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Brief Takes: Behind the Wall by Colin Thubron

Just when the first lockdown was enforced,  I started on one of my fave travel writer Colin Thubron`s 1988 China travelogue, Behind the Wall. And I only just finished reading it. It`s not an easy book to read, and it`s even more difficult to review. Oh, Thubron is at the top of his game here,…

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Brief Takes: Revolutionary Ride by Lois Pryce

Revolutionary Ride by Lois Pryce. Hachette india. About halfway into this book, an account of the author`s foray into Iran in 2011 on her motorcycle, I realised the book was less travelogue and more a political account of modern-day Iran. However,  I had no grouse with that because Pryce stays on-point all through, and the…

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BOOK REVIEW: SUNDAY HERALD/UPON A SLEEPLESS ISLE by ANDREW FIDEL FERNANDO

Book Review: Upon a Sleepless Isle Sheila Kumar, SEP 08 2019 Sweet and hot sambol As I ate a vegetable-stuffed roti sitting on the rock, an East Asian couple spotted me and became transfixed, in the way safari-goers might upon seeing rare wildlife. At first they viewed and photographed me from a   safe distance, wary,…

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TRAVEL: DECCAN HERALD/THOTLAKONDA, ANDHRA PRADESH

  History on a hill Thotlakonda in Andhra Pradesh is today a hazy hark-back to its glorious Buddhist traditions   It’s a hot day, a very hot day in fact. The sun glares down mercilessly and I`m glad of the foresight to have carried a hat. There is a strong breeze blowing, though, carrying the…

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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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TRAVEL: DECCAN HERALD TRAVEL/CHIKMAGALUR

                                                                          Home/Supplements/Travel Over the hills and  far away…. Sheila Kumar, July 06 2018 There`s a lot more in coffee…

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LAND OF THE DAWN-LIT MOUNTAINS by ANTONIA BOLINGBROKE-KENT

Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent.  Simon and Schuster. And once in a while, along comes a book which informs every bit as much as it entertains. This travelogue  is one such. Bolingbroke-Kent hires a Hero motorbike and rides off into Arunachal Pradesh on a solo journey full of  discoveries, some delightful, some…

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BOOK REVIEW: WALKING THE HIMALAYAS by LEVISON WOOD

Walking the Himalayas by Levison Wood. Hodder Books/Hachette India. A couple of disclaimers need to be inserted at the start of this review. One, I`m a sucker for any book that has the word `Himalayas` in its title. Two, the rather edifying jacket pic played its part in my picking up this book. That aside,…

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