What the Dalai Lama can teach us about living and aging well

The Dalai Lama carries no phone. He does what is important and has shrugged off the fake-busyness that the rest of us labour under

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Travelling with parents part 3: Unexpected brushes with the ordinary

When abroad, there’s never any warning about how septuagenarian parents will behave BRUNCH Updated: Sep 01, 2018 22:36 IST Shoba Narayan Hindustan Times Shoba’s mother spent the entire trip in Singapore driving the electric buggy, having a blast(Shoba Narayan ) Driving a self-driven electric buggy reserved for senior citizens at one kilometre an hour may not…

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Travelling with Parents Part 2

A fallen walking stick and a wheelchair can change all perspectives

My father dropped his walking stick into a railway track right after he got photographed with Narendra Modi. The wax version of course, at the Madame Tussauds in Sentosa Island.

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Expressing the Erotic: Indian Dance

What an amazing event to moderate.  Thank you Madhu Natraj and Praveen Kumar, dancers extraordinaire.  Also Su Iyer who stepped in and sang beautifully.  

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Heritage Spirits of India

We had a sold out event.  Took us two months to put it together–  Jenny Pinto and I.  Thanks to our panelists who flew in for the event.  Thanks to Jenny for the after party 🙂 where we tasted Desmond’s Mahua in her beautiful Bangalore home.  Visit her website for the lovely paper lamps that she makes.

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Eating butter chicken at 32,000 feet

When I decided to take my parents on a holiday last month, I didn’t know where we would go, what we would do, or how I would handle their fragile health. But I knew one thing: my folks were going to fly business class.

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Interview with the Dalai Lama

Some things, you strive for. Some things happen because of divine grace. You know what they say– the universe conspires to make things happen. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a person like no other in today’s world. Statesman, Nobel Laureate, spiritual leader of the Tibetans who view him as God, or at least the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the Boddhisattva of compassion. After assuming this mantle at age four, the Dalai Lama has become a global teacher, part-time politician, leader of exiled Tibetans, right-royal celebrity, torch-carrier of a tradition dating back millennia, and perhaps most important to him, Buddhist monk.

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My Charge Charger

A charger that you can toss into your tote A good charger should be like electricity– there when you need it but in the background for most of the time.   And like a power cut, your phone’s battery will likely run out at the worst possible moment, which makes having a spare charger not just…

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