Delighted to announce that my new book. The Milk Lady of Bangalore: an Unexpected Adventure Will be out on January 23 2018 in the US. Published by the fantastic Algonquin Books. Look at the cool GIF they did for the book.