#MeToo Managing the generations

Ever been on a trapeze? Me neither. But that is how I feel at home these days…  

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The Perils of a Family Whatsapp Group

Where long-lost relatives are forced into camaraderie in the most artificial of environments BRUNCH Updated: Oct 27, 2018 22:27 IST Shoba Narayan Hindustan Times The columnist’s mother never wants her offspring to spend more than “a decent amount” on her b’day celebration. This amount is Rs300! (Photo Imaging by Parth Garg) My mother is turning 80.…

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The Dalai Lama on wisdom and aging.

The Dalai Lama’s take on ageing and wisdom part 2: The monk and the Jungian psychologist When you are torn by anger, take the Dalai Lama’s simple advice: be kind BRUNCH Updated: Sep 29, 2018 23:00 IST Shoba Narayan Hindustan Times When you feel love rising in your heart, your own body calms down and eases…

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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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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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Are you a texter or a talker?

I guess we text with some and talk with some, but this business of going to great lengths not to make a phone call seems a bit much.  Perhaps I should actually make phone calls to unsuspecting friends and try to have a conversation.  Here is my piece in today’s Brunch

The youth of today will go to extraordinary lengths not to have a conversation 

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