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Fiction – Coffee Break

There I was, minding my own business, slurping my Java Chip Frappuccino and staring at the Kindle in my hand, lost in a medieval fantasy far removed from the sweltering streets of New Delhi — when she walked in. It … Continue reading

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More Books

One Day by David NichollsMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Dex and Em love each other, or do they? This novel uses the unusual format of using one day (July 15) over a course of 20 years to offer snapshots … Continue reading

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Four books

  My Kindle cracked from side to side,With a heavy heart I put it aside,For now, I return to books unread,Till a new one arrives in its stead. Here’s what I finished over the past month: A GAME OF THRONES … Continue reading

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In Lansdowne, the crickets drown out John Denver

In Lansdowne, the crickets drown out John Denver. We sit outside in the gathering dusk, our ears attuned to the insects in the trees. Swaty is quiet. She slouches in a plastic chair with her feet up on the parapet … Continue reading

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Why you should watch "Tanu Weds Manu Returns"

While the rest of India sizzled in the 40 degree heat, Bollywood baked some unexpected May treats for movie fans. And set up a tough fight for this year’s best actress honours. Deepika Padukone (“Piku“) squares off against the twin … Continue reading

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Sweater? Swagger? What Banno needs most is a Swatter

https://www.youtube.com/embed/2PqKrsS4Fuw?feature=player_embedded There’s that song again on television. Bollywood film “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” features a peppier version of a popular folksong performed at north Indian weddings. The lyrics have been updated to reflect the times, making present-day “Banno” an unabashed … Continue reading

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Notes from a Kashmir trip: Part 3 – The Tulian trek

The Lidder is ice-cold. I dip my toe in the water, but instinctively retract it. I marvel at my colleague Sankalp and two Kashmiri friends who shed their clothes for a quick dunk in this burbling river at a campsite … Continue reading

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