I travelled by train last week. Long journey. No way one could avoid the stinking loo. Every time I went in, I remembered the letter written by one Okhil Chandra Sen in early 1900. Sen’s letter, written in broken English, had compelled the British government to introduce toilets in the Indian Railways.

So read, laugh, while I recover from the harrowing experience. Read more

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As the world saw 500 helpless cops fight a lone and lean dacoit for full 50 hours in a village in Chitrakoot (does the name ring a bell. It’s mentioned in Ramayana), my friend Col Fasih Ahmed proudly shared his father’s exemplary feat– a close encounter with a dreaded brigand. A 35-km chase on a horseback, two shots fired and the  dacoit was lying at his feet, dead. Read more

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Corruption no more makes news. They make interesting tales. Enjoy them. In debates condemn them.

The latest juicy tale that I heard was in Mumbai from a parent who had gone to an engineering college to get his ward admitted.The burly guy handling the entrance door curtly told the middle-aged executive to leave behind his cell phone. Why? Is there is a security risk? the parent asked. The guy frowned. His child’s future being more important than self-respect, the poor father had to give in. He then went inside the room where sat a smiling principal. Read more

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Are you a bathroom singer and want to perform in a drawing room. If given a chance on a stage too? You can. And you don’t have to perform on the stage standing under a shower as shown in a lousy TV programme on bathroom singers some months back.

A Mumbai based group, Swara Sampada, led by two doctors has done it. They groom bathroom singers into stage performers. Read more

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Meira Kumar is suave, Mayawati a stirrer. Both started their electoral journey from Bijnore Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh in 1985. Meira Kumar won Bijnore. Can she now win back the huge Dalit constituency for her party? Read more

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