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Book review: God Help The Child by Toni Morrison

God Help The Child by Toni Morrison. A Chatto and Windus publication. Within a couple of pages, the reader is sucked into the vortex of a powerful story told in a powerfully effective style. This is the eleventh work of the extraordinarily accomplished writer and Nobel Laureate. A girl child is born to the mother…

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Feature: One shade of gray

One Shade of Gray   The gray in my  hair is attracting as much attention as good `ole Christian Grey.     Okay, I’ll confess all. I made it happen. I orchestrated its debut. I’m talking about one switch of silver- gray that springs back from my left temple and cuts a narrow swath back…

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Feature: The Women`s List

The Women`s List The blessings list, the wish list… Sheila Kumar rounds up the small things, the big things, all the things that give us glee, give us an attack of the wistful sighs! 30 Things Gals Have Going For Them • Sexy lingerie •Embroidered juttis • Levis 501 jeans • A white shirt • The…

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Feature: You Are Your Closet!

You are your closet! Let`s sift the cottons from the chiffons and help you get your sartorial act together. You are your closet. It’s true, we swear to it. A closet is a form of philosophy, a world in its essence. The act of selecting your clothes, accessories and your look, calls for a Zen-like…

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Feature: The Beauty Business

The cosmetics industry is both bloating and gloating, even as it grows rich on the aspirations of a billion aspirants. We, of course, are a nation of billions. Billions whose aspirations run the gamut. We aspire to more money, bigger cars, better houses. We aspire to fairer skin, slimmer silhouettes, glossy hair. We aspire to…

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Feature: The Anonymous Woman

She’s the best, now and forever Her looks are deceptive. She always looks calm and collected, and content. If not happy, well then, not unhappy, either. This look, it has come from long years of practice, of perfecting the art of being the still center of all the gathering storms. And apart from practice making…

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Feature: Making Love Work for You

Making love work A liberal dose of give and take is what will help a relationship last. Okay, you saw each other across a crowded room, you met, dated, fell in love, not necessarily in that order. And now, the two of you get along superbly. You share ideas, emotions, insights. Except colour-coordinating your clothes,…

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Humour: What do women want?

What do women want? Back in the old days, it used to be far easier. The relationship between the sexes was one-dimensional, contained no surprises.  Men were men, macho, less than refined, not in the least sensitive and more than a bit chauvinistic. Women, well, always the resigned lot, they just put up with things,…

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Feature: Passionate Friendships

A passion called friendship Of late, ‘passionate friendships’ have been much in the news thanks to Pandit Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten, a  couple who have had reams of newsprint devoted to their mutual devotion. I read it all, the unending speculation about the exact nature of their relationship, the curious probing into the intimate lives…

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