Wedding across cultures

Truths of this Indian life: When a Tambram marries a Punjabi We may be divided by culture, food and customs, but one thing binds all of us: the desire to preserve family ties BRUNCH Updated: Mar 17, 2019 10:41 IST Shoba NarayanHindustan Times Weddings in India are more than rings. They are the co-mingling of two…

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Secrets of a good marriage

Mending The Cracks: The secret to a long-lasting marriage is understanding the concept of togetherness.
In olden days, most marriages would work because couple didn’t question their togetherness

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The Perils of a Family Whatsapp Group

Where long-lost relatives are forced into camaraderie in the most artificial of environments BRUNCH Updated: Oct 27, 2018 22:27 IST Shoba Narayan Hindustan Times The columnist’s mother never wants her offspring to spend more than “a decent amount” on her b’day celebration. This amount is Rs300! (Photo Imaging by Parth Garg) My mother is turning 80.…

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Love after fifty

Fifty by heart Love after 50 is a complex dance; it is also just habit Shoba Narayan Elizabeth Taylor and husband Richard Burton at Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, 1963. Photo: SSPL/Getty Images Love after 50 is a loaded phrase: one that is full of possibilities. Does it mean that it is possible to love after 50? What…

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On talking to elders

Start a conversation with the elderly Shoba Narayan shares her conversation strategy with the elderly Shoba Narayan Every elder has something worth sharing. Photo: iStockphoto What is your strategy when you meet elders; those uncles you encounter at weddings? You sit with them, chat desultorily about their prostate, how hot Mumbai has become, and maybe…

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Father’s Day

I am in large part– my father. As a child, they say I looked like him. I have his metabolism and constitution. He belongs to the astrological star, Swati, which they say, has a personality called “sabdeekam” or softness. This came in Mint Make your father’s day How will you celebrate your Dad tomorrow? Shoba…

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Mothers and Daughters

I love writing for The National.  It is hard for my family to access– certainly for my kids– so it is easy to be open.  This one is a piece on a topic that is so close to my heart (and heartbreak).  It goes out to all mothers with teenage daughters.  As for the Dads…

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About aging

Some articles I agonize over. Some are a gift from the muse. This one was the latter. I dashed it off in half hour in the midst of hectic activity. Click here for the piece Life’s grandest challenge: watching those we love age Shoba Narayan Oct 21, 2012 My father shuffles. It pains – and…

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On Wisdom

This one is for you, Ma.  And thanks, Sujata, for sending out the study. Intelligence versus wisdom, and humility comes out on top Shoba Narayan Aug 21, 2012 Does intelligence have anything to do with happiness? Or is it that more elusive quality – wisdom – that is more beneficial? A recent research paper, A…

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