The Mysterious Incident at Akashdeep Estates - 13 Rohit , Me and Mahesh anna Now, when I think back, I am surprised as to how some things become clearer with time. But when it is happening it makes little sense,  or has no...

  The Mysterious Incident At Akashdeep estates - 9 As we approached the town it began to drizzle and the sky was steadily becoming darker and we felt that there would be more rain in store during the course of the day. Shalini requested or...

Islam came to the sub-continent nearly 1300 years back when the first invasions from Arabia took place. Initially, the Muslims came to plunder but later many settled in India. From about the 9th century onwards the Muslims increasingly became the...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Vampire Introduction I wonder how many people are interested in aviation in particular military aviation. For good or bad, the credit for launching aviation and setting up the air force in India must...

The Vampire used  for bombing. Photo from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._7_Squadron_IAF#/media/File:No.7_Vampire.jpge   Background The North East region of India is  one of the most beautiful parts of the  nation....

Photo of Sea harrier from Naval Review The Navy, in particular, had a close connection with the Royal Navy and the result was that the Naval top brass always opted for British aircraft on the plea that the warships of the navy were all earlier...

While travelling on a flight from Singapore to Delhi I had the company of a fairly well to do businessman.He sat in the seat adjacent to mine. We got into a conversation and this man was pretty happy to know that I had served quality time in the...

Introduction The Shieffelin Plan is a document of great value. Its author was Field Marshal Von Schieffelin, who was the chief of the German army. During the 18-19-20th century, Germany was obsessed with a two-front war against both Russia...

The Sword in Indian History

 The sword is part of Hindu psyche and its origin can be traced to 5000 BC. The first mention of a sword is in the Mahabharata. The epic mentions the sword as a personal weapon and it was carried by all warriors. The credit for developing...

I spent quality time in the armed forces and took my premature release as a Group Captain. When I left the Air Force women were very much part of the cadre and I had the opportunity to fly with a few of the girls. I recollect that in one of the...

There is a 1960 movie titled " Girl on a Motorcycle". This movie hit the screen before I was born, but I had a chance to witness it in a re-run in the eighties. It's a beautiful movie starring the English actress Marianne Faithfull( born...

Horse Riding, Horse Polo and Women

Horses and Women have been part of my life for long years. I started off early on horses from a young age and perfected my skill later at the military academy. I also picked up horse polo at the academy, though I dare say I was not a champion in...

 Islam is the world's fastest growing religion and hundreds are converting every day to this faith all over the world. Islam is supposed to be a monotheist religion that talks of one god.  It is also supposed to be a classless religion,...

When I was in service I had the opportunity to  visit the UK. I had never been to Scotland and when a friend, a RAF officer suggested we visit Scapa Flow a Royal Naval base of great importance in Scotland during the two world wars, I accepted....

American English has a realm of its own and American literature is distinct from English literature. In India we sometimes are unable to distinguish between the two, but there are subtle differences in syntax, spelling and grammar. America has a...

Background The world of spy missions cannot fail to thrill anyone. I am also thrilled by spy missions and the spy mission by Captain Francis Gary Powers over the Soviet Union is one such tale.India also has its fair share of similar missions and a...

The Cold War is a thing that is now history, but at one time it had the attention of the  world as a monolithic Soviet Empire faced the Western World led by the USA. The Cold War commenced on the ruins of the defeat of Nazi Germany, when the...

I visited the Al Ain zoo about 150 km from Abu Dhabi. This article is not about the zoo, but about a particular species of crocodile called the saltwater crocodile( Crocodylus porosus). This is a saltwater species, something of which I was not...

Tamasha- I think I wasted my time

Why all our movies are same? I am not a critic or an avid viewer of movies who is very eager or go in details of every movie that gets released on Fridays. In fact, the paucity of ideas in film makers is one of the main reasons for my loss of...

Ancient mythology of the Greeks  has many interesting tales and one of them concerns the super hero Heracles or Hercules. Who was Heracles? He was the son of Zeus, the king of gods, more like Indira in Hindu mythology. Heracles was his son,...

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