Single malt is supposed to be the topmost scotch and is native to Scotland but India which for decades was part of the British Empire has got experts from Scotland to manufacture among the best single malt whiskey in the world.
About 900 soldiers of the imperial army were trapped in the swamps of the island of Ramree which were infested with salt water crocodiles. Only 500 survived.
The home of the Tiger is India but their numbers are dwindling. The tiger also can turn into a man eater and in that case he is a very menacing animal.
Ninth Army had been defeated in the battle of Berlin and it regrouped in a pocket south of the city, It was soon surrounded by the Red Army, and to avoid capture it made a desperate attempt to break out towards the American lines and in the bargain disobeyed the order of Hitler.
Every country has its share of renegades and the second world war did see a few Americans who became part of the SS though a George Washington Legion never existed.
The Indian government entered into a deal with Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors in March 1986 for the purchase of 400 howitzer guns of 155 mm make at a cost of Rs 1,437 crore. It stirred a huge political controversy in India and the Nehru-Gandhi family was accused of profiteering.
Hitler's Indian Regiment was a coup by the Germans and completely surprised the British. The legion was raised with the ostensible object of fighting in India but with the collapse of the North African campaign the dream collapsed and the Legion was used for duties in France and Italy.
The Japanese occupied the Andaman Islands from 1942 to 45 and their occupation continued even after the surrender of Japan on 15th August 45 till October 45'
The quest to free India from British rule led a batch of 46 volunteers to train with the Japanese Air Force at their academy. They could not complete the training as the two atomic bombs brought about the surrender of Japan.
The Channel Islands just close to the Normandy coast were the only British de jure area that was occupied by the Germans for five years.
The MIG 29 appeared nearly 4 decades back and still very much on the scene.
Field Marshal Paulos surrendered on 31 January 1943 but he refused to ask troops still fighting to surrender and about 11000 German troops continued a fanatical fight for another two months in pockets.
General later Field Marshal was the British commander in the first phase of the North Africa Campaign. He gave the first victories to the Allies but was sidelined as Churchill became impatient with him as he wanted quick results
China and Japan have centuries of enmity and this was manifest in the 20th century with China occupying Manchuria but it was a tenuous hold as the Chinese national Army resorted to guerrilla warfare and things were never settled. In retaliation the Japanese committed unmentionable atrocities.
The Russian Liberation Army was composed of Russian POWs and other conscientious opponents of Stalin. It was not given importance by the Germans and its contribution in the field of battle was a big zero.
Operation Barbarossa was the code name for the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union, which started on Sunday, 22 June 1941. It was a result of Nazi Germany's ideological goal of conquering the western Soviet Union so as to repopulate it with Germans and access to food and products.
Hitler is a reviled character in the west but to Indians he is not a hated figure. This is not to deny that Hitler carried out the Holocaust but Indians never experienced it and historians now say that Hitler's defeat led to the Pyrrhic victory of Great Britain that ended with Indian independence.
The German battleship was the pride of the German navy but it contributed little to the Atlantic war and was sunk by the Royal Navy in the north Atlantic.
The siege of Leningrad is an important part of World War II and brings out the never say die spirit of man.
China and India eyeball to eyeball with troops within handshaking distance. China is surprised at India's belligerence used to The yes Sir attitude of yore
In December 1942 the German army was surrounded by the Russian army at Stalingrad. Hitler instructed the German army not to withdraw from Stalingrad. The failure of the Luftwaffe to supply the beleaguered 6th Army is the subject of this article.
In 1870 the Germans had laid siege to Paris and food supplies dangerously dwindled leaving Parisians with no choice but to eat zoo animals including two lovable elephants who had given many rides to children
Towards the end of April 1945, the Russians were encircling Berlin. Hitler ordered the last operation under general Wenk to break the Russian stranglehold but it failed and two days later he committed suicide.
This is a book that is something out of the ordinary as it transports the reader to the era of ancient Rome and the writer creates a wonderful tale of crime and detection.
Donald Trump has done the impossible by breaking the ice between the Sunni Arab states and Israel with the Abraham accord.
Operation Barbarossa is well known but what I will focus here is on events leading to the invasion which are a fascinating account.
