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Book review: The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel

THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel, HarperCollins Publisher. In the first of her Tudor trilogy, Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel  introduced us to Thomas Cromwell,  the blacksmith`s son. Through Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies and now, The Mirror &  the Light, the reader watches Cromwell`s dizzying  rise as he becomes Master Secretary, then…

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Book review: The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

  The Bookseller`s Tale Shaun Bythell, a Scotsman of slightly curmudgeonly nature and a deep and abiding love of books,  buys a bookstore in Wigtown and sets about making it arguably the most popular bookshop on the Scottish isle. In between trips hither and thither to look at book collections and buy as he sees…

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Book review: This Land Is Our Land by Suketu Mehta

Meanwhile, migrants elsewhere….. Suketu Mehta`s THIS LAND IS OUR LAND is the intelligent combination of the personal, where Mehta talks of many members of his clan migrating to the US, and the professional, where he traces the troubled route of people braving some almost insurmountable odds to make a happy place for themselves in a…

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Brief Takes: Daughters of the Sun by Ira Mukhoty

 Behind the zardosi drapes This wonderful book is a detailed  riposte to the traditional image of harems as a place of hothouse sex, with special focus on the Mughal harems. In her foreword, the author states that accounts of the Oriental harem are usually a lurid and sometimes fantastical mix of bazaar gossip, stray gleanings…

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REVIEW: SUNDAY MAGAZINE OF THE HINDU/THE STORY OF A LONG-DISTANCE MARRIAGE by SIDDESH INAMDAR

  Sheila Kumar   IN SHORT | BOOKS A marriage of inconvenience Rohan and Ira are an “unjinxable couple” (Rohan’s words, not mine) and that, of course, tempts fate. Ira goes off to NYC to study, Rohan stays behind at his newspaper desk job, and a series of jinxes proceeds to hit them. A gulf begins…

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REVIEW: TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH by RANULPH FIENNES

Ranulph Fiennes and his amazingly intrepid team became, in 1982, the first to navigate the globe in circumpolar fashion, passing through both ends of the polar axis over land. The book is a fascinating account of this labour of seven years. Funnily enough, the best passage I found was not written by Fiennes himself. It…

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FEATURE: THE HINDU LIT FOR LIFE FEST, 2014

The Hindu’s three-day Lit for Life Fest, 11-13 January 2014.  I will confess: I went for Colin Thubron. (Pics, Sheila Kumar and the Lit for Life site.) The takeaways from Day One of the Lit for Life fest for me was Pablo Bartholomew’s deeply disturbing Bhopal Disaster slideshow offset by his ponderous, dispassionate commentary. Barkha Dutt talked of women in…

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FEATURE: THE HINDU SUNDAY MAGAZINE/INTERVIEW WITH SHYAM AHUJA

A man with designs SHEILA KUMAR A Shyam Ahuja Dhurrie. Photo: Special Arrangement A Shyam Ahuja Dhurrie. Photo: Special Arrangement Shyam Ahuja. Photo: Special Arrangement                       Fifty years ago, Shyam Ahuja launched his brand of dhurries.                   …

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FEATURE: VERVE MAGAZINE/UNBELIEF IN THE TIME OF FANATICISM

VERVE Magazine/First Quarter 2002 Unbelief In The Times Of Fanaticism As terrorism stalks the streets cloaked in religious sentiment, SHEILA KUMAR finds comfort in her unbelief                                                        PHOTOS: SHEILA…

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FEATURE: FEMINA MAGAZINE/MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT

FEMINA POWERED BYINDIATIMES Indiatimes > Femina > Parenting >  My Greatest Achievement By Sheila Kumar Recently, a magazine carried an article on role reversals and their hidden fallout. A working couple decide to have a baby and share parenting 60-40. That is, with the husband doing 60 per cent of the caring and nurturing, and the wife handling the rest. Within…

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