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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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Brief Takes: THE TOWN THAT LAUGHED by MANU BHATTATHIRI

THE TOWN THAT LAUGHED, ALEPH BOOK COMPANY., Manu Bhattathiri`s debut novel is so steeped in a kind of malayalitvam, that if you are from God`s Own….,  you start to substitute Malayalam words for English ones, as you read!   People remembered the times when unemployment was quite a pleasure. The times when young men woke…

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Brief Reviews: A HOUSE FOR Mr MISRA by JAISHREE MISRA

Trivandrum Diary A House for Mr Misra (Westland) This slim volume is the ideal  read when you are between books that tackle matters of a more serious, even grim nature. Or in my case, a break from editing a turgid manuscript. Written rather like a Trivandrum diary fleshed out in engaging detail, it keeps the…

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PHOTO FEATURE: KONNI, KERALA/EDEN AND ITS SERPENT!

  Photo Feature From lush greenery to pristine rivers, the stunning beauty of Kerala’s Konni Even given Kerala’s propensity for verdant vegetation, one could well believe that this is some part of the Amazon rainforest! Sheila Kumar / September 27, 2017  Konni is a hilltown in Pathanamthitta district, about a hundred kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram. Dense jungle,…

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BOOK REVIEW: THE HOUSE OF ORACLES by CHANDINI SANTOSH

In Chandini Santosh’s novel The House Of Oracles, the Manikoth House of the title assumes the mantle of  an important  character. The  ancestral house is a big brooding presence,  casting a dark shadow on the people living there. The deaths that stalk them in various ways,  is considered a legacy of the house, yet  darkness…

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BOOK REVIEW: SUNDAY HERALD/THE SMALL-TOWN SEA by ANEES SALIM

    This boy’s life Sheila Kumar Jun 25 2017   An account of a young life lived on a cliff overlooking an ever-changeable sea   Anees Salim remarked in an interview that the success of each book was making it harder for him to write the next book. Well, it is also getting harder…

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TRAVEL: THE SUNDAY EXPRESS/NELLIYAMPATHY, KERALA

Beyond the smoky mountains Sheila Kumar chances upon Nelliampathy, an idyllic hill station tucked high up in a fold of the Western Ghats above Palakkad The whole area is jaw-droppingly beautiful, even for a typical Kerala landscape. Navy ribbons of road, red-tiled houses, topography in all possible shades of green, the emerald of the trees…

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TRAVEL: THE SUNDAY EXPRESS/BEKAL, KERALA

blockquote{margin:6px 0} Romance in Stone A spectacular fort, stretches of tawny sands and a virgin feel to the place… Sheila Kumar says that Bekal in north Kerala will soon be the country’s numero uno destination Considering the 300-year old fort with its ramparts looking out at the by turns becalmed and furiously lashing sea, was…

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TRAVEL: OUTLOOK GETAWAYS/KERALA EXCERPT

    LAKKIDI Tarzan TerritoryBy K G Kumar, Anurag Mallik & Sheila Kumar Whatever was Outlook Traveller thinking of, sending a Mallu into the rainforests  during the rains? Well, it was inspired thinking. It proved that Kerala still holds  some surprises up her green sleeves that can get under the skin of even beauty-hardened denizens of…

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TRAVEL: THE HINDU SUNDAY MAGAZINE/TALIPARAMBA, KERALA

Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 Magazine FOOTLOOSE Where the bells ring SHEILA KUMAR The small town of Taliparamba near Kannur is famous for its many temples. Photo: Sheila Kumar EVEN in a state that throws up one fresh tourist spot after another, the small town of Taliparamba, 20 km north of Kannur, lies a little off…

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