Maternal Deaths

This appeared in Christian Science Monitor. India’s MMR statistics are shameful, something which I didn’t know. But there is a nice report called “State of the World’s Mothers” that outlines where India stands. The process is complicated because everyone has a view on how to get women into hospitals and take care of themselves. Given…

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Educating Girls

This was part of a trip with CARE USA where we visited an NGO called Udaan/Join My Village. The tour was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It was an unexpected pleasure to meet my friend, Michael Pelletier, back in India as Deputy US Consul at the reception. Thanks to this trip, I…

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CARE USA Learning tour

I went on a tour with CARE USA to look at education, public health, and maternal mortality issues. The trip included some chiefs of staff of US congressmen and women. It was fascinating to interact with them and see how the US Congress functions. It was amazing to see the work done by the several…

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In the spirit of global philanthropy

In the spirit of global philanthropy The Good Life | Shoba Narayan Well-endowed: Wealthy Indians often donate to alma mater overseas, such as Harvard University. Wikipedia Updated: Thu, Oct 07 2010. 08 34 PM IST So Anand Mahindra has given $10 million (around Rs44.3 crore) to Harvard. I know, I know. I saw the emails…

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Indian Philanthropy

Thanks, Vidya, for pointing out that this wasn’t there in my website. The big idea: Indian philanthropy Shoba Narayan Comment E-mail Print First Published: Sat, Aug 04 2007. 11 05 AM IST Vanaja Ramprasad wants to usher in a green revolution Updated: Tue, Aug 14 2007. 04 30 PM IST Philanthropy is a funny thing.…

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Diwali Generosity Challenge

An acquaintance pointed out that this wasn’t in my website. Given it is the Giving Season, putting it back here. The diwali generosity challenge The Good Life | Shoba Narayan Comment E-mail Print First Published: Thu, Oct 28 2010. 11 57 PM IST Money-wise: Caring Friends makes charity easy, doing due diligence on your behalf.…

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Museum makeover 101

This piece began with a simple question: why did we as a family visit museums so often while living in NYC and why don’t we go to museums so often in India? Jazz Fridays was a favorite ritual for us when our daughter was a toddler. We would strap her up in the stroller, and…

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Adam Grant

I read Adam Grant’s essay in the New York Times last week. I had this knee-jerk reaction that was largely negative. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to find the studies that countered Prof Grant’s thesis. But I found that I just couldn’t let it go. Some of my closest friends graduated from the…

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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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War Tourism

“Make Peace not War,” raps Skepta. This here piece is about tourism and war. For all you wannabe Christiane Amanpours out there who’d like to traipse to Palestine and Congo in your Louboutins and Chanel quilted bags, this one is for you. In Vogue, April issue. Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4

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