused my hunger. She had a lot of work to do in the morning as four of her children and a short-tempered husband had to be served the breakfast and all of them had to be given their lunch packs on…

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Living At Constance Lodge——Part 4

By Navneet Bakshi - September 20, 2021 - 1
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  In between those morning tunes and songs I used to wake up. Sometimes I would hear mother’s voice calling me. Kakaaaaaaa, ve Navneeeet- that’s how she used to call me. I don’t remember hearing my pet name Bhola from her. She used to be in the kitchen and the aroma of preparations for the breakfast wafting through the air…

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घर में

By Charumati Ramdas - September 15, 2021 - 0
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लेखक: अंतोन चेखव अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास घर में       “ग्रिगोरेवों के यहाँ से किसी किताब के लिए आए थे, मगर मैंने कह दिया कि आप घर में नहीं हैं. पोस्टमैन अख़बार और दो चिट्ठियाँ दे गया है. वो, येव्गेनी पेत्रोविच, मैं आपसे कहना चाह रही थी कि कृपया सिर्योझा पर ध्यान दें. तीन दिनों से मैं देख…

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National Public Schools – Bengaluru

By Suresh Rao - September 10, 2021 - 4
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Advertisement National Public Schools (NPS) are a group of private schools for school going children in Bengaluru Urban district. NPS is likely to have a school to pick near your location in Bengaluru Urban district. NPS schools offer primary education (from grade-1 to grade-10) in up and coming newer and fast growing vibrant Bengaluru Urban areas. In the Times 20-21…

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Motherhood and Apple-pie

By Suresh Rao - September 9, 2021 - 0
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‘As we see… so it is’ { Όπως βλέπουμε έτσι είναι } and, ‘seeing is believing’… proclaimed Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) who thought that the planet earth was the epicenter of the universe around humans. Aristotle and his school of philosophers then went about investigating ‘causality’ which to them meant, ‘investigation of the natural world around humans’.’…

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Covid19 vaccinations scorecard – 2

By Prasad Ganti - September 7, 2021 - 2
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I never imagined that I would be writing so many blogs on Covid. Probably into double figures by now. Given the impact of the pandemic on the global scene for more than a year now, I have been following the scorecard of vaccinations across the world. I wrote the first part of the scorecard back in Feb 2021. That was…

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Hymn of Creation (Rig Veda)

By Suresh Rao - September 6, 2021 - 0
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In ‘big bang theory’ postulated by modern astronomers, we believe that the Universe apparently began from nothingness. Everything in the Universe (stars, galaxies, suns, planets & their moons for example,) that we see today began after a ‘big bang’ or ‘explosion’ in ‘nothingness’ say our modern astronomers. Ancient rishis of Bharatavarsha (ancient land of Bharata) talked about the same thing in ‘Nasadiya Sukta’ in…

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Bengaluru Urban District Is Most Linguistically Diverse in India!

By Suresh Rao - September 3, 2021 - 1
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Bengaluru Urban’s booming economy and cultural tolerance have acted as a magnet for people seeking a better life, with data revealing that the tech hub is the most linguistically diverse district in the country.   (image-pic) Representative Image. Credit: DH File Photo, www.deccanherald.com/city Data culled from the 2011 census revealed that the city is home to 107 scheduled and non-scheduled…

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Happy Krishna Janmastami

By Suresh Rao - August 30, 2021 - 3
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Today/tonight is the day most Hindus (including those who believe in Hinduism as a way of life,) remember Krishna (also pronounced KRSHNA).              I remember how I got reminded of this day, way back in time, during my active working years.  Visit an old blog of mine at Sulekha.com where I wrote about my wakeup…

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Patal Bhuvaneshwar

By Namita Sunder - August 27, 2021 - 4
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Today I will take you to, yet another Shiva abode located amidst the serene hills of Uttarakhand but this one is totally different from the groups of temples I had talked about hitherto. And I fore warn that this is going to be a long post. We visited Patal Bhuvneshwar in 2002. The place might have changed quite a bit…

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Smuggling Of Fossilized Dinosaur Eggs

By Suresh Rao - August 26, 2021 - 4
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(pics) from Wikipedia… Fossilized Dinosaur Egg from                                                                                        Dhar-Mandla belt of Madhya Pradesh   Dinosaur eggs estimated to…

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Taliban rage… how to restrain them… how can Afghan women regain their freedoms from medieval Sharia Laws?

By Suresh Rao - August 25, 2021 - 33
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The US is about to leave Afghanistan an estimated $28 billion in weaponry, previously meant for use by Afghan Military. US was supposed to leave Hamid Karzai International Airport by August 31st 2021, after Afghan Head of State (allegedly, a US Citizen,) reportedly said his troops were not ready to defend Afghanistan against the menacing Taliban with plans to march…

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2018 – Organic foods and Millets – Karnataka celebrates

By Suresh Rao - August 24, 2021 - 2
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Nutrient-rich millets got a boost with the Union government of India deciding to declare 2018 as the  ‘national year of millets’. This decision was taken following a request by the State of Karnataka, which is India’s leader in the millet growing sector. At the inauguration of the three-day international trade fair (Jan 19 through 21st) of organics and millets, Union Statistics…

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A Woodcutter

By Navneet Bakshi - August 15, 2021 - 4
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A Woodcutter I think I started writing the story about him many times but I can’t find anything in the old files. But it is filed there in my mind with indelible ink. It won’t go unless I lose my mind to Alzheimer’s. Dementia is setting in in my old brain. I forget things or should I say their number…

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TALIBAN resurgence in Afghanistan is not of concern to India… Pakistan-China nexus should be India’s concern

By Suresh Rao - August 14, 2021 - 4
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(pic) Taliban, the new Afghans, at northwestern borders of India. Picture is a download from internet for illustrative purposes. Kanwal Sibal (writer of article sighted below,) is a career diplomat who retired as Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. In 2017, The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri award for his distinguished services in the field…

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“Chhori aur chhora medal laave”

By Prasad Ganti - August 12, 2021 - 2
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 just concluded. Delayed by a year from 2020 to 2021 due to the pandemic, stymied by the constraint of not having any audiences, the games went very well. Overall, US won the highest number of medals, followed by China. India had the best Olympic performance by winning seven medals including one gold. “Gold tho gold hi hota…

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A Black Dog

By Navneet Bakshi - August 10, 2021 - 1
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A Black Dog, Mummy, Dinoo ko kale kutte ne kaat liya ‘Mummy, the black dog has bitten Dinoo’, I said. She drew me close and putting her hand on my head and showing great interest in the news that I delivered said, “Be careful of the dogs in these dog days.” What are dog days? ‘The days, when the dogs…

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