Parenting dilemmas

This piece is heartfelt.  The problem is that I don’t see any solution to this.  Sometimes, parenting seems like a crapshoot– you make certain decisions and hope they work out.  My elder daughter still hasn’t asked for a dog! Did we make the wrong call? Here it is at The National’s site and pasted below….

Father’s Day column for The National

A piece I wrote for The National. Happy Fathers Day! Father’s Day Is being a father to a son different from being a father to a daughter? Shouldn’t be, right? After all, one of the central premises of parenting is to treat all your children with the same amount of love and affection. “You both…

The trouble with teenagers

I hope my daughter doesn’t read this. For The National. My life: The trouble with teenagers Shoba Narayan May 18, 2011 Updated May 18, 2011 5.12pm At a party recently, I asked a close friend what I considered an innocuous question. “How is Vivek?” I asked, referring to her son who had just graduated from…

How to bring up kids?

This is something I think about a lot. While I know that there is no magic formula for parenting, chasing one seems unavoidable if you are a parent. Whether you are a teacher, or a parent, or run summer camps, dealing with kids is an engrossing puzzle simply because there doesn’t seem to be one…

Sleepovers for The National M magazine

I am part of a rotating group of columnists who write for The National’s M magazine. My editor, Rick Arthur has the courteousness of a Southern gentleman but having never met him, I don’t know if he is American or not. A teenage daughter’s sleepover can fray a mother’s nerves Shoba Narayan Last Updated: Feb…

Passage to India for House Beautiful

It was a dog-dripping-sweat summer’s day in Southern Kerala, when ravens took refuge under drooping jacaranda, and donkeys lay spread-eagled on muddy wayside pools. We were speeding along the narrow coastal road, the black Fiat rattling ominously with every bump. On one side was the aquamarine glare of the Arabian sea and on the other,…

Beliefnet

I used to be the Hinduism columnist for Beliefnet when it began years ago. When it got acquired, I even got stock options for which. They have a page for me here but most of my articles are archived under the Hinduism banner. Beliefnet’s Search page which has all my stories. Here are some of…

Time Magazine

I did a number of pieces for Time magazine. Here they are. You can also find them at the Time magazine Search site here The Parent Trap By Shoba Narayan May 31, 2007 How do you warn your kids about child predators without sacrificing their innocence? Being Mohandas By Shoba Narayan Apr 12, 2007 A…

Amuse Bouche: their daily bread: Time magazine

Two hours southeast of the Turkish capital of Ankara lies a surreal landscape of giant pink rocks carved by nature into phantasmagoric formations. Locals call the area Cappadoccia, or “fairy chimneys,” and at nearly every roadside stop, there’s a stall selling gozleme�the flat bread native to the region. A mixture of feta cheese, parsley, vegetables…

Amuse Bouche: Food Fight: Time magazine

Emmanuel Stroobant, chef of Singaporean popular restaurant Saint Pierre, serves a signature wok-fried foie gras with tetaki of Japanese squid, julienne of Parma ham with warm yogurt jelly and black peppercorn reduction. But ask him if he is a fusion chef, and he balks. “I guess I am,” he says, “but I don’t like the…

Hidden Gem: Time magazine

Santiago is one of South America’s best-kept shopping secrets. With prices in their own countries skyrocketing because of inflation, well-heeled Argentines and Brazilians are flocking to the Chilean capital for their luxury purchases. Among the best buys�besides leather and wine�are gems like amethyst, malachite and lapis lazuli. Amethyst is locally prized for its supposed healing…

Malaysian Sensations: Four Seasons Langkawi. For Time magazine

Most spa resorts are so cookie-cutter that once you check in, it’s hard to tell if you’re in Krabi or the Maldives. Not so at the new Four Seasons Langkawi, tel: (60-4) 950 8888. The design of this resort has a very Malaysian sense of place and incorporates elements from the country’s Muslim heritage. Arabic…