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Sheila Kumar

Gender Female, last time I checked.
Industry Media, as of now. Advertising, publishing, army-wifing (that too is a career, believe me!) homemaking, baking all figure in the list.
Occupation Journalist/Author/Book editor.
Location Bangalore, India.  Mail id: [email protected]


I began my working career as an advertising copywriter with Hindustan Thompson in Madras/Chennai, moved on to Ogilvy, Benson and Mather in Bangalore/Bengaluru, then gave it all up to become a peripatetic army wife. Temporarily, as it happened, because I entered the workfield again, after a hiatus of ten years, this time in the avatar of a journalist. After a bit, I turned author and manuscript editor. The army wife bit is permanent, though.

Introduction Now, doing the math,  I realise I have been a journalist for the past three decades. I have worked in and written for magazines and newspapers across India, apart from filing stories from everywhere. The Times of India, TOI-Crest, The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Livemint, Tribune, The Indian Express, The New Indian Express. India Today, Outlook, The Week, Femina, Cosmopolitan, Verve, Mans World, Jetwings, Spa Aficianado. The News Minute, The Voice of Fashion, Unblocked Writers, the Earthen Lamp Journal…you name the publication and I`ve written for them.

My collection of short stories titled Kith and Kin was published in 2012. It was very well received, I`m happy to say. All info relating to K & K  is featured on this site, on a  separate page.

My second full-fledged work (as opposed to being part of  many anthologies) is a romance titled No Strings Attached, which too has received good reviews and a warm welcome, I`m happy to say. All info relating to NSA  is featured on this site, on a  separate page.

My third book is one I have co-authored with Jeeva Anna George. Jeeva has been battling gluten allergy for many years now and has finally brought her personal Celiac Monster under control. A Gluten-free Life is my attempt to tell her inspiring story to the world.  All info relating to A Gluten-free Life is featured on this site, on a  separate page.

For my fourth book, I return to the world of relationships. In Our Start-up Affair, there’s him, there’s her and then there`s the city of Bangalore. It`s a millennial story full of passion, humour and everything in between. All info relating to Our Start-up Affair is featured on this site, on a  separate page.

What do I do these days? I write a column for The New Indian Express. I edit first-draft manuscripts of books on assignment from private individuals, as well as for a couple of publishing houses; I copy-edit a brace of industrial magazines for a Mumbai-based concern; I review books regularly for a set of national newspapers. I do editing and writing work for The Voice of Fashion, a cutting-edge fashion e-magazine. I travel as much as I possibly can, then I come back and write all about it.

Interests Books, music, theatre, film, cooking, travel, being a grammar-Nazi, all of these not in any particular order.
Favourite Music Old-fashioned hard rock. Never did outgrow Pink Floyd.
Favourite Books Shakespeare. PG Wodehouse. Ayn Rand.