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Kannada actress Ragini arrested on drug charges

By Suresh Rao | September 6, 2020 | 2 Comments

  RAGINI DWIVEDI is originally from Gujarat. She  learned Kannada and started acting in Kannada films. She is also a item dancer. Her home in Bengaluru was raided last week by sleuths of Central Crime Branch (CCB). Allegedly, banned narcotic substances were found in her home.   (pic) Arrested Ragini on her way to the…

Trump’s last act: $290 Billion Weapons Sale to Saudi-Arabia

By Suresh Rao | December 31, 2020 | 1 Comment

(photo image) F. McKenzie Jr. (C-L), Commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM), shakes hands with Saudi military officers during his visit to a military base in al-Kharj in central Saudi Arabia. Credit: AFP File Photo The US State Department has approved the potential sale of 3,000 precision guided munitions to the Kingdom of Saudi…

The Rot Must Be Stemmed

By Navneet Bakshi | November 14, 2020 | 4 Comments

The Rot Must Be Stemmed. This article was written in response to a post by Krishna Balu Iyyer on Face Book. He had reacted to the adamancy of Kunal Kamra who is stand up comedian who recently gained certain notoriety when he tried to heckle Arnab Goswami over the issues he raises on his Network…

ख़बरें हफ्ते की पोटली का पांचवां अंक

By Yash Chhabra | September 15, 2020 | 1 Comment

                                                                                                कोरोना की स्थिति बहुत गंभीर होती जा…

वड़वानल – 67

By Charumati Ramdas | September 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

लेखक: राजगुरू द. आगरकर अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास     फॉब हाउस में गॉडफ्रे,  रॉटरे और लॉकहर्ट बेचैनी से देर रात तक बैठे थे। ‘‘आज सुबह ब्रिटिश सैनिकों द्वारा हिन्दुस्तानी नौसैनिकों पर की गई गोलीबारी के कारण कांग्रेस के नेता चिढ़ गए और उन्होंने हिन्दुस्तानी नौसैनिकों को समर्थन देने की ठान ली तो?’’  रॉटरे ने…

Grow, Transform, Evolve

By Alka Kansra | October 21, 2020 | 2 Comments

Grow, Transform, Evolve In the ongoing Pandemic life has almost come to a halt and all the complexities for the survival of life have boiled down to a few simple essentials. This has given us an opportunity to think about, to ponder upon the life that we have been leading and the life after Covid…

वड़वानल – 13

By Charumati Ramdas | July 22, 2020 | 2 Comments

लेखक: राजगुरू द, आगरकर अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास   गुरु ड्यूटी समाप्त करके बैरेक में वापस   आया,   तो   एक सनसनीखेज   समाचार लेकर,    और    सुबूत    के    तौर    पर    हाथ    में    एक    काग़ज लिये । Secret Priority-101500 EF. From–Flag officer Commander in Chief Royal Navy To–Naval Supply office. Information–All Ships and Establishments of Royal Navy. =Twenty percent…

A Taste Of Chinese Hospitality………….Part 13

By Navneet Bakshi | May 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

I started this blog series more than six months ago and Sulekha’s date stamp tells me that the last Part A Taste Of Chinese Hospitality………….Part 12   was posted 4 months ago. My readers may have forgotten that it was about my trip to Xiamen to meet my friend. I made that trip during last…

Pres. Trump wants southern wall built to stop illegal migration from south-America

By Suresh Rao | September 26, 2020 | 7 Comments

Pres. Trump makes some progress in building the southern wall to stop illegal immigration from south-America. However, he now faces court challenges for using some of funds assigned for Defence to build the Mexican wall. Trump could tell Mexicans they must pay for the wall by giving away Mexican oil at $35/barrel, next 10…

A Rare Picture

By Suresh Rao | September 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

  (pic) Queen Elizabeth II visits Lady Irwin College Delhi in 1961. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit in picture too.   View (at left) a video clip from Queen Elizabeth II wedding in Delhi.  And, view (at right) a musical on the love story of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip  Also, view (at right) Princess…

Mystery of The Missing Mom

By Charumati Ramdas - February 24, 2021 - 4

A.Charumati Ramdas The child was not crying, but there was bewilderment on his face. A smart elderly lady was taking care of him. Another boy, with exactly similar features, but with a sober and serious expression on his face was seated on the chair next to him. A middle aged person, again with the same features, too was frequently coming…

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सिर्योझा – 13

By Charumati Ramdas - February 23, 2021 - 0

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 न हो जाए. और सिर्योझा…

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Colours of spring

By Sabita Paintal - February 23, 2021 - 1
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By Ushasurya - February 20, 2021 - 4

It had vanished! I am talking about a vessel that I had left on the stove.  I had gone to the backyard – garden – to pluck fresh coriander leaves. As I walked back  into the kitchen after washing my feet, I was shocked as that divine flavour of the rasam was missing. I remembered the rasam boiling in the…

