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Romesh Kheryal It is a popular saying that “Man Proposes God Disposes”. On 27 June, 2000 I alongwith my  daughter’s family proceeded to Sudh Mahadev, a famous Lord Shiva’s pilgrimage in  district Udhampur. We left Jammu at about 8 am … More
Chand Ji Bhat Pandit Tika Lal Taploo was a lion amongst men in Kashmir. I do not remember there was More
Ravinder Pal Singh Arun Sharma is a teacher, writer, mentor and an aspiring memoirist. Born and rais More
Excelsior Correspondent This is the success story of a man who with dint of his hard work, passion, More
Asiya Firdaus “I have a deep bond with India; I feel it in my heart.  My dream is to go there More
Lalit Gupta It is indeed good news that Rangeley Thakur-whose life and work is already   a subject of a monograph authored by eminent Dogri writer Om Goswami, and who has earned love and respect of artistes, writers, poets and members … More
Anusha Sharma Tariq Khan a youngster from Bufliaz area of Poonch district used to dream about Bollywood but nobody knew that this dream would come true very soon. Tariq and an acclaimed filmmaker from the same district Rahat Kazmi are … More
Mohammed Shahid Indian hockey legend passed away recently after remaining ill for sometime. His death has been widely mourned in India and abroad. Here is a life sketch of this world famous player. Mohammed Shahid has been an Indian Hockey … More
Ayushman Jamwal It is said that rebels define our times. Those with the courage and fortitude to break the shackles of conformity, armed with the eloquence and conviction to shake the slumbering masses, enriching minds and hearts with simple expressions … More
Col J P Singh, Retd Maharaja Pratap Singh, the third Dogra ruler, ruled Jammu & Kashmir for 40 years from 1885 to 1925, the longest of the all the Dogra emperors. He was very generous by nature, a moderniser and … More
Sat Prakash Suri and Dr. Gurdev Singh Dr. Shayama Prasad Mukherjee was       born in a Bengali Hindu family in          Calcutta on 6th July,1901 and his         father Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee was a prominent legal luminary of his times  who commanded respect … More
A prolific writer and dyed-in-the wool conservationist, he grew up in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, and has spent a lifetime protecting wildlife and habitats in all the three regions of the state including high-altitude Changthang on the Indo-Chinese border, the … More
R C Kotwal Chanakya, @ Kautilya @ Vishnu Gupta, was India’s  greatest philosopher, teacher, economist, jurist and a royal advisor. He has authored two greatest books thousands of years ago and his book Arthashastra (Economics) is considered as the pioneer … More
M K Raina Ratnakar He was called by all the well known artistes of the Kashmir valley , the greatest monologist of the time and till this date any such monologist of his ilk has yet to appear in the … More
Manjeet Razdan Observance of Martyr’s day in Bhaderwah on 7th June every year reminds us that almost one thousand years of salvery under the foreign invaders was frequently dotted with the saga of innumerable martyrdoms to keep the flame of … More
“Great events make me quiet and calm, it is only trifles that irritate my nerves’’. Time flies but memories never fade away. Memories leave a footprint in the life that remain hidden inside the soul. It’s hard to believe that … More
Pran Pandit Late Pandit Sarvanand Koul was born on November 02, 1924 at Sof-Shali. Perhaps a microcosm of Maraz (South Kashmir) is the village Sof-Shali (ancient Sanskrit name, Saft-Shaleshwar), which sits on the bank of River Brengi. Perched among the … More
Rajesh Dhar Son of soil, Arjun Krishna and daughter of soil, Aprajita Mahajan are making a Bollywood debut on the big screen with euphoric children oriented Movie ‘Nanhe Farishtey’, being produced by Actor/Producer, Arjun and directed by Aprajita in assistance … More
Son of the soil Swantantra Bharat hailing from Trikuta Nagar has brought laurels to the State of Jammu and Kashmir by doing character roles on Silver Screen. Daily Excelsior Correspondent Ajay Raina caught up with the Bollywood star in a … More
Dr. Usha Bagati My association with Guru Shamboo Nath Sopori Ji goes back almost four decades. Seeing my aptitude for music, my uncle Late Dwarika Nath Kher, who also used to play the Sitar as a hobby introduced me to … More
