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Chatline Shobhana Kumar's love affair with Coimbatore has resulted in three books. She speaks to SUBHA J RAO about how the city has nurtured her creativity

Aas a child, this city meant just a transit point for Shobhana Kumar. She lived in Ooty and Coimbatore heralded the beginning of a holiday and great times in the plains. But today the 37-year-old has already helped write three books about the city and its entrepreneurial spirit. “I still can't believe it,” says Shobhana, who did her MBA before becoming a copy writer.

Poetry was a passion, and she was a closet writer. “I used to write poems on death and Emily Dickinson was a favourite,” she recalls. It helped that she had a family, especially her father, which did not push her to do the usual things.

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