Kashmir is in the grip of a foreign sponsored terror movement but in early days it was an idyll place, so peaceful and lovely with lakes and Himalayas towering that it could be the Garden of Eden
Hindu military thought relied on the concept of positional and defensive warfare referred to as "the Durga mentality." Though the Hindu's reminds us of great bravery they lacked strategic sense as brought out by field Marshall Montgomery in a "History of warfare"
The US mollycoddled China and created a Frankenstein. The Chinese economy is poised to take over the world in the next decade and the USA has to do something special to stop it.
A fact not discussed is the role of some Frenchmen who joined the SS and fought for Germany right up to the battle of Berlin during the Second World War.
The American election this year is a watershed moment not only in American history but of the world
A tale of supernatural love and rebirth
After the operation in the Ardennes Hitler still had a hope of turning the tables and in March the Wehrmacht launched its last offensive that ended in failure but shook the Soviet army to its roots
This is the tale when I was a Cadet at the Academy and have explosive memories of a great love affair not to be forgotton
The Germans had launched 'Operation Barbarossa' and advanced 1200 miles into Russia. Nobody had imagined that the day would come when the Soviet army would enter East Germany. However it did happen and the Germans threw their best troops to stop the advancing Red army but to no avail.
The German army is accused of many atrocities but not much has been heard about the German navy. There is only one recorded incident of a U-boat committing an atrocity by killing the survivors of a merchant ship in 1944 and that was U-boat 852
Loving an Egyptian girl in the UAE were something out of the ordinary. Was the girl playing a game? All is fair in love and war but I have a lingering ache as a memory.
In the fall of 1944 the US Army was keen for a quick breakthrough into Germany but it was held up at the battle of Hurtgen Forest. The American's refer to it as the' meat grinder' that left 20,000 dead
Harvinder and I were classmates in school. Both of us joined the Air Force. While I survive the rigors of Air Force life but Harvinder was not lucky. In the battle with the enemy, while trying to save a colleague, he paid the ultimate sacrifice; Hit by a SAM and am sure went to Vallaha.
ndia and China emerged on the world scene around the same period. India had head start over China which was riven by civil war but in the ultimate analysis China is way ahead of India and one is prompted to ask a question whether the political system followed by China is more suited to Asia
With the war over almost 200,000 German troops were trapped in the Courland Peninsula surrounded by the Russian army. The Luftwaffe in the last bid to rescue as many soldiers they could from falling into the hands of the Soviets made the last flight.
When Hitler's plan to invade India from Egypt collapsed, he agreed to the Japanese request to transfer Bose to Japan. Bose left Germany in 1943 and proceeded on a hair raising submarine voyage to Japan to organize the Indian National Army.
There is photographic evidence of an underground pen for the Chinese submarines in the SouthChina Sea. This is the pattern of the Chinese to hide their strategic strategic weapons and cause for worry to the free world.
Tea is a very popular drink that traces its history to China. We should be thankful for the discovery of tea because the benefits that accrue from drinking it are varied and many.
India was one of the few countries to opt for the Folland Gnat. The plane made in England was not ordered by the RAF But used extensively by the Indian Air Force with great success.
India along with tigers is also the land of snakes and the most deadly of them the king cobra is in abundance. Earlier thousands of villagers used to die every month to bites of the cobras and the man who helped the villagers was the snake charmer.
Ronnie thought that an interlude with a woman on a night was a great thing but he was not aware of what the almighty had planned
The colt is a legendary weapon that was invented by an American, Samuel Colt
We generally associate women with softness and love but they can have a merciless disposition also. This was brought forth by their conduct as SS guards at Ravensbruck
Donald Trump has pulled a rabbit from the hat and shows that as far diplomacy is concerned nobody is there to beat him. A pragmatic leadership in the UAE has now decided on a peace deal with Israel and diplomatic recognition and countries like Iran and Pakistan will be turning in their graves
After retreating from North Africa where Rommel left the Afrika Corps to fend for itself, he was given command 'Fortress Europe'.Hitler envisaged an Atlantic wall to hold the allies but faulty planning and the ineptitude of Rommel lead to a catastrophe.
India has bought 36 Rafale planes at a heavy cost and it looks to be not a cost effective weapon.
Ching Shih was a unique woman. In a world where we generally read of men pirates like Black Beard, here was a woman who took part in the oldest profession in the world but rose to be a pirate and best of all, retired happily till her death in 1844.
