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Picture Postcards

                      POSTCARDS: Such serenity after a history of such conflict. This beautiful water wonderland, Croatia’s Plitsvice Lakes, 8 kms of woods and water, 16 lakes sparkling in the sunshine, has been the site of pitched battles between the Ottoman and Habsburg empires, and then, more…

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TRAVEL: SUNDAY HERALD/MAGICAL MOSTAR

Beauty after strife Mostar sparkles anew after the terrible years of the Bosnian War You will find a reflective   mood  settling upon you at Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is a lovely little town through which the River Nevretska flows swiftly, steadily, a deep teal-blue in colour. At the designated times, the melodious sounds of azaan…

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TRAVEL: THE HINDU WEEKEND: MEANWHILE, IN GOKARNA….

    This is Woman Central and I sense it the moment I arrive. The place has that vibe exclusive to spots where women congregate. A couple of women in white yoga gear are walking down a tree-laden path. There are women doing languid lengths in the blue waters of the pool beyond the reception…

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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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