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Of civilized living in Delhi's Little Calcutta

Sunday, 05 Nov 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Others

CR Park is probably one of the few South Delhi localities that has still not given up the fight to try and ensure the liveability quotient, as it were, is retained; if not wholly then at least very substantially Chittaranjan Park, or EPDP (East Pakistan Displaced Persons) Colony for those readers...

Dilli Door Ast...

Sunday, 22 Oct 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Others

Back in the city of my birth and misspent first 28 years, tongue-in-check humour is the way to go, I'm told. But then I rarely if ever listen to well-meaning advice. So, it struck me that the reason for the proliferation of phallus-shaped architectural monstrosities in the south-western suburb of the...

Lead gently, kind of prince...

Sunday, 15 Oct 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Others

The accession of Rahul Gandhi to the post of Congress president may finally be upon us; the nature of his political inheritance and what he makes of it is the point of interest Congress president Sonia Gandhi seemed to set speculation around her son and party vice-president taking over the...

Spiritual opinion

Saturday, 07 Oct 2017 | Prashant Tewari | in Others

Living happy and joyous life – Swami Vivekanand & Swami Paramahansa Yogananda Both Swami Vivekanand and Paramanhansa Yogananda were great masters of humanity. No ordinary man, surely is worthy of this spiritual title. But now and then, there appears on earth one of the noble lineages of God-realized souls to...

Playboy mogul kisses the world goodbye

Friday, 29 Sep 2017 | Kushan Mitra | New Delhi | in Others

I did not know Hugh Hefner personally and I never had the opportunity to meet the man or even visit the Playboy Mansion. Very few people who knew of the man ever had that privilege. But as he passed away yesterday, I thought it would be appropriate to write something. He...

Philosopher and guide of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak

Monday, 28 Aug 2017 | Prashant Tewari | in Others

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak is a great humanist and social reformer of contemporary India. To the weaker sections of society especially, his is the compassionate face of a paternal redeemer. He has the vision of a philosopher and the undying zeal of a missionary. He is an icon of sanitation and...

Bharat’s Ratna

Saturday, 27 May 2017 | Chandan Mitra | in Others

KPS Gill gave a one-line mantra to his boys: Kill before they kill you If there is one person in contemporary history who truly deserved the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour, it was Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, the icon of India’s war on terrorism in Punjab. He pulled the frontier...

Retaliation as a form of message

Sunday, 16 Apr 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Others

The Game of Thrones is on in real war fronts. Thousands of people have died in Syria alone. Neither Russia nor America appears to have an idea as to how Syria must be managed Donald Trump has spent a lot of time in court, so he must be familiar with the...

Culture of hushing up ecological disasters

Sunday, 05 Feb 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Others

With the high amount of ocean traffic, accidents are bound to happen leading to oil spills. But the message should go across unequivocally that marine ecology is non-negotiable and cannot be compromised. The recent oil spill following the collision of two vessels along the Chennai coastline is a wake-up call Global...

Jaya, Jaya, He!

Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 | Chandan Mitra | in Others

She spelt charisma in every sense and enigma in every footstep. It was impossible not to be mesmerised in her presence. Despite her populist policies and affection for the downtrodden, Ms Jayalalithaa Jayaram exuded class. Although she rarely interacted in person with the so-called hoi-polloi, they adored her to distraction. Covering...


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