I write about food, travel, fashion, art and culture for many publications. They include Condenast Traveler (US edition), The National, Financial Times, Destinasian, Gourmet, Time, 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 am the author of two books, which are below.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Some people ask for an official bio. I point them to the below and ask that they cut-and-paste it.
Shoba Narayan is an award-winning author and columnist. She writes about food, travel, fashion, art and culture for many publications. They include Condé Nast Traveler, The National, Financial Times, Destinasian, Gourmet, Time, Silk Road, and others. In the past, she has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Knowledge@Wharton, and other publications. She writes a weekly column for Mint Lounge, and Indian business daily which is affiliated with the Wall Street Journal. She also writes a column for The National, based in Abu Dhabi. She is the author of two books, Monsoon Diery and Return to India. She graduated from the Columbia Journalism School; and is an alumnus of Mount Holyoke College and Women’s Christian College.
The bio which I would like to give is below:
Shoba Narayan dreams of being a trapeze artist or a stand-up comedienne, both of which are unrealistically ambitious given that she is galactically un-funny and clumsy to boot. Meanwhile, she writes about food, travel, fashion, art and her native India for many publications such as Condenast Traveler (US edition), The National, Financial Times, Destinasian, and Silkroad, among others. Shoba is a columnist for Mint Lounge and The National. She works on improving her memory and becoming fit without exercising. A long time ago, she won a couple of awards, which allow her to conveniently add the phrase ‘award-winning’ author to her books. She is an alumnus of the Columbia Journalism School, Mount Holyoke College and WCC.