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BOOK REVIEW: SUNDAY HERALD/A SECRET HISTORY OF COMPASSION by PAUL ZACHARIA

Sending up everything and everyone A scathing look at life The reader`s first reaction on reading A Secret History of Compassion is to muse over the probability that Paul Zacharia wrote up the story,  then dipped it into a vat of caustic soda. Everything is grist for his mill, or rather pen, here: writers, writing,…

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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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FEATURE: SUNDAY HERALD/TRIBUTE TO A BELOVED OLD CAR

                              My, my, my dear Delilah… Sheila Kumar, Jun 11 2017 Haute wheels   It was an Ambassador car, a stodgy vehicle,  caramel in colour. It was a 1963 make and quite the pride and delight of my armyman father. I…

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FEATURE: SUNDAY HERALD/THE NEW FACE OF HUMOUR

  As the times rapidly change, the rich seam of humour we tap into is also rapidly changing, says SHEILA KUMAR   It`s black humour, but of course. The other good-natured, gentle ribbing really would not stand up to what we are seeing and experiencing in life these days. It`s black humour and it is…

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REVIEW: SUNDAY HERALD/ MY GRANDMOTHER SENDS HER REGARDS by FREDRIK BACKMAN

Sunday 14 August 2016 A funny-wise tale Sheila Kumar    My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & ApologisesFredrik BackmanHachette2016, pp 342Rs. 399 ‘Every seven-year-old deserves a superhero.’ If that line isn’t enough to reel you in, ‘My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises’ has plenty of quirky characters and whimsical fairy tales which work just as well,…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD LIVING/TRIBUTE TO CHARLES CHAPLIN

                                                     Make like the Tramp! One could do worse than adopt a Chaplinesque outlook to life, says Sheila Kumar   April 16, 2016 CHAPLIN SPEAK     Sir Charles Spencer…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/IN THE NEW YEAR….

  Make it a happy 2016 ! Sheila Kumar Jan 02, 2016       If the passing of time is inexorable, it is also slightly ridiculous. Ridiculous because before we know it, the year has shut shop, another year is about to dawn on us, and there we are, pretty much where we were…

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FEATURE: SUNDAY HERALD/ HOW RELEVANT ARE YOU?

  How relevant are you? SHEILA KUMAR, December 13, 2015 In tune with the times We don’t analyse it much, but it’s astonishing what we do to stay relevant. Relevant to who? Why, to our kith and kin, our friends and neighbours, the people we work for, the people we work with, the people who…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/LIVING/GOSSIP

                                                        Don’t tell anyone Like it or not, gossip makes the world go round. The savvy thing here would be to stay on top of the rumour mills. Sheila…

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HUMOUR: DECCAN HERALD/COFFEE TALK

                                    Coffee Talk Over the years, I have come to meet some interesting people in Bangalore`s coffee houses. some of these people are celebs, others quasi-celebs and still others, confirmed eccentrics. I have come away feeling quite enriched…

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