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An Encounter with Covid 19

By Navneet Bakshi / January 21, 2022

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.…

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New Year Greetings in Sanskrit

By Suresh Rao / January 4, 2022

(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…

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The Fateful Eggs

By Charumati Ramdas / November 16, 2021

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…

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By blogfriends / October 10, 2021

WHICH PLANE DO YOU FLY?  By Rajiv Dhar During my young days in IAF this question always haunted me, especially when asked by damsels. I often used to brood over, “why can’t an engineering officer fly an airplane”. As I moved on, I got armed with some standard answers to give, especially at the time…

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Living At Constance Lodge…..Part 9

By Navneet Bakshi / October 1, 2021

Living At Constance Lodge…..Part 9 When Kusum Aunty Committed Suicide Tall, slim, dusky and well educated. That’s how I remember her. She had two daughters both less than ten years of age and about two years apart. Her husband was working in a clerical post in the A.G. office and his mother was staying with…

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Vibrant Indian expats celebrate Ganesh festival in Holland with Orange decoration

By Suresh Rao / September 28, 2021

Holland is home to thosands of young Indian expats. Companies like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS,)  Tata Steel, Infosys, Sun Pharma (many other too,) employ highly skilled software engineers who have brought Indian festivities to the delight of natives there! Once a year, the city of Amstelveen, at Amsterdam’s southern end, plays host to a true…

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Living at Constance Lodge——Part 6

By Navneet Bakshi / September 21, 2021

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…

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Living At Constance Lodge—-Part 5

By Navneet Bakshi / September 20, 2021

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…

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Living At Constance Lodge——Part 4

By Navneet Bakshi / September 20, 2021

  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…

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Motherhood and Apple-pie

By Suresh Rao / September 9, 2021

‘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…

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