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TRAVEL: PRAGUE`S WALL OF LOVE AND PROTEST

All you need is love… The John Lennon Wall in Prague is a wall with a storied history In a city filled with stunningly beautiful monuments, a   Gothic bridge of much atmospheric antiquity, a languid river, a sprawling Palace complex, the John Lennon Wall is a bit of an anomaly. But there is no doubt…

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TRAVEL: DH/PEACOCKS AT PRAYER/ALL SAINTS GARRISON CHURCH, LUCKNOW

Peacocks at prayer Lucknow cantonment`s All Saints Garrison Church is one sumptuous Raj relic As we turned left into the compound of our army guest house, I almost dislocated my neck, the aforementioned neck being sharply turned to the right. Because what met my eyes on the right was a truly magnificent sight, something that…

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TRAVEL: DECCAN HERALD/TARATARINI TEMPLE, ODISHA

  Where beauty & power meet Shakti peetha  Sheila Kumar, JAN 26 2019 The origins of the TaraTarini temple in Ganjam, Odisha, is shrouded in the mists of time Our trip from Behrampur starts off well enough, with the sun shining bright and stray, fat clouds dotting the startlingly blue skies. `The last time we…

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TRAVEL: THE NEWS MINUTE/SAKLESHPUR BY CAMPER

Travel Of bunk beds and kitchenettes: A fun camper trip to Karnataka’s Sakleshpur Our 17-feet-long trailer held a compact bathroom complete with bathtub, TV, kitchenette with microwave, mini fridge and a cupboard full of board games. Sheila Kumar Saturday, February 09, 2019  Chandrakanth R, CEO of Camper Trails, gently warns us that it might be…

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TRAVEL: DECCAN HERALD/THOTLAKONDA, ANDHRA PRADESH

  History on a hill Thotlakonda in Andhra Pradesh is today a hazy hark-back to its glorious Buddhist traditions   It’s a hot day, a very hot day in fact. The sun glares down mercilessly and I`m glad of the foresight to have carried a hat. There is a strong breeze blowing, though, carrying the…

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TRAVEL: THE HINDU SUNDAY MAGAZINE/THE WAY WE ARE

                                                  SOCIETY Nightmare tourists on steroids Sheila Kumar When on holiday, we desis know just how to jump from being bindaas to crass I read of the incident that happened last…

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TRAVEL: DECCAN HERALD/THE DAMBULLA CAVES

Sheila Kumar, OCT 13 2018   Sri Lanka`s Dambulla Cave Temple stuns the viewer into an awed silence Of late, I have broken a long-time habit, that of reading up on a place before I visit it. Because, when you go someplace you know little or nothing about, the visual pleasure of what you come…

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TRAVEL: READER`S DIGEST/ 7 WONDERS OF NEW ZEALAND

NOTE: Due to space constraints, the Reader`s Digest piece carried Five Points; the following article is the original Seven Points one.  From natural beauty to fabulous food and unique local culture, this island-country is pure magic The amazing waterbodies   The deep blue of Lake Wakatipu; the ice-blue Waikato River With 4,25,000 km of rivers…

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Travel: The Week/The Sounds of New Zealand

Speechless in the Sounds By Sheila Kumar September 01, 2018 A strong ice-tipped wind is blowing through the Fiordland in New Zealand`s South Island when I board the launch that is to take me through the Milford Sound. This is big sky country and the gigantic, chubby clouds moving at a rapid clip overhead makes for…

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TRAVEL: METRO PLUS/ZEN SITES IN SRI LANKA

  TRAVEL Walking the path to Zen Sheila Kumar makes a trip to three well-preserved heritage sites in Sri Lanka and learns some lessons for life along the way         Ritigala, deep inside very dense forests (`Strict Nature Reserve,` announces a signboard), ringedby the high and dense Ritigala mountain range, is not…

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