BELIEVE IN GOOD THINGS OF LIFE
God does only the best and doesn’t do what is not the best.
तगड़ा रहो !
In a small village Munawan near Ferozepur in the Majha region of Punjab known for large land holdings during British Rule, lived a simple young man Bhagat Ram with his wife Sulakshni Devi. He looked after the accounts (which he had studied in Lahore) of the Sarpanch (the village head) belonging to a rich SodhiContinue reading “Punjab, partition and my parents”
How does an average middle class family celebrate Deepawali in India? They clean up, decorate and illuminate the house, buy sweets and clothes for the children, make some special dishes and purchase crackers for the kids. Now imagine that the family faces some serious financial crunch in a particular year. Will they still celebrate thisContinue reading “Wasteful expenditure, a sin in Corona Times”
Unable to find any job after the Engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, I joined University of Roorkee (now an IIT) for two year’s Master of Engineering course in the year 1974. There was a monthly scholarship of Rs 400, enough for survival in a hostel during those days. But even then I sometimesContinue reading “Cracking All India examination”
It was the year 1989. My wife and our 6 year old son were in the Minto Road govt flat and I was in my office at Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi on that fateful day. Suddenly there was commotion in the building that ‘Shubhi has fallen’; she was the little 8 year old girl ofContinue reading “My wife, a passionate Punjaban”
“बंद कमरों में महकता हुआ , खिड़कियों की सलाखों से लिपटता हुआऔर फिर शून्य में विलीन होता हुआ, कितना मिलनसार है यह सिगरेट का धुंआ। “ “Band kamron mein mahakta hua, khidkiyon ki salaakhon se lipat ta hua, Aur phir shoonya mein vileen hota hua, kitnaa milansar hai ye cigarette ka dhuaan.” (Giving out itsContinue reading “Smoker at the ripe old age of 14!”
One can imagine the level of development in a backward area of the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh just a few years after India got her freedom. In a small village of Nakhlerha (Gehrhwin), Tehsil Ghumarwin , District Bilaspur was born a brilliant boy who was named Ramji Das by his parents having rather modestContinue reading “Education , the best gift”
The people of my generation must be remembering three wars India fought within a gap of nine years; against China in 1962 and against Pakistan in 1965 and 1971. The rather localised Kargil war or conflict occurred much later in 1999. We were in Bilaspur town (new Bilaspur) in the year 1962 when China, claimingContinue reading “Awaaz do ham ek hain”
I joined Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh in 1970 after completing Pre-Engineering (equivalent to Class XII) from Govt College, Shimla affiliated to Punjab University and opted for the ‘ Electronics and Electrical engineering’ (E and EC) branch , which was chosen by toppers and other bright students from various colleges of Punjab and neighbouring statesContinue reading “Mediocre student becomes senior to toppers”
There is an Urdu Couplet by a poet; ख़ुदा महफूज़ रखे तीन बलाओं से हक़ीमों से, वकीलों से, हसीनो की निगाहों से (Beware beware, The doctors, the lawyers and the lethal eyes of beautiful women Yes, stay away as all are dangerous) We, in the family could escape none as we had quite a fewContinue reading “Litigation, our family bane?”
Reorganisation of some Indian states was done by the then Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi in 1966. The state of Haryana was carved out of Punjab and the hilly areas of Punjab like Simla, Kangra (Dharmshala, Hamirpur), Kullu, Manali were merged with Himachal Pradesh. Una, the hilly Tehsil of Hoshiarpur district in Punjab also wentContinue reading “How I became a bad Engineer, not a bad Doctor”
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Smoked away the worries of life.…….
…… in 36 years of Govt service, 12 major surgeries, travel across 35 odd countries and the other ups and downs of life.
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