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PHOTE FEATURE: NOSTALGIA TRIP/ ULLAPOOL ON ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND

Sometimes, you pull out a plate to heap sliced tomatoes on, and it opens the door immediately to a Nostalgia Trip: to Ullapool, a fishing village on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.   The crockery cupboard at the charming B & B, Rosslyn Cottage, where we stayed two nights.    Ullapool, gently hedged by…

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HUMOUR: SUNDAY HERALD/WEIGHTLESS WORRIES

Weightless worries during Covid times In which soothing music increased, not decreased, worry My sleepless nights are getting to be a matter of concern for my kith and kin. I`m a certified worrywart and the Virus-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named has worsened my chronic insomnia.  None of the tried and tested remedies are working. I`d worry about the sheep…

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FEATURE: FEMINA/THE SRK REVELATIONS

I cannot, in all honesty, say that meeting Shah Rukh Khan changed my life. But yes, it shattered some long-held myths and reinforced  some others. The meeting occurred when SRK was shooting in my office for his home production ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hain Hindustani’. When the news sizzled – and I use the word ‘sizzled’…

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Brief Takes: Hurree Jamset Ram Singh in the Billy Bunter books

I wonder if anyone else on here was as conflicted about the character Hurree Jamset Ram Singh of the Billy Bunter books, he of the supposedly sage and incomprehensible pronouncements like “the wishfulness of the jug that goes to the well is terrific.“ Apart from the confusion regarding that name, which inferred the character was…

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Brief Takes: My Father`s Garden by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

And once in a rarish while, along comes a book, the contents of which are seamlessly compatible with its jacket pic. Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar`s MY FATHER`S GARDEN (Speaking Tiger Books) is one such book. The reader`s eye is caught and held first by the sumptuous illustration on the cover. And once they start to read…

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FEATURE: SUBTLE EDGE/ARE JOKES DURING COVID-19 PERSONA NON GRATA?

ARE JOKES PERSONA NON GRATA DURING COVID-19? Sheila Kumar Coronavirus times. Tough times. As the infection is sweeping across   country after country, toppling people, economies and virtually the world as we know it, it is being made clear to us that we need to recalibrate ourselves, our beliefs, our lifestyle. But we also need to…

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GUEST COLUMN: THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE/STAYING ALIVE, STAYING RELEVANT

  Staying alive, staying relevant The weeks of social distancing are stretching on, becoming as elastic as time itself. All the multitudes who displayed remarkable fortitude, a biting sense of humour and admirable pragmatism in facing the situation are now, understandably, chafing at the bit. Think about it. The new virus is the wild animal out…

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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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Lockdown activities and musings

                                            Epiphany: I really am a Shakespeare junkie. Will watch anything written by da man from Stratford-upon- Avon. Then again, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Globe Theatre`s latest streaming, was a fun watch, on…

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BOOK REVIEW: SUNDAY HERALD/DARA SHUKOH: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING by AVIK CHANDA

A mystic’s misfortune Dara Shukoh’s vision for a just, tolerant, secular and humane India seems today as unrealised as his dream of becoming the king  A contemplative ‘what if’ nebula hangs over Avik Chanda’s gripping book on Dara Shukoh. Dara was Emperor Shah Jahan’s eldest, most favoured son and heir apparent. He, however, does not…

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