Flaneur in the City in The Hindu

Thank you Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Elaine Sciolino and of course, the Sex in the City girls for inspiring this headline. Harshini Vakkalanka called from The Hindu and wanted an insider’s view of Bangalore.  I have to admit, I felt like I was betraying my Chennai.  But heck, you can love two cities, or many cities. Flaneur in…

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Saathee Magazine…thank you very much.

I have been white water rafting in North Carolina, hiking in Virginia and stayed at charming hotels in South Carolina and Georgia.  Don’t know the Indian population there as well though.  Gratified to get this email today. Hi Shoba, Here’s a great review of your book in Saathee, a monthly publication serving the South Asian Community of…

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The New York Times Book Review!!

  This is the type of email that authors like to get– to put it mildly. Hi Shoba—I’m so excited to share your review in the New York Times Book Review! See attached. The review is part of a feature on travel-related books, and you’re in great company. The review is mostly summary but entirely positive.…

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Puneet Chhatwal profile

Journalists love scoops, and this was a good one— first interview given to a journalist and one in which he spoke very candidly.  And I learned a brand I didn’t know: Cove & Co.   Puneet Chhatwal: Taking ‘Tajness’ to new heights In his first media interaction since taking charge, Puneet Chhatwal. the CEO and…

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Eyes for People

Like most women, I don’t like my photographs— and as a feminist, it irritates me that I say this most womanly of tropes/cliches/call it what you wish.  Like all good photographers, Naina is invisible.  She photographed me at a “women of Bangalore” meeting with Mr. Rahul Gandhi.  I got to know her work when she…

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Vacation planning

This is happening right now in many Indian families.  The NRIs want to plan months in advance and the Indians cannot even plan the next week.  It all depends on whether the plumber shows up 🙂 We aren’t a commitment phobic people.  We are just interdependent on multiple moving parts.
In the Abilene Paradox, a group does something that nobody wants to do because each person thinks that everyone else wants to do it!

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