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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Eyes for People

Like most women, I don’t like my photographs— and as a feminist, it irritates me that I say this most womanly of tropes/cliches/call it what you wish.  Like all good photographers, Naina is invisible.  She photographed me at a “women of Bangalore” meeting with Mr. Rahul Gandhi.  I got to know her work when she…

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What’s cooking, Gaggan Anand?

The 39-year-old chef’s Bangkok restaurant Gaggan, which claimed the top spot in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the third time in a row, is all set to close in 2020.

Shoba Narayan brings to you a taste of his new avatar

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Profile: filmmaker and entrepreneur

This is the story of synchronicity in the lives of a snake-loving filmmaker and a bird-loving entrepreneur who joined hands to work for nature conservation
Shekar Dattatri (left), an award-winning filmmaker, and Ramki Sreenivasan, an entrepreneur and wildlife photographer.

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Profile of a Samaritan and a Scion

The word that most people use to describe Vandana is “selfless”. The word that most people use to describe Arathi is “balanced”. Vandana doesn’t think she is altruistic or selfless. Mental health is very personal to her. “I have bipolar disorder,” she says. “I am on meds. I used to cut myself as a teenager. Work gives me sanity.”

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Nandan Nilekani profile

  THE (APPLIED) IDEAS MAN The (applied) IDEAS man Shoba Narayan     Share Tweet First Published: Fri, Aug 01 2008. 11 24 PM IST The big picture: (top, from left) K. Dinesh, Roy Eapen Jacob and Nilekani in Tampa, Florida; (left) Nilekani’s book, Imagining India, will release in November. Updated: Sun, Aug 03 2008. 05 38 PM IST Bangalore:…

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Profiles of Unusual Partnerships

I started a new series of profiles for Mint.  The first three are running over three weeks– on Friday– and then it will be once a month.  If you know any professionals who have unusual interests and partnerships, please let me know. Introducing a new series: Profiles of Unusual Partnerships. Where two worlds, and two people come…

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Profile of Sabyasachi

Sabyasachi, the revivalist businessman His style icons are strong, self-confident people who don’t need his clothes to enhance their identity The Good life | Shoba Narayan Clad in a khadi kurta-pyjama and Ferragamo flats, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, 37, is having lunch at the ITC Sonar, Kolkata. It is 4pm. We are at the coffee shop. He orders lal…

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee

I spent two days hanging around Sabysachi.  He’s an interesting man.  Here is a story about him that appeared in The National.  Also pasted below. The sari warrior Shoba Narayan Nov 26, 2011 The fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee is sitting on the floor of his sprawling workshop in Kolkata, surrounded by 10 people. All around…

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