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My journey as a writer.

By RAMARAO Garimella | July 6, 2020 | 4 Comments

I have written many reports during my service in the Navy, and my seniors have appreciated them. Once, when the Eastern Naval Command brought out a bulletin, the editor wanted to include a short story to provide comic relief. The editor thought my piece would need clearance of the Admiral since it poked fun at…


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…

Indian offensive to retake Chinese seized territory: The hidden story

By Brig. Bhanu Sud | September 6, 2020 | 8 Comments

The annihilation of Moldo garrison was assured for the Chinese had clashes erupted. By Col. Danvir Singh New Delhi: On 3 July, the Prime Minister of India arrived at Leh on a surprise visit. Flanked by his Army Chief and the Chief of Defence Staff, he was received by the Army Commander of Northern Command,…

वड़वानल – 68

By Charumati Ramdas | September 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

लेखक: राजगुरू द. आगरकर अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास     हालाँकि दिन समाप्त हो गया था मगर रात बैरन बनकर सामने खड़ी थी। हर जहाज़ पर और नाविक तल पर  सैनिक इकट्ठे होकर चर्चा कर रहे थे। ‘तलवार’,  ‘कैसल बैरक्स’ और ‘डॉकयार्ड’ के सामने के रास्ते पर टैंक्स घूम रहे थे। रास्ते से गुज़रते हुए…

I was schooled under the mullberry tree!

By Suresh Rao | September 11, 2020 | 12 Comments

(pic-1) A down load from net… this image of a school from semi-urban India brought memories from the first school I attended in 1947.) My class room could boast of four brick walls around but no roof; me and fellow classmates sat on wooden boards with black slates on our laps. Writing chalk was supplied…


By Navneet Bakshi | April 20, 2021 | 2 Comments

Sardar Sohan Singh and his family had shifted to Chandigarh. Suddenly, I had lost two close friends. Loss of company of Goga hurt me because suddenly my daredevilry and my pranks had come to a standstill because one needs a partner in such escapades. Anyone who has read the books of childhood adventures will vouch…

Flipping through fictitious journal

By Gopalakrishnan Narasimhan | September 1, 2020 | 2 Comments

  10th Jan1984: Appa screamed at me that is nothing new. But he did it in front of all in the tenants. Even she was there! “If you keep scoring only this much, you can land up only to clean the tables at a Udipi Hotel.” Is securing 75% too less? I am perplexed. What would have she thought of me?   12th Feb’84:…


By Rajinder Singh | September 2, 2020 | 4 Comments

On the intervening night if 29-30 August, when PLA tried to wrest control of a protrusion on the southern bank of  Pangong Tso Lake, Indian Army ( IA) came to know about it and moved in strength. and thwarted its operation.  China was given the taste of its own medicine . China always behaves like…

वड़वानल – 11

By Charumati Ramdas | July 20, 2020 | 4 Comments

लेखक: राजगुरू द. आगरकर अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास   आर. के. के  भावावेश में दिये गए, सुलगाने वाले भाषण के पश्चात् एक भयावह शान्ति छा गई । आर. के. पलभर को रुका और उसने सबको आह्वान दिया – ‘‘हम, आज, यहाँ नेताजी को याद करते हुए शपथ लें कि स्वतन्त्रताप्राप्ति के लिए मेरे प्रिय हिन्दुस्तान को…

Shaving Sessions

By Hemant Chopra | February 20, 2021 | 2 Comments

One of the most enduring memories of my child hood were scraping, probing, groaning and blood letting sessions that grandpa undertook which could loosely be describes as having a shave. The whole tedium started with gathering all the implements of ordeal and stacking them on a table outside in sun. A convex mirror was of…

Rocket Scientist S Somanath appointed ISRO Chairman

By Suresh Rao - January 24, 2022 - 1
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(pic) Outgoing Chairman S. Sivan is at right in picture (Image is copy/paste @ISRO/Twitter)  Eminent rocket scientist S Somanath (at left in picture) took charge as 10th chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and as the Secretary of the Department of Space, Government of India on January 14, 2022. Previously, S Somanath has served as the Director, Vikram…

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An Encounter with Covid 19

By Navneet Bakshi - January 21, 2022 - 2
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Hmm. Should I call it an encounter? Assault will be a better word to use, I think. To the best of my understanding of the nuanced difference between an encounter and assault, in an encounter, one is equally equipped to fight the opponent, while assault is used when one is suddenly accosted by an enemy. My search on the internet…

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Rivival of ‘Madras Courier’ good or bad for India of today?

By Suresh Rao - January 12, 2022 - 3
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Today’s ‘Madras Courier’ picks and choses controversial writings and writers from all over the world, India in particular. Some of the writings and writers picked by this digital publication of today, challenge India’s spiritual history and publishes them periodically. Out of curiosity, I visited an online version of today’s ‘Madras Courier’, read some articles and writers who are given space…

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कुत्ता दिल (एक अंश)

By Charumati Ramdas - January 11, 2022 - 0

अध्याय – 2 लेखक: मिखाइल बुल्गाकव अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास   पढ़ना सीखने की बिल्कुल कोई ज़रूरत नहीं है, जब वैसे भी एक मील दूर से माँस  की ख़ुशबू आती है. वैसे भी (अगर आप मॉस्को में रहते हैं और आपके सिर में थोड़ा-सा भी दिमाग़ है), आप चाहे-अनचाहे बिना किसी कोर्स के पढ़ना सीख ही जायेंगे. मॉस्को के चालीस…

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When will the pandemic end ?

