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Feature: As light as air

As light as air The origin story of my soufflé-making is now lost in the mists of time. However, I will admit that it had a lot to do with the fact that, after a string of epic fails with everyday lunches, I turned to baking under the impression that baked dinners would make for…

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Book review: The Swap by Shuma Raha

Love, sex and dhokha ‘Soon to be a major web series,’ a blurb announces on the cover of The Swap by Shuma Raha. Within a couple of chapters into the story, which deals with two couples whose lives get  remarkably intertwined, the reader sees that  the book would translate very well  onto celluloid, offering an…

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Book review: The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris

In her latest book, Joanne Harris brings back Lansquenet-sous-Tannes` friendly neighbourhood witch, Vianne Rocher. Vianne`s making and scrying with chocolate again; her elder daughter Anouk has stayed behind in Paris and the younger girl Rosette is now a silent sixteen. She believes that her Maman has made a sinister pact with the wind and let…

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Book review: Moonglow by Michael Chabon

    Memory chaser   Price 12.99 Pounds Sterling. Michael Chabon’s  Moonglow  is a feel-good story with darkness at its heart.  Chabon, a novelist who has frequently moved between themes and genres, presents this as a family memoir. Then again, given the many literary flourishes contained within, the reader could be forgiven for thinking this…

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Feature: Shopaholics Galore!

  Shop till you drop? Don’t! SHEILA KUMAR Retail therapy makes for good jokes but not good advice. One can easily cross the line between enthusiastic shopper and compulsive shopper We are forever hearing that retail therapy is the best cure for all sorts of blues, and your bank balance be damned. We also know…

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Feature: Quit That nagging!

Quit that nagging! It’s time people realised that nagging gets them nowhere. I have a friend, male, of course, who insists nagging is in women’s genes. It seems that haranguing comes naturally to women only because it is hardwired into their psyche. While I definitely do not agree with the friend’s theory, there is no…

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