Paris and Luxury

Should brands take a stand is the question I try to analyze in this piece. Normally, no.  But now?  Thanks to Elisabeth Cadoche-Guez for setting me up with luxury brand executives in Paris.  Elisabeth is the author of a wonderful book on Arthur Rimbaud. 27 November 2015 | E-Paper Home » Leisure » The Good…

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Chairs, Sugar, Phone

Thank you, Manish, for this idea. Modern addictions are holding us all back, but can we live without them? Shoba Narayan June 11, 2014 Updated: June 11, 2014 18:40:00 Recently, a friend asked me an interesting question: “Which would be the hardest addiction for humankind to shrug off? Sugar, chairs or mobile devices?” My instinctive…

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And one more post on social media

Is social media taking over your life? There’s an app for that Shoba Narayan November 5, 2013 Updated: November 5, 2013 18:30:00 How much time do you spend on Facebook and Twitter? No, seriously: is it an hour a day, or minutes spread over the course of the day? And why do you go to…

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Mom and Dad on Facebook

For The National Surrounded by teenagers as my parents take to Facebook Shoba Narayan Sep 5, 2012 A  week ago, my 80-year old father joined Facebook. He quickly acquired three friends: my brother, me and my mum (who had joined Facebook the week before). Here is my issue: I am not sure I want to be…

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Conflict about Facebook

Does this essay which appeared in M magazine explain my conflict about Facebook? Here in the M website and pasted below. My life: Shoba Narayan on social networking Shoba Narayan Dec 7, 2011 As a memoir writer and columnist, I am comfortable with the first-person narrative. I write about the events and people in my…

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