Comfortably Numb

Sheila Kumar's Storehouse

FEATURE: THE TIMES OF INDIA OPED/SIACHEN

TOI Oped, 8 Dec 1995 Siachen’s meter keeps on ticking It’s another cold grey day. The weather has packed up for over 20 days now, and it doesn’t seem as if the weak sun will break through today. His fibreglass hut (FGH) is comfortingly warm and he doesn’t want to get out of his heavy-duty…

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FEATURE: FOOD/ TRENDS OPUS MAGAZINE/THE FARMHOUSE, BANGALORE

TRENDS OPUS MAGAZINE/ October 1993 FARMHOUSE FIESTA Imagine. Imagine you are motoring through the south of France, wine country. It’s a balmy day, there’s a slight breeze ruffling your hair (you are travelling in an open-top convertible, of course), your camera is going click-click-click. Before you know it, the morning has sped past and there…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/TRIBUTE/LETTER TO A FATHER

DECCAN HERALD/ Summer 1993                                                    Letter to a Father      The morning post brought little Kelly a letter from her father stationed in an obscure hamlet in the Kashmir valley….

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Travel: Winter in Kashmir

  This is a snow song, an ode to the beauty of winter in Kashmir. Nights in white satin and days of shining glory…that is the serene beauty of winter in Gulmarg. The poet who talked of a winter wonderland was quite definitely talking about Gulmarg as far as I am concerned. And yet, in…

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FEATURE: THE SUNDAY TIMES OF INDIA/PROFILE OF MANI RATNAM

The Sunday Times of India/November 1992 The friendly neighbourhood storyteller Sheila and Sujatha Kumar assess the technical virtuosity and emotional impact of Mani Ratnam’s films A fat golden orb shoots up from behind some riverside reeds. The first piercing notes of a mellifluous flute rises, in tandem with the sun. Then, there follows a series…

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FEATURE: FEMINA MAGAZINE/ON PLATONIC FRIENDSHIPS

Femina/June 1992                       A passion called friendship Of late, ‘passionate friendships’ have been much in the news thanks to Pandit Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten, a  couple who have had reams of newsprint devoted to their mutual devotion. I read it all, the unending speculation about…

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FEATURE: THE TIMES OF INDIA/TRIBUTE TO FREDDIE MERCURY

                                                                      TRIBUTE I can just hear it, the Voice From Above crooning softly, questioningly, “Ready, Freddie?“ And down below, on his…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/TRIBUTE TO A BLACK AMBI

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD MIDDLE/A GIFT FOR AMMA

                                     A gift for Amma It used to be the easiest thing in the world to buy my grandmother a birthday present. Better still, it used to be a whole lot of fun, involving quite a bit of…

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Feature: My Own Time Capsule

                          My Own Time Capsule This morning, the first thing I saw when I opened the front door was a solitary hibiscus flower, blood red against a foliage of emerald green leaves. I stood staring for a moment, then shut my eyes. And…

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