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GUEST COLUMN: THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE/DISTANCING? PERISH THE THOUGHT!

  Home  Magazine  Voices Distancing? Perish the Thought Now here’s the thing: distancing is not only an alien concept to us Indians, it also goes against our grain. Migrants who arrived from Maharashtra by a special train follow social distancing after deboarding at Charbagh railway station during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Lucknow. (Photo | PTI) Now…

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GUEST COLUMN: THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE/HIKIKOMORI or THE MODERN-DAY HERMITS

Pulling inwards: The modern-day hermits Hikikomori is a severe withdrawal from love, from life, from people. By Sheila Kumar   The concepts have come from Japan, wrapped in words, sometimes uplifting, sometimes baneful. There is Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing, an abstraction every bit as delightful as it sounds. There is Kintsugi, the art of repairing broken pottery…

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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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FEATURE: THE VOICE OF FASHION/COMFORTWEAR: SLOUCHY ELEGANCE?

CENTRESTAGE / OPINION Cozycore’s Formula of Comfortwear by Sheila Kumar February 12, 2019 With cozycore officially anointed as trend of the season, where does that leave the woman on the street? They tell me cozycore is having a moment now. Of course, this less-than-stylish meld of comfortwear and style has been spotted on celebs everywhere for at…

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FEATURE: THE VOICE OF FASHION/THE KANJEEVARAM SARI

    FABRIC OF INDIA / THE SOUTH INDIA EDIT The Body and Soul of the Kanjeevaram Sari by Sheila Kumar What’s changing, what never will, and why the Kanjeevaram is a power weave Sabita Radhakrishna has worked with textiles for well over 30 years now. An active member of the Crafts Council of India, she was…

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FEATURE: THE VOICE OF FASHION/DOWN WITH BROWN!

INTERSECTIONS / OPINION Fashion in Dune, Tan, Walnut, Cinnamon? No, Thank You by Sheila Kumar November 30, 2018 I`m anti-brown. Not where terra firma is concerned. Not in furniture, though brown sofas invariably give me a nagging headache. Not on footwear and handbags, though I did bin my LV Neverfull tote for a Michael Kors bag the…

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TRAVEL: METRO PLUS/ZEN SITES IN SRI LANKA

  TRAVEL Walking the path to Zen Sheila Kumar makes a trip to three well-preserved heritage sites in Sri Lanka and learns some lessons for life along the way         Ritigala, deep inside very dense forests (`Strict Nature Reserve,` announces a signboard), ringedby the high and dense Ritigala mountain range, is not…

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FEATURE: MAN`S WORLD/ME, MY HUSBAND AND MARI KONDO

COLUMN Me, My Husband And Marie Kondo  Sheila Kumar  5 min read Now that Marie Kondo’s been and gone, I will tell you a story. At the time when she was a veritable whirlwind swooshing her way through the entire world, leaving neat piles of TK (to keep) and TC (to chuck) items in her wake, there…

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FEATURE: TOO BAD, AZIZ ANSARI

    FROM THE MAGAZINE Too Bad, Aziz Ansari   Sheila Kumar/ February 2018/5 min read   A quick recap of the whole distasteful affair first. A few weeks ago, Babe, a feminist website targeted mainly at youngsters, ran a graphic account of an anonymous woman’s sexual encounter with Ansari. Grace, the pseudonym used in the article,…

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FEATURE: DO MEN READ ROMANCES?

Mush Ado: Real Men Don’t Read Romantic Novels. Or Do They? SHEILA KUMAR  DECEMBER 10, 2017 I`m a writer, and my stories usually carry more than their fair share of darkness. I don’t know why, that’s just the way they are. Then, I wrote a romance, a light-as-air, sweet-as-rock-candy tale. And when that love story went…

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