Friday, July 13, 2018

'Vive la Republique Francaise' by K.J.S.Chatrath

Sunday, April 29, 2018

'Indian Literature Speaks French' - by Blake Smith

Eglise St. Etienne, Paris- 2013

Interested in knowing more about Indians writing in French? Take a look at a learned article by Blake Smith "Indian Literature Speaks French" by clicking at the link below:

Sunday, March 25, 2018

French Cop who took place of hostage dies (news) ...Respectful salute by K.J.S.Chatrath- by K.J.S.Chatrath

The Tribune, Chandigarh, March 25, 2018.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

'Respectful homage to 3 Indian soldiers who died this day 103 years back on 22nd March 1915 in France' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

आज से ठीक १०३ साल पहले यानि २२ मार्च १९१५ को भारत के तीन सपूत फ्रांस की रक्षा करते हुए वहां शहीद हो गए।  उनकी और ३१५ अन्य भारतीय  सैनिकों और असैनिकों की याद में पथरों पर उनके नाम लिख कर लगाये गएँ हैं फ्रांस के एक छोटे से गांव में. उस कब्रिस्तान का नाम है मेरठ सैनिक कब्रिस्तान और वह बोलोग्न में स्तिथ है. मैं  कागज़ के फूलों की एक गठरी लेकर वहां पहुंचा और उन शहीदों को फूल अर्पित किए जो १०० साल से किसी भारतीय से मिलने की राह देख रहे थे. यह १२० करोड़ भारतीओं की ओर से और मेरे निजी तौर से श्रद्धांजलि थी. यह भारतीय सेना की मेरठ डिवीज़न के जवान थे. जय हिन्द!

NO. 1669
DIED 22nd MARCH 1915.

He lies commemorated in  row I.C.47 of the cemetery. He was son of  Karam Sing of Ratora, Pauri, Garwhal, United Provinces.

NO. 2024
DIED 22nd  MARCH 1915.

*91st  Punjabis Light Infantry

He lies commemorated in row I.C.44 of the cemetery. He was son of Bansi Ram of Khaira of Palampur, Kangra,   Punjab.

 While the martyr's name is etched as 'Sidhram' on the stone in the cemetery, in the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, it is written as 'Sidhuam'

NO. 4677
He lies commemorated in row I.C.46 of the cemetery. He was son of Jhandu Singh of Moroli or Dig, Bharatpur, Rajputana.

While the martyr's designation is etched as 'Sepoy' on the stone in the cemetery, in the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, it is mentioned as 'Follower'- that is a non-combatant.

That is me outside the gate of the cemetery in 1916.

Monday, March 5, 2018

'Oh these French & their politesse (politeness)! - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I saw this sign outside a shop in Peronne in northern France. Roughly translated in English it would mean, "In pursuance of the official orders, our Animal Friends are not admitted".

'Our Animal Friends'- Oh, Quelle politesse (How polite)!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

'Oh these French!' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Eels restaurant, Paris. 

  Eels restaurant Paris.

  Oh these French!

 I am convinced that they have special genes for creating and appreciating beauty........

Friday, February 16, 2018

'The French and their dogs...' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I visited a small town called Peronne in France in 2017. It is 126 kms north of Paris. It is a commune, with a population of 7800, of the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. It is close to where the 1916, first 1918 and second 1918 Battles of the Somme took place during the First World War. I went to this place as there is a British & Indian cemetery here where 318 Indian soldiers, who died fighting and defending Frnce during the WWI, lie commemorated. More on that seperately.

I was amused to find this Saloon for dogs while strolling through the place. The French want their dogs to be as well turned out as their owners. Incidentally it is whispered that the French take a bath rather infrequently and the perfume industry is flourishing because of that. Mais c'est pas vrai!

Ah, these French!

 Psst...dont miss the dog crouching in the first floor window of the building.