I write about food, travel, fashion, art and culture for many publications.  They include Condenast Traveler (US edition), The NationalFinancial TimesDestinasianGourmetTime, and Silkroad.  In the past, I’ve written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Town & Country, British Airways Highlife, Cathay Pacific’s Discovery, Singapore Airlines’ Silverkris, Knowledge@Wharton, Departures, Food & Wine, Saveur, Newsweek, Beliefnet and House Beautiful.

I write a weekly column for Mint Lounge, an Indian business daily which is affiliated with the WSJ.  I also write a column for The National, based in Abu Dhabi.  I used to write the Hinduism column for Beliefnet, which has my columnist page here and six pages of my articles here.

I have written two books: Monsoon Diary and Return to India, that are available here

I have taught a course to the Executive Post Graduate Program at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.  I have also taught philosophy at Neev, a preschool in Bangalore. I am a trustee of Neev Academy, Bangalore’s best preschool and school

A long time ago, I used to be a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered Weekend.

My essay, The God of Small Feasts, that was published in Gourmet, won the James Beard Foundation’s MFK Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing.  Ruth Reichl, who got me into food writing was there at the awards ceremony, which gratified me greatly.  My first book, “Monsoon Diary: a memoir with recipes,” was published by Random House (US) in 2003.  It was a finalist for a James Beard Award.

I graduated from the Columbia Journalism School with a Master of Science degree. The school awarded me a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship given to the top three graduating students in the class. I can be reached at shoba@shobanarayan.com

My bio here

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  1. Hai,

    This is madhu babu, Mechanical engineer graduate come up with concept on Energy Conservation concept for electricity savings through school children, this innovative competition is the first time in the world doing with more than One lakh children in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.

    Electricity is produced by burning coal, which emits carbon into atmosphere which is the result of climate change, natural calamities etc. In the concept of energy conservation I thought of doing this concept in children and get habituated to save electricity from their young age.

    In this concept we will issue an energy saving data card which is like a greeting card for the children where we provide electricity saving tips and ask the children to save and win the award, the children will be evaluated with their electricity bills for about 3- 4 months. The card is signed by their parents and teachers to get this competition in a proper way, When the child starts comparing the bills they get motivated after seeing the change and this becomes habitual change to save electricity from their child hood.

    I have been doing this concept from 2012 and now in 2015 I have done this concept reaching more than one lakh children a grand prize distribution program will be done after we collect the cards back to see how much saving through this competition.

    Now being an employee of Mott MacDonald, an UK based company I am doing this project as CSR activity.

    This concept needs your support to spread all over the world to save electricity through this concept.


    Madhu Babu. K

    0091 9003837053



  2. Hello….Shoba. This is Johnlin . We are going to start a destination based travel magazine In India For that promotion . Can you write a article for that.? And how much you are charging for that ?


  3. Hi,

    I’m a enthuastic travel writer who needs guidance from experienced like you. Looking at your profile it is learnt that you have traveled a wast geography and have written loads of articles. So if you can take spare some time for me to guide that would be really greatful. I can be reached @ : jagadishmn31@gmail. com
    And 7200034114

    Looking forward for your reply.


  4. Hi there, We would like to get in touch with you regarding the Park new festival that’s happening at the The Park Hotels. It would be great if you could share your email id with us. Thanks!
    Email: pr@repindia.com
    Phone: 9899650828


  5. Pls write on farmers of maharashtra .marathwada rigion. sucides of farmers. on print media. pls rply on .prakashgatade 1@gmail .com


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