A white-cheeked barbet (Megalaima viridis) is chirping like anything outside.  Driving me crazy that I cannot spot it. Wrote this piece for Silverkris, the Singapore Airlines inflight magazine. Links below. Contributors photo on Page 14-15 here Article on 28-29 here Skydiving for Silverkris

Spirits of India

Cocktails have an intrinsic problem. Unless they are well made/well balanced, they are too sweet for my taste. MISSING THE INDIAN SPIRIT By Shoba Narayan Korea has soju; Japan has sake; America has bourbon; Mexico has tequila and mezcal; Germany has schnapps; Scandinavia has aquavit; France has wine; Greece has ouzo; Britain has beer; Portugal…

College Bound

Thanks to all the advice-givers of this piece. University is a time for discovery, exploration … and even purple hair Shoba Narayan August 4, 2014 Updated: August 4, 2014 04:20 PM ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow,” said Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet. In the next few weeks, hundreds of thousands of 18-year-olds from all over…

Cultural Immersion

I am doing a class/presentation/module on cultural immersion for a visiting Executive MBA class from the U.S.  Basically, I am trying to un-package India for them and it is a fascinating exercise.  What do you focus on? Values, food, music, bargaining? There are many good books on Indian culture including A.L. Basham and India Unveiled….