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VOICES

 |  8-minute read
Uttrakhand, Army, Dehradun, Childhood

Luxury of solitude: Memories from a Dehradun which had more trees than people

Air-conditioning was a completely foreign idea and woollies were never out of season in Uttarakhand's capital.

VOICES

 |  9-minute read
Dehradun, Sanju, Bollywood, Sanjay Dutt

I, too, have a 'Sanju' story and it's real

Sanjay was impish and mischievous. Even when there was enough space on that large couch, he refused to move, as I sat sandwiched between the two.

VARIETY

 |  5-minute read
Lynch mob, Dehradun, Police, Gagandeep singh

Brave cop Gagandeep Singh not just saved a Muslim man from lynch mob, but also the poor image of police

This one act will also go a long way in restoring the faith of people in police.

VARIETY

 |  8-minute read
City life, Nostalgia, Childhood, Dehradun

Who stripped my Dehradun off its charm?

There are more shops, branded stores, malls and eateries in the city than people who would and could shop and eat in those places.

ART & CULTURE

 |  5-minute read
Mussoorie, Urdu Poetry, Dehradun, Tom Alter

How Tom Alter made me learn to love life

The actor and writer has broken his promise to meet me in November, but he'll live in our hearts forever.

ART & CULTURE

 |  5-minute read
Dehradun, The Doon School, Chetan Anand, Dev Anand

How Doon School inspired the inimitable Dev Anand style

Of Byron, Keats, Wimbledon and the Lord's.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Environment, Ecology, Dehradun, Uttarakhand forest fire

How Uttarakhand made a mess of dealing with forest fire

Environmentalists suggest that the pine needles need to be removed on a regular basis.

POLITICS

 |  3-minute read
Swachh Bharat, Smart city, Uttarakhand, Dehradun

Uttarakhand will be left a loser in a highly competitive India

The political and bureaucratic leadership in the state needs new attitude, energy and newer skill sets.

POLITICS

 |  3-minute read
Dehradun, Sunderlal Bahuguna, Uttarakhand, Chipko movement

Why Uttarakhand needs another Chipko movement

Land is being encroached in massive numbers in connivance with greedy politicians and colluding officials.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Dehradun, COP21, Climate change, Smart city

Why Dehradun smart city project is a disaster in the making

The government, it seems, has forgotten the recent wails from Chennai and the devastating 2013 Uttarakhand floods.