Food piece for The National

My column for The National’s M magazine, edited by the divine Rick Arthur and Helena Powell.  Click here for the latest one.  Also pasted below. Great meals forge a connection to their place and time Shoba Narayan Nov 16, 2011 Foods have a connection to place but not an obvious one. To explain, I must…

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Global Village for The National

My life: the global village Shoba Narayan Oct 12, 2011   Ten years ago, I sat at the window of my Manhattan high-rise, watching a plane fly overhead and wishing I were on it. It was a cold day in November and I held my newborn second daughter in my arms. For most of my…

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Religion for The National

This piece came out in the My Life column I write for M magazine. My Life: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan Sep 14, 2011   Can you value your traditions without being overtly religious? It is a dilemma many of my 30- and 40-something friends face. We have grown up in fairly religious households. We are…

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About Kolkata’s Mamoon Akhtar

This ran during the Ramzan-Eid season in The National, Abu Dhabi A harbinger of hope for Kolkata’s poor Shoba Narayan Aug 20, 2011   With their bright smiles, curious eyes and dark hair, Urmin and Sabina, 8, look like typical school-going children; except they aren’t. Until recently, both these girls peddled drugs for their parents,…

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Family Life for The National

A column I write for M magazine, the weekend supplement of The National, Abu Dhabi. My life: Riding the waves of family life Shoba Narayan Jul 20, 2011 When you live in a foreign land as an immigrant or an expat, you are often haunted by thoughts of home – the sights, smells, sounds, friends…

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Father’s Day column for The National

A piece I wrote for The National. Happy Fathers Day! Father’s Day Is being a father to a son different from being a father to a daughter? Shouldn’t be, right? After all, one of the central premises of parenting is to treat all your children with the same amount of love and affection. “You both…

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The trouble with teenagers

I hope my daughter doesn’t read this. For The National. My life: The trouble with teenagers Shoba Narayan May 18, 2011 Updated May 18, 2011 5.12pm At a party recently, I asked a close friend what I considered an innocuous question. “How is Vivek?” I asked, referring to her son who had just graduated from…

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Marriages for The National

My Life: Shoba Narayan on her long-lasting marriage Shoba Narayan Last Updated: Apr 19, 2011 For The National M magazine Unlike Kate and Prince William, I had an arranged marriage. Ram, my husband, and I never dated, and knew each other for only about a month before we got married 19 years ago. Our horoscopes…

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Men who listen to their wives for The National

Here is the article on The National site. Here it is below. Untold riches await those men who listen to their wives Shoba Narayan Last Updated: Mar 29, 2011 Lucky Shyam Shewaramani. He won a Dh1 million lottery by listening to his wife. If only the same were true in my household. I’ve tried many…

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A night out with girlfriends

This essay appeared in M magazine of The National. Click here for the link. A night out with girlfriends is simply good therapy Shoba Narayan Last Updated: Mar 22, 2011 My three girlfriends and I went out one night recently to The Pink Poppadam, a modern Indian restaurant in Bangalore. Mostly, we talked about our…

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