Guess how water is served at dhabas in the hilly areas of Uttranchal! Not in a glass, but in an aluminum kettle. Simple reasons. One doesn’t have to wash the kettle every time one ‘pours’ water into the mouth. Secondly, one consumes only that much one needs and not a drop goes waste. Read more
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I had gone to Kunda (Pratapgarh) a few years back to cover assembly elections. The candidate was none other than Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya whose bloodcurdling tales had all lips sealed those days. Read more

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Politicians have penchant for different forms of sycophancy. I remember the first time I had met late Pandit Kamlapati Tripathi– he was very old and was sitting with his legs stretched out on a table. Read more

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It’s actually disgusting. Again and again I am being asked, “Why do you want quota? It’s a competitive world. So fight for your space in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha too.” How? No one has the answer.

Agreed quota is not a solution to evils like social inequalities — of rights as well as opportunities. Read more

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Pre-Holi scene might have changed in Delhi University for good. But many like me, who passed out years back, connect Holi with balloons, forced colouring of the face, sick comments et al. Thankfully, the government banned balloons after many lost their eyesight or hearing. Nonetheless till date that revulsion has lived on — it has not as yet changed to revelry. Read more

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