Robert Catesby died young at the age of 32 but he highlighted that at one stage English society was intolerant and the king and ruling elite persecuted the Catholics
The Phantom was a character created in 1936 by Lee Falk. The Phantom is the rival to Batman and Superman and for me, he is greater than the other two.The Phantom is also known as the ghost walks,
Japan engaged the USA in a game of domination in the southeast Pacific and fought tenaciously for 3 years.
Operation Bodenplatte launched on 1 Jan 45 by the Luftwaffe was its last hurrah. it was a tactical victory but sealed the fate of Germany and was a strategic defeat
The Indian wartime leader Subhash Chandra Bose threw his lot with the axis and went to Germany. He met Adolf Hitler and helped form the India Legion from captured Indian POWs to fight for the freedom of India but in reality, it turned out to be a fight for Germany.
Hitler and Stalin tried to outsmart each other but Stalin turned out to be naive as he failed to gauge Hitler's mind. Hitler also made a series of miscalculations because of his paranoid fear of Russia and Churchill and in the process left Stalin the victor as he signed his death warrant.
Battle of Manila 3Feb 1945-3 March 1945 followed the American amphibious landing to liberate the city. It was a ferocious battle and the Japanese army resorted to indescribable atrocities of killings, mass rapes, and beheadings. It was unparalleled savagery till the city was reduced by US Forces.
A maneater was reported from Bandhavgarh tiger reserve and as a registered Shikàri( hunter) I was asked to kill it but little did I know that this would be a fascinating experience of my life as the Goddess Durga manifested or it was my imagination?
Hitler ordered the defence of the channel ports to prevent the Allies from making use of them. All the ports were easily captured except Dunkirk which held out till ninth May 45. On 5 March 1945, the Germans launched an operation to unsettle the Allies called operation blucher.
Squadron leader Majithia has a hallowed name in Air force history, He is the oldest living fighter pilot in the world and just celebrated his hundredth birthday. Married to an Australian girl Majithia fought in the Second World War and yesterday the Air Force also honored him.
The river Nile connects three countries that depend on it for water. With greater industrialisation and also less water due to climate change the situation has become acute for Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan. This has created an explosive situation
Reservation on the basis of caste in jobs was put in the Constitution by Dr. Ambedkar for 15 years in 1947. It has been perpetually extended and the reservation has been increased from 25 to 49% leading to slow growth and a social divide.
Amanda was a girl in Havana who befriended me for a week when I was there just before the visit of the Indian prime minister who was coming to enquire about the well-being of Fidel Castro.
Fidel Castro led a Communist revolution against the dictator Batista who fled. He established a world record when along with his brother he ruled for nearly six decades. He could not have ruled for so long if the United States had not given its pledge to the Soviet Union not to destabilize Cuba
The Soviet master spy Colonel Rudolf Abel was exchanged for CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers at the famous Glienicker Bridge in 1962. The architect for this was the well-known lawyer James Donovan who also defended the Russian spy in court.
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto were father and daughter and both prime minister of Pakistan. In a diabolical act both the Prime Minister's were done to death an event that has not been repeated in any country for the last 500 years.
IAF was the first airport in Asia to receive jet planes. IAF selected the D Havilland fighter bomber from the UK and these were inducted into the air force during 19 48-49 and were used in the 1965 conflict with Pakistan for close air support with minimal success.
India China border dispute is basically a recent development considering that India has been the neighbour of China for 2000 years. The problem appears to have been created by the English who ruled India for 200 years and inherited by the Indian state.
China has joined Russia to form a form in formidable block against America. China not only wants to be the number one power in the world but also displace the dollar as the currency of the world. For this America shot itself in the foot by approaching a pussy footed approach to China
The latest poll figures are a cause of worry for Donald Trump and they are related to his handling of the coronavirus.It's make or break for him now
In my posting at Calcutta as a registered Shikari ( hunter), I was invited among others to hunt a man-eater. This is the interesting tale of that great event in my life. It ended in a bizarre way, almost unbelievable
German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee was sent into the South Atlantic to a sure doom by German Admiralty and was finally scuttled after the battle of the River plate.
Nehru was a colossus on the Indian political scene but now people realize that he had very little strategic sense and governed as he was by a sense of pacifism he lost thousands of square miles to China. Modi also is a popular leader but he must learn from the mistakes of Nehru.
An American professor has projected Donald Trump will win the 2020 election by a set of calculations which proved true in earlier cases
Creativity can be through a woman though that is not the only source.
