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The Bangladesh Eye Flu

The Bangladesh Eye Flu
(Sarbjit Singh)

Sarbjit Singh

It was probably sometime in 1971 when I was around 12 years old that there was a very widespread epidemic of eye flu christened Bangladesh Eye flu. It was probably named so because this was brought in by the huge influx of Bangladeshi refugees into India around the time of Indo-Pak war. Very infectious, every third or fourth person seemed to be getting it.

As boarders in PPS (The Punjab Public School, Nabha, Punjab, India) there were very few ways of getting away from classes. Worse still, probably the only way to be able to go home during regular school days was if we got very sick. This Bangladesh Eye Flu was like a gift from God. Those who were getting ‘red eyes’ were sent home immediately because of fear of spread of the disease.

These kinds of ‘gifts’ however have a way of playing hard to get, really hard to get. I and some of my close ‘associates’ just wouldn’t get it no matter how hard we tried. We even tried touching the eyes of the inflicted individuals and then touching our own. Nope, it just wouldn’t happen. Damn ! what do we do now?



Lunch Meeting with Dr Peter Velappan

Dato Dr Peter Vellapan


Lunch Meeting with Dr Peter VelappanĀ 


I feel both honored and lucky to know and meet some great people in the world whose life journeys are both inspiring and motivating. Today had the honor of having lunch with Dato Dr Peter Velappan. He presented me with an autographed book of his and that was an icing on the proverbial cake.

In 1978, Dato Dr Velappan was appointed General Secretary of the AFC (Asian Football Confederation). He oversaw the entry of many member countries into the AFC during his tenure, which also saw Asia host its first ever FIFA World Cup. He was Coordination Director of the Organising Committee of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

After his retirement in 2007, he has been actively involved with many NGOs in fulfilling his social responsibilities.

May he keep inspiring us all for many many years to come.



Drive through S.M.A.R.T. Tunnel Malaysia (January 15,2015) | Sarbjit

Drive through S.M.A.R.T. Tunnel Malaysia (January 15,2015)

The “Stormwater Management And Road Tunnel” or “SMART Tunnel“, E38 is a storm drainage and road structure in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and a major national project in the country. The 9.7 km (6.0 mi) tunnel is the longest stormwater tunnel in South East Asia and second longest in Asia.

The main objective of this tunnel is to solve the problem of flash floods in Kuala Lumpur and also to reduce traffic jams along Jalan Sungai Besi and Loke Yew flyover at Pudu during rush hour. There are two components of this tunnel, the stormwater tunnel and motorway tunnel. It is the longest multi-purpose tunnel in the world.

In 2011, the SMART tunnel received the UN Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for its innovative and unique management of storm water and peak hour traffic.

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Sarbjit Singh


Who Am I ?

“Who Am I?”

“Who am I?”
is quite a,
good question!

A regular guy,
with a perfect family,
or a perfect guy,
with a regular family?



My Conversation with an Immigration Officer

Place : Immigration Office Putrajaya Malaysia

Immigration Officer = IO
Me = Me

Me : Good Morning !
IO : Salamat Pagi

Me : When I move around in Malaysia, can I carry a photo-copy of my passport? I worry about losing my orignal passport.
IO : When you get arrested, police would want to see the original passport.

Me : Ahhh ! Emmm ! Ohhh ! Thank you.


Sarbjit Singh


The Weekend – 50 words Story

The weekend was here again. The mere thought of a free Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning was ecstatic. Sitting or sleeping under the warmth of the winter Sun,doing nothing but that, shall be how the time would be utilised. “Man proposes, weather Man disposes!” The heavens had opened up.



“My Tryst With God”

“My Tryst With God”
( Sarbjit Singh )

I was born in a Sikh family and religion was an integral and important part of life. My father was an eye doctor and my mother was a convent educated girl from Malaya (now Malaysia). Though important, our religious rituals didn’t go beyond getting together in the evenings and reciting from the “Nitnem Gutka”, a collection of five religious prayers. My father however, did try to read through a couple of pages of the Guru Granth Sahib, the religious book of the Sikhs every day. Though religious minded or should I say spiritual, he was not a fanatic and believed in interpreting religion logically.

I was a very curious kid from ever since I remember and wanted answers to all that happened around me. My father would try to answer my questions whenever he had the time. Besides medicine, (more…)


Siblings & Branches

Tree PictureBranches of a tree are born from the same seed. When a plant is young, all branches are close to each other. As time passes and the tree grows, the branches spread out, distancing themselves from the ones which were once very near. They grow their own new branches and it goes on and on like that as the tree becomes bigger and bigger . The branches once gone far, can never meet the ones they were very close to in the beginning.

As humans, I guess the process is the same with one big difference. There is a choice and a possibility of once close siblings to stop, think, turn back and meet up with the rest. I don’t know about the branches of trees, but siblings do long for each other no matter how near or far physically they may be from each other. These feelings may not be said in so many words or shown in so many actions, but they are there somewhere hidden, somewhere buried under the burdens of life.

PS Dedicated to my own siblings who all are an integral part of my love and life…