The True Cost Of War

That’s what going on in Israel !!



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“Never has there been a good war or a bad peace” – Benjamin Franklin

I frequently drive past this National Cemetery every week on my way to somewhere.   It is almost one mile long by at least as deep of perfectly spaced white marble grave markers and beautifully manicured green lawn.

It is a very hard place to not be conscious of while driving past. Today seemed a little different and I was compelled to go in.  It seemed fitting to pay my respects to these young men and women to whom I have never met, but yet had felt a deep sadness that all of them had lost their lives at too young an age.

More of my images can be seen at – The Visual Chronicle

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Annual report of Punjabi Sahit Sabha Rampura Phul-1973

Random Thoughts-Chaman Lal

In 1972, we formed Punjabi Sahit Sabha(Punjabi Literary Association) in my home town Rampura Phul in Bathinda district of Punjab. This is its first annual report which was published in ‘Sardal’ edited by Gursharn Singh playwright from Amritsar in its September 1973 special issue focused on this association. Some creative writings from Sabha’s members were also published in this special issue, which included Atttarjeet, Buta Ram, Ranbir Dhir and mine too!, shall be posting some of the poems and short stories from this issue in next posting.

Punjabi Sahit Sabha Rampura Phul report-1973 Punjabi Sahit Sabha Rampura Phul report-1973

Rampura Phul literary report-Sep.73-Sardal  (2)Rampura Phul literary report-Sep.73-Sardal  (3)

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I am

I am…
It is not that I am not noticeable,
It is not that I can’t be traced,
But those who want to forget me,
Will never search for me
They will never bother to look back
I am that spot which has faded
And will fade with the increasing dark
I am still there and lonely
But I am what they have left behind
I am in their memories for sure
But not in their heart
I am in the sand, in the air and on the clouds;
They still won’t see me
They are too busy to notice something else
It is not that I am not noticeable
It is not that I can’t be traced.

– By Neha Sharma


Hope the situation will be better in future and those who are at the margins will have a say in the world, they are no sub humans, they are also humans like us and they also need freedom !!!


Not 48 hours after the United Nations Security Council voted to authorized the dispatch of more peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic, the urgency of the need emerged on the road in front of Joanne Mariner, senior crisis adviser for Amnesty International traveling the hinterlands where massacres have been taking place. About 400 men were moving down Route 3 near a village called Bawi. They had painted their faces black and donned supposed magical charms known as gris-gris—”clearly dressed for battle,” Mariner says. The men identified themselves as members of the Christian “anti-balaka” militias who have been rampaging in the area. Bawi was home to several hundred Muslims—their target.

“They said, ‘Oh, we ran out of ammunition, and so we’re going back to get supplies,’” Mariner says, of the militiamen. Once inside the village, the Westerners were told of killings and injuries, she says by telephone Thursday…

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Can Peacekeepers Save the Central African Republic?