The Fall of the Kingdom of the Punjab by Khushwant Singh

We are familiar with the Koh-i-Noor diamond coming to the possession of the British Crown under the Last Treaty of Lahore (29th March 1849) after the fall of the Kingdom of Punjab. But we may not have read much about the events that led to the fall of the powerful Sikh Empire. The famous writer and Padma Vibhushan awardee Mr Khushwant Singh in his book titled “The Fall of the Kingdom of the Punjab” addresses this gap by taking us on a whirlwind tour of the turbulent period in India’s…

CBSE Class-12 board exams cancelled for 2021

Courtesy: DD News

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by Government of India. According to Wikipedia, there are over twenty-thousand schools in India and two-hundred schools in several countries outside India affiliated to the CBSE. The Class-12, or the senior secondary school leaving examination conducted by CBSE, and various states are the most important event in the life of students. It is the qualification for university education in the country, marks scored in this exam…

Vaccination Camp in my Alma mater

Today morning, my alma mater Shrine Vailankanni Senior Secondary School, T.Nagar, Chennai had organized a #Covid19 vaccination camp for people aged eighteen and above, in association with Rotary Club of Madras and Greater Chennai Corporation. I had taken my son, niece, and nephew for vaccination. It was organized conveniently and safely. The school management was visibly seen taking care and efforts to ensure all were double-masked, the area well sanitized and only the pre-registered were allowed inside the premises. The waiting area was a huge open ground, cool breeze blowing…

An average Indian was richer than a Chinese in 1962

Random observations. Today, I was going through GDP (Gross Domestic Product) charts of India & its neighbours. I noticed a few points that found interesting. Some may be familiar but looking on a chart makes them clearer. GDP: India & China had similar GDP for a long time from the 19th century. Surprisingly, once in 1981, Indian GDP was 1 billion Pounds more than China. It was around the time of economic liberalisation in India, that China’s rocket got lit up. And after the global recession of 2008 China’s growth…

Got my final dose of COVID-19 vaccination

I got my second dose of #COVAXIN two days ago, on Thursday at Radhatri Nethralaya in T.Nagar, Chennai – a specialised eye hospital. The whole experience of making the appointment, to the visit and getting administered was handled smoothly. Since they are administering only on prior booking, the wait time was less. The chief nurse Ms Sakthi Priya was friendly, and she took safe care of my 80-year-old mom, making her comfortable and then administering the vaccines. God bless Ms Sakthi, Mrs Brinda, and the entire team at Radhatri. Each…