the-south-asian Life & Times                       July-Sep 2011





Editor's Note



Team India Heads
 for Argentina


  Vijay Amritraj


 Indian Military
 Academy - A World
 Class Institution

 Lt Gen R S Sujlana -    A Conversation

  Royals in Uniform 
 - A Photo feature

Dinkar Kowshik

 Trisul 1951
 Modern Indian

 60 Years of Indian


 Golden Chariot's
 'Pride of the South'
 - 5-Star Time Travel
 Thru Karnataka






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Editor’s Note

The Indian Military Academy – India’s world-class institution for training army officers – will turn 80 next year. It is our privilege to publish an in-depth feature on this elite academy on the eve of their milestone anniversary. The academy has preserved its old traditions and yet moved ahead with its state-of-the-art academic and training tools. This is our way of saying Thanks to our men and women in uniform.

In the recent past, several countries have faced a shortage of officers within their defence services, but in Europe the royalty seems to be the face of their respective armed forces. The present generation of royalty in most European kingdoms still reveres the uniform and many among them have opted for military careers. To them, it is a matter of pride and honour to earn the privilege of wearing a uniform.  SALT presents these Royals to our readers.

The Indian Polo Team has done the nation proud, after their first international victory away from home in 50 years. They won the Asian-Australasian-African Championships in Malaysia in June and are now among the top ten polo teams in the world - they will be playing in Argentina this October in the Polo World Cup Championships. Samir Suhag was named the Most Valuable Player of the seven-nation tournament that had players from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Nigeria aspiring for the title.

Our travel piece this issue is ‘Pride of the South’ - an epic journey through Karnataka aboard the luxury train Golden Chariot. The seven-day route is an once-in-a-lifetime experience, which links some of the greatest archaeological, wildlife, and seaside destinations. Hampi, Badami Caves, Kabini, and Goa are among the destinations. Enjoy the journey with SALT.

The 1951 ascent of Mount Trisul by Gurdial Singh is regarded by many as the beginning of modern Indian mountaineering. We relive this historic event in first person by the man himself. Gurdial Singh writes an account of this climb.

Dinkar Kowshik, the master painter and a prolific writer, passed on in February this year in Santiniketan, leaving behind a rich legacy of art and writings. SALT pays a tribute to a wonderful and a gentle soul.

Until next time,

Roopa Bakshi










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