India forever will be thankful to Major Bob Khaithing who led two platoons of the Assam Rifles and single-handed captured Tawang with the second biggest monastery in the world and incorporated it as part of the Indian union.
The concept of a twin angel is passed down from a bygone age. It forms part of Metaphysics which is still in its infancy, but the ancients had mastered this concept and enunciated it in their scriptures. Thus we have the belief that every human has a twin angel who is a duplicate of him or her
Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva form the Trinity that are the supreme gods in Hinduism. Vishnu is supposed to come to earth in many Avatars whenever the world needs. So far he has come in nine Avatars the last being Gautama Buddha. The 5th Avatar was Vamana known as the Dwarf god.
The battle in North Italy was a diversionary attack and the Allies were not serious but Kesselring did a good job.Many soldiers died and one wonders what was the need for it.
Maharaja Devender Singh was an ace horseman and polo player. He fell in love with the daughter of the British sergeant who looked after his stables. There was tremendous opposition from the clergy and royalty but the maharaja stood firm.
The roots of the problem lie in history.
Joe Biden is the front-runner but one must remember that in 1988 he missed the shot at the White House when he had everything going for him. He will have to be careful now because the results sometimes do not follow the opinion polls.
Trump is trailing behind Joe Biden as per the opinion polls. The elections are still a few months away and Biden will have to Marshall his resources to be able to beat Trump. He also has to maintain the momentum of his lead over Trump but Trump is a man who never gives up and we'll fight till the en
Analysts find fault with Nehru's handling of the China problem. Modi came to power in 2014 and promised much. He has not been able to get out of the Nehru mindset and despite meeting president Xi 19 times in 6 years has not been able to gauge the Chinese mind
There lived a rich landlord loved by his people with 7 wives but the great benefactor had given him no progeny and he despaired. Age caught up with him and he felt his waning powers but a servant with the greatest gift of God came to his rescue and his name shone brighter than ever in his realm
The fort which came up after the1757 battle is the brainchild of Robert Clive and has now completed 250 years. Presently it is the headquarters of the Indian Army's Eastern command.
Lord Krishna is the foremost Hindu God and there are many tales regarding his prowess as warrior. He divined that the princess Rukmini loved him and he decided to reach her and carry her away.
The Chinese precipitated a clash at Galvani in Ladakh. The Indians lost three killed and 17 died because of hypoxia. In a retaliatory attack, by Indian Army 35 Chinese soldiers were killed and over 80 injured as confirmed by US intelligence.
Just as John Bolton's book is released another book is making headlines. This is an account written by Mary Trump who is the niece of Donald Trump. Mary Trump's book is eagerly awaited as it is likely to reveal many dark secrets of the US president who has made himself controversial.
Victory Day parade in Russia is a big event. It commemorates the victory of Russia in WW II. The parade this year has been delayed because of the coronavirus and would be held on 24 June 2020. The Indian Army which played a significant part in the defeat of the Axis powers will march in Moscow
The victory of the Communist Party of Nepal in the last election after waging a guerrilla war against the government of the king has seen Nepal undergo a metamorphosis as it forges close ties with China and it is on the cards that it may well end up as an autonomous region of China like Tibet
On a voyage from Portugal to Goa, a Portuguese Princess is kidnapped by a pirate but she falls in love with her captor leading to a tale of passion.
On the night of the 15th, an Indian patrol checking Chinese withdrawal from Indian territory was attacked by the Chinese army and hand-to-hand fighting with rods and stones took place. The fight signaled a new face of a determined India and as per reports, 43 Chinese were killed.
In 1947 India was the dominant power in Asia. It had the best industry and military but within a span of seven decades, India has been reduced much behind China and Japan and now the Chinese are militarily and economically the number one power in Asia.
Fatehpur Sikri is close to Agra and was the residence of the Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Akbar. Its a place that breaths history and a visit here can be a day well spent.
The Ledo Road was a very important engineering feat carried out by the US Army Engineering Corps and consisted of a road from India across north Burma to China.75 years down the line we can appreciate the spirit of the men who built this road through steep mountains and thick jungles
A disillusioned Raja meets a lookalike in a seedy bar and suggests a swap. The lookalike agrees and falls in love with the wife of the Raja leading to a thrilling climax.
