• Tell Me Another One

    “Tell me another one.” chirped little Molly Smith, who had just heard about a story from her grandaunt, Adeleine Smith. She was telling a lot of stories about her years as a young woman since it was Molly’s birthday. She turned 8. “It’s well past your bedtime, Molly.” replied Adeleine. “I know!” acknowledged Molly as she bounced around on her unicorn-themed bedsheets “But please just tell me another one! You couldn’t want me to feel sad on my birthday, would you?” …

  • Forever Yours

    Narrator : Ashu ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PART 1 : The Life of Every Party “Dimpy! Dimpy! its already 7 am, wake up! This girl always has to run to office skipping breakfast.” Ma yelled from the kitchen. “Yes Ma, five minutes more, please,” I replied. And now it was my turn to wake up Avi. “Avi, please wake up, you would be late to office. Ma has made your favorite breakfas…

  • The Holocaust

    Aviva couldn’t go to sleep in the middle of the night. She just knew that something was going to go wro-KABANG! There were savage yells when Aviva realized that she was in the middle of the Holocaust. Her brother, Adam, who was two years younger than her at 7, jolted awake. He was too young to know what the sound was or where it was coming from. All he knew was that it was not a sound that meant good things. Father Aaron and Mother Chaya just then came rushing into the room. “Come on, the Nazis …

  • Opinions

    When I muttered, “Wear black, it suits you good,” She picked up the green velvet. When I turned off the Telly, She scowled shattering the glass, cursing under breath. When I mopped her room and dusted around, wheezing, She stomped her feet, yelled and shooed me away. And when I offered a hand, “Stay out, mother! You’re too old!” she snarled at my way. I dusted off the old album, There she was; a young lady in patterns, hopping about. I was nowhere (Not that I was supposed to be), she was co…

  • Testing Times

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION At the beginning of the Sri Lankan Civil War, the militant organisation— Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)— who wanted a separate state for Tamils in North/ East Sri Lanka, caused havoc in the country. The Sri Lankan parties were not able to reach a clear solution. On the Sri Lankan government's request, the Indian government under Rajiv Gandhi assumed a mediation role. India, because of a large number of Tamils in the southern part of the country, and also to avoid…

  • Chants of Independence

    We often hear and talk about the bravery of soldiers, salute them for their unconditional devotion towards the nation. The sacrifices made by their families, relocating with them every other year to unknown places or those staying away from their loved ones, touch hearts. Whenever we meet the “Fauji” or their families, our eyes glitter with pride. This is the story of one such family. But unfortunately, instead of pride, they witnessed suspicion and doubts from onlookers. In her eyes I saw the p…

  • Straight Into Action

    It was September 1970, when I was a young cadet undergoing training at the National Defence Academy (NDA). We began hearing about the huge influx of refugees from East Pakistan into our Eastern States. On passing out of NDA, I was sent to the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun for advanced training and was subsequently commissioned on 14th November 1971, as a young second Lieutenant into the Jat Regiment (Infantry) of the Indian Army. The Jat Regiment is well known for its acts of valour and ga…

  • Story of a True Khalsa

    In the chilling night of December at an altitude of 12,000 feet, he was lying next to a tall Chinar Tree, bleeding profusely. Already been hit with four bullets in his abdomen, he was barely able to breathe. Though the accompanying nursing assistant had already given him morphine and first aid, it seemed difficult to ascertain that he would survive until the helicopter came to pick him up. As per the old saying, whenever a person is at his death bed, the entirety of his life appears in front of …

  • Prelude to Soldiering

    On 2nd January 1981, I joined my first unit, 20 PUNJAB in Arunachal Pradesh. I had joined straightway from Indian Military Academy (IMA). I was about one week old in the unit, when I was asked to meet the Commanding Officer in his office. As per his orders, I was to lead a patrol party to ascertain the condition of a route from Dirang to the Bhutan border. This was likely one of the routes which the ‘Trans Himalayan Expedition Team’ could undertake. The team, other than me, consisted of one JCO …

  • My First Rendezvous with Bullets

    As desired and expected in 1996, after completing my Army training, I was posted to Kashmir as a young Indian Army Officer. In the academy we use to hear about causalities in terrorism-related operations and the tense situation there. In fact, my roommate— Vivek Sajwan, a dear buddy— and I both got posted to Kashmir. As cadets under training, we used to joke around with each other on who would get martyred first amongst the two of us. In the first two years of my service, I had opportunities to …


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