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211, 2014

Garlands as a national emblem: The National Abu Dhabi

November 2nd, 2014|Columns, Handmade, Luxury, Op-ed and Comment, The National|

I didn't set out to link flowers to culture, but there they are. A simple garland of flowers is a powerful cultural emblem. Dutch people stick tulips into vases. Brazilians arrange flowers on little pots that they hang all over [...]

1610, 2014

Old age

October 16th, 2014|Op-ed and Comment|

What’s the best way to navigate your way through old age? Shoba Narayan October 15, 2014 Updated: October 15, 2014 06:31 PM My mind has recently been full of sobering thoughts about death, taxes and ageing and the question of [...]

810, 2014


October 8th, 2014|Op-ed and Comment|

I have learnt how to procrastinate with furious efficiency Shoba Narayan October 7, 2014 Updated: October 7, 2014 05:40 PM It began innocently enough and took a fairly standard trajectory. Prodded by stray comments from the spouse, a sibling, a [...]

1509, 2014

Childhood food cravings for The National Abu Dhabi

September 15th, 2014|Food, The National|

Wrote this piece on a transatlantic flight.  I guess having bad airline food helped kindle taste memories. The best cuisines are those that have the flavours of home Shoba Narayan September 14, 2014 Updated: September 14, 2014 04:59 PM Read [...]

409, 2014

Pittsburgh travel piece for The National Abu Dhabi

September 4th, 2014|The National, Travel|

  Some American cities are hidden jewels.  Pittsburgh is one. Steeling a march in Pittsburgh Shoba Narayan September 4, 2014 Updated: September 4, 2014 04:38 PM We’re walking through the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. My 12-year-old daughter, Malu, has [...]

2008, 2014

Perfectionist children

August 20th, 2014|The National|

Of course, the below can be seen as a long-winded excuse from a non-perfectionist. :)   Failure is an important stopover on the road to success Shoba Narayan August 19, 2014 Updated: August 19, 2014 05:49 PM Are children these days [...]

1308, 2014

From thin to fat

August 13th, 2014|Op-ed and Comment|

Both my brother and I were painfully thin while growing up, which in Chennai was a bad thing. My Mom gave us strange concoctions to fatten us up-- raw eggs with milk was the worst-- to no effect. Now I [...]

908, 2014

Short working hours

August 9th, 2014|Op-ed and Comment|

I honestly don't think shorter working hours are going to work. People want to work more because they like it. All work and no play is no way to spend the rest of your life Shoba Narayan August 9, 2014 [...]

508, 2014

You made the cover!

August 5th, 2014|Op-ed and Comment|

First time since I have written for The National. Begin forwarded message: From: Brett Debritz Subject: you made the cover Date: August 5, 2014 at 11:11:34 AM GMT+5:30 To: Shoba Narayan Top left-hand:


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