Ravi Rohmetra “TU NAHI TERI ULFAT ABHI TAK DIL ME HAI” “BUJH CHUKI HAI SHAMMA, ROSHNI ABHI TAK MEHFIL ME HAI This is the tale of a towering personality who worked selflessly for the cause of people. A personality who … More
Sunny Dua Born to a Dogra couple, the journey of Sonali Dogra from being a casual singer to win the prestigious title of ‘Voice of Punjab’ organised by PTC’s Singing Talent Hunt Show in Amritsar and that too after picking … More
Nasir Ahmed Bajjar History has witnessed several types of leaders. But when we think about outstanding personalities, the name of Late Choudhary Wazir Mohd Hakla of Vill Bandi Chechian District Poonch J&K, a very sincere, hardworking and devoted leader  who … More
Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat From last over a decade we have seen tremendous technological advancements around us. The modern world demands an effective leadership from the educated women. We need hardworking, progressive and dynamic women as entrepreneurs who can play … More
Ashok Kumar Sawhney Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, the Siachen hero, who left the whole nation in tears after breathing his last on 11th February, 2016 makes me feel of the connect between all  of us. I remember, “The universe is … More
Real, in common parlance is what is discernible to human eye, can be felt, heard or experienced. This  simplistic definition, undoubtedly, keeps aside the metaphysical and long-winded aspects of  the word ‘real’. Nevertheless, there are certain inward human feelings, thoughts, … More
Puran Chander Sharma Birth of the Apostle Born to Vishwanath Datta & Bhuvaneshwari in 1863,  Narendranath from his early years was a distinguished figure among his play-mates and companions. Keen in intelligence, and vivid imagination, extraordinary memory, deep power of … More
Excelsior Correspondent There is no denying fact that people from Jammu are extremely talented. They have been excelling in film and music arena since long. Showcasing their talent and making us all proud by their achievements and acknowledging that they … More
Nishikant Khajuria A well educated young man from extreme south of India, is on a mission here, the other end on northern part of the country, for awareness against toxic non-biodegradable Thermocol and promotion of eco-friendly disposables. Sathya Prabhu, a … More
Rajesh Dutta There is no denying the fact that people from Jammu have been excelling in Film industry since long – showcasing their talent and making us all feel proud in acknowledging that they are the real heroes and the … More
Nishikant Khajuria Taru Katoch Nargotra of Jammu is a celebrity now as she has been crowned Mrs Global India Sinagore-2015. She was also declared as Mrs Fitness and Mrs Elegant in the same contest `Mrs Global India Expat Singapore 2015′- … More
In conversation with Excelsior, Dr. Sohit Paul Kanotra, Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, USA, was invited to conduct a continuing medical education on ‘Pediatric Deafness and implantable hearing devices’ on Children’s day, 14th … More
Conveying clear message to the youths, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, popularly known by his ring name ‘The Great Khali’ said that youth should not indulge in the social evils and other criminal activities but should prefer … More
Ravi Rohmetra Duggar land has its own brilliant and unique history. It has given birth to politicians, academicians, social works and leaders of caliber.One prominent amongst them has been Pt. Prem Nath Dogra.He was born in village Smailpur on 24th … More
Lalit Gupta In times when there is hue and cry about dismal standards of government runs schools in the state, it  will be very difficult for present generations to visualize that around 1950s and 60s, government  schools were not only … More
While Sania Mirza continues to rock as with Martina Hingis she just claimed the US Open title more women tennis sensations are in the making in India. Ankita Raina has been climbing the WTA rankings pretty steadily. At 16 she … More
Lalit Gupta In total contrast to present day socio-cultural developments where abundant opportunities are available for young persons to pursue their heart’s desires as a vocation, no such options were there in 1950s, especially for those with inborn flair for … More
