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Humour: It`s all in the name

It`s all in the name What’s in a name, asks someone who just cannot remember monikers.  In anyone else it would have been advance notification of the onset of senility. In my family, in the greater clan, it just reaffirms the passage of a tradition we aren’t too thrilled about. The thing is, we aren’t…

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Travel: Chausat Yogini temple in Jabalpur

It was the stuff of adventure: stumbling on a small, mysterious but beautiful temple,  the Chausat Yogini mandir, tucked into a fold of a hill up above the Narmada river. When you are far down in the swirling gorge of the mighty Narmada river you catch your first glimpse of it. More than a hundred…

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Humour: No more idlis!

                               No More Idlis Sometimes, when dreams come true, it can be more than you bargained for. When I am in the northern regions of the country, I dream of idlis. I dream of tucking  into a heaped plate of the…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/WOMAN ON THE TRAIN

    DECCAN HERALD Tuesday, December 09, 2003   RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE Woman on the trainBy SHEILA KUMAR It was the long, slow train from Karnataka to Bihar. When we got on, dawn was still breaking, so the moment the attendant got our bedding, all of us made our beds and fell asleep. We were awoken…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/HERBAL COSMETICS, REALLY AND TRULY NATURAL?

Saturday, November 29, 2003 Really and truly natural?Cosmetics that proclaim they are herbal and natural could do with a closer look, suggests SHEILA KUMAR Oh, I’m not throwing the baby out with the bath water, I’m not tarring all natural cosmetics with a brush of suspicion. I am myself an enthusiastic user of both botanical…

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Humour: Chasing Kajol

Note: This was before Ajay Devgn dropped the `a` in his surname. Chasing Kajol It happened when I was living in the Nilgiris. I got a call from the local correspondent for a national daily. “Ajay Devgan and Kajol are setting up camp for a shoot in Ooty,” he said. I was working for Femina,…

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Humour: Jungle Tales

Jungle Tales What people call a forest resort, SHEILA KUMAR calls home. And it’s not always roseate dawns and birdsong, she reports wryly. Okay, let me play fair. I started out mentioning roseate dawns and birdsong…I get both, in plenty. The twilight zones here are something Van Gogh and Gaugin would have loved: dramatic washes…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/ON MY GRANDFATHER

                                                                                                        RIGHT IN THE…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/A MATTER OF GIFTING

DECCAN HERALD Tuesday, September 9, 2003   A matter of gifting When it comes to giving, size does not matter; what matters is affection, a large heart By Sheila Kumar For years and years now, she had been playing Lady Bountiful but in the nicest sense ever. She was the sibling settled abroad. She had…

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Humour: Moving pictures

Moving pictures! Watching a film in a small-town theatre is a larger-than-life experience as Sheila Kumar discovers Denizens of Bangalore, rejoice. Rejoice that when you go to catch the latest Arnie or Keanu-as-Neo hijinks on the big screen, it’s just another evening out. One replete with convivial company, honey-glazed popcorn, a cola if you are…

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