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Stress. Photo: S R Raghunathan
Stress. Photo: S R Raghunathan

Examinations, placements and other sundry challenges

Life’s landscape may seem an existential conundrum. But we must find the oases »
140420 - Open Page - Bright spot in the morning - P K Kuruvilla

That bright spot in the morning

There are those who wake up early, go for a brisk walk, and are up and about by the time the newspapers are delivered. They invariably have a healthy appetite, and are more often than not advising... »

A votary’s testimony: the sheer power and pure joy of music

“Is music the key to success?” asked the headline to an article from The New York Times, reproduced in The Hindu on October 23, 2013. The author of the article, Joanne Lipmann, had in... »

46, Male, Single. And no less fraught

I’ve always wondered why married people lose no opportunity to litter their conversations with marriage problems, woefully pitying one another. But at the same time, they will do everything... »

31, Male, and not yet there...

My regular day doesn’t start with my mom worrying for my marriage, because I am not with them, but in Delhi, a thousand kilometres from home in Patna. But yes, thanks to the mobile phone and Skype,... »
April 20, 2014

Promise of democracy

I am twenty-five.High on hopes and dreams.Yet never spared ofMy share in pains and rains.I now wish not for wings,»
April 13, 2014

For a tranquil farewell

Elderly family members need extra care and attention. File photo: Brijesh Jaiswal I remember the fateful day we learned what was wrong with my father. It was around a festival day, and we had all gathered at my parents’ house for a hearty traditional feast. My father, 83 years o... » 3 comments
April 13, 2014

28, Female and Unmarried

A regular day at home starts with mother blaming father for not getting his daughter married. Cousins and friends who are my age and even younger are married with more than one kid. My parents, tho... » 158 comments
April 13, 2014

Twins, not identical

Print vs pixel: on books and e-readers” by Hitesh Nair (Open Page, April 6, 2014) m... » 1 comment
April 6, 2014

The joy of buying from the maker

Last week, I was on my biennial shopping trip for the humble matka, the earthen pot used to store drinking water. I cannot stand refrigerated water and have grown up with them. Where I grew... » 4 comments
April 6, 2014

MH370 and the Rashomon Effect

It is now almost a month since Malaysian Airlines MH370 vanished. Naval and Air force crews are still combing the southern Indian Ocean for possible remains of the aircraft, with no real success. T... » 2 comments
April 6, 2014

Lost and found: an adventure in Rome

The year was 1987, and the month, April. As the Al Italia flight made its slow descent to the Leonardo Da Vinci airport, Rome looked majestic with the meandering Tiber looking like a sash on a sol... »
K.L. Saigal.
March 30, 2014

The ultimate lullaby re-lived

It was in the late-1940s. We lived in Bikaner, the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Bikaner, now a district in the northwestern part of Rajasthan. My father was an avid fan of the great... » 2 comments
April 20, 2014

The crazy world of virtual connectivity

I had been wondering for a while what was keeping many youngsters glued to their smartphones for hours on end. Are some important business deals being made, I used to ask. Well, now I know the answ... »
April 13, 2014

The questionable but rather enjoyable art of gatecrashing

Recently, a friend of mine suggested we should go to a wedding reception and eat there to our heart’s content! Flabbergasted, I said: “We were not invited. What if someone caught and embarrassed us... »
April 13, 2014

The promise of cloud-seeding

Demonstrating the function of the flare rack that carries silver iodide for cloud-seeding through an aircraft. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar Water is essential for life on the earth. Precipitation from the skies is the only source for it.India and the rest of Asia are dependent on the monsoons for rains. While the South West Mons... » 2 comments
April 13, 2014

The tale of a battered lunchbox, and how a trickster was tricked

It was Dasara time in Mysore. On the third day of the festival, it was well past 7 p.m. There had been a downpour and the rain had washed the roads around the palace clean and you could see... »
Lack of realisation that all forms of life may have a conscience has led to the idea that man has dominion over all flora and fauna of the planet. File Photo: Monica Tiwari.
April 6, 2014

Selfies and lousy survival adaptations

My son has this theory, which he has been presenting with a mischievous smile, that the proliferation of selfies, the self-portrait/photograph typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or cam... »
Elections have been held roughly every five years in the States and at the Centre, and the Election Commission has fulfilled its roles commendably. File Photo
April 6, 2014

For a stable and effective government, in 2014 and beyond

The framers of India’s Constitution adopted the system of democracy, with a government “of the people, by the people, for the people” that would ensure for them equality and safety. Elections have... » 4 comments
Tomorrow e-books may become popular, but as of now a lot of people still prefer real books. Photo: AP
April 6, 2014

Print vs pixel: on books and e-readers

I was first introduced to them at a book fair. Yes, the irony, I know. I had picked up a bunch of Wodehouse novels from a stall and was waiting for them to be billed, when the cashier asked me: “Ma... » 2 comments

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note: Submissions on the Open Page are the extended comments of readers and in no way do they reflect the views of The Hindu.... »