Lalit Gupta With more than 30 or more registered drama groups with their Sunday, Monday, Friday performances  finding regular and liberal media coverage, the reality is that theatre scene in Jammu is nothing but  summation of individual success stories which … More
Lalit   Gupta The three week stay of Bapi Bose, a radical theatre director in the winter capital, in connwill be remembered for uniquely galvanizing the selected group of young theatre enthusiasts for a serious and meaningful creative expression and also … More
Excelsior Correspondent Prof  Yog Raj Sharma is the Chief of Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and Professor of Ophthalmology and Consultant Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon. Prof Sharma is also Advisor (Ophthalmology) … More
The word yoga means different things to different people. Some say it is asanas, some believe it is the spiritual path and some talk about the health benefits. So what according to you is yoga? Yoga is not just a … More
Col J P Singh, Retd Miliatry history is written by the victor. But the history made with supreme sacrifice of men and women defending their motherland and written in blood, even if defeated, is never allowed to die. Such history … More
Ravi Rohmetra Judge Harbans Lal Bhagotra was born on 25th June 1916 in an affluent family of Mirpur . His father Lala Deewan Chand and grand father Kanshi Ram were renowned business men of Mirpur. His mother Ram Khetri expired … More
D R Bhagat The Harijan Mandal of Jammu And Kashmir, which had its headquarters at R.S.Pura was struggling for the human rights of dalits which were otherwise denied to them by the so called upper caste people of Hindu society. … More
Davinder Singh Mahatma  Sardar Budh Singh can easily be described as father of political unrest in Jammu and Kashmir State. He raised a voice of dissent and revolt against the then prevailing system much before any other  organised political movement … More
J.L.Zutshi Some people are actually not the sons of the soil yet their contributions in the state make them important part of its development process. Er. T.K.Basu is one such persons who shall be remembered in J&K for his contribution … More
Hamid Shah Hashmi Surrounded by a group of small children, Riaz Ahmad is busy teaching them lessons of life. He has taken into his own hands, in his case his feet, the responsibility of shaping the future of this country. … More
Ajay Sudan Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behavior. It represents the reasons for people’s actions, desires and needs. Motivation means one’s direction to behavior or what causes a person to want a repeat a behavior and vice … More
Lalit Gupta Satire, wit and humor occupy an importnat place in Dogra  society. The day to day conversation is invariably marked  with flashes of humor. The modern Dogri literature, being the reflection of  Dogra values, sensibility and ethos, has imbibed … More
Ravi Rohmetra Duggar land has produced politicians , academicians, social workers ,journalists , writers, singers , actors and leaders of caliber. One  amongst them is renowned santoor Maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. He  is a very famous classical musician, who … More
O.P. Sharma Dogri novel rooted in social milieu by noted writer Shailender Singh a senior Police Officer in his book; ‘Hashiye Par: For a Tree to Grow’ is translated and published in English by the by leading Oxford University Press. … More
Brij Mohan Sharma “Arise! Awake! And Stop not till the goal is reached .’’ This thunderous and eternal message from Upanishads uttered in equally thunderous voice by Swami Vivekananda freely, frequently and vigorously, more than a century ago, roused the … More
O  P Sharma Begum Akhtar  was a most outstanding Indian singer of Ghazal, Dadra, and Thumri. She had earned the title of Malika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals)  and the year 2014 is being observed as her anniversary year. Begum Akhtar real … More
Aijaz Qaiser Life’s inanities & pomposities lead us all into a state of conceit,  and a willful defiance least concerned about the compatriots and their lives. Don’t know what actually has gone wrong inside us. Something  missing  the way humans … More
OP Sharma “Landscaping design is crucial for congenial environ for better living. In the ever growing population and the fast growing need for shelters, the urgency of having synergy of best of man-nature relationship is pivotal indeed”. This view was … More

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