An ode to improve comedy

And I got to interview the legend: Keith Johnstone Improv comedy classes make for a funny family holiday in London Shoba Narayan July 30, 2015 Updated: July 30, 2015 02:16 PM When my brother’s family and I decide to go to London together for two weeks, things threaten to quickly spiral out of control. Like…

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Tiger’s Trail

 So every writer aspires to be a photographer or at least I do.  Here are the photos I took at Kanha and Pench.  You have to be patient and refresh the page many times. On a tiger trail in India Shoba Narayan March 12, 2015 Updated: March 12, 2015 02:29 PM I’m sitting on the deck…

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Wildlife Tiger Census

Indian forests are wonderful ecosystems. Teak and sal trees shed dew tears in the misty mornings. Babblers bable; Serpentine eagles soar; Rufus treepies shriek; and humans shiver in the morning cold. Jackals come out of the grasslands. Herds of deer graze under trees. Langurs swing from trees, which themselves whisper and sway towards each other.…

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Sri Lanka

If there is a takeaway from the below piece, consider this.  Watch Mani Ratnam’s movie, Kannathil Muthamittal (She kissed my cheek).  Read Romesh Gunasekhara’s (spelling?) books. Sri Lanka: fantasy island Shoba Narayan January 22, 2015 Updated: January 22, 2015 01:37 P There are some places that seem familiar even though you haven’t actually visited them.…

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Mumbai

Why does Mumbai inspire so much activism, writing, and imagination? Urbs Primus in Indus: the enduring appeal of Mumbai, India Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai. Trains play an important part of daily social life in the Indian city, as do the battered black-and-yellow taxis. Frederic Soltan / Corbis Primary cause in India’s most…

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Childhood food cravings

Wrote this piece on a transatlantic flight.  I guess having bad airline food helped kindle taste memories. The best cuisines are those that have the flavours of home Shoba Narayan September 14, 2014 Updated: September 14, 2014 04:59 PM Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/the-best-cuisines-are-those-that-have-the-flavours-of-home#ixzz3DNG69THv Follow us: @TheNationalUAE on Twitter | thenational.ae on Facebook How many days can…

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Pittsburgh

Some American cities are hidden jewels.  Pittsburgh is one. Steeling a march in Pittsburgh Shoba Narayan September 4, 2014 Updated: September 4, 2014 04:38 PM We’re walking through the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. My 12-year-old daughter, Malu, has discovered a dinosaur with cancer. It’s a bone, really, in a glass case, with a tumour…

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Turkey Travelling with Kids

I love cheese. I wish I knew more about them. But to eat a Manchego in Spain or a Brie de Meaux in France, a Stilton in Britain, or Gorgonzola with Barolo in Italy doubles the pleasure. The same goes for Feta in Greece or in my case Turkey. Bread, cheese, wine. Pretty much all…

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Travelling with Kids New Zealand

Great headline. The Mecca of cross-country driving vacations is of course, America. Growing up in India, we can go on too many driving trips. Our childhood memories were built around train travel. Solving being driven to distraction A driving vacation in New Zealand taught us that being cooped up in a car for hours at…

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Barcelona Travel

Ah Barcelona! If you are an architecture or design or sports buff, or a foodie, this is the city to go to. Travelling with kids: When shopping abroad is a holiday July 24, 2014 Updated: July 24, 2014 05:31 PM A few months ago, we were in Barcelona, which, as shopping destinations go, is not…

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