Remembering the Sikhicide

Originally posted on MANDEEPSINGS:
Thirty years ago to the day, a genocide against innocent Sikhs in India started. Thirty years ago, also to the day, top ruling Congress Party politicians led gangs of goons who went about torching Sikh homes in several Delhi localities. It was also then Sikhs, young and old, who were butchered…

Sikhicide: No Media No Cry

Originally posted on MANDEEPSINGS:
I am hurt today. I feel insulted. I am appalled and ashamed of the politicians and the system we have in India. The media is also silent – not one of the channels is discussing the 1984 incidents even when they can have lengthy tirades on non-issues like a police officer…

Bahrain’s Bougainvillea bazaar

The Bougainvillea is out in force in Bahrain. It’s everywhere, in full bloom. While this hardy plant is perfectly capable of weathering the harsh summer, it’s rather colourless, dull and drab. But, come October and the easing of the heat, it comes out with a vengeance and shows its true element. Our own garden, in…

The weekend sale

This gentleman, perhaps well into his 80s, sells “electronics” at a roadside “flea market” over the weekend. While it is creditable that even at this ripe old age, he has found something useful to do, it’s quite amazing to see all those things he’s selling actually work – be it the “vintage” mobile phones, the…

Toddy time

If there was one thing I really wanted to experience while in Kerala, it was the local brew, toddy! I was told there are bars everywhere that offer the drink, an alcoholic beverage collected from the sap of various species of palm trees like date palms and coconut palms. A friend of my host in…