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Photo Feature: Picture Postcards

Once you see this, you can never unsee it. Six bronze men descending a flight of stairs, and the further away from them you move, the more broken the figures appear. This stark statuary stands at the base of Petrin hill in Prague. The work of Olbram Zoubek and architects Jan Kerel and Zdeněk Holzel, it’s…

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Guest column: 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: Millennials and their morals

The morals of the millennial Y`know what? The millennials are doing well. Where there are millennials, there must be Baby Boomers. In fact, a congregation of Baby Boomers, shaking their head censoriously, waggling disparaging fingers, muttering sibilantly and not always below their breath. Just what is bothering all these Boomer uncles and aunties? Many things,…

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Feature: Is comfortwear all about slouchy elegance?

Cozycore’s Formula of Comfortwear   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 least three years now. Think track…

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Book review: Trick by Domenico Starnone Sheila Kumar, FEB 10 2019 A battle of wits A battle of wits between a grandfather and his four- year- old grandson is at the heart of the deceptively simple premise of Domenico Starnone’s latest book  ‘Trick.’ Witty, observant and melancholy by turns, it is a deftly layered book,…

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Travel: To Sakleshpur in a camper

  We are off to Sakleshpur by the Hemavati river,  in a camper, all set to have much fun. Chandrakanth R, CEO of Camper Trails, gently warns us that it might be a bumpy ride to Sakleshpur. The vehicle, he points out, was made for American roads. He adds comfortingly, “We have added leaf springs…

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Travel: Travel Travails

Who wants my passport? Or why anyone who wants to break the travel jinx must travel more. Put simply, something not-so-good happens on every trip I take abroad, which quickly turns the vacation into a not-so-good trip. It took a while for me to see the pattern; now I brace myself for the jinx. Circa…

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Feature: Down with brown!

Fashion in Dune, Tan, Walnut, Cinnamon? No, Thank You 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 colour of blood on the dance floor….

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Brief Takes: Where the Indus is Young by Dervla Murphy

I agree that this book was written back when times were less complicated, when people generally minded their own business and didn’t waste time or energy in trolling others. However.  Where the Indus is Young is Dervla Murphy`s 1977  account of three months spent in the wilderness of Baltistan, living the rough life, subsisting on apricots…

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Feature: In conversation with Andaleeb Wajid

  ‘I write constantly, consistently’: Andaleeb Wajid   Andaleeb Wajid is a household name in Bengaluru, with a large oeuvre —18 novels and counting — that spans genres like Young Adult, romance, sci-fi and horror. Recently, a couple of her books have been optioned by film production houses. Wajid started off with slice-of-life stories about…

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