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TRAVEL: THE HINDU SUNDAY MAGAZINE/KHAJURAHO, MP

Online edition of India’s National Newspaper Sunday, Jun 12, 2005   Magazine   EXPERIENCE All `saxed’ up SHEILA KUMAR A woman tourist goes unescorted to Khajuraho and gets a whole new perspective on the place.   PHOTOS: SHEILA KUMAR GATEKEEPER: A lion acts as a guardian at the temple gates. THE guide’s voice is leer-laden,…

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TRAVEL: HARMONY MAGAZINE/BHIMBETKA, MADHYA PRADESH

Rock stars Sheila Kumar and her intrepid aunt Uma  take off to view the Bhimbetka rock shelters near Bhopal “Why not Khajuraho? Or the Orchcha temples? The stupa at Sanchi? We could have chilled out at Panchmarhi, or gone tiger-spotting in Bandavgarh.” The person shooting off these questions is me. The person declining to answer them is…

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TRAVEL: THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS/BHOPAL, MADHYA PRADESH

    Orange jalebis in the winter air By Sheila Kumar 31st January 2010 Of course, the point is: can one get past the unseen but very-much-felt Carbide shroud, that heinous, diaphanous, brown-stained winding sheet? Then again, it’s not as if Indra Sinha’s Animal confronts the visitor at every turn in the road; it’s not as…

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TRAVEL: THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS/SANCHI, MADHYA PRADESH

THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS  Buddha’s Delight Mar 31, 2007  Sheila Kumar emerges as peaceful as the Enlightened One after a quiet day at Sanchi. Buddhism has always appealed to me since I’m a sort of middle-of-the-roader myself. Not one to glut on excesses in deprivation or indulgences, I go my way trying to live like…

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TRAVEL: METRO PLUS/BHOJESHWAR TEMPLE, MADHYA PRADESH

Online edition of India’s National Newspaper Monday, Jun 30, 2008 Metro Plus Delhi     Jai, Jai Shivshankar Even as the ASI begins work on the landmark Bhojeshwar temple in Madhya Pradesh, Sheila Kumar pays tribute to an unfinished dream Massive edifice The square shell of the temple; a worked jharoka on the outer wall When I read…

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TRAVEL: METRO PLUS/IN SEARCH OF SHER KHAN

Online edition of India’s National Newspaper Saturday, Nov 12, 2005   Metro Plus Chennai In search of Sher Khan Where you can come face-to-face with a tiger, if you have the patience, says SHEILA KUMAR HIT THE TIGER TRAIL At Kanha We are bowling over a horrendous road when I decide to put on record…

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TRAVEL: METRO PLUS/JABALPUR: MORE THAN BERAGHAT

Online edition of India’s National Newspaper Saturday, Aug 27, 2005 Metro Plus Chennai White cliffs, green waters Once a Gond kingdom, there’s more to Jabalpur than the world famous Marble Rocks INTRICATELY CARVED : The Chausat Yogini  temple in Jabalpur One of Jabalpur’s claims to fame is that it dates back to the upper Jurassic period….

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/MONA IN KHAJURAHO

Deccan Herald » Edit Page »  RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE Discovery of India By Sheila Kumar Sometimes you can travel to places and return, without really having seen anything My friend Mona had just returned from a trip to the fabled temples of Khajuraho. “Darling, it was unbelievable,” she purred. “A slice of history among…

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TRAVEL: DECCAN HERALD/CHAUSAT YOGINI TEMPLES, MADHYA PRADESH

  TRAVEL Black Enigma SHEILA KUMAR stumbles on a small, mysterious  but beautiful temple 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 feet above, sunlight glints…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/JUNGLE TALES

Deccan Herald, Friday, October 24, 2003 Jungle TalesWhat 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…

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