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Sincere Apologies to Readers!

Posted: January 27, 2012 by Shishir Gupta in Author
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I have been an ardent blogger for the past three years. In this time, I believe that I have evolved into a blogger, who writes out his true emotions and is yet politically correct. In the three years of my blogging I have not written anything for the sake of creating controversies, or trying to gather more visitors to the blog, or try and make my blog popular among search engines. It is not that I have not made mistakes in this period, but definitely I have learnt from them. In fact I have learnt a new aspect of blogging from almost every post I have written, especially in the past 1-2 years which has helped me emerge as a better blogger. Most of my posts, especially in the past 1 year or so have been based on my personal things or a few incidents narrated through my vision and perception. I have tried to write what I believe is correct, and also not try and hurt and disappoint or to some extent not many anyone happy or excited either.

However, at times I do believe to have gone overboard a few times while expressing. Though, most of the times it has been unintentional and has surely not been written to hurt anyone, yet I have had a few friends telling me that they have been hurt by the content in some manner or the other. Just to clarify my stand at this, initially I really did not take it very seriously as 1 odd incident can always happen but in the last couple of months, two of my close friends have said this to me that one of my posts have been a little insidious. This has made me to think a little, and concentrate of what I have written and try and rectify my mistakes.

Another important thing that I would like to clarify is that I do not write any of my posts to make fun of or intentionally hurt anyone. I know the limitations and the power of a public portal, so surely I can never write anything that would offend anybody, especially friends. And yes, as a blogger and a writer one can never be perfect in his writings and is surely bound to make mistakes. Therefore, I request all my readers (especially my friends) to write into me whenever you are offended by any of the content posted here.

I am completely aware that these kinds of situations can spoil relations, and that is why I was obligated to write this down here to avoid major damage.

Again, I am not writing this specifically keeping my friends in mind. It is just that, it has been my friends who have come back to me with feedback. There can always be a possibility of other readers finding some content objectionable and not coming back to me. So this post is intended for everyone. I will try and avoid any of such content from now on, yet if anything does offend anyone, please come back to me and let me know of it.

In the end I would like to apologize to people if I have hurt them through any of my posts, and also urge them to let me know where I have offended them. I will try and rectify the content as soon as possible.


On the 63rd Republic day celebrations the President has approved awards of 368 gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others.  This includes 01 Ashoka Chakra, 03 Kirti Chakra, 16 Shaurya Chakra, 03 Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 73 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 02 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 01 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 06 Bar to Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal, 45 Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal,  04 Yudh Seva Medal, 03 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 37 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 08 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 06 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 115 Vishisht Seva Medal.

On January 26, 2012 the President will confer the Ashok Chakra Award on Lt. Navdeep Singh (posthumous), before the start of the parade at the Rajpath.

The full list of the recipients of gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others is as follows:-

ASHOKA CHAKRA:

1. SS-44448A LIEUTENANT NAVDEEP SINGH, ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS / 15TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY (POSTHUMOUS)

KIRTI CHAKRA:

1. IC-57076Y LIEUTENANT COLONEL KAMALDEEP SINGH, RAJPUTANA RIFLES / 18TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
2. IC-71548P CAPTAIN ASHUTOSH KUMAR, 5TH BATTALION THE RAJPUTANA RIFLES
3. SS-43842Y LIEUTENANT SUSHIL KHAJURIA, ARMY SERVICE CORPS / 18TH BATTALION THE GRENADIERS (POSTHUMOUS)

SHAURYA CHAKRA:

