Geisha and girls

It is sunset in Gion, the geisha district in Kyoto. Red lanterns sway in the breeze. Beautifully dressed geisha hurry to their appointments. We are sitting in a Japanese restaurant so exclusive it doesn’t even have a name. A slew of dishes, each more esoteric than the last, appear. There is young tofu; rice balls specked with black sesame seeds; translucent soups with unidentified floating objects; and wobbly substances containing ingredients that we can only speculate on.

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Confident Women

A piece that really *really* bothered me and a response. Opinion Comment Don’t listen to the dissenting voices, just carry on regardless Shoba Narayan October 8, 2013 Updated: October 8, 2013 18:08:00 Recently, the New York Times magazine carried an article titled, Why are there still so few women in science? Related ■ South Korea…

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Motherlode piece about girls

I wrote and rewrote this piece because it is a topic that I feel passionate about. Women are consensus seekers by nature and often, these voices paralyze action. August 30, 2013, 11:14 am 10 Comments For Girls in India, the Pressure to Conform Comes From Family By SHOBA NARAYAN I recently watched the remarkable Malala…

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Why we hate our girls for Mint Lounge

This was a tough piece to write because you had to get the tone right. Many rewrites; many inputs from editors. Here it is at Mint’s site and pasted below Culture Why we hate our girls The 2011 census reveals our abysmal child sex ratio. Is it poverty, deep-rooted cultural conditioning or our ignorance about…

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