A Heritage Walk Through Amritsar

“This walk will focus on the humble dwellings of Amritsar but it will showcase its heritage and culture,” said our guide, Gurinder Singh Johal.  We were standing in front of the imposing Town Hall, a Colonial building designed to project the might of the British Empire.  “Look at me, I’m strong,...

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Pul Kanjri

What would you do if you were an all-powerful ruler and your favorite dancer was upset that she lost one of her silver slippers while fording a canal? You would build a bridge of course!  The ruler was the Lion of Punjab – Ranjit Singh, the dancer was called Moran...

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Lessons from my Father

  “You have no idea how easy you have it, back in my time…”.  Chances are that if you are a parent, you have uttered these words before.  I have and I don’t know about you, but when I start a sentence with anything remotely like this, my teenaged...

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Licensed to Drive

“CAUTION: STUDENT DRIVER…and screaming parent” said the bumper sticker on the car in front of me as I drove to work.  I chuckled to myself. Very apt, given that my daughter passed her road test over the weekend and is a proud young lady.  She has passed a rite...

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The Phantom

As a young boy, I would have to accompany my mother to relatives’ or friends’ houses.  Usually, I would go willingly but sometimes a bribe such as a roll of Poppins would help sway my mind.  It’s not that I did not want to accompany her, its just that...

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Sausages

In an earlier blog on Brer Rabbit, I had referred to the fact that I read Enid Blyton’s Brer Rabbit books as a young boy.  One of the stories featured Brer Rabbit eating sausages.  Two things about that puzzled me: I knew that rabbits were herbivores and I wondered why...

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Enter the Dragon

  Once in a while, a movie comes along that captures the collective imagination of the masses.  It runs to packed houses, dominates conversations and leaves a lasting impression on its viewers.  There have been many such movies over the years and the Star Wars series is an example.  In my memory...

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Of Birds and Birdfeeders

When it came to cooking, my mother, like many others of her generation, relied on first principles.  That meant that the idli-rawa (cream of rice) used for making idlis was made at home.  This involved soaking the rice in water, drying it and then grinding it at home using a...

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The Family Tree

Family and friends occasionally tell me that I have a pretty good memory when it comes to trivia and incidents that have transpired in the past.  I think each one of us has a good memory, we just tend to remember different things.  I can remember conversations from the...

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Christmas

As a percentage, Christians account for just 2% of India’s population, however, when I look back, Christmas seemed to be celebrated more widely than the numbers would suggest.  Perhaps the fact that I studied at Jesuit schools and had a lot of Christian friends leads me to this conclusion....

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