1. IC-60963W MAJOR RAVINDRA KUMAR GURANG, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 33RD FIELD REGIMENT
2. IC-67407H MAJOR SHALENDER, 4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)
3. JC-413091F SUBEDAR MANJEET SINGH, 4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)
4. JC-460294W NAIB SUBEDAR MENGARE SHANKAR GANPATI, 15TH BATTALION THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY
5. JC-470388F NAIB SUBEDAR LAL SINGH KHICHI, SENA MEDAL, RAJPUTANA RIFLES / 57TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
6. 14433512W NAIK SUMER SINGH, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 18TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
7. 15143280N NAIK SANKAR TARAFDAR, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 33RD FIELD REGIMENT
8. 4192242N LANCE NAIK BRIJ KISHORE DHAMI, 19TH BATTALION THE KUMAON REGIMENT
9. 5048550P RIFLEMAN TEJ BAHADUR GURUNG, 1ST GORKHA RIFLES / 15TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
10. LIEUTENANT COMMANDER ROHITH MOHANDAS NAMBIAR (05622-A)
11. WING COMMANDER FELIX PATRICK PINTO (23569), FLYING PILOT
12. NO. EX GS-184959F OEM SAMSHER SINGH, BORDER ROADS ORGANISATION (POSTHUMOUS)
13. GS – 166845N OEM-2 KANHAYA PRASAD, BORDER ROADS ORGANISATION (POSTHUMOUS)
14. SHRI RAVINDRA KUMAR SINGH, ASSISTANT COMMANDANT, CENTRAL RESERVE POLICE FORCE
15. CAPTAIN SHAKUL TYAGI, PAWAN HANS HELICOPTER LIMITED
16. SHRI BARKET ALI, SPO, VILLAGE-GOURI BINOLA, TEHSIL-THATHRI, DISTRICT-DODA, JAMMU AND KASHMIR (POSTHUMOUS)

Well I have just listed out the list of major gallantry awards. For the complete list of awards that were declared please click here.


On the 63rd Republic day celebrations the Padma Awards will be given to several Indians for their contribution towards the country. President Smt. Pratibha Patil has approved the conferment of Padma Awards-2012 today. This year the she has approved 109 awards including one duo case (counted as one) which includes 14 awards in the category of foreigners/ non-resident Indians/ Persons of Indian Origin/Posthumous. The list comprises of 5 Padma Vibhushan, 27 Padma Bhushan, and 77 Padma Shri Awardees. 

Padma Vibhushans:

  1. Shri K G Subrantinvan (Art-Painting & Sculpture)
  2. Late Shri Mario De Miranda (Art-Cartoonist)
  3. Late (Dr.)Bhupen Ilazarika (Art- Vocal Music)
  4. Dr. Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti (Medicine – Orthopedics)
  5. Shri T V Rajeswar (Civil Service)

Padma Bhushans:

  1. Smt Shabana Azmi (Art)
  2. Shri Khakd Choudhuiy (Art – Theatre)
  3. Shri Jatin Das (Art – Painting) 
  4. Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta (Art – Instrumental Music – Sarod)
  5. Shri Dharmendra Singh Deol alias Dharmendra (Art – Cinema)
  6. Dr. Trppunithwra Viswanathan GopaLkrishnan (Art – Classical vocal and instrumental music)
  7. Ms. Mira Nair (Art – Cinema)
  8. Shri MS. Gopalakrishnan (Art – Instrumental Music-Violin)
  9. Shri Anish Kapoor (Art – Sculpture)
  10. Shri Satya Narayan Goenka (Social Work)
  11. Dr. (Judge) Pati,andla Chandrasekhar Rao (Public Affairs)
  12. Shri George Yong-Boon Yeo (Public Affairs)
  13. Prof Shashikuntar Chitre (Science and Engineering)
  14. Dr. M S Ragiunathan (Science and Engineering)
  15. Shri Subbiah Murugappa Velbyan (Trade and Industry) 
  16. Shri Balasubraniinian Muthuraman (Trade and Industry)
  17. Dr. Suresh H. Ad’vani (Medicine – Oncology)
  18. Dr. Noshir H Wadia (Medicine-Neurology)
  19. Dr. Devi Prasad Shettv (Medicine-Cardiology)
  20. Prof (Dr.) Shantaram Baiwant Mujurndar (Literature and Education)
  21. Prof Vidya Dehejia (Literature and Education)
  22. Prof Arvind Panagariya (Literature and Education)
  23. Dr. Jose Pereira (Literature and Education)
  24. Dr. Ilorni K. Bhabha (Literature and Education)
  25. Shri N Vinal (Civil Service) 
  26. Shri Mata Prasad (CMI Service)
  27. Shri Ronen Sen (Civil Service)

