Category Archives: Luxury

Male Perfume

I thought male perfume was a bit of musk, wood, leather, and all those usual suspect-ingredients. Who would have thought about oudh, orange blossom and the like? These new male perfumers are changing the paradigm. I pitched the story to … Continue reading

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Mahmoud Darwish

Whose writing I adore. A niche brand of perfume called Carlos Huber makes a scent based on a boutonniere Delhi’s fetid desire, Mumbai’s petrol fumes Can you smell the ‘garam masala’ and greed in Delhi? Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint The best … Continue reading

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Coming of Age

My colleague, Shefalee Vasudev, who has a wonderful sense of Indian fashion, wrote this piece in which she included me. Shefalee knows Indian fashion well. Her aesthetic veers towards handmade, handwoven, quirky and local. I like the photos they have … Continue reading

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Vintage cars

Have to write another article on inheriting collections. Don’t think I gave a satisfactory answer to this very interesting question: are you doing your kids a favor by passing on your collection to them? Driven by a passion for possession … Continue reading

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Sari Warrior

A piece on my favorite subject. The National Conversation The sari is neatly woven into my country’s social fabric Shoba Narayan Aug 28, 2013 Different people have differing relationships with their country’s traditional clothes. The Japanese, for instance, have eschewed … Continue reading

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Jimmy Choos

Today morning, the first thing I did was to go out, pick up all the newspapers and hide Mint Lounge. My parents are temporarily staying with me and I didn’t want my father to read my column today mainly because … Continue reading

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Ted, me and Moynat

I have known Ted Moncreiff for 15 years. He first assigned a bargaining story to me when he was an editor at Condenast Traveler way back in 1996. He continued assigning longer and longer pieces as Executive editor of Traveler. … Continue reading

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Sensual India

This is one of my favorite pieces and it took a while to write. It appears in a magazine called Eat Stay Love that is the in house magazine of Aman, Four Seasons, and other luxury hotels in India. Some … Continue reading

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Cognac

My recording at Soundcloud here Sat, Apr 06 2013. 12 12 AM IST A very nosy memory Blending great cognac is all about olfactory memory Shoba Narayan Pierrette Trichet, the cellar master of Rémy Martin. Photo: Courtesy Rémy Martin. What … Continue reading

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