The Perils of a Family Whatsapp Group

Where long-lost relatives are forced into camaraderie in the most artificial of environments BRUNCH Updated: Oct 27, 2018 22:27 IST Shoba Narayan Hindustan Times The columnist’s mother never wants her offspring to spend more than “a decent amount” on her b’day celebration. This amount is Rs300! (Photo Imaging by Parth Garg) My mother is turning 80.…

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The Craziness of Vacation planning

This is happening right now in many Indian families.  The NRIs want to plan months in advance and the Indians cannot even plan the next week.  It all depends on whether the plumber shows up 🙂 We aren’t a commitment phobic people.  We are just interdependent on multiple moving parts.
In the Abilene Paradox, a group does something that nobody wants to do because each person thinks that everyone else wants to do it!

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Tagore and Return to India

A Tagore quote prompted this piece. The quote is included in the piece published in The National here and pasted below. The National Conversation After a return to India, life has become more interrupted Shoba Narayan Aug 14, 2013 Ever since my family and I moved back to India after nearly 20 years in the…

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New York Times

The editor of Room for Debate got in touch and asked me to write this piece Respect the Sacred, Ignore the Sexism Shoba Narayan is a columnist and the author of two books: “Monsoon Diary” and “Return to India.“ Updated January 8, 2013, 3:42 PM I am a Hindu. I love my religion’s glorious and imaginative epic…

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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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