the show must go on ……..

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Initial reports said that he was a poor, distraught farmer, driven to suicide by crop destruction caused by unseasonal rains. Then we were fed the information that he was pretty well off, that he sold saffe and tied turbans, not on ordinary beings, but the likes of Clinton, Vajpayee and Rajnath. Later we were told that he wasn't exactly the aam janta, had political aspirations ...
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A be-sukh Baisakhi

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It came and went almost unnoticed. Baisakhi, which is a rural festival of North India and marks the beginning of the solar year . It is celebrated with great fervor in the predominantly agricultural states of Haryana and Punjab. For the Sikhs the day also commemorates the founding of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh. More importantly, it marks the end of the harvest se...
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Jai Mata di

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The Vasant Navratri are here, nine days of fasting or feasting, depending on one's predilection! For people like me it means sabudana khichri and makhane ki kheer, aalu ka halwa and kuttu ke pakode, delicacies which are feasted on when we are fasting ! But this is not a food blog and this is not all that's on my mind. So read on..... My question, and I believe it is a pertin...
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A Holier Holi

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When did Holi become an excuse for hooliganism, drunken driving and eve teasing? It is difficult to pin point that exact moment when it became okay to spray unwilling and unsuspecting people with gulal, water colors, caustic dyes, paint, tar, rotten eggs , mud.........all in the spirit of fun. The degradation has been gradual and many youngsters don't even know the signific...
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Crossroads

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Sometimes I wonder how things would have been without it. Would I have turned the other way at a crossroad? Would I have taken a different path and met other people ? Would I have been influenced by them and made different choices? Would I have had different experiences and learnt other things? Would I have followed a different vocation, had another career? Would I have...
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A Selfies Society

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For want of a better word I'll call it the selfie danda , the name my son -in - law gave it when he presented one to me. It is a 4 ft telescopic rod on which you can mount your mobile and take a selfie by clicking a conveniently located button. If the last year was the year of the selfie with everyone from the Pope to POTUS to our own Modi joining the fray, then 2015 defini...
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On Balance

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Ha ha ! I knew I could grab eyeballs with this one. And you have come to the right place because I am an expert on this. I have perfected this art over a lifetime. So here goes.....five easy steps on the way to weigh!   1 Setting the stage - Believe it or not, there is a specific area on your bathroom floor, where, if you place your weighing scale, you are bound to w...
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My Mona Lisa Smile

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A recent profile picture of mine received such rave reviews. I was flattered by all the attention my smile got, the words were as lavish as those that describe the more famous one which hangs in the Louvre museum of Paris. But , at the risk of sounding immodest, I feel that I truly deserve the praise. Please hear me out before judging. See, it has taken me a lifetime to ...
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Heady Old Whine

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If you are reading this , then you are either a friend  who is here out of a sense of duty, or , curiosity got the better of you. Whatever be the reason , now that you have come, stay a while, make yourself comfortable! As you must have guessed this blog will have a lot of me, but to break the monotony I’ll include a bit of myself and mine too !! I plan to write two posts a ...
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