Love after fifty

Fifty by heart Love after 50 is a complex dance; it is also just habit Shoba Narayan Elizabeth Taylor and husband Richard Burton at Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, 1963. Photo: SSPL/Getty Images Love after 50 is a loaded phrase: one that is full of possibilities. Does it mean that it is possible to love after 50? What…

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Gauri Diwakar, Aditi Mangaldas, GR Iranna, Sudarshan Shetty, Matt Ridley and the art of collaboration

22 January 2016 | E-Paper Home » Leisure » The Good Life Last Modified: Thu, Jan 21 2016. 06 18 PM IST What rehearsals tell you about an artist Rehearsals are a vicarious pleasure; a way of accessing the genius of performers without the pressure of a performance Shoba Narayan G.R. Iranna with his sculptures…

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Breakfast in Varanasi

01 January 2016 | E-Paper Home » Leisure » The Good Life Last Modified: Fri, Jan 01 2016. 12 30 PM IST A hallucinatory breakfast in Varanasi Is there a more beautiful sound in the world than the sizzle of frying jalebis early in the morning? 91   Shoba Narayan Forget about cholesterol if you…

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On talking to elders

Start a conversation with the elderly Shoba Narayan shares her conversation strategy with the elderly Shoba Narayan Every elder has something worth sharing. Photo: iStockphoto What is your strategy when you meet elders; those uncles you encounter at weddings? You sit with them, chat desultorily about their prostate, how hot Mumbai has become, and maybe…

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Can you smell and taste through cyberspace?

Technology has conquered two of the five senses: sound and sight. What about the other three? How do you describe a wine in words? Shoba Narayan suggests we reach into our own heritage: A Chenin blanc could be called “Insipid, like Aunty Maria’s pork vindaloo” The killer app, at least in the fields of wine,…

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Can wine be described well?

Lots of nice wine tastings coming up in Bangalore.  One with Food Lover’s Magazine. How best can you describe a wine? KRSMA Estates has invited me to a tasting of their wines next week, and frankly, I am a little nonplussed. Not because I dislike their wines, which I don’t, but because there is this…

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Are you listening to Kodaikanal rap?

Trying to mix multiple streams in one column: millet, music, film extras and environmentalism. Are you listening to the Kodaikanal rapster?  The old woman in Palani—down the hill from Kodaikanal– was trying to recruit me to be a movie extra.  Muniamma looked like a rock star.  She was about 80, with weathered skin about the…

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Memories are made of buttermilk

It is hot now in Bangalore, which, I guess, is what prompted this piece. Memories are made of buttermilk   My first memory of buttermilk is warmth and darkness.  I must have been five or six years old.  Still confused by the mists of sleep, I walked into my grandmother’s kitchen, drawn by a comforting…

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Birds in culture– the last of the four part series that I hugely enjoyed writing.

I pontificate on the pleasures of bird watching in this audio podcast here Like Arabs and falcons; like Indians and peacocks; like Americans and their eagles, like the French and their…..I don’t know which bird sparks the French imagination…. birds and animals are the stuff of our dreams and subconscious. The eagle, the ‘hamsa’ and…

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Birding: seeing versus hearing

This season is hard for birding.  The trees are lush with leaves.  Small birds are chirping and I can’t see them.  Drives me nuts. How to identify birds just by seeing them Ayurveda divides us into three phenotypes: vata, pitta and kapha. Vatas have acute hearing and enjoy the sense of touch—if my memory serves…

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