New York Times “Room for Debate” section

  In Hinduism, 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 9, 2013, 8:27 AM I am a Hindu. I love my religion’s glorious and imaginative epic stories, in which seers chose the moment they die and goddesses kill the bad…

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Can wine be described well?

Lots of nice wine tastings coming up in Bangalore.  One with Food Lover’s Magazine. How best can you describe a wine? KRSMA Estates has invited me to a tasting of their wines next week, and frankly, I am a little nonplussed. Not because I dislike their wines, which I don’t, but because there is this…

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Women– conformists and rebels

It gave me a lot of pleasure to write this piece. I think my mother in law is fascinating. She stayed with me for six months recently and it was a learning experience. She, like many of her generation, inhabits her identity so firmly and easily, without much angst or internal conflict. She does Varalakshmi…

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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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New York Times: Motherlode: Bihar

As a columnist, I don’t get the high of newsrooms very often. But this was one instance where it worked. My editor at the New York Times and I were wrapping up an essay that I had written for their mother load blog. It was about 9 PM last night and we had deemed the…

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Motherlode

Motherlode of the NYT is one of my favorite blogs– along with The Atlantic’s “The Sexes.” After the Paul Tudor Jones fracas, I wrote an essay as a reaction. To my delight, they published it today. The headline is more extreme than my view, but I don’t write the headlines. I also realize that by…

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New York Times contest

What a thrill to find this clipping.  Every time someone asks, “How did you become a food writer,” I talk about this contest in the New York Times where my entry was chosen for the prize.  It was a half-page announcement in the New York Times.  Today, when I was cleaning out my filing cabinet,…

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