By Prasad Ganti - January 8, 2022 - 2

This is a million dollar question on most minds in the world. We are into the third year and are still seeing variants emerge and new cases and hospitalizations. With increased vaccinations, we see fewer hospitalizations and deaths on a comparative basis. But nevertheless the discomfort with the pandemic is all around us. Restrictions on mobility being a major one. …

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New Year Greetings in Sanskrit

By Suresh Rao - January 4, 2022 - 2
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(pic is a facbook image of a website where one can find Harini Rao a popular Telugu playback singer) Harini Rao has rendered a very popular Sanskrit greeting from Chinmaya Mission,  a Happy New Year Greeting, written and composed by Swami Tejomayananda ji, Head of Chinmaya Global Mission (Head qts. USA) If you can access this greet you will enjoy…

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Kashi Vishvanath Temple and my Hindutva

By Suresh Rao - January 2, 2022 - 2
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Folks, I have visited Kashi in Uttar Pradesh state of India twice. My first visit was in year 1977 with my dad who flew-in from Bengaluru; he came to my house then at Greater Kailash residential area in south Delhi, to go with me to Kashi (in UP state) and ancient Gaya (in Bihar state) where Vishnu set foot in Vamana Avatar. The State…

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Revisiting Shimla

By Navneet Bakshi - January 1, 2022 - 4
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********** Revisiting Shimla*************** So, we are back to home at Chandigarh after a trip to Shimla. That was an engrossing trip, I took to relive the memories of my childhood spent sixty years ago. The ground under my feet didn’t feel any different, but the horizon had all changed. Not as far as my old eyes could see but quite…

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2021 in review

By Prasad Ganti - December 31, 2021 - 2

Wishing everyone a happy new year 2022 while reviewing the events of the year 2021. It started with President Trump’s supporters storming the citadel of American democracy. And the very slow pace of Covid vaccinations all over the world. The world is certainly in a better shape than it was at the beginning of the year. Elon Musk is Time…

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By Ushasurya - December 27, 2021 - 2

It is just amazing . Math rules every second of our life. The evolved persons of the yore insist that everything revolves around Math.There are people who hate Math and people who love it. But in schools, it was one subject where you could score full marks, unlike  as in  the Art subjects. If all the sums that one calculates,…

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INDIA UPGRADES INDUSTRIAL SECURITY THIS MONTH AT 11 private firms and 64 airports based on threat perceptions

By Suresh Rao - December 22, 2021 - 1
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This information came to me as a news feed.  PTI, New Delhi, DEC 22 2021, 16:03 ISTUPDATED: DEC 22 2021, 16:04 IST The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is providing security to 64 airports and 11 private establishments, including those of Reliance Industries, Tata Steel and Infosys, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said on Wednesday, Dec 22nd,…

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Swacha Bharat

By Prasad Ganti - December 21, 2021 - 2

Prime Minister Modi first brought the issue of open defecation into the open. As a result, he got millions and millions of toilets constructed mostly in the rural areas of India. This move was appreciated by International institutions like the UN. Now India is moving towards other measures to cleanse the country. It is easy to be cynical, but nevertheless…

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बर्फ का साण्ड

By Charumati Ramdas - December 16, 2021 - 0

बर्फ़ का साण्ड‌   गाँव, जाड़ों की रात, एक बजे दूर के कमरों से अध्ययन-कक्ष तक बच्चे के कातर रोने की आवाज़ सुनाई दे रही है. ड्योढ़ी, दालान और गाँव सब कुछ काफ़ी देर से सो रहा है. नहीं सो रहा है सिर्फ खुश्योव. वह बैठकर पढ़ रहा है. कभी-कभी अपनी थकी हुई आँखें मोमबत्ती पर टिका देता है :…

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14 Peaks – nothing is impossible

By Prasad Ganti - December 13, 2021 - 0

Nirmal Purja of Nepal has achieved something which is nearly impossible. By climbing the world’s 14 tallest mountains in a span of 7 months. Climbing just one of them is a tall order, but all of them in such a short span of time. Hence the title of a recent documentary telling the story of such a nearly impossible feat.…

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The Red Dragon

By Prasad Ganti - November 21, 2021 - 9

China, the Red Dragon, has arrived on the global stage as a superpower. It is sitting on foreign currency reserves of trillions of dollars. Manufacturing prowess makes it a major exporter in the world. Infrastructure is well developed. It is a nuclear power with a massive conventional army and firepower. It could not have been in a better position to…

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The Fateful Eggs

By Charumati Ramdas - November 16, 2021 - 2

The Fateful Eggs: A Lesson for Posterity A. Charumati Ramdas     “Manuscripts don’t burn”, says one of the characters in M. Bulgakov’s novel “Master and Margarita”. That refers not only to the physical existence of the manuscripts, but the matter contained in them – their content, their soul. So far as Bulgakov’s works are concerned, their soul is eternal,…

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The Climate Summit COP26

By Prasad Ganti - November 14, 2021 - 4

With unprecedented heat waves in the US and Europe and flash floods and forest fires in Europe and China, the global climate is clearly deteriorating. Storms of the century happening almost every year. This is the general consensus among the scientific community. There are skeptics, particularly with vested interests in the status quo of the fossil fuel industry. The recently…

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Everybody yearns for Appreciation

By Rcay - November 10, 2021 - 2

Everybody yearns for appreciation. Yet most of us are shy of appreciating others. We may forward many useless political trash but are often reluctant to even acknowledge an interesting write up from our near and dear ones. Appreciation is the lubricant that make us to perform our best. The beauty of appreciation is that it gives the giver also almost…

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How to be Happy always

By Rcay - November 10, 2021 - 1

I have found the following very useful to be happy(1) I catch up with my classmates of school, college and old colleagues and students. I talk somewhere between 15 minutes to almost one hour each to at least five of them daily. When we talk, and revive our old memories, we go back in our mind (In my case it…

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