On talking to elders

Start a conversation with the elderly Shoba Narayan shares her conversation strategy with the elderly Shoba Narayan Every elder has something worth sharing. Photo: iStockphoto What is your strategy when you meet elders; those uncles you encounter at weddings? You sit with them, chat desultorily about their prostate, how hot Mumbai has become, and maybe…

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Train Diary 3

Man, I love trains!! Making memories Why do so few people talk to their fellow travellers on planes and why do some many talk to their neighbours on trains? I think it is because we view planes as mobile offices while train travel is time away from work; more like a vacation; a time to…

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Social media for The National

How did you spend your Sunday? How much time were you on your computer? Like I am now.  Did you talk to people? Or did you type at them? It bothers me. Plugged in and ‘alone together’, conversation is a chore Shoba Narayan On hot summer afternoons, when the dragonflies wilt and sweat glistens like…

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