When we joined the Forces, in 1987, the ‘Shaktimans’ were a common sight in a cantonment. They were the most widely used cargo vehicles in the Indian Army since their inception in the late 60s. Modeled on the original design of ‘MAN’ of Germany, this vehicle had a comparatively smaller driver cabin and a larger … Continue reading The Dandaman of a Shaktiman
There is a way of doing things and then there is an army way of doing things. As known, the army (armed forces) is not only the biggest user of abbreviations and acronyms but is also the organization which has given birth to a plethora of such terms. Usage of abbreviations and acronyms stemmed … Continue reading LET “R.I.P” REST IN PEACE!!
It’s our common observation, “Where there is religion, there is no love: Where there is love, there is no religion”. Sadly, there is a furore over the Arabic phrase, “la ilaha illa allah”. People weren’t even aware that such a term even existed, leave alone knowing its meaning. Naturally, when we are clueless about our … Continue reading Rivalry in Religion!!
The army people get punished only for disobedience is an erroneous belief. In 1860, a Prussian Field Marshal reprimanded an officer of the rank of a Major for an operational lapse: The officer represented saying, “ I have obeyed my superior”. The Field Marshal told him, “You were made a Major because the King believed … Continue reading Between a rock and a hard place!!
Childhood memories are always cherished and no matter where one goes, they are the permanent companions through our life journey. Everyone relives those nostalgic moments through every phase of his or her lives. A devout Muslim man owned Janta Hair Cutting Saloon that was about 150 meters from our house, in Ranebennur. I don’t remember … Continue reading Baba, the Barber!
In legal parlance, there is a phrase called, “the burden of proof” that rests on the shoulders of a prosecutor to prove the culpability of an accused. Likewise, in a marital relationship, there was a time, that we had seen during our childhood days, when the “burden of adjustment” in a family was on the … Continue reading God Alone knows!!
Somehow, the men in the military, respect a commanding officer (CO) who stands up to the system and questions his boss! Such encounters between the CO and his commander, during the peace time, are as spicy as the heroic exploits during war time. However, such battles come at a price that not many CO s … Continue reading Roar of a Tiger!
After three decades in uniform, it is now three years since I am out of it. However, as believed, one can take a soldier out of the army, but one can’t take army out of a soldier: The heart, mind and soul stay riveted to the roots. During my recent, and one of the rarefied, … Continue reading The curious case of a descending chair!
Best of the business ideas emanate not from Oxford or Harvard, but from the by lanes of nondescript towns. Look at the reward the owner offers to a customer who leaves the plantain leaf fully clean. He not only generates less trash, but has successfully generated much needed consciousness amongst the clients. With the consumers … Continue reading Count your Calories!!
Chalo, now, the trivialities are behind us. The best thing about the Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya is that the contesting parties are content with the verdict. The bigger question is whether India needs one more temple or are there more pressing needs at home? Aren't there already millions of temples and deities in India? … Continue reading Ram Temple Vs Ram Rajya!