Gay Rights for The Takeaway

Begins at 21:23: The battle over gay rights in India is in the courts and on the streets after the Indian Supreme Court refused to review a decision to restore the criminalization of gay sex. Shoba Narayan, a freelance journalist based in India, weighs in.

Listen to it here.

So they emailed….suddenly.
I told them that my friend, Vikram D. who is an openly gay journalist would be the better person to speak.
Called Vikram. He was in an auto, on his way to IIT to speak on this subject.
They needed it in half an hour. Which wasn’t possible for Vikram.
So connected Takeaway with Vikram by email and did my spiel.
Have so much to say on this topic.

On 29-Jan-2014, at 6:00 pm, E wrote:

Dear Shoba,

How are you? I’m a producer at WGBH radio with The Takeaway program. You were a super helpful contributor to our show last year:

I just wanted to reach out to you as we’re very interested in this story concerning the Supreme Court ruling on the gay sex ban:

Is this something that you are following and might be available to talk to us about? We’d just need 5-10 mins with you and we could tape something via SKYPE in the next hour, if possible?
It would be good to touch the culture of conservative India and how same-sex relationships are still considered taboo my many etc.

Sorry for the short notice…. If you could hit “reply all” when you’re able to respond, that would be great.

For back-up, we’re at WNYC studio tel: + 1 ] 4240.


NPR Commentaries

Years ago, when I lived in New York, I did a series of commentaries for NPR.
You can find the NPR Link Here.
My producer was this fabulous lady called Davar Ardalan. Basically, I would write a commentary and email it to Davar. She would coach me on how to speak it so that it sounded conversational, not stilted. I had to change the words because the written rhythm is quite different from the speaking rhythm. Then I’d go downtown to the NPR studio. Davar would phone in from Washington where she was based. I would speak my commentary into the mike. The local producer and Davar would correct certain words and then, we’d do a take. Radio is an accessible conversational medium. Now that I am thinking about doing podcasts, I am thinking of my first voice coach, the fabulous Ms. Davar.

‘Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes’
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Hindus and Muslims
December 29, 2001
New York writer Shoba Narayan grew up in India. She offers this personal account of the complicated relationships between Hindus and Muslims in India.
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Indian Chic
January 23, 2000 With the popularity of all things Indian — henna, silk saris, and body piercing — essayist Shoba Narayan finds that her Indian-American niece is suddenly cool …
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Sari Essay
October 03, 1999 After a decade of wearing western style clothes in America, writer Shoba Narayan experimented with wearing a sari for a month on the streets of New York. …
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Who Wants To Arrange a Marriage?
March 11, 2000 New York writer Shoba Narayan had an arranged marriage eight years ago. … She has some advice for the producers of the controversial TV show, Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire.
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India’s Population
August 29, 1999 India has just surpassed the one billion population mark. Writer Shoba Narayan of New York says traditionally in India, pregnant women are considered symbols of prosperity and fertility has always played an important role in the country’s psyche. But she says now it’s time for some changes.
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An Internet Wake
August 13, 2000 Essayist Shoba Narayan recalls spending “quality time” with family on the Internet…where they recently held a wake for a deceased relative. …
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Cricket Memories
March 19, 2000 Essayist Shoba Narayan remembers playing cricket as a girl, and she still marvels at how a game can bring together sworn enemies. …