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My first book, Monsoon Diary: a memoir with recipes, was published in 2003 by Random House (US). It came out in paperback in the UK, Australia and India.

Music, Wine, Stories

Listening to Ann Patchett’s “storytelling” interview on Fresh Air with Teri Gross. Doing a storytelling lecture for a friend’s firm in a couple of weeks so prepping. Listening to Flamenco mixed with Bhimsen Joshi’s Mian ki Malhar on iTunes Radio– … Continue reading

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Wendy Doniger’s book

My friend, Mitra moved from the WSJ to Quartz, a digital initiative of The Atlantic Monthly. Their daily briefs are followed by the top brass in Twitter, and policy institutes. The production and layout quality is excellent (like Medium). Best … Continue reading

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Geisha and girls

I just got slammed for generalizing but here I go again. This was written before the feedback though. As an amateur cultural anthropologist, I find the differences and similarities between cultures fascinating. Japan is one of my favorites. Travelling with … Continue reading

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Thanks but no thanks

Most old cultures: Israelis, Russians, Chinese, and certainly Indians are this way. Don’t know enough about Europe’s old cultures to check if they are this way too. When I say West, I mean America. Would be interesting to check if … Continue reading

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My books on iTunes

I am absolutely thrilled to report that my books are now on the iBookstore and iTunes. They are here And they are gorgeous when viewed through the Apple magic. The Hinduism book is the beginning of a new project. The … Continue reading

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Page 3

In the TOI about the reading. From: elisabeth Subject: Tr : Page 3 Date: February 25, 2014 at 8:21:56 AM GMT+5:30 To: Shoba Narayan <shoba@shobanarayaha ha!! would you like to come to a high tea with me and Magali at … Continue reading

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Moevenpick

Yesterday, the chef at my reading at Moevenpick Hotel and Spa in Bangalore had done such a nice job with recipes from Monsoon Diary. He had put a contemporary ‘five-star’ spin on the recipes from the book. My favorite was … Continue reading

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Day 3

Went to a kathak dance performance yesterday. If you are interested in how to transmit Indian culture, I can think of no better way than classical Indian dance. The words they use, the poetry they allude to, the music, the … Continue reading

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Book Reading

My friend, Meena runs a book club that is affiliated with the Moevenpick Hotel and Spa in Bangalore. Meena invited me to do a book reading at the hotel. Since there is a food element involved, I thought I would … Continue reading

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What does this mean?

What is this saying about food writing? And this one? It is in Dutch I think and I can see my name and the Chutneys and Chapatibrood, which is the translation of Monsoon Diary but I don’t understand a word … Continue reading

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