Demonstrations have broken out after the death of George Floyd. Many are holding up his name as a martyr for the rights movement. Unfortunately, Lloyd was a felon and a criminal and that's to be kept in mind but it does not absolve the police of the crime of custodial death.
From 1954 when China surreptitiously occupied Aksai Chin to the recent incursions at Dokla and three areas in Ladakh, the political leadership with a supine general staff though taken unawares has always been in denial mode about China. They try & give a different colour to a naked act of aggression
Coronovirus led to quarantine and can be a terrible time if you are alone. But a young muse if sharing the quarrantine may well lead to a wish that this be extended.
A major British naval victory in the Seven Years War that took place at Quiberon Bay on the west coast of Brittany in northern France. ... The French lost 11 ships and 25,000 men, and the British only two ships, ending the threat of a French invasion of Britain.
Dating a girl is a wonderful experience. What type of girl you want to date depends upon personal liking but if you are looking for a thoughtful intelligent and philosophical girl then a girl that sips whiskey may be sitting alone in the bar is an excellent choice
Scotch whisky is the epitome of luxury and Single Malt ruled the roost among the aristocracy and elite. The journey of Scotch is fascinating and today is a household name
Hong Kong was a British colony since 1842. After it was handed over to China by the British the Chinese have disregarded the agreement they had made to keep the present systems alive for 50 years. The west is left gasping.
Indian military thinking believed in strong defenses to face an enemy.This is the 'Durg' mentality resulting in Indians losing most battles to invaders. This thinking continues against China where there is always talk of defending against China with no plan for proactive action inside Tibet
This is a tale in a small village wherein a girl accepts a bizarre challenge to break the vow of celibacy of the local priest. This could only be at the behest of the devil. Did he succeed? Read on.
America seems to be burning after the death of George Floyd a black as he was handcuffed and pinned to the earth and a policeman applied the neck hold to him. He suffocated and died. There is a violent reaction and to an outsider it appears America is on fire.
China and India are at daggers drawn on the 2100 mile border. The Indian fond hope and dream of detente with China has not worked as China is keen to dominate Asia. The pacifist policies of India are the bane and have put India behind China by at least two decades.
America has a racial bias and it is sending negative signals. Even decades after equal rights being accepted he American white race do not consider the African-American as an equal. This is the genesis of the Minneapolis incident but the world over the color discrimination is very much there.
27th May is the death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru. He died in 1964. In 1960 the Chinese premier Chou-en-Lai visited Delhi with a border solution that Nehru spurned leaving the Chinese PM embittered. Nehru's failure to crack a deal has led to a confrontation that continues now.
The tiger can be a dangerous entity if it turns a maneater. Many tigers have been shot dead in hunting expeditions but in one case a tiger took away a Sikh soldier's turban leading to an order to bayonet the tiger to death. There is only one such case in world history.
Confined to my apartment during the lockdown turned out to be a period of self-realization. My friend shacked up with me and lead to endless discussions on philosophy ,books, and love. With her help I could write two novels and waiting to get them published not forgetting tender moments between us
Nehru was PM of India from 1947 to 64. He became the prime minister because of his close relationship with Gandhi but he had no comprehension of strategic domination and power politics and played into the hands of Mao. His decisions during his years of power have dammed India for ages to come.
Cantonment are relics of the British Raj.They are large townships that house the army. This tale is of a colonel commandant and his bizarre infatuation for a boy who really adored his wife leading to a dangerous situation.
Reagon and Thatcher announced victory after the collapse of the Berlin wall in 1989 but they overlooked the massacre at Tiananmen Square at the same time and the west thought they could mollycoddle China into a partnership but it has its own agenda and the world is changing with terrifying results.
Scotch whiskey is whiskey manufactured in Scotland it has a distinctive taste and has captured the imagination of the world. The best scotch whiskey is the single malt which though costly is a sign of the connoisseur and aristocrat.
A poem of the love of a warrior for a princess and he dares to enter the lions den to prove his mettle and win the Princess.
The Coronavirus has taken the established powers by surprise and there is a good chance that China used its leak deliberately or inadvertently to score a victory in what many think is WW III
The coronavirus pandemic needed surgery and the Narendra Modi government ordered a nationwide lockdown. India is a big country with a population of 130 billion and Modi failed to factor in the return to their home states of migrant labor who form the backbone of India
In a matter of three months, America has suffered 75,000 deaths and it will be no surprise if they could touch even 200,000. If we look at the wars America has fought these deaths are more than deaths in actual combat in all the wars America has fought except World War II.
