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Kunatla Ghosh Dastidar: Former Captain and an Inspiration of Indian Women-Football

Reading Time: 3 minutesKuntala Ghosh Dastidar captained the Indian women’s team in Women’s World Cup. Aparajita profiles the former coach of Mohun Bagan, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The verdant arcade of Calcutta Referee Club welcomed me with the vivacity of the person I love dearly. The birthday girl was in her usual jersey and […]

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Rubia: the Ruby of Paralympics, the Star of West Bengal

Reading Time: 3 minutesDifferently Abled Rubia Chatterjee is the rising star of West Bengal in the arena of Paralympics. Aparajita profiles the promising athlete, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. West Bengal has always been the land of powerful female icons since ancient times. They have not just been consorts of great men, but they have […]

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

Reading Time: 4 minutesA 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

Reading Time: 5 minutesAshoka, 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

Reading Time: 6 minutesBehind 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

Reading Time: 6 minutesAkashganga 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

Reading Time: 6 minutesMembers 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

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe 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

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe 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

Reading Time: 5 minutesGomes 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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