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British Jewel of the Orient

The railways in India are truly a legacy of the British Raj. In a previous chapter, we spoke of how Industrialization was a big phase in Europe in the early 19th century. As a result, there were engineering enthusiasts who dreamt of covering the earth with cast iron rails. At the same time, the rising …

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Shyamala to Simla

For Previous chapters click here… ****************************************************************************** “If History were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Rudyard Kipling After the Gorkha leaders had been quelled, the British, who saw Shyamala as an obscure village, gave it to the Patiala Raja for the assistance rendered by him in the war (read about …

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Discovering Shyamala

When God created the earth, he was essentially playing treasure hunt. He precariously placed some fortunes all around and left it to man to discover them. A chance discovery of these treasures has always been special. I’m sure Columbus was on cloud nine when he stumbled upon the Americas while trying to find a direct …

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A Not So Historical Tale of Shimla Town- Preface

(picture) “So long as Tara Devi sees The lights of Shimla Town,“ wrote the eminent English writer Rudyard Kipling in the year 1887. More than a century later, the first breath-taking view of the town beguiles you from the very same spot. Simla, Shyamala or Shimla- call it by any name you please, I always …

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Our Souls are Flecked with Friendship

Our souls, I believe, are flecked with friendship. You know, we are mostly lucky to find friends at several crossroads. Not all of them are forever, but they do stay like cold, fresh mornings that are rather sharp, but then also so raw and completely unorthodox. Yes, the most beautiful relationships are so unconventional. And …

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Marks or Farce

This article is the third one in a series that talks about the issues related to the examination system in the country. It first appeared in Keekli Newspaper and can be read here.  In this piece I analyze the reasons behind granting high and perfect percentages and how their likely psychological and other disadvantages. With …

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Book Review: The Adventures of the JP Family

Blogchatter Book Review Programme AUTHOR: Radhika Acharya BOOK NAME: The Adventures of the J P Family GENRE: Humour/ Fiction TOTAL NUMBER OF PAGES: Sixty-two PUBLISHER: Blogchatter ABOUT THE AUTHOR Radhika Acharya is not a newbie writer. She has been successfully putting her thoughts to paper since her college days. Her lost love for writing was …

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The Mad, Mad Rush!

The “coveted” month of the Board results is here. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the annual marks fair is here and I’m already reading news of some splendid performances and thoughts on the same. As a mother of a teenage son, who will be taking the plunge in another year or so, both the results and …

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