Procrastination

I have learnt how to procrastinate with furious efficiency Shoba Narayan October 7, 2014 Updated: October 7, 2014 05:40 PM It began innocently enough and took a fairly standard trajectory. Prodded by stray comments from the spouse, a sibling, a friend and a parent, I virtuously decided to make yet another effort to improve my…

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Perfectionist children

Of course, the below can be seen as a long-winded excuse from a non-perfectionist. 🙂   Failure is an important stopover on the road to success Shoba Narayan August 19, 2014 Updated: August 19, 2014 05:49 PM Are children these days becoming perfectionists? Whether it’s playing water polo or learning Spanish, I watch children attempt an…

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From thin to fat

Both my brother and I were painfully thin while growing up, which in Chennai was a bad thing. My Mom gave us strange concoctions to fatten us up– raw eggs with milk was the worst– to no effect. Now I am finally confronting my slowing metabolism with wonder (I’ve gained weight!) and shock. And finally,…

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Short working hours

I honestly don’t think shorter working hours are going to work. People want to work more because they like it. All work and no play is no way to spend the rest of your life Shoba Narayan August 9, 2014 Updated: August 9, 2014 05:59 How many hours a week do you work on average?…

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College Bound

Thanks to all the advice-givers of this piece. University is a time for discovery, exploration … and even purple hair Shoba Narayan August 4, 2014 Updated: August 4, 2014 04:20 PM ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow,” said Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet. In the next few weeks, hundreds of thousands of 18-year-olds from all over…

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Clubs and dress code

It is a tough call to balance the gentility of wearing appropriate attire and tradition with moving with the times. I have been thrown out of country clubs in the US and in India for wearing wrong clothes–or rather for going with a man who was wearing wrong clothes. In particular, shorts. It’s probably why…

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Focus

Today was the worst day. I walked around searching for my glasses with them on my head. That does it. I need to start a “meditation project.” Everyday. Ten minutes. At least. My inability to meditate properly is really stressing me out Shoba Narayan July 14, 2014 Updated: July 14, 2014 05:26 PM In his…

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The Confidence Conundrum

still love the line: “confidence is turning thoughts into action.” The confidence conundrum and what we can do about it Shoba Narayan June 17, 2014 Updated: June 17, 2014 18:12:00 One of the things I announce in a public forum, often just for effect, is that my lifelong dream is to be a standup comic.…

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