Category Archives: Op-ed and Comment

Comment Essays for The National

Cricket Widow

Opinion The only option for a cricket widow is to play the game Shoba Narayan April 13, 2014 Updated: April 13, 2014 16:57:00 I am a cricket widow. I didn’t think I would be one. Indeed, in the early throes … Continue reading

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Maternal Mortality Rates

Maternal mortality interests me because it seems preventable and is a problem that is at a confluence of medicine, society and culture. I recommend (highly) the latest State of the World’s mothers report. If giving birth is natural, why do … Continue reading

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Satya Nadella

Wrote this right after Nadella became CEO. It was published yesterday Suddenly, all Indians seem to know Microsoft’s new CEO Shoba Narayan March 11, 2014 Updated: March 11, 2014 19:33:00 Now that India-born Satya Nadella is the new CEO of … Continue reading

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Thanks but no thanks

Most old cultures: Israelis, Russians, Chinese, and certainly Indians are this way. Don’t know enough about Europe’s old cultures to check if they are this way too. When I say West, I mean America. Would be interesting to check if … Continue reading

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The world’s got ‘talent’

Opinion Comment If the world’s got talent, how come all of us aren’t famous? Shoba Narayan February 4, 2014 Updated: February 4, 2014 18:51:00 The whole world, it seems, has got “talent” – or at least they have, if the … Continue reading

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Habit Formation

Whatever you wish for this year, try to make it a habit Shoba Narayan December 31, 2013 Updated: December 31, 2013 19:12:00 In his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change, author … Continue reading

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Devyani Khobragade

Or how Preet Bharara jeopardised Indo-US relationships by showing off. Only the US has the power to calm its dispute with India Shoba Narayan December 22, 2013 Updated: December 22, 2013 18:25:00 The continuing diplomatic row between the US and … Continue reading

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History of perfumes

Opinion Comment Great perfumes affix the mind to a specific place and time Shoba Narayan December 16, 2013 Updated: December 16, 2013 18:42:00 No people understand perfumes better than Arabs, who instinctively and unconsciously layer scents using oils and attars. … 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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Failure and success

I talk about the sandbox, but harder still is to watch your kid shut you out of her college application process and not go crazy. If you let your kids fail, you might be doing them a favour Shoba Narayan … Continue reading

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