Travelling with parents part 3: Unexpected brushes with the ordinary

When abroad, there’s never any warning about how septuagenarian parents will behave BRUNCH Updated: Sep 01, 2018 22:36 IST Shoba Narayan Hindustan Times Shoba’s mother spent the entire trip in Singapore driving the electric buggy, having a blast(Shoba Narayan ) Driving a self-driven electric buggy reserved for senior citizens at one kilometre an hour may not…

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Travelling with Parents Part 2

A fallen walking stick and a wheelchair can change all perspectives

My father dropped his walking stick into a railway track right after he got photographed with Narendra Modi. The wax version of course, at the Madame Tussauds in Sentosa Island.

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Expressing the Erotic: Indian Dance

What an amazing event to moderate.  Thank you Madhu Natraj and Praveen Kumar, dancers extraordinaire.  Also Su Iyer who stepped in and sang beautifully.  

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Heritage Spirits of India

We had a sold out event.  Took us two months to put it together–  Jenny Pinto and I.  Thanks to our panelists who flew in for the event.  Thanks to Jenny for the after party 🙂 where we tasted Desmond’s Mahua in her beautiful Bangalore home.  Visit her website for the lovely paper lamps that she makes.

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Eating butter chicken at 32,000 feet

When I decided to take my parents on a holiday last month, I didn’t know where we would go, what we would do, or how I would handle their fragile health. But I knew one thing: my folks were going to fly business class.

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Interview with the Dalai Lama

Some things, you strive for. Some things happen because of divine grace. You know what they say– the universe conspires to make things happen. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a person like no other in today’s world. Statesman, Nobel Laureate, spiritual leader of the Tibetans who view him as God, or at least the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the Boddhisattva of compassion. After assuming this mantle at age four, the Dalai Lama has become a global teacher, part-time politician, leader of exiled Tibetans, right-royal celebrity, torch-carrier of a tradition dating back millennia, and perhaps most important to him, Buddhist monk.

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My Charge Charger

A charger that you can toss into your tote A good charger should be like electricity– there when you need it but in the background for most of the time.   And like a power cut, your phone’s battery will likely run out at the worst possible moment, which makes having a spare charger not just…

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Calling all MHC Alums

Join us for this weekend of thought-provoking lectures and cultural events organized by Mount Holyoke’s Indian alumnae. This third Mount Holyoke Asian Alumnae Symposium, and the first ever in India, will be a power-packed weekend of vigorous intellectual and social engagement among alumnae. It promises to be a weekend like no other.

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Mount Holyoke Shakti 2018 is here!

Four years ago, my friend, Viji Pastala who runs Under the Mango Tree got in touch about a new program that our alma mater, Mount Holyoke was considering.  It was called “Shakti” and the idea was to get young high school girl students for a weekend of engagement with amazing women leaders.  That was when…

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