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Photo Feature: Critters of Odisha

All photos by Sheila Kumar. All images are subject to copyright. A collage of creatures seen across Odisha during our recent trip therein Outside the Lingaraja temple complex in Bhubaneshwar.   Making light of history at the Rajarani temple in Bhubaneshwar.   Two comrades outside the Khandagiri Caves outside Bhubaneshwar.         Calmly appropriating…

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Travel: Indian Tourists: The Way We Are

Nightmare tourists on steroids When on holiday, we desis know just how to jump from being bindaas to crass. I read of the incident that happened last month where the Royal Caribbean International line had to refund passengers after 1,300 Indian men from a gutka company came on board the Voyager of the Seas for…

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Travel: Dambulla Caves, Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka`s Dambulla Cave Temple stuns the viewer into an awed silence. Of late, I have broken a long-time habit, that of reading up on a place before I visit it. Because, when you go someplace you know little or nothing about, the visual pleasure of what you come across is  underlaid  with…

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Book review: Pyjamas Are Forgiving by Twinkle Khanna

Pyjamas are Forgiving review: Not much of a twinkle A tale of love and longing within the confines of an Ayurvedic spa. This is the third offering from the sharp and witty chronicler of our zeitgeist. Now, it may be an asset for the author or it may be a liability but there`s no getting…

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Travel: Milford and Marlborough, the Sounds of New Zealand

  Speechless in the Sounds A strong ice-tipped wind is blowing through the Fiordland in New Zealand`s South Island when I board the launch that is to take me through the Milford Sound. This is big sky country and the gigantic, chubby clouds moving at a rapid clip overhead makes for a most dramatic sight….

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Travel: Zen Sites in Sri Lanka

Walking the path to Zen Where I take a trip to three well-preserved heritage sites in Sri Lanka and learns some lessons for life along the way         Ritigala, deep inside very dense forests (`Strict Nature Reserve,` announces a signboard), ringedby the high and dense Ritigala mountain range, is not the most…

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Travel: My journeys, my words

Interview with Wandertrails 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…

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Feature: Millennials and money

  Nothing more, nothing less As the earlier generation watches, the millennials streamline their spending pattern, readying to join the economical mainstream.  I’ve had a millennial in my life for some years now but it took me a while to mark the clear-cut differences in our spending pattern. I was chatting with our cook, my…

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Humour: Where has the word `taken` gone?

Where has the word `taken gone? How the writer has stumbled upon a conspiracy to remove a key word from the English dictionary. Now I don’t for a minute want to ring any alarm bells. I don’t even want to imply that I have stumbled on a Yossarian-like campaign to slowly, inexorably remove words from…

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Book review: The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

This is more a brief take than review of the book.  The Golden House by Salman Rushdie. Penguin/Hamish Hamilton I don`t know what to make of this book, I really don`t. After Arundhati Roy offloaded her somewhat chaotic treasure chest on the unsuspecting reader a short while ago, Salman Rushdie follows in her footsteps, much…

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