Bangkok Tuk-tuks

My Dad talks about this incident to this day. Tuk-tuk tricks and Bangkok bartering Shoba Narayan May 29, 2014 Updated: May 29, 2014 11:47:00 It begins innocently enough. We’re in Bangkok and my 12-year-old wants to ride on a tuk-tuk. After days of visiting Buddhist temples, she wants something more adventurous. My 80-year-old father, who’s…

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Travelling with kids.

Travelling with kids: History is more fun with new friends Shoba Narayan May 22, 2014 Updated: May 22, 2014 15:57:00 My husband asks as we disembark the plane: “Did you know that the Nizam didn’t want to join the Indian Union after India gained ­independence?” “Yes, and did you know that Hyderabad is called the…

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Summer holidays

As someone who loves swanky hotels, that last bit is going to be hard to follow. Maybe later on that one. Opinion Comment When did travelling overseas stop being an adventure? Shoba Narayan March 25, 2014 Updated: March 25, 2014 18:45:00 The holiday season is approaching in India. Many of my friends are making travel…

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Geisha and girls

It is sunset in Gion, the geisha district in Kyoto. Red lanterns sway in the breeze. Beautifully dressed geisha hurry to their appointments. We are sitting in a Japanese restaurant so exclusive it doesn’t even have a name. A slew of dishes, each more esoteric than the last, appear. There is young tofu; rice balls specked with black sesame seeds; translucent soups with unidentified floating objects; and wobbly substances containing ingredients that we can only speculate on.

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Shopping in Oman

Thank you Stan, Shawqi and Saleh, for showing us a good time in Oman. The photos on my page are from Oman via Instagram. Thanks Gaya for chaperoning me around. Thanks Ahmad and David for the feedback Still enjoying the halwa. Should have bought more of Amouage and orange blossom tea. Oman: shopping fit for…

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Business class travel

Funny what you remember. Travelling with kids: what to do with babies in business class? January 9, 2014 Updated: January 9, 2014 17:17:00 I show my passport to the security agent and, as the proverbial phrase goes, turn left. I am sure that there are many things better than flying business class on Etihad Airways…

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Bangalore: MKOP (My kind of Place)

So many new restaurants in Bangalore. Even since this writing. My Kind of Place: Bangalore bustling with activities Shoba Narayan January 2, 2014 Updated: January 2, 2014 14:23:00 One-page article Why Bangalore? This capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore recently lost its king. The Mysore Maharaja died in early December, depriving the city of…

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Tai Chi in Shanghai

How do you create a story about “travelling with kids,” the section that I am writing for? You amplify the drama; you choose transformative moments; and you downplay the humdrum of everyday life. Realize from careful reader, Vinay’s comments, that I am doing my kids a disservice with this portrayal. Maybe I should amplify “my”…

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Travelling with kids: Nile

I have started a new contributing gig, which is right up my alley. I’ve sent a series of essays under the title “Travelling with kids.” Here is the first one. Travelling with kids: gods, mummies, kings and origami in Egypt Shoba Narayan December 19, 2013 Updated: December 19, 2013 17:25:00 We’re at the foot of…

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Disaster Management

This was a daunting piece to write. I didn’t think I could interview everyone globally– and on deadline– on this topic. Which just goes to show that with the Internet and things like Skype, the world is indeed a small place. As the Philippines continues to recover from Haiyan, disaster experts tell us how we…

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