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Brief Takes: Under Something of a Cloud by Dom Moraes

Just finished Under Something of a Cloud, (Speaking Tiger Books), a collection of travel essays from the fluid pen of the late Dom Moraes. These were the words that had me reaching out for my dictionary; some I knew but wanted to check their meaning once again: Appurtenances. Assever. Anfractuous. Enfiladed (by mist). Their hirpling…

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TRAVEL: INTERVIEW WITH WANDERTRAILS MAGAZINE/MY JOURNEYS, MY WORDS

Conversations  Sheila Kumar – My journeys, my words  March 23, 2018 Narayana Menon K  A lover of words and wanderlust, Sheila Kumar’s adventures can give anyone the inspiration to not just travel around this wonderful world, but also to pen down delightful stories about it. An independent writer and manuscript editor, as well as the author…

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BOOK REVIEW: GRANTA 138/JOURNEYS

Granta`s offering for the yet-to-arrive winter of 2017, Journeys, juxtaposes a fine set of travel writings with brief succint takes on whether travel writing is dead,  by the likes of Ian Jack, Colin Thubron, Pico Iyer, Samanth Subramanian, Geoff Dyer, Mohsin Hamid and co. The writings run the gamut of stories, essays, observations, photographs, the…

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REVIEW: THE ELEPHANT COMPLEX by JOHN GIMLETTE

Elephant Complex by John Gimlette (Quercus Publishing) This book came out just a few months ago, in the winter of 2015, so I`m not too behind time with the review. However, even if I were, I`d still be writing about it because the book is such a rewarding read. This is travel writing that delves…

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REVIEW: WORDS OF MERCURY by PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR

      Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Words of Mercury. Paddy Leigh Fermor en route to Malana. `Creepers looped the boughs and ended in tumbling mops, there was falling water and moss and maidenhair ferns in the clefts, and grey, curdled, orange and sulphur-coloured lichens crusted tall buttresses of stone….bamboos soared and spread in green fireworks…

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REVIEW: JOURNEY INTO CYPRUS by COLIN THUBRON

  Six months after Colin Thubron signed this book for me, and discussed the (to him) surprising fact that one could find Sheilas in India, I read it. At one go. It’s that kind of book. When this master travelwriter goes anywhere (to Cyprus, in this case), the reader gets the kind of picture of…

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