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Shobhaa De: Maharashtra must regain its lost glory

Shobhaa De: I have a positive association with the Lokmat Group, having guest-edited their Diwali Issue this year. But more than that, I appreciated the huge amount of hard work that has gone into the short listing of nominees in different categories (for the Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Awards 2011). The entire process is transparent and there is no agenda behind it... I was particularly inspired by the remarkable work done by Pravin Gavankar from Kolhapur; as also by Raju Shetty's involvement with Maharashtra's farmers.

Dr Achyut Godbole urges Maharashtrians to be innovative, entrepreneurial

Dr Achyut Godbole says: I have found the story of Dr. Bavaskar from Mumbai, who has done pioneering work on relieving the agony caused by scorpion bite, very impressive. I am also deeply moved by the activists who came from outside Maharashtra and have committed themselves to the uplift of the needy people of this state.

Hina Rabbani Khar impressive

Pakistan's elegant young 34-year-old Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar spoke impressively, sounded great, displayed poise and panache at the Indo-Pak Foreign Ministers talks. ...

THE INDIA-PAK CRICKET MATCH: TWO NATIONS, ONE LOVE — CRICKET

2 NATIONS, ONE LOVE: The Media's gone bananas! In the midst of all the ballistic balderdash, check out these three pics about how we...

Lang-woes: iDiva’s strange intro

Divas imply upmarket, right? Upmarket implies literate, right? Well read? Ergo, grammatical. Well, the Times of India Mumbai's Response supplement iDiva has someone at...

Errors in English newspapers

LanguEdge: Common Errors in English newspapers I subscribe to the Times of India, DNA, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, and Mid-Day, with Mumbai Mirror too landing up as a free sidekick of the TOI. This isn't at all a discourse on good or bad journalism. Nor is it a look at how different in their action these publications actually are from what the vision their respective managements proclaim drives them. This is just an exchange of views about my perception of correct or incorrect usage of English.

The Global Language Monitor » Top Words of 2009

The Global Language Monitor » Top Words of 2009 Read this report from www.languagemonitor.com. Particularly interesting are their definitions / explanations of some of the...

Hanuman Chalisa English Translation with Roman Text

 Here’s an English translation and pronunciation guide to the holy Hanuman Chalisa. With the text not just in Devnagri (Hindi) but also in Roman for...
Haiku-poems-PavanRChawla.com

My own Haiku poems

Haiku. The most ‘lyrical’ blank verse bursting with the song of utterly simple beauty and philosophy. Seventeen syllables, three lines of pure, evocative magic, writes Pavan R Chawla. Here’re some of his own little moments of inspiration. My own little pieces of Haiku.

Eddy D’Mello’s magical hug — jaadoo ki jhappi

Make a new friend each day. I thank all the people who help me now - for example, the cabbie who gets me from Point A to Point B, the vegetable seller who gives me the best of his daily stock, the liftman who keeps the door open for me - each and every one of God's creations is special to me. The next time I use their service, they go out of their way to help me. Try it- it works like magic. The reason is that everyone has a high level of stress, but by smiling at them or thanking them, you are changing their perspective. Sort of like, Munnabhai's 'Jaadoo ki Jhappi'."