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Brilliant Captaincy of Michael Tissera Scripted Ceylonese Test Match Victory in Mid-Sixties

A 25-year-old youngster, Michael Tissera, was asked to lead Ceylon. It was not a Test playing country at the time and had only one international victory to its credit against the Pakistan A-Team. Ashoka tells us how he used his acumen and won a match for his country, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different […]

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Deepa Malik Honoured with Padma Shri Award on Republic Day 2017

Ashoka, who has known Deepa for many years, said that now she is a Padma Shri recipient. Those who have followed my columns here and elsewhere would be familiar with my disdain for any system of state awards. Notwithstanding some very remarkable individuals who have won the awards in India, I have major problems with the opaqueness of […]

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Akashganga: They also Serve, who Just Stand and Wait – XV

Behind the risk of life and limb stood the woman by his man. Running from sick quarters to banks and schools, buying groceries riding cycles or by walk, receiving and seeing off loved relatives all by themselves, while her loved man was away is a quality taken for granted and an unwritten part of the wife’s job description. […]

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Akashganga: Daffodils in the Sky and Butterflies in the Belly – XIV

Akashganga never had it so good. Enthused and awed by the sense of spectacle, for the first time in the history of the Air Force, a full load of 37 skydivers in spanking new and fancy dungarees jumped to join an assembled parade contingent on ground consisting of nine Squadrons of three flights each of about a thousand […]

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Akashganga: Trails of Stardust and Swirling Black Holes – XIII

Members of Akashganga moved on to multi-tasking and become a lean mean fighting machine. Sport and military parachuting complemented each other. But, behind all of these unique achievements paradoxically, an equally important conflict raged on. The ‘sporty’ blitzkrieg led by the imaginative daring of Thapar, a veritable ‘one-man- Army’ from the House of Adventure was a frontal, daylight assault […]

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Akashganga: The Old Maketh way for the New- XII

The Adventure Foundation had no skydiving equipment like parachutes, riggers, trainers or a training infrastructure. The shrewd Thapar used his niche knowledge to influence the unscrupulous but powerful Dolly Yadav. The latter used his connections and prevailed upon the Operational Headquarters (Transport& Maritime) at Delhi to compel CI PTS to share its invaluable resources of select Dhartiputras (PJI’s), parachutes […]

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Akashganga: The D-Day and Lift-off – XI

The An-32 got airborne with 37 Dhartiputras on board for the inaugural jump of Akashganga. Chugh was the Devaputra, who did the honours in getting this fortunate bunch aloft over Malpura Dropping Zone, Agra, at a speed of about 220kms per hour to a height varying from 1250 ft. ground level to 6000 ft. to spray the rather […]

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Akashganga: A new Star in the Galaxy – X

Gomes worked silently to convert into reality the ambitions and aspirations of the illustrious predecessors – to make an Air force Skydiving Display Team. The go-ahead strangely came from the fledgling Air Force Adventure Foundation. Ten names befitting for the proposed team were asked for. Indradhanush, Meghdoot, Rainbows, Dhoomketu, Dancing Butterflies, Ashwamegh were some of the ones. Banjo […]

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Akashganga: The Unsung Backroom Jumping Jacks – IX

Into the melting pot of trial and tribulations at ADR&DE the baby-faced but stylish, dexterous and skillful Ajoo, our very own whiz kid brought his medicine chest of magazines and manuals, of rigging lines, fabric pieces, to repair and restore the bruise and boils of the hurt canopies. There was no formal training or education in the […]

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What Plagues Football: Lack of New Talent, Dirty Politics or Loss of Audience?

Football is a game of the young. It needs strength, stamina, skill, nerve and a never-say- die attitude. Subhajit talks to a cross-section of teenagers and youngsters to understand what they feel about the popular game. The respondents came up with interesting observations. Read more about what they feel has caused the downfall of this game, in the […]

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