Shoba Narayan

I write about travel, food, wine, fashion, art, music, culture, lifestyle, luxury, wildlife and nature for many publications.

They include Condenast Traveler (US edition), The NationalFinancial TimesDestinasianGourmetTime, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Knowledge@Wharton, and several airline publications: British Airways Highlife, Cathay Pacific’s Discovery, Singapore Airlines’ Silverkris, Silkroad, and Qantas.  In the past, I have written for Forbes Life, Washington Post, Departures, Food & Wine, Saveur, Newsweek, Beliefnet, and House Beautiful.  I do hotel reviews for The Telegraph UK visible here

For nine years till August 2016, I wrote a weekly column for Mint Lounge, an Indian business daily which is affiliated with the WSJ.  I also wrote columns for The National, based in Abu Dhabi.  I used to write the Hinduism column for Beliefnet.

I have written three books: Monsoon Diary and Return to India, that are available here.  My third book, Katha, is available here.

I have taught a course to the Executive Post Graduate Program at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.  I have also taught sculpture at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. I am a trustee of Neev Academy, 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.  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.  Both awards referenced here.  Scroll down.

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, which I used to travel to Israel.

I can be reached at

My cut-and-paste bio here

143 Comments Add yours

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  2. arv! says:

    Reading your weave of words is delight. Your writing is simple, easy to ready yet it has a strong flow. In a class of it’s own.


  3. J.Gopalan says:

    All the best Shobha Narayanji.
    Wish you all success in all your ventures!


  4. I absolutely love your reviews about food and the various cultures of India. I didn’t know that you have written books. I am very much looking forward to reading your books. Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts about the places you go, food you eat and the art you experience.


    1. Thank you Aditi. Best of luck


  5. That’s a formidable bio. Have long admired your writing in Mint Lounge. The piece on Varanasi has stayed in my mind as an example of writing that I strive towards. Thanks for being an inspiration.


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  7. Anonymous says:

    shobha is there an RSS feed by which I may get regular feeds from ur blog……I read a piece in the mint today.


    1. You should hit the “follow” button on my page. Then you will get stuff from me. thanks


  8. Exploring the cultural diversity and the rich heritage of India, uplifting Indian Culture, Heritage, Arts and Craft from the bottom of pyramid.
    Promoting Indian Art and Craft, Music and Dance, Culture and Artists, artist management, social media promotion with an aim to reconnect us to our rich legacy of Cultural Heritage


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