Temperament versus efficiency

After a nice few weeks of vacation, back to writing the column. The tug-of-war between ‘nice’ and ‘competent’ My grandparents had four sons and one daughter: my mother. My grandmother’s favourite son was her eldest. He had a sweet word for everyone; sent my grandmother photos from faraway England with lines of Tamil poetry as…

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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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Shazia Mirza

  Shazia Mirza: stand up, tell the (funny) truth Mirza takes on all the taboos about Islam and flips them around as jokes. She tells us what we are thinking, with a punchline The Good Life | Shoba Narayan Posted: Fri, Aug 3 2012. 9:13 PM IST The reason comedienne Shazia Mirza, 36, is important…

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Women and careers

Like any writer, I enjoy comments about my pieces even if it takes me a while to get to them.  Criticism is healthy and occasionally hurts, but hey, if you cannot stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.  Or in my case, out of the writing game. What irritates me about the comments below…

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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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Men who listen to their wives for The National

Here is the article on The National site. Here it is below. Untold riches await those men who listen to their wives Shoba Narayan Last Updated: Mar 29, 2011 Lucky Shyam Shewaramani. He won a Dh1 million lottery by listening to his wife. If only the same were true in my household. I’ve tried many…

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