Author Archives: Shiv Rana

About Shiv Rana

A veteran of the Indian Army.

205th Raising Day Celebrated Like No Other

Five years ago I Was at Mamun Cantt, Pathankot, to celebrate the bicentenary of 1/1 Gorkha Rifles on 24th April 2015. Over 1000 people of all ages, from all ranks, had come from as far as England and remote corners … Continue reading

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A Hill Called *Melrose*

Prologue In combat operations, it is generally not possible to find an objective with a proper noun. Therefore, world armies create their own names to identify their objectives for any operation to easy understanding assimilation by all troops involved in … Continue reading

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Anaconda Train

In the din of COVID 19 and the competition of मैं भी expert in the TV Channels, important news of Anaconda train run by the Indian Railways was never heard nor was it ever seen in the TV. But when … Continue reading

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Grey Mule – A War Veteran of 1st WW

A true story of a war veteran mule Animal transport was an integral part of the Sapper warfare. The story of the ‘Grey Mule’, revered as the most travelled mule in the world, enjoys a legendary status in the lore … Continue reading

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We Will Miss You Yoda

(06 June 2005 – 08 April 2020) The below poem is dedicated to you, YODA, from the RANAS Rudyard Kipling’s Poem – A Dog for Jesus A Dog for Jesus(Where dogs go when they die)** I wish someone had given … Continue reading

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This Too Shall Pass (COVID 19)

A post written by an Army wife – Nancy Singh. I thought I should share (copy-paste). I contemplated a couple of times before actually jotting it down. I know probably few will still not agree to me and try to … Continue reading

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India Specific COVID 19 Research by John Hopkins and CDDEP

Johns Hopkins University and CDDEP have done a simulation modelling related to COVID 19 for India and made publicly available on 24 March 2020. Those interested may please read the report on the below link. It is quite startling to … Continue reading

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CENSUS 2021: Sensitization of Gorkhas

The Constitution has mandated to conduct decennial census under Article 246, listed at serial 69. And the next census will be undertaken from 01 Apr 2021. Every country conducts a census to record changes in demography which illustrates the changing … Continue reading

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Dad Lags Behind: Why?

Got a following write-up in whatsapp message and it touched me really and made me think as thi why fathers are not so well put on high pedestal as mothers are. In a world, with women fighting for equality and … Continue reading

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Why I Did Not Vote for AAP (Aam Admi Party)

I live in Delhi 1993 and I have sincerely voted in every election after my retirement. I am not a die-hard cadre of any party. I have voted for Congress, I have voted for BJP and I have also voted … Continue reading

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