What is it about train travel that evokes so much love and nostalgia amongst Indians?

What is it about train travel that evokes so much love and nostalgia amongst Indians? It has to do with being children, I think, because that is when all of us took the best train journeys.

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Travel: Seeking Jamdanis and nostalgia in Kolkata

As much as the city changes, its soul remains the same BRUNCH Updated: Mar 23, 2019 23:18 IST Shoba NarayanHindustan Times Jamdani sarees and a dream I have come to Kolkata in search of Jamdani saris and a dream. Not my dream, really, but the Bengali dream. In an age when the world appears largely similar,…

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Wedding across cultures

Truths of this Indian life: When a Tambram marries a Punjabi We may be divided by culture, food and customs, but one thing binds all of us: the desire to preserve family ties BRUNCH Updated: Mar 17, 2019 10:41 IST Shoba NarayanHindustan Times Weddings in India are more than rings. They are the co-mingling of two…

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Touch of an angel…or a baby

A minimum of eight hugs a day can make you feel better and behave better.
A touch can make you cry. A touch can give you hope. Just ask my friend, Sara. She adopted a beautiful baby boy who was left, wrapped in a newspaper, outside an orphanage. With limpid black eyes, and skin the colour of coffee, this boy, let us call him Rohan, was bright and alert as he lay back in his crib, staring at the musical toy above him. There was only one issue.

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Parenting Joys and Jolts

Dancing in the rain: the joys and jolts of parenting Children grow up and become individuals, but their essence remains the same BRUNCH Updated: Feb 16, 2019 23:34 IST Shoba NarayanHindustan Times You know what they say when you have young children: the days are long but the years are short. I remembered this on a…

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Thanks, Washington Review of Books

In The Milk Lady of Bangalore, Narayan artfully chronicles her adventures into the world of bovine divinity and shares what she’s learned about how cows are woven into the fabric of Hindu culture. This book will teach readers everything they’ve ever wanted to know about the importance of cows in Indian society.

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