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Book review: 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…

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Book review: 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: 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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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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Book review: 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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Book 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 the…

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