Silence and Sound Part 3

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Silence and Sound Last Modified: Sat, Jul 02 2016. 11 35 PM IST My experiments with silence Keeping quiet improves sensitivity. Once you calm down your monkey mind, it is easier to pay attention Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint Shoba Narayan Before he died, my father-in-law gave me sage advice. I was a…

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Silence and Sound Part 2

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Silence and Sound Last Modified: Sat, Jul 16 2016. 11 29 PM IST The problem of embracing silence in an age of noise Most of us don’t know how to experience, process, use or embrace silence—it’s easier to just fiddle with our phones Photo: iStock Shoba Narayan The most exciting developments…

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Dead cow in the Ganga

Kashi is endlessly fascinating as is the Ganga, the river of India as Jawaharlal Nehru famously said.  I just loved writing this piece. BIG STORY Sun, 28 Feb 2016 HOW BLIND FAITH IS CHOKING THE GANGA Photo: Shoba Narayan The mission to clean the Ganga will be a pipe dream as long as Indians have…

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Kashi, Ganga and the politics of religion

I enjoyed writing this four part series for Mint on Sunday.  Kashi is a dream-like place.  Seems to belong to another time, and yet to all time.  The photos are mine too 🙂   OF DEAD COWS AND THE GANGA: THE PARADOX OF RELIGION Photo: Shoba Narayan In her quest to embrace faith, the ultimate…

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Palani Hill & Kartikeya

My piece on Kartikeya, also called Skanda, was the cover story at Mint on Sunday.  Best to read it here.  Warning: it is long. I also made two videos to accompany the piece.  You can see them in Youtube About the Palani temple.  Click here. About the Panchamritam.  Click here

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Ajmer Dargah

Mint has been sending me on trips to various spots to write on “sacred food.” This week, it is Ajmer Dargah. What a sensual experience. I respond to scents and sounds. The enveloping scent of roses was amazing. You have to read it at the site for the full photo cum words experiences. Oh, I…

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So of course I had to write about yoga

Actually, my editor suggested that I write about yoga on yoga day. It is here and below It is a little disconcerting, but ask yourself this question: what unites India? I have tried asking this question in various forums. It is hard to agree on three or four things that form the value system of this…

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Ambalapuzha, and yes, I know it is a tongue-twister for some.

Some time ago, I went to taste this most famous of payasams in Kerala. Here is an account of the experience at the new Mint on Sunday’s page I loved taking the photos and videos, which are inserted in the page, so please see those if possible.

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Intuition/Imagination

Leap before you think Before he began Apple, Steve Jobs spent seven months in India, something that is described in his biography by Walter Isaacson. In it, Jobs talks poetically about the difference between intellect and intuition. “The people in the Indian countryside do not use their intellect like we do,” he said. “They use…

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Wendy Doniger’s book

My friend, Mitra moved from the WSJ to Quartz, a digital initiative of The Atlantic Monthly. Their daily briefs are followed by the top brass in Twitter, and policy institutes. The production and layout quality is excellent (like Medium). Best of all, from a writer’s perspective– you turn in a piece today, and if it…

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