Category Archives: Mint

Lunar Calendar

Calendars (Chinese, Lunar, Gregorian) are fascinating in how they tell time. I am reading about this, and hence wrote this piece. HOME» LEISURE» THE GOOD LIFE The Indian mind and the lunar calendar Familiarizing yourself with the Indian lunar calendar … Continue reading

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Perfume

Don’t understand Mint’s headline for this piece. What does will o wisps mean? Maybe from a poem. But I find this notion of ancient humans communing with the heavens through wisps of smoke very touching. Scents are fascinating. Fragrance, will-o’-the-wisps … Continue reading

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Parsi gara

The sari I liked cost about 100,000 Rupees so I didn’t buy any from this line. The grace and movement of ‘gara’ Our handcrafted products may be unusual, original, colourful, and wildly creative. But they lack finish E-mailPrint Shoba Narayan … Continue reading

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Drama Therapy

FIRST PUBLISHED: SAT, JAN 25 2014. 12 57 AM ISTHOME» LEISURE» THE GOOD LIFE Experiencing the power of theatre as therapy A drama therapy workshop which lets the author dip her feet into the field of psychology without having her … Continue reading

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Carnatic Music vs. Harry Potter

Great archival photos of two music greats accompanying this piece. Carnatic music versus Harry Potter How do you teach Carnatic music to a child whose idea of ‘bhakti’ is watching Harry Potter reruns ad nauseam? Shoba Narayan When Bhimsen Joshi … Continue reading

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Song from the navel

One of the tough things about writing is that the piece that you think is great will not resonate with readers and the piece that you think is so-so will elicit unusual responses. FIRST PUBLISHED: SAT, JAN 11 2014. 12 … Continue reading

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Geisha

Mint Lounge’s New Year issue is based on a great premise: new experiences. Lots of great stories: adopting a stray, rainwater harvesting, grieving your parents, being a mentor, taking trips, finding yourself. Read it here. My contribution below and here. … Continue reading

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25 things to feel happy about

What’s your list? Thank you, Manish Sabharwal, Nitin Pai, Narayan Ramachandran, and Nikhil Mehra for the suggestions/contributions Sat, Dec 28 2013. 12 34 AM IST The Contrarian View | 25 things to feel happy about Performing chief ministers, a successful … Continue reading

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Mahmoud Darwish

Whose writing I adore. A niche brand of perfume called Carlos Huber makes a scent based on a boutonniere Delhi’s fetid desire, Mumbai’s petrol fumes Can you smell the ‘garam masala’ and greed in Delhi? Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint The best … Continue reading

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Storytelling

Telling stories allows us to connect with the wider world Shoba Narayan November 26, 2013 Updated: November 26, 2013 17:32:00 We live to tell stories. We make sense of life by telling them. We connect to people through stories. No … Continue reading

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