The US and China are locking horns because justifiably the Americans feel the Chinese let them down. In the bargain, as the fable says the lion and the bear fight over a fawn while the Fox which has been watching from a distance makes away with the fawn. The fox could be India
John Mathews was feeling restless and he was also contemplating how to bring his family back. He got the big chance when the chief told him that he would like him to go back inside the enemy country and pass some messages there at the same time try and get his wives and children to freedom.
The US presidential election is coming and it's more and more like a thriller. It may not be Biden vs Trump but unknown opponents for Trump-like Hillary and Obama and in case that happens Trump may well be on the way out caught in the quicksand of Coronavirus like Carter was in the imbroglio of Iran
The book "Night in a MoorishHarem" is a classic and one wonders it can be true. I came across a similar tale in an Afghan Seragalio where an officer of the king's own Gurkha rifles spent such a night with rare transports of joy.
Who is a she devil? Does she exist? This is an encounter with such a creature and will make the reader think.
The clock is ticking for the USA which once again has done something to shoot itself in the foot. Reports have emanated that the US gifted 3.7 million dollars as funds for research to the Wuhan laboratory which is now famous as the lab from which the virus leaked
A tale of love of a young man where the centerpiece was a silken cord and led to hilarious situations but its all real
The Russian Orthodox Church is deeply entrenched in Russia after the fall of communism. A massive mosaic with the pictures of Stalin and Putin has been given approval for installation in Moscow signifying the rehabilitation of the great Soviet wartime leader.
The nefarious attempt by China to undermine the western powers by the spread of a biological virus has found the USA and western powers vulnerable and brought great havoc to their economies. China is on the ascendant and either the West accepts it or fights and a Third World War is on the anvil
Missed opportunities: India could have very well become a member of the Security Council with veto power but for the idealism of Nehru who failed at a critical juncture of Indian history.
The Corona virus has badly affected the United States. Both candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump are aware that China has played dirty with America. With deaths touching 50,000 the Peoples Republic looms large over the coming election
The world is thick with rumors that Kim jong-un is seriously ill with a cardiovascular problem: if true the politics in the region could undergo a Sea -change
A handsome prince was looking for a girl to marry and many were proposed but cupid shot an arrow and he found his love in a beautiful fairy-like flower girl.There was plenty of trouble as the Vizier -prime minister was hell-bent on marrying his daughter to the prince and could get the girl killed
China passed a lot of misinformation on the China virus to conceal it's outbreak and infect the West. The moot point is that a strong response is the need of the hour
Here is a tale of love which during the represent pandemic could be a distraction from the present times. It is the story of a man who found love or did he ?
Captain William Sleeman was tasked to destroy the "thugs" highway bandits who killed in the name of Goddess Kali but he found his love there.
Allauddin is remembered only for his desire to marry the queen of Chittor but he was a great soldier and conqueror who set up a well-knit administration and kept India safe from the Mongols.
Maharajah Davinder Singh was an adept horse rider and polo player. A Major of the British Indian army from the Royal Remount and Veterinary corps was loaned to him and soon enough the daughter of the major fell in love with the Maharajah.
On 10 April 1945 with Japan already defeated President Roosevelt ordered the bombing of Tokyo which resulted in over 100,000 deaths. The entire city was razed and it is a moot point that the Almighty at some stage would do a leveling act.
With over 400000 infected and an unemployed population running into millions and a recession looming ahead coupled with loss of great economic power status America faces a lot of uncertainity.
Love has many facets and in present times it's a test of true love.
France is an important nation in Europe but it has always been a rival of England and Germany. At one time under Napoleon Bonaparte the French. dominated Europe but that was the last hurrah because after that there has been a downslide and the military capability of the French has been questioned.
Bagdogra is the IAF base on the foothills of the Himalayas. Darjeeling is the hill station up in the hills at 7500 feet MSL and is just a stones throw away. My stay at Baghdogra led to heady days with flying, girlfriends, hill motorcycling and parties at the Planters Club.
The undue reliance on Herman Goering by the Fuehrer and his lack of the concept of strategic air warfare led Germany to doom in WW II and the Battle of Stalingrad as well.
