Profile of a Samaritan and a Scion

The word that most people use to describe Vandana is “selfless”. The word that most people use to describe Arathi is “balanced”. Vandana doesn’t think she is altruistic or selfless. Mental health is very personal to her. “I have bipolar disorder,” she says. “I am on meds. I used to cut myself as a teenager. Work gives me sanity.”

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Review of Taj Coramandel, Chennai, for The Telegraph UK

The only Chennai hotel that is part of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World,’ this 42-year-old landmark is where Chennai glitterati come for dates, engagements and weddings. It melds Chola bronzes, Tanjore paintings, Italian marble and Bohemian chandeliers to glittering effect.

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Profiles of Unusual Partnerships

I started a new series of profiles for Mint.  The first three are running over three weeks– on Friday– and then it will be once a month.  If you know any professionals who have unusual interests and partnerships, please let me know. Introducing a new series: Profiles of Unusual Partnerships. Where two worlds, and two people come…

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The Park Chennai hotel review

Once the site of the cutting-edge Gemini studio, this 14-year old hotel takes its design cues from the movies, marrying dramatic public spaces with kitschy Bollywood bling. Avant-garde when it opened with its leather-floored bar and nightclubs, this packed hotel still has its swing. 

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How to give

Loved writing this piece How to give (or how to clear out your closet) Give gifts, get things done. Shoba Narayan on essential barter Last night, my 84-year-old father called me at 9:45 PM. The lateness of the call told me that he was mulling over something serious. “I have reached a momentous decision,” he…

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Love Chennai. Had fun writing this piece.

FRI, JUL 10 2015. 03 44 PM Anger management at a Chennai cinema How Shoba Narayan queued up to watch the latest Tamil indie and dished out multi-coloured combs to aunties I tried my anger management technique when I was standing in line for tickets to “Kaaka Muttai,” the new Tamil film. Kaaka Muttai is…

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Hum Raag performs at Bharat Kalachar, Chennai on April 11th at 6:30 pm. Please come.

We are so thrilled to be going to Chennai.  Mrs. YGP is a doyenne in the field of education.  She started Padma Seshadri School.  Her son YG Mahendra is a theatre and film actor.  Now, three generations are running the cultural component of the school– called Bharat Kalachar.  Madhuvanti Arun is YGM’s daughter.  If you…

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Madras to Mumbai

I was conflicted about writing this, because I don’t think people should define themselves so narrowly.  In terms of the “land they sprung from.”  But I cannot deny the fact that such an identity exists.  So I wrote it.  Tried to keep it light. The psychology of a Matunga Tamil I grew up in Bombay,”…

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