Padmashree :

  1. Shri Vanraj Bhatia (Art – Music)
  2. Shri Zia Fariduddin Dagar (Art – Music – vocal)
  3. Smt. Nameirakpam Ibemni Devi (Art – Music- Khongjom Parba)
  4. Shri Ramachandra Subraya Hegde Chittani (Art – Yakshagana dance drama)
  5. Shri Moti Lal Kemmu (Art – Playwright) 
  6. Shri Shahid Parvez Khan (Art – Instrumental Music-Sitar)
  7. Shri Mohan Lal Kumhar (Art – Terracotta) 
  8. Shri Sakar Khan Manganiar (Art – Folk Music) 
  9. Smt. Joy Michael (Art – Theatre)
  10. Dr. Minati Mishra (Art – Indian Classical Dance-Odissi)
  11. Shri Natesan Muthuswamy (Art – Theatre)
  12. Smt. R. Nagarathnamma (Art – Theatre)
  13. Shri Kalamandalm Sivan Nambootiri (Art – Indian Classical Dance- Kutiyattam)
  14. Smt. Yamunabai Waikar (Art – Indian Folk Music-Lavani)
  15. Shri Satish Alekar (Art – Playwright)
  16. Pandit Gopal Prasad Dubey (Art – Dance and Choreography)
  17. Shri Ramakant Gundecha and Shri Umakant Gundecha (Art – Indian Classical Music- Vocal)
  18. Shri Anup Jalota (Art-Indian Classical Music- Vocal)
  19. Shri Soman Nair Priyadarsan (Art – Cinema- Direction)
  20. Shri Sunil Janah (Art-Photography)
  21. Ms. Laila Tyebji (Art-Handicrafts)
  22. Shri Vijay Sharma (Art-Painting)
  23. Smt. Shamshad Begum (Social Work)
  24. Smt. Reeta Devi (Social Work)
  25. Dr. P.K. Gopal (Social Work)
  26. Smt. Phoolbasan Bai Yadav (Social Work)
  27. Dr. G. Muniratnam (Social Work)
  28. Shri Niranjan Pranshankar Pandya (Social Work)
  29. Dr. Uma Tuli (Social Work)
  30. Shri Sat Paul Varma (Social Work)
  31. Smt.Binny Yanga (Social Work)
  32. Shri Yezdi Hirji Malegam (Public Affairs)
  33. Shri Pravin H. Parekh (Pubic Affairs)
  34. Dr. V. Adimurthy (Science and Engineering)
  35. Dr. Krishna Lal Chadha (Science and Engineering – Agriculture)
  36. Prof. Virander Singh Chauhan (Science and Engineering)
  37. Prof. Rameshwar Nath Koul Bamezai (Science and Engineering)
  38. Dr. Vijaypal Singh (Science and Engineering – Agricultural Research)
  39. Dr. Lokesh Kumar Singhal (Science and Engineering)
  40. Dr. Yagnaswami Sundara Rajan (Science and Engineering)
  41. Prof. Jagadish Shukla (Science and Engineering)
  42. Ms. Priya Paul (Trade and Industry)
  43. Shri Shoji Shiba (Trade and Industry)
  44. Shri Gopinath Pillai (Trade and Industry)
  45. Shri Arun Hastimal Firodia (Trade and Industry)
  46. Dr. Swati A. Piramal (Trade and Industry)
  47. Prof. Mahdi Hasan (Medicine-Anatomy)
  48. Dr. Viswanathan Mohan (Medicine – Diabetology)
  49. Dr. J. Hareendran Nair (Medicine – Ayurveda)
  50. Dr. Vallalarpuram Sennimalai Natarajan (Medicine – Geriatrics)
  51. Dr. Jitendra Kumar Singh (Medicine – Oncology)
  52. Dr. Shrinivas S. Vaishya (Medicine-Healthcare)
  53. Dr. Nitya Anand (Medicine – Drugs Research)
  54. Late Dr. Jugal Kishore (Medicine – Homoeopathy)
  55. Dr. Mukesh Batra (Medicine-Homeopathy)
  56. Dr. Eberhard Fischer (Literature and Education)
  57. Shri Kedar Gurung (Literature and Education)
  58. Shri Surjit Singh Patar (Literature and Education – Poetry)
  59. Shri Vijay Dutt Shridhar (Literature and Education – Journalism)
  60. Shri Irwin Allan Sealy (Literature and Education) 
  61. Ms. Geeta Dharmarajan (Literature and Education)
  62. Prof. Sachchidanand Sahai (Literature and Education)
  63. Smt. Pepita Seth (Literature and Education) 
  64. Dr. Ralte L. Thanmawia (Literature and Education) 
  65. Shri Ajeet Bajaj (Sports – Skiing)
  66. Smt. Jhulan Goswami (Sports – Women’s Cricket)
  67. Shri Zafar Iqbal (Sports-Hockey)
  68. Shri Devendra Jhajrija (Sports – Athletics- Paralympics)
  69. Shri Limba Ram (Sports – Archery)
  70. Shri Syed Mohammed Arif (Sports – Badminton)
  71. Prof. Ravi Chaturvedi (Sports- Commentary)
  72. Shri Prabhakar Vaidya (Sports-Physical Education)
  73. Shri T. Venkatapathi Reddiar (Others-Horticulture)
  74. Dr. K. (Kota) Ullas Karanth (Others-Wildlife Conservation and Environment Protection)
  75. Shri K Paddayya (Others-Archaeology)
  76. Shri Swapan Guha (Others-Ceramics)
  77. Dr. Kartikeya V. Sarabhai (Others – Environmental Education)

