Anta- Kahani Ek Zamane Ki – Book Review

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The book ‘Anta- Kahani Ek Zamane Ki’, a collection of short stories, is written by Rajbir Deswal, ADGP, Haryana, for whom writing provides a balance of emotions after more demanding professional commitments. Rajbir Deswal has a total of 19 books to his credit (with two more in the press), this being his 16th; besides about 3000 articles published in leading English dailies, He has written in different literary genres, namely short stories, poems, articles, humour, and travelogue. He is a keen observer and a passionate writer, and nothing escapes his perceptive eye.

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Posted in Article, Causes at November 15th, 2016. No Comments.

The Three Musketeers, at the movies

Three Musketeers

Published in Hindustan Times on 26.8.2016
You have the choice of auditoriums and multiple screens. The freedom to book the show online or over telephone. The ease of walking in at the last minute and still find the box office open. There is no rush, generally. Today, movie-going is easy. But there was a time when it was exciting.
The very thought of standing in the queue and not getting ticket added to the thrill of movie-watching. In my early childhood in Amritsar, I’d go to movies only during vacations. It was difficult to get permission from Nanaji; and he’d send us to only mythological films. We’d sit through ‘LuvKush’ and ‘Harishchandra-Taramati’ somehow. But we dreaded answering grandpa’s query: “What did you learn?” Read More…

Posted in Article, Just for Laughs at August 29th, 2016. No Comments.

Then Uncle Sam invaded Queen’s bastion

When I started learning English in kindergarten in the late 1950s, more than the language, it were the books of the alphabet from the colonial times, with glazed paper and beautiful pictures of British people, that attracted me. I still remember an image of young girls and boys bent over a wooden bridge on a hillside, trying to retrieve a bun with a sprig from the pit below. The lesson was about b…u…n bun, and I would always open the book at that page to admire the blonde, red-cheeked kids Read More…

Posted in Article, Just for Laughs at June 3rd, 2016. No Comments.

When I Was a Picture, and Craved for Selfie

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 Published in Hindustan Times  (2.5.2016)

I am not a photo aficionado nor one of those whom you catch getting themselves clicked in different poses and pouts at every function and get-together. I am wary of individual clicks, and most of the time, it’s a cropped image from a larger group that goes as my profile picture.

But there was a time when I wished I could have a collection of my pictures. In May 2010, I fractured my right hand in a freak fall, and lo…! I was grounded for six-week with a plaster. The next few days were an ordeal as the ‘never-seen-before’ situation tested my guts and gumption. Read More…

Posted in Article, Just for Laughs, Selfie-Mania at May 2nd, 2016. No Comments.

Those Were the Days, Joginder Kaur

Published in Hindustan Times (25.9.2015)

It has become a law of human nature that at any given period of time, people rue the times gone by. If we miss our childhood days; our parents miss theirs. There is an interesting adage that goes on in the family, Oah veley si Joginder Kaurey (Those were the days Joginder Kaur)! Nobody knows who this Joginder Kaur was, and who had said these words to her, but the refrain is passed on from one generation to the next.  Read More…

Posted in Article, Just for Laughs at September 25th, 2015. No Comments.

Indo-Pak War – As A Child Remembers It

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Also published in The New Indian Express – Bangaluru on 29.9.2015 under the title ‘Days of innocence in the time of war’

http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/c/6700585

Fifty years is not a short period of time. From a 12 year young gal, I have turned into a 62 years old hag. But the memories of those summer days that made the young mind wonder what was happening around us and why there had been so many changes made in our daily routine, are still so fresh.

The Indo-Pak War of 1965 war was the second that I had witnessed, after Sino-Indian War of 1962. As the centre of this war was Kashmir and Punjab, we at Chandigarh were not far off from the arena. Besides ground battle, Aerial Warfare too was a part of it, and that was what had us vulnerable to the perils of warfare. Read More…

Posted in Article, Causes at August 28th, 2015. No Comments.

The Stories We Create

Stories

Published in Hindustan Times  (3.8.2015)

Human mind is a complex and super-active machine that remains busy all the time. Sometimes, it stores your experiences in its memory box, whereas at other times, it helps you visualize a rosy picture of the things to come. Belying the twin concepts of time and space, it helps you live your past and future in the present. It also has the very unique quality of weaving stories, some of which vanish as soon as they are created; while the rest stick. Anything and everything can become the subject of these stories – we, our dear ones, a scene or a person around us. Read More…

Posted in Article, Just for Laughs at August 3rd, 2015. No Comments.

Bards of Yore

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I dare to step in the idyllic world

Of the Bards, gone away

With unsure thoughts; and pounding heart

I enter a forbidden field, my legs too give way Read More…

Posted in Causes, Poem at June 12th, 2015. No Comments.

Aruna Shanbaug – A Tribute

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She was no Jyoti or Nirbhaya….

Not born in the age of fast news;

No voices, no candles, no protests,

Grieved for her! Read More…

Posted in Causes, Poem at May 19th, 2015. No Comments.

A Retrospection

Retrospection

We always tend to classify our life into well-defined, sharply contoured pigeonholes: childhood – youth – middle age – old age. Or on more practical and functional level we count this linear time as student-life – professional-life; marriage; parenthood; retirement; children’s marriages.

But what after that? Read More…

Posted in Article, Causes at May 5th, 2015. No Comments.