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

By Navneet Bakshi - February 20, 2021 - 2
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*******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 once a year. Come summer…

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Shaving Sessions

By Hemant Chopra - February 20, 2021 - 2

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 particular interest to us as…

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सिर्योझा – 12

By Charumati Ramdas - February 17, 2021 - 0

लेखिका: वेरा पनोवा अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास वास्का के मामा से पहचान होने के परिणाम   कालीनिन और दाल्न्याया रास्तों के बीच ख़ुफ़िया संबंध बन रहे हैं. चर्चाएँ हो रही हैं. शूरिक यहाँ-वहाँ जाता है, भागदौड़ करता है और सिर्योझा को ख़बर देता है. ख़यालों में डूबा, अपने साँवले, माँसल पैरों से वह उतावलेपन से झपाझप चलता है, और उसकी…

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Covid19 vaccination scorecard – 1

By Prasad Ganti - February 16, 2021 - 2

Now that vaccination for Covid 19 has started across countries in the world, I am watching the scorecard to see the progress. The run rate is not great at the moment, but then the innings has just started. The run rate differs amongst countries and also the controversies arising thereof. Regardless, I am expecting things to be a lot better…

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By Navneet Bakshi - February 12, 2021 - 3
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*******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 become a buffalo?) Why? I…

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Rush of memories- Three Poems

By Hemant Chopra - February 11, 2021 - 1

  RUSH OF MEMORIES Again I am a little boy with ruddy cheeks With twinkling eyes and bruised knees Running up the stairs two at a time Breaking into a song on a lonely climb Again I am a trusting soul for my friends so dear As I whisper secrets after drawing them near I spread my arms and lean…

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The “Bite”

By Vikram Karve - February 9, 2021 - 2
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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, D, E, F Blocks) comprising…

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सिर्योझा – 11

By Charumati Ramdas - February 9, 2021 - 0

लेखिका: वेरा पनोवा अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास   वास्का और उसके मामा   वास्का के एक मामा हैं. लीदा ज़रूर कहती कि यह सब झूठ है, कोई मामा-वामा नहीं है, मगर उसे अपना मुँह बन्द रखना पड़ेगा : मामा हैं; ये है उनकी फोटो – शेल्फ पर, लाल बुरादे से भरे दो गुलदस्तों के बीच में. मामा की फोटो ताड़…

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By Vikram Karve - February 7, 2021 - 1
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“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 of the story – the…

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By Vikram Karve - February 7, 2021 - 2
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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) __________ This story happened 12 years…

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How to go on a Shopping Date

By Vikram Karve - February 6, 2021 - 2
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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 was reluctant to go shopping…

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Indian Budget 2021

By Prasad Ganti - February 6, 2021 - 2
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Beginning of February is the budget time in India. The finance minister announces the budget for the coming year, which usually includes policy statements from the government. Railway budget used to be a separate event earlier. Now it is combined into the general budget. Which makes it an even bigger event. I have been a big fan of the budgets…

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बुदम and his Dilemma with ‘illiterate’ Mom

By Vipin Kaushik - February 5, 2021 - 0
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Let me take a break from my next episode, I want to get back to my ‘illiterate’ Mom, who was/is at the center of everything happening in बुदम’s life. बुदम noticed one thing, all the siblings in the family avoided him, loved him, and were extremely nice to him whenever बुदम used to be around them. But बुदम never saw…

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सिर्योझा – 10

By Charumati Ramdas - February 4, 2021 - 0

लेखिका: वेरा पनोवा अनुवाद: आ. चारुमति रामदास   आसमान में और धरती पर हो रही घटनाएँ   गर्मियों में तारे नहीं दिखाई देते. सिर्योझा चाहे कभी भी उठे, कभी भी सोए – आँगन में हमेशा उजाला ही रहता है. अगर बादल और बारिश भी हो, तब भी उजाला ही रहता है, क्योंकि बादलों के पीछे होता है सूरज. साफ़ आसमान…

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Prem and Prem Leela

By Navneet Bakshi - February 3, 2021 - 2
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Prem and Prem Leela In childhood, the truth value of any news or any piece of information cannot be suspected. You will jump out of your chair if I tell you what all I learnt (what else??) during these informative exchanges. There was no other source, no TV, no internet. Every little bit of information was important and it…

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बुदम and his crude business models

By Vipin Kaushik - February 3, 2021 - 1
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बुदम was a dreamer to become big in his life. But ‘work hard’ the main ingredient was missing to achieve his educational goals. बुदम was miserable for causing pain to his Dad (Mahesh) and wanted to pay him back. बुदम knew deep inside that he had hurt his Dad immensely, and he could/can not repay his debts. Most of the…

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