For the complete and Original list click here.

Year 2012 for Me

Posted: January 15, 2012 by Shishir Gupta in Just For Fun
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A new year brings a lot of joy, big expectations, resolutions, and high hopes along with it. Also, how the New Year start depends a lot on how one ends the previous year, irrespective of how the complete year had panned out. For me this year 2012, will always be a little sad for many aspects. And amazingly it has nothing to do with my 2011.

2011, was a mixed bag for me had some good moments and some bad as well. Though my professional career was at bay, my personal life had some big moments, a few very good, and a couple of them bad as well. Though I must admit that the good moments were a little to many, to write out of which a few of them where: I earned an Erdős Number, made some great friends at office in Achyut, Sandip, Moiz, Firoz, and Sandeep, joined an executive MBA course and have been performing well in it, and many more. The sad part were probably the only accidents that happened to me, as one of them was a major one and pretty serious (in fact this too can fit into the happy zone as there were only one accident as I call it, which a pretty good figure as compared to the previous years). The other only sad story can be that my good friendship with Umesh has probably been going through a few turbulant times.

The entry into 2012 hasn’t really been good as I fell critically ill, but this is not what the major setback is for me. The biggest problem will be that I would turn 25 this year in May, probably this a great figure and people look up for it, but that not in my case. This number is what I have been dreading for past many years, as 25 means that I am officially no longer dependent on my father and with that I will have to do away with all my army background benefits that I have been enjoying for more than 24 years. Probably this is the most dreaded number amongst the army kids, and unfortunately for me it has to come this year. Now no more army canteen, no more airline/train discounts, no more free entry into army clubs and sport centres, and probably no more army hospital treatment (and I am really scared of this). I am already getting scared with just the thought of losing all of these privileges, and turning completely into what we used to “a civilian”.       

