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BOOK REVIEW: SUNDAY HERALD/RAAVAN by AMISH

Book Review: Raavan, Amish Sheila Kumar, Aug 25 2019 Insidious villain And now, the origin story for Raavan. Unlike in the lacklustre telling of Ram`s story in Ramachandra, Scion of Ishkvaku,   and Sita`s tale which,  apart from the big reveal, was a pretty straight affair, Amish gives his Raavan enough of an  edgy personality so…

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FEATURE: METROPLUS: THE BIKER CHICK WHO IS NOT!

  MOTORING The happiness of a long-distance biker Sheila Kumar Yoga teacher Sangeetha Jairam rides off into the yonder in her spare time   “I’m no biker chick,” Sangeetha Jairam says firmly. “I am more of an adventure-traveller; my motorcycle is something of a companion-teacher, who has taught, and continues to teach me, a lot…

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Brief Takes: The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus

The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus. Simon and Schuster Books UK. Such a fun read! Okay, so comparisons are odious but think Bridget Jones in Oz. However,  a Bridge who`s got her shit together a bit more,  is prettier, less scatty but equally wacky, equally witty. And a lot more well-read. This…

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FEATURE/SUNDAY MAGAZINE: THE TEATIMES OF CHILDHOOD

Remembrance of teatimes past  Looking back at 4 pm food memories It is a truth universally acknowledged, that young persons forced to spend a whole hot and humid month in their `native place,` will be forever restless, forever hungry. Back in the Eighties, our large brood of siblings and cousins were no different when we…

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BOOK REVIEW/SUNDAY HERALD: THE COURTESAN, THE MAHATMA AND THE ITALIAN BRAHMIN by MANU S PILLAI

History in sixty takes An absorbing collation of historical tales from across India   Manu S Pillai, our desi Dalrymple,  gives us another round of Indian history, this time in a collection of essays touching upon one interesting character after another, some well-known, some not, one or two quite obscure. The book is a compilation…

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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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Brief Takes: House of Stars by Keya Ghosh

I read House of Stars by Keya Ghosh (Penguin Metro Reads) on the exuberant recommendation of my teenaged niece and guess what, it was an absorbing read. This is love in the times of religious fundamentalism and communal intolerance, the nascent passions of two eighteen- year- olds, Diya from Mumbai and Kabir from Kashmir, forming…

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LITERARY REVIEW: THE STRAWBERRY THIEF by JOANNE HARRIS

In her latest book, Joanne Harris brings back Lansquenet-sous-Tannes` friendly neighbourhood witch, Vianne Rocher. Vianne`s making and scrying with chocolate again; her elder daughter Anouk has stayed behind in Paris and the younger girl Rosette is now a silent sixteen. She believes that her Maman has made a sinister pact with the wind and let…

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FEATURE: MAN`S WORLD INDIA/SOURDOUGH, HIM AND ME

  FOOD & DRINK He did, she did In which the writer attends a sourdough workshop and gets into covert competition with a man  Sheila Kumar  8 min read “This is the mother starter,” says Bengaluru-based Sour House’s Selvan Thandapani, who is guiding us through this Introduction to Sourdough workshop. We are five women aspiring sourdough bakers…

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BOOK REVIEW: LITERARY REVIEW/AYESHA AT LAST by UZMA JALALUDDIN

The Bennett bibis of Toronto All the familiar drama with some desi spice Here comes the latest P & P tweak, in the wake of a multitude of literary and cinematic adaptations of that Jane Austen classic. In Uzma Jalaluddin’s  ‘Ayesha at Last,’  the Bennet family`s trials and tribulations are given a culture tweak, and…

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