The coronavirus has attacked the West European nations who at one time ruled 3/4th of the world. The virus has shown these nations are in eclipse because this virus is in a way their own creation and I feel that they have little to look forward to with dwindling birth rate that cannot sustain them
Home Minister Amit Shah at a number of places is shown to be out of his depth at a critical time with the cironavirus raging forgetting he has the example of SardarPatel the first Home Minister to emulate.
This is a tale set in a small state where a princess admired by many gave herself to hedonistic desires; memories she can't forget to this day
The news from the navy is disconcerting as the strike carrier Theodore Roosevelt signals infected men with Coronavirus on board and the captain stating sailors don't have two die with no war on resulting in the carrier becoming non-operational.
Colonel John Savage was a 4th generation Englishman in India. He had thought of going back to England till love held him back
China has a long and tortuous relationship with Tibet, which had a degree of freedom in the first half of the 20th century but a rampaging China has colonized Tibet and suppressed the Tibetan people, one million who are refugees in India. The World led by the USA has allowed this to happen.
The Coronavirus has had a bad effect on the relationship between a man and the woman. The Romance associated with such a relationship with physical intimacy looks like all over and one wonders when the day will come back when a lonely man or woman can have a romance with a stranger.
The USA is the epicenter of the Coronavirus replacing China which has with storm arm tactics somewhat controlled the pandemic. The Western world must look inwards as the entire spread of the pandemic shows a weak-kneed resolve and awe of China. Thee USA will pull through but Europe is in eclipse
A lone gunman rampaged through a Sikh house of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital Wednesday, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said.
The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Cornovirus, Clarence House has announced. The virus is also rising in Western Europe and Spain has now surpassed the number of deaths in China. The UK is also in its grip and is a testing time.
The 'Patiala Peg' is named after the state of Patiala earlier ruled by Maharajah Bhupinder Singh. He was a sportsman and a man who liked the finer things of life including women. He had a harem of luscious women and was a connaissaire of whiskey and Rolls Royce cars.
The virus originated from China has caught some of the western Industrialized and advanced nations in its grip and thousands have died. This has happened because of the outsourcing of manufacturing activities to China and resultant intercourse with Chinese citizens. It is a heavy price to pay
Gang violation and murder took place in a moving bus in 2012 and after a tortuous legal process, the culprits were hanged on 21 March. In a similar case in Hyderabad, just a few weeks back the perpetrators of the crime were taken to the same spot and shot dead by police.
Despite massive propaganda by China, there is no doubt that the origin of the Coronavirus is China and all countries who have got infected is also from China. The virus is here to stay and though it may be caged it will never go away. This sadly with cheap goods is china's "cheap virus"
The spy planted by the intelligence in the enemy country was restless and wished to come back to his own country. He decided to linger along and in the process passed more one significant information before heading back home, unaware that orders for his execution had been passed.
The Democratic nomination candidate is now crystallizing. It's more than rightly that President Trump will be opposed by Joe Biden and that means it's curtains for Bernie Sanders.
The Americans removed Saddam the bulwark against Islamic militancy in the hope of a permanent presence in Iraq but the wheel has turned full circle and the Americans have no choice but to throw in the towel as they vacate 3 key bases and are persona non grata in Ìraq.
Indian intelligence sent an agent into the enemy country disguised as a Muslim and he integrated with the society till his conscience made him divulge a sinister plan and escape back
Donald Trump has almost completed his term as president and will contest again in the coming election. There is a good chance he will be home and dry mainly because his core supporters feel he has done pretty well.
This is a tale of loving a Russian girl and to this day I am not sure if she was planted by Russian intelligence or it was pure love.
The epic tale from Iran immortalized by the poet Firdaus was given a fresh interpretation by my grandfather. It is a tale of love and divine wrath that pitted a father against his son.
America has just signed an accord with the Taliban. In some total the accord with an organisation which has been labelled a terrorist organisation marks the nadir of American prestige and makes the world an unsafe place.
Trump has just completed a two-day trip to India and has seen the strengthening of a strengthening partnership between Indian and the USA but a sinister attempt by certain opposition parties to show Modi and the BJP as anti-Muslim also saw some of the worst riots after 1984 in the capital Delhi.
Leningrad was surrounded by the German Army and a siege raged around the city for months but the Wehrmacht could not break the will of the inhabitants of the city.