Apart from these two probable “dreadful” events life looks pretty comfortable in the coming year, unless the first two weeks of the year repeat itself again and again. Though the start has not really been good so far. Also this year is termed as year when the world will end, I am not sure of the world, but surely I came close to see my life end in the past two weeks. Hopefully this year will bring very few accidents and lot of success. I was also able to keep up to most of my resolutions taken last year, hopefully I will able to keep that trend up this year as well.


Well honestly, a meeting of such a kind is something not very new to me. I have had a couple of opportunities in the past where I had just managed to avoid it. But I guess this time I got the closest to meet my end. It surely has not been a good start to a new year, but that something that is not new to me. In the past 12 years (including this one now) 9 times I have been admitted to the hospital in the month of January, of which 5 times I had to be admitted in the ICU of the hospital. In fact for the past two years the trend had changed and I believed that I had finally got over with this “January issue” of mine. But it has come back this year, and is back with a bang. The last time I came as close to death was also around a similar time 4 years back. It was on 9th of January 2008, when my bike skit while I was performing stunts, and I was majorly injured. After a 5 day battle, I had finally survived that time, but my injury to the intestines that time has now come back to haunt me, big time, and had been the major cause for the events that occurred this time.   

It all happened on the Wednesday night 11th January 2012. To give you a small background – I have had a little problem with my small intestines, as they had developed so ulcers within them which had been bleeding for over 10 days by then. The medicine I was taking was somehow not effective at all till that day. When I passed motions, fresh blood also accompanied making me weaker and weaker as every day passed by. But on the morning of 11th for the first time in 13 days I had not lost blood, this event itself caused me to get charged up and excited. I believed that finally after a fight of 12 long days the medication had worked. That day, just out of enthusiasm and excitement I took things very casually, especially my health. And all that over enthusiasm backfired.

That night I lost a huge amount of blood making my blood pressure fall to a very low level. I was immediately hurried to the hospital by my brother, mother and my cousin. My condition was in a kind of a critical state. I was in such a bad shape that around 2 a.m. in the morning I had to be transfused with a bottle of blood. That probably got me back to the normal. In fact a laser surgery was already planned for Saturday, but seeing my condition the doctors thought of not delaying the surgery that further, and have it on Friday itself. As time went by my condition was getting better, and then I took probably the most stupid step, a decision I probably regret all life, or I can say had it got a little more worse I would not have remained to regret it. I had not applied for leave for the coming days in office, so I thought of going to the office for some time, so that I could apply for leave. That act of mine took a lot of toll on my body, as I had exerted a lot already. And though my trip to office and back was very short, for just around two hours including the travelling time, that exertion was enough to be nearly fatal. After reaching back home, once again when I passed motions I lost a huge amount of blood, and for me it felt as if all the blood that was transfused in the morning had been lost. My condition had worsened, and was even worse than it was in the previous night. When I reached the hospital, the doctors took the decision of not even waiting for the next morning and operating on me as soon as possible. I was finally taken into the Operation Theatre around 7 in the evening, and by 9 the operation was successful.

I don’t know whether this was my victory over death or it was a great escape from one or I was just lucky to survive. But one thing that confuses me the most was that was my condition really that bad or was it just my carelessness and foolishness that set up my meeting with death. I really know whom to blame for all of this, my condition or my attitude towards my condition. I remember my office colleagues asking me all those 10 days to go home and take rest, but I just did not listen and probably got myself caught in such a situation.

But I must say that the 5 hours from the time I reached the hospital, till the time the operation was over were really terrible. All that time, I had this feeling that I had touched my end, and it appeared as if all the life was getting reflected before me. And after that all I don’t know but I believe I am a changed man now. I have suddenly started respecting life a little more. I have always been very careless when it comes to my health. In fact health has always been very low on my priority list. In fact the 2008 event also did not teach me much on this front. All it taught was that I had to ride my bike safely, nothing else. But this time around I have a feeling things have changed, and I believe that I will have to change my priority list for sure, getting health somewhere towards the top from bottom.

I hope that all the events that occurred during the past two weeks change my perspective towards life and that now I have no more such “lovely” trysts with my end in distant future.