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*******BALLS, CERTAINLY NOT AT ANY COST********

By Navneet Bakshi / April 20, 2021

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…

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*******A Picnic At Kregnaino********

By Navneet Bakshi / February 20, 2021

*******A picnic at Kregnaino******** When I was in school, picnics were a part of routine activity. I am not sure if the present-day children know the meaning of this word, but to us, it used to bring an immense thrill. It was customary for the school administrations to take the children to picnics at least…

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*******ARRANGING FOR MILK FOR GOGA***********

By Navneet Bakshi / February 12, 2021

*******ARRANGING FOR MILK FOR GOGA*********** Goga was crazy about milk and milk products. Though he was crazy about everything but his craze for milk surpassed all his crazes. All his talk centered around having dhoodh, dahi, lassi, burfee. Once he said “ Yar sadi mummy majh kyon nayeen ban jandi (Pal, Why doesn’t our mother…

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The “Bite”

By Vikram Karve / February 9, 2021

THE “BITE” Story by Vikram Karve ______________ Around 39 years ago – in 1982 – as a newly married couple – we lived in Curzon Road Apartments (also called Multi-Storey (MS) Apartments). Curzon Road Apartments were located between Connaught Place (CP) and India Gate on Kasturba Gandhi Road. There were 6 multi-storey buildings (A, B, C,…

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“Panauti”

By Vikram Karve / February 7, 2021

“Panauti” Story By Vikram Karve _______________ PROLOGUE In the Navy there is a term called “Jonah”. “Jonah” means a sailor (or passenger) whose presence on board a ship brings bad luck and endangers the ship. Extended to the civilian world – a “Jonah” is a person who carries a jinx and brings bad luck. The title…

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THE “OTHER” WOMAN

By Vikram Karve / February 7, 2021

This is a Story of – a Husband – a Wife – and – the “Other” Woman… I am – The “Other” Woman… Here is my story… __________ THE “OTHER” WOMAN Story By Vikram Karve __________ Dramatis Personae Rohan – The Husband Lata – The Wife Nisha – The “Other” Woman (Narrator of the Story) __________…

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How to go on a Shopping Date

By Vikram Karve / February 6, 2021

SHOPPING DATING Thanks to COVID-19 Lockdown followed by COVID Phobia – I haven’t been able to go on a shopping date with my “Better Half” since March 2020. A few months ago – with the easing of lockdown – most markets, malls and shops opened – but – due to COVID Phobia – my wife…

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बुदम and His Quest to Find Mentors

By Vipin Kaushik / January 31, 2021

बुदम always wanted to find answers from family members. He used to look at his big brother Hemant Bhai for some magic wand to put something in him. He got some help from an illiterate Mom (Shakuntla) who told him one thing to be successful, “you got to enjoy whatever you do”. बुदम enjoyed everything…

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‘Good Girls go to heaven and bad ones can go anywhere’ – Teenage बुदम’s (Moron) dilemma.

By Vipin Kaushik / January 30, 2021

Preface: Character बुदम is about me (not fiction). Let me start with why I felt that I was बुदम. While growing up in Chamba, I used to get all kind of punishments in the school like बिच्छू बूटी treatment, मुर्गा आसन, बेंत treatment, standing hands up, etc., etc., When this did not work teachers started…

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First death in first phase of vaccine drive

By Suresh Rao / January 23, 2021

New Delhi: A 56-year-old healthcare worker in Gurgaon, who was given the ‘COVISHIELD’ coronavirus vaccine last Saturday, died in the early hours of 23rd January. The cause of the death is not yet known; body of the deceased (a woman) has been sent for an autopsy, doctors said. According to her family, Rajwanti did not…

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