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This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: Reading body language on Zoom

Online interactions may be effective, but minus body language and touch, they are not nimble
Clicking on the ‘raise hand’ icon makes one feel like a student whose finger the teacher had rapped and said, “Stand up on the bench”!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Clicking on the ‘raise hand’ icon makes one feel like a student whose finger the teacher had rapped and said, “Stand up on the bench”!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Jun 07, 2020 02:24 PM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Why are men yearning for the barber

For men, the barber is not just a haircutter. He is a therapist, beautician and philosopher, all rolled into one.
A good haircut is a thing of beauty. It makes a man look put together and confident.(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
A good haircut is a thing of beauty. It makes a man look put together and confident.(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on May 23, 2020 10:23 PM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Learning life lessons at the local bazaar

Bargaining isn’t about money. It is about creating relationships out of transactions.
Technology may have made things easy, but once in a while we need to go and haggle with the vendors(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Technology may have made things easy, but once in a while we need to go and haggle with the vendors(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on May 10, 2020 06:30 AM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Recipe for a relationship

Struggling to cook? Phone your relatives in the ancestral village
Indian recipe blogs thrive because they offer precise measurements(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Indian recipe blogs thrive because they offer precise measurements(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Apr 26, 2020 02:57 AM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Love in a time of corona

Think of this as a time to recalibrate your perspective on life
Add moments of colour and joy, it makes life worth living!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Add moments of colour and joy, it makes life worth living!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Apr 12, 2020 02:41 AM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: 27 things to do while in isolation

Don’t let the Coronavirus get you down
Gyms being closed doesn’t mean you cannot exercise. Do the plank at home(Photo Imaging by Parth Garg)
Gyms being closed doesn’t mean you cannot exercise. Do the plank at home(Photo Imaging by Parth Garg)
Updated on Mar 28, 2020 10:29 PM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Map of the soul

Sometimes music is the only way to bring one back to life
The writer loved the neighbourhood aunty with that unabashed sincerity of starving little kids who saw sunshine in a samosa and rainbows in the raw mango slices she fed(Photo: istock)
The writer loved the neighbourhood aunty with that unabashed sincerity of starving little kids who saw sunshine in a samosa and rainbows in the raw mango slices she fed(Photo: istock)
Updated on Mar 15, 2020 12:17 AM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: How to make friends with your neighbour

Differences vanish when you embrace a person’s humanity
Urban educated professionals deal with people based on the place and situation(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Urban educated professionals deal with people based on the place and situation(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Feb 29, 2020 09:51 PM IST
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This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: The pleasures of an Indian gooseberry

Love is not the only thing that makes the world go round
All you may need is love. But sometimes you need food to facilitate the love(Getty Images)
All you may need is love. But sometimes you need food to facilitate the love(Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 01, 2020 09:20 PM IST
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This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: What colour is your chocolate?

White or dark, it’s all normal. All chocolate. And love is love.
Normal is an outdated concept. These days anything goes...(Shutterstock)
Normal is an outdated concept. These days anything goes...(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 19, 2020 12:28 AM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: How to deal with family members who seem intolerant about issues you support

Don’t shut out the hypocrites and bigots in your family. Engage with them instead. You may be surprised.
Relatives, who seem to be bigots and hypocrites, can often put you off guard(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Relatives, who seem to be bigots and hypocrites, can often put you off guard(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Jan 04, 2020 10:34 PM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Baking Christmas cake with Uncle Chandy

It’s the only way to truly feel the spirit of the season
Christmas traditions are both universal and individualistic(Photo: Shutterstock)
Christmas traditions are both universal and individualistic(Photo: Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 23, 2019 01:03 PM IST
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This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: On conquering WhatsApp addiction

Tips and tricks for the most common instant messaging problems
WhatsApp is like flying blind. It expunges context and exaggerates tone(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
WhatsApp is like flying blind. It expunges context and exaggerates tone(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Dec 07, 2019 11:50 PM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: The life and death of a WhatsApp group

When forwards lead to fulmination, it’s soon time to say goodbye
WhatsApp groups with a laissez-faire attitude towards all content are like a village square, with a lot of noise and chaos(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
WhatsApp groups with a laissez-faire attitude towards all content are like a village square, with a lot of noise and chaos(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Nov 23, 2019 11:43 PM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Did WhatsApp group messaging make Diwali fun?

Even a festival cannot be all happy happy when you are a member of a massive WhatsApp group
The birth of a new WhatsApp group is a joyous thing. But then, every WhatsApp group has a life cycle.(Shutterstock)
The birth of a new WhatsApp group is a joyous thing. But then, every WhatsApp group has a life cycle.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 17, 2019 01:23 AM IST
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This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: What are Indian family values?

Would individual principles work in a population that is largely contradictory, inconsistent, and boundary-free
In India, Gods can morph into floats and priests can openly ask for bribes in order to get close to an equal God!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
In India, Gods can morph into floats and priests can openly ask for bribes in order to get close to an equal God!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Oct 13, 2019 12:00 AM IST
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This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: The languages of love

Hearts, flowers and cuddly teddy bears are not the only way to express affection
Most of us begin our love journey longing for physical touch, which later becomes all about quality time(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Most of us begin our love journey longing for physical touch, which later becomes all about quality time(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Sep 14, 2019 10:37 PM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Zen and the art of self surrender

Living with faith sounds easy, but can be incredibly hard
The once hurt condor steps off the cliff and flies after it’s been nursed back to health(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
The once hurt condor steps off the cliff and flies after it’s been nursed back to health(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Aug 17, 2019 07:58 PM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Life lessons from grandparents

Learn from those who really know
Grandchildren: Be satisfied with what you have, but always strive for greater knowledge(Getty Images)
Grandchildren: Be satisfied with what you have, but always strive for greater knowledge(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 03, 2019 10:20 PM IST
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This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Letter to a child who is leaving home

10 pieces of advice to smooth your life’s journey.
Play to win, not just on the field but in emotional battles too
Play to win, not just on the field but in emotional battles too
Updated on Jul 21, 2019 05:40 PM IST
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This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: How to preserve the story of your life

In the digital overload of photos, status updates and emails, where are the real milestones of your journey?
The beauty of handwritten letters wasn’t just the momentous announcements they contained, but also the mundane things you forget — about how people lived then(Shutterstock)
The beauty of handwritten letters wasn’t just the momentous announcements they contained, but also the mundane things you forget — about how people lived then(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 22, 2019 11:54 PM IST
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Save your marriage, plant a tree

Yes, that might actually work in a world where phubbing has becoming a relationship killer
Using a cellphone in bed is a common point of discord among couples(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
Using a cellphone in bed is a common point of discord among couples(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Jul 07, 2018 10:32 PM IST
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