Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Dacoits and the Colonel

In post-independence India, there were dacoits who terrorized and looted at will. There were partial to plundering marriage parties as cash and jewelry were frequently carried in large amounts by the people coming back from a wedding, which was generally the dowry given by the bride’s family. An extremely wealthy businessman from Patiala was getting his daughter married to a family in Sangrur. It was expected that a huge amount of jewelry, cash and other valuables would be a part of the dowry. The informant of the dacoits had conveyed to them that the wedding procession would proceed back in a bus and a car, and that all the valuables would be in the car following the bus. The businessman played smart and diverted the bus and car to the Railway Station and sent the wedding party back by train, leaving the car and bus behind. 

A young, newly married Major of the Indian Army was traveling from Patiala to Sangrur along the route that was supposed to be taken by the wedding entourage. Just by chance, his car was following a bus near Bhawanigarh, the stronghold of the dacoits. The dacoits stopped the car and  pointed guns at the Major, yelling at him to hand over whatever he had, they even dragged his wife out of the car and snatched her jewelry after shooting him in the leg. That was when they realized their mistake and vanished from the scene. The Major somehow managed to drive his car back to his regiment in Sangrur. When his Commanding Officer heard of this, he was infuriated. The Major told him that the dacoits were bragging that they had political connections and nobody could incarcerate them.

The CO, with his men, reached the hideout of the dacoits in an armored tank and shouted for the dacoits to surrender. The dacoits started firing at the army men, not realizing that the tank and its occupants would be unharmed. The dacoits were lying down in a sugar cane field. The CO repeatedly asked them to surrender and warned them that he would take the tank into the fields. The dacoits continued to fire, the CO ordered the tank to enter the sugar cane field. The inevitable happened, the dacoits were crushed and killed. A court of enquiry was ordered against the CO, but no evidence could be unearthed as the local people and the police did not testify. In fact, they were rejoicing at the demise of their tormentors. The CO himself told me about this incident, he had no regrets about retiring at the same rank. He was the one who offered me my first drink of Scotch (I was sixteen years old) when I visited him with my Uncle. They both agreed that a young man should share the first drink with his family.


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Green chilli

The green chilli plant can be grown in a pot or in your kitchen garden, We have a couple of plants which provide us with green chillies throughout the year. They are useful additions to food, pickles, chutneys and can be eaten raw, grilled, fried or pickled. They are rich in Vitamins A, C and K and contain Capsaicin. This has been reported to cause a burning sensation along with the feeling of euphoria and can cause relief from pain when applied locally. Those with ulcers or gastrointestinal disorders should consult a physician before use.

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The plant is quite fetching, with pretty white flowers. Ingestion of green chillies in the raw form with a meal is said to produce weight loss. There is nothing like fresh green chillies to spice up your day!


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Special Sense :)

God gave us flexible necks so that we


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Okra flowers!!!!

Yes, our backyard has Okra or ladies fingers, which has the most beautiful flowers. The plant yields the edible Okra, which can be stir fried, baked, grilled and added to a variety of dishes, ( the recipe is given elsewhere in this website). Okra provides fibre, minerals, vitamins and trace elements. IMG_5114 IMG_5188 IMG_5189 IMG_5190IMG_5113

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These flowers were touched by the rain and never looked more beautiful…


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Face to face with my Idol

This is a true event, which took place in 1960, when I was a young doctor at Patiala, Punjab, in the then-famous Government Medical College. In those days, there were only 3 Medical colleges in Punjab (it was actually Punjab and the area which now comes under Haryana).

I have greatly admired and idolized the legendary actor Mr Dilip Kumar, ever since I was a child.
One day, as I was walking along the Mall, I saw a huge crowd outside the Malwa Cinema. It was an unusual sight, and I asked someone why they were struggling to get in the Cinema Hall. I was thrilled to know that the Great Dilip Kumar himself was there for the premiere of his latest film. I went near the gate, hoping to catch a glimpse of my idol. Fortunately for me, the gate keeper was my patient and he allowed me to go in as a favour. The hall was jam packed and there were excited shouts as Mr Dilip has just come on to the stage.
Before anyone could react or restrain me, I leaped up on the stage and engulfed Mr Dilip in a bear hug. I mustered all my strength to shout, “Hello, Dilip.” The accomplished actor that he is, he did not get flustered at all. He smiled, patted me on my back and replied, “Hello, kaise ho bhai?”(how are you brother?). The entire audience witnessed this exchange and applauded, thinking I was a friend of Mr Dilip.
I descended from the stage, to find that a seat had miraculously been vacated for me and I was being guided to sit there. I knew that the truth would soon be out and did not occupy that chair. There was a great risk of being manhandled and thrown out of the hall, so I quietly made my way to the nearest exit, to the Mall, to complete my daily walk.

Dr A S Rathee


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Spider Lily-our backyard

Lilies are beautiful, they are ornamental and easy to grow, the bulbs can be used over and over again every season. In the ancient times, they have been used to treat tumors, as pessaries and as anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents. 

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Yes, they grow in our backyard….the spider lily is a delicate and beautiful flower.


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A-Lash!

The Captain of the ship decided that wrongdoers


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Got the Masaj???

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Pomegranate

The ruby red fruit called pomegranate has been known to be beneficial since ancient times in all cultures and scriptures. It can be eaten as such, or added to salads, meat, vegetables, yoghurt, wine, cocktails and chutneys.

It contains antioxidants, polyphenols, essential fatty acids, folate and fibre. It has been used to cure throat diseases, gastrointestinal disorders and is being tested for anti-cancer properties. In traditional medicine, it is considered a blood builder. IMG_5123

 

The seeds vary in colour from a pink to a dark red colour. It is a fruit can can only improve your health, so eat it or drink it right away 🙂


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Course through life, don’t Curse through…..

I sat next to a man who abuses


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