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My life is a web of relationships. The great Indian joint family.

Messy, loving, crazy, contradictory, complex, never easy

But it defines who I am and what I value.

Connections: between people, place and time.

First cousins
Second cousins

Do relationships make you or do you make them?

With love comes the ability to forgive. Only if you are able to forgive can you overlook slights, flaws, mistakes and miscommunication

While the Dalai Lama talks about loving-kindness meditation as a way to bridge divides, it is essentially about assuming goodwill.

Relationships are defined by connection

Connections can happen perchance but require care to flourish. Ultimately, it is these connections that define the human experience.

This web of connections floats to the surface in cultures such as India, where people are forced into proximity, thanks to density. What you do with (and to) the people around you defines character.

How you behave in times of stress depends on how you value what is at hand.

Relationships and connections are supreme in the path to happiness.

Relationship columns

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 [...]

Family Life for The National

A column I write for M magazine, the weekend supplement of The National, Abu Dhabi. My life: Riding the waves of family life Shoba Narayan Jul 20, 2011 When you live in a foreign land as an immigrant or an [...]

Religion for The National

This piece came out in the My Life column I write for M magazine. My Life: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan Sep 14, 2011   Can you value your traditions without being overtly religious? It is a dilemma many of my [...]

Global Village for The National

My life: the global village Shoba Narayan Oct 12, 2011   Ten years ago, I sat at the window of my Manhattan high-rise, watching a plane fly overhead and wishing I were on it. It was a cold day in [...]

About A Pet. Inji darling. RIP.

A very very hard piece to write.  I wrote reams of prose and then rewrote it countless times.  This has been in the works for the last four months.  Finally worked up the nerve to send it and have it [...]

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