Planet Earth: vast and humbling

My rant about how large Planet Earth is; and about the hubris of our species. Sometimes, humans have no clue. Wrote it last night. Out today. The pleasure of web-zines is their immediacy. Reads better in QZ.com here LESSON FROM MALAYSIAN AIRLINES Superstition about travel may be gone—but our respect of it shouldn’t By Shoba…

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New Zealand’s film industry for WSJ

New Zealand’s film industry – By Shoba Narayan Queenstown, New Zealand — EVER SINCE DIRECTOR Peter Jackson put his native New Zealand on the map by setting The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy there, the country has been actively marketing itself as a movie backdrop, and global filmmakers have come rushing in. The common wisdom…

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The Singaporean Paradox for WSJ

Articles > Newspapers > Asian Wall Street Journal > The Singaporean Paradox The Singaporean Paradox – By Shoba Narayan WHEN LEE HSIEN LOONG took office as the third Prime Minister of Singapore last year, one of the first things he did was to announce a fresh and bold approach that would encourage Singaporeans to be…

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Spas versus tradition for AWSJ

Spas versus tradition – By Shoba Narayan Walk into any spa from Bali to Boca Raton, Florida, and the menu is likely to include Chinese reflexology, Tahitian fruit wraps and Thai massages. Such treatments are so commonplace these days that it’s easy to forget that just a few years ago, hardly anyone outside of their…

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Skydiving for WSJ

rticles > Newspapers > Wall Street Journal > Skydiving Skydiving – By Shoba Narayan With Nowhere to Go but Down, Siblings Reconnect (This article originally appeared in June 2001) TENS OF THOUSANDS of Americans skydive every year. Some do it to confront their fears, some do it for the thrills, and some, like me, do…

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Indian Art Exhibit for WSJ

Articles > Newspapers > Wall Street Journal > Hindu Art Exhibit Hindu Art Exhibit – By Shoba Narayan An Atrocity and an Exhibition Make One Believer Reflect on Her Faith (This article originally appeared in September 2001) Growing up in India, I had an intimate but businesslike relationship with Lord Ganesh, the remover of obstacles…

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Gatekeeper of the Indian Soul: about RK Narayan for the WSJ

Gatekeeper to the Indian Soul – By Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan pays homage to writer R.K. Narayan. (This article originally appeared in May 2001) When I tell people that I am from India, they often ask who my favorite Indian writer is. Sometimes, a friend planning a trip to the subcontinent will ask what books…

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Electronic greeting cards for WSJ

Articles > Newspapers > Wall Street Journal > Electronic Greeting Cards Electronic Greeting Cards – By Shoba Narayan From Bangalore to Auckland, kin are enjoined to speak no ill of the dead. (This article originally appeared in August 1999) Here is how you used to receive a holiday greeting card in the eighties: The postman…

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Wall Street Journal: The Indian Book Ceremony

OPINION INDIAAPRIL 8, 2010, 10:59 A.M. ET The Indian Book Ceremony How cultures differ in their approach to the literary limelight. Attending a book reading in Bangalore recently, I was struck by how different such events are in India from those in America, and how the contrasting styles epitomize the two cultures. In the United…

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