Punja Sahib is a historical Gurdwara dedicated to Guru Nanak the founder of the Sikh religion at Hasanbal. The Gurdwara commemorates the visit of the guru and his miracle of stopping a boulder hurled by a person with the palm of his hand. The imprint is there for all to see
Donald Trump will be seeking re-election this year. Its a highly polarised and divisive election with Trump having just been tried for impeachment. However, the cards are stacked in his favor and most likely he will be home and dry by the end of the year.
North Korea was classified as "The Äxis of Evil" by the United States. One wonders why because a visit clears a lot of cobwebs. Sure, it is a dictatorship but all is not bad and a balance is required in Asia.
General Allard was a french soldier of Napoleon's army who joined the Sikh empire and rose to be a general.
An American girl comes into the life of a veteran. It could only be a gift of the Lord Krishna who had said 'not to leave moves without my will'
The battle of Ramree is a unique battle as on one side the Imperial Army was facing a Naval bombardment British Indian Army troops while on the other side were the swamps full of saltwater crocodiles. It was a recipe for disaster.
The naval battle at Jutland was Germany's gamble to gain superiority over the Royal Navy.
The Maharajah was on the lookout for a queen and he found her in the guise of a Colonels daughter
The Perfumed Garden is considered by many as the last word in Erotica. It was compiled many centuries back and ranks as a great piece of literature. It brings out a fact that puritanism is not the watchword of the Arabs.
Godse shot Gandhi in 1948 but he has claimed it was necessery and for this belief he was hanged in 1949. But after 7 decades there is a revival of sorts and Gosda is held in awe and esteem by many Hindus.
Iran fired 22 missiles in retaliation for the killing of General Soliemani on orders of Donald Trump but claims of no injuries are fallacious as almost 74 soldiers have suffered Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI)
In the desert sand of Arabia a wonderful tale was retold to me by a lovely muse that captivated me.
Hitler launched and executed the Battle of France and remains one of his principle victories. His command post during this epic battle reminds us that WWII was a reality and Hitler a more than alive character.
The episode at Dalhousie preyed on the mind of Madan. He could not forget the princess and the tumultuous night with her but now an event took him back to his love
Soldiering is among the highest professions and is recognized in Hinduism and it's about time he was remembered and given his due.
Karl Marx launched Communism but it failed with the collapse of the Soviet State but there is a line of thought that this was not Marx had visualized and it yet may resurrect as anti-dote to Western capitalism
The Victoria memorial rivals the Taj and is a tribute to Queen Victoria and the Raj but political compulsions downplay its importance.
This battle was Hitler's last hurrah but it failed. If it had succeeded, the history of the end of WWII may have changed. It was an audacious plan but in hindsight, it came too late and there were too many variables.
The Hyderabad lancers were raised by the Nizam of Hyderabad but were incorporated in the British Indian army. They took part in the last cavalry charge at High Gate in France during World War I
A Russian girl comes into the life of a man leaving behind an ache and a sweet memory.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided that will that they will no longer be part of the Royal Family for official functions and will not use their royal titles. They plan to strike out on their own creating a piquant situation like the abdication of the King of England in thirties of last century.
African slavery is almost dead and relegated to pages of history. However, there are some poignant reminders of this terrible trade and a visit to Ghana rekindles the mind and imagination.
The Pir a holy man directed a man to a Mazar for a tryst that is unforgettable: a field of love
.The HF-24 is the first fighter plane developed by a third world country India. it was a subsonic plane. Its designer was none other than the famous designer Dr. Kurt Tank who served Hitler for years
The Queen Elizabeth-2 was a massive liner later used as a holiday ship that sailed the Oceans. It was to be scrapped but an enterprising Shiekh purchased it and now is refurbished and masterpiece to visit and dine in Dubai- the El Dorado of the East.
George Bush destabilized Iraq and exposed America and its allies to grave danger from Iran. The result is that the USA is becoming persona non grata in Iraq and has to think twice before launching an attack on Iran despite the states belligerence as the stakes are the destruction of US allies.
The road from Jorhat to Dimapur passes through thick jungles full of elephant herds and they let you pass if you pay them "tribute" in the form of clusters of bananas.
Soliemani was a top general of Iran. He was in Iraq and it has not been explained what he was doing there. There is no doubt he orchestrated the siege of the embassy and had to be eliminated but his killing is not the end and America has opened a hornet's nest that could lead to war