Senior Citizen Matchmaking

Elisabeth, my Parisienne friend.  I am wearing the kurta you got for me in Anokhi.  The pink one.  I miss you. It has been a while since I posted on this blog.  Somehow, writing messages to friends is an idea that I got from my friend who won the “ovarian lottery” and began this blog…

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Men’s rules

At work, women don’t need to play by the same rules as men Indian politician and novelist Shashi Tharoor. (David Levenson / Getty Images) At work, women don’t need to play by the same rules as men Shoba Narayan December 8, 2014 Updated: December 8, 2014 09:30 AM My grandparents had four sons and one…

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Women’s colleges

Inspired by the visit of Sonya Stephens of Mount Holyoke, I began thinking about women’s colleges. An all-women’s college changed my life Shoba Narayan November 29, 2014 Updated: November 29, 2014 05:48 PM Those involved in higher education – and I say this as the daughter of a college professor – sometimes forget just what…

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Culture and Globalization

The Question of our Time. How can we stay rooted in our own culture in a globalised world? In a globalised world, it’s hard to define our respective culture by what we eat or how we dress up. Mike Young / The National How can we stay rooted in our own culture in a globalised…

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Reduce transactions

I am speaking at The Bangalore Club on November 20th. The title, which I suggested is “Returned to India: now what?” I am sorta freaking out because I want to make it funny. Debut stand-up act and all that. The below is stuff that I am thinking about as I prepare my material. Yikes. Oh,…

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Flowers

I didn’t set out to link flowers to culture, but there they are. A simple garland of flowers is a powerful cultural emblem. Dutch people stick tulips into vases. Brazilians arrange flowers on little pots that they hang all over white walls. Hawaiians make lei garlands out of flowers and wear them when they dance.…

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Feasting and fasting

I am writing this as I face laddus, barfis, badam chocolates, and mixture. Oh, the irony. Denial is good in principle, but is it better than an extra cup of coffee? Shoba Narayan October 19, 2014 Updated: October 19, 2014 05:38 PM The festive season is in full swing in India. It is a time…

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Procrastination

I have learnt how to procrastinate with furious efficiency Shoba Narayan October 7, 2014 Updated: October 7, 2014 05:40 PM It began innocently enough and took a fairly standard trajectory. Prodded by stray comments from the spouse, a sibling, a friend and a parent, I virtuously decided to make yet another effort to improve my…

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From thin to fat

Both my brother and I were painfully thin while growing up, which in Chennai was a bad thing. My Mom gave us strange concoctions to fatten us up– raw eggs with milk was the worst– to no effect. Now I am finally confronting my slowing metabolism with wonder (I’ve gained weight!) and shock. And finally,…

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