New York Times “Room for Debate” section

  In Hinduism, Respect the Sacred, Ignore the Sexism Shoba Narayan is a columnist and the author of two books: “Monsoon Diary” and “Return to India.“ UPDATED JANUARY 9, 2013, 8:27 AM I am a Hindu. I love my religion’s glorious and imaginative epic stories, in which seers chose the moment they die and goddesses kill the bad…

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Motherlode Comments

Subscribes to the rule that comments are often more interesting than the piece itself. From the NYT website here. 36 Comments Share your thoughts. ALLREADER PICKS Oldest Write a Comment AChicago Verified I’ll say this in the nicest way I can: this constant pressure is wrong. I can’t care if it’s cultural. Sometimes what is…

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Motherlode piece about girls

I wrote and rewrote this piece because it is a topic that I feel passionate about. Women are consensus seekers by nature and often, these voices paralyze action. August 30, 2013, 11:14 am 10 Comments For Girls in India, the Pressure to Conform Comes From Family By SHOBA NARAYAN I recently watched the remarkable Malala…

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New York Times: Motherlode: Bihar

As a columnist, I don’t get the high of newsrooms very often. But this was one instance where it worked. My editor at the New York Times and I were wrapping up an essay that I had written for their mother load blog. It was about 9 PM last night and we had deemed the…

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Motherlode

Motherlode of the NYT is one of my favorite blogs– along with The Atlantic’s “The Sexes.” After the Paul Tudor Jones fracas, I wrote an essay as a reaction. To my delight, they published it today. The headline is more extreme than my view, but I don’t write the headlines. I also realize that by…

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New York Times

The editor of Room for Debate got in touch and asked me to write this piece Respect the Sacred, Ignore the Sexism Shoba Narayan is a columnist and the author of two books: “Monsoon Diary” and “Return to India.“ Updated January 8, 2013, 3:42 PM I am a Hindu. I love my religion’s glorious and imaginative epic…

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New York Times: On Board the Bombay Express

This piece that I wrote for the New York Times a while ago was included in The Virago Book of Food– just out. On Board the Bombay Express On Board the Bombay Express: A Rolling Feast of India By SHOBA NARAYAN THE most important thing when traveling by train in India is not whether you…

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