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. Dear Shoba ji,
    Greetings of the day. you must be aware that DB is the most widely read news paper in the country.
    We, at Dainik Bhaskar, wanted to request you to write a monthly column on travel / art / culture for our Sunday magazine.
    will be really grateful if agree to do so and advise on how to take this association forward.
    Thanking You !!
    Ajay kumar patel


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  3. Hi Shoba:
    I watched the episode on Dharma. And in this episode the guest made many quotation from the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads. Please, send me the exact citations of these quotes on Dharma from the Gita and Upanishads..



  4. Hello Shobha Narayan I glad to see your website. I have done research on Chaudhari tribe. I am Gujarati storywriter. Now I want to publish the book , in this book I search tribes food. whenever publish it I send for you. Pls read it and write about law calory and law fat tribes food. Jayshree


  5. Greetings. I would like to bring to your notice traffic violations of the parents of your school in Koramangala in Bangalore. They block and clog up the entire lane in the 100ft road while dropping off kids at the school. Please have the ‘customers’ of this franchise find alternative ways to drop their children and free the space in the congested 100ft road.


      • Dear Ms. Shoba Narayan,
        I came to this page, looking for a link to write to you for the same reason as that of Mr Bharadwaj – regarding the parents of Neev Encore (406, Outer Circle,Whitefield,Bangalore 560 066) blocking the 100ft road traffic.

        Kindly do the needful.

        Thanks in anticipation,


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