Family, Nikhil

The Son Who Walks

It is the second day of school for Nikhil. After six months at home and online classes in the summer, Nikhil is perplexed to find himself still attending online classes. Each night, he has been asking hopefully (via his iPad) “School tomorrow?” only to be told, “Sorry, Nikhil, no school”. Even though Nikhil’s school has opened and his teachers and…

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Contemporary

WhatSap Are You?

WhatsApp has become a fairly integral part of my life. As with many of you, I am a member of several groups and sometimes, it is hard for me to keep up with all of them. I had planned to write a blog on how WhatsApp has brought people together, has allowed me to reconnect with long lost friends, exchange…

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History

Ghalib’s Favorite Whisky

The finest Mughal food served in the court of Patiala owed its origin to a brand of whisky favored by Mirza Ghalib.  Patiala, the erstwhile Sikh kingdom, is now known for its one time larger than life ruler – Maharajah Bhupinder Singh and its larger than the normal measure of alcohol – the “Patiala peg”. In the past, Patiala was…

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Family, Nikhil

Bedtime Rituals

We all have our bedtime rituals whether we are aware of them or not.  Some rituals are passed down to us and we don’t know their origin but once in a way, we are witness to a ritual take root in front of us.  One such ritual is our son Nikhil’s new bedtime ritual.  But before I get to that,…

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Contemporary

Introducing Trivia by Average Joe

Here is a shameless plug for a new section on trivia on my blog. I have always been interested in trivia, a trait that stood me in good stead during my quizzing days in High School. Over the years, I have had some fascinating conversations with my brother, my cousin Bakin (the king of quizzers) and friends like Navdeep and…

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School

Scout Camps

I joined the Boy Scouts in 7th grade for a couple of reasons. For one, my brother was already a scout and I was very well acquainted with the motto, knots and scouting lore. I was merely following in his footsteps. For another, that seemed to be the only outlet to adventure for a boy of my age. I have…

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Family, Nikhil

Frustrated

Do you remember the time your child learned a new word and surprised you by using it in the right context? We had many such opportunities with our daughter when she was a toddler. However, after the first few times, we took it for granted and given the normal trajectory of development, what started as a trickle of words soon…

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Memories, Nature

The Ichthyologist

“You could call me an Ichthyologist”. That was the rather grandiose statement with which I started my essay for the English language paper of my High School ICSE exams. We had been given three topics for the essay section. The first topic was the sentence “I was walking down the road when…” The second was the picture of a boy…

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A doodle of Lt Col Desmond Hayde by MF Hussain
Books, History, School

Lt Col Desmond Hayde and the Battle of Dograi

“It’s about regimental pride,” said my friend, “I will send you a video regarding this.”  I was speaking on the phone with my classmate Chengappa after thirty-five years.  I remember him as a superb sportsman in school but I must confess our paths did not cross much then, boys tend to be self-absorbed in their own cliques.  However, I’ve been…

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Music

K.L. Saigal

The name Kundan Lal Saigal or K.L. Saigal will barely register on the consciousness of the current generation in India.  To be honest, it hardly did on my generation either but when it comes to my parents’ and grandparents’ generation, Saigal was a colossus who strode the screens of Hindi cinema from the early 1930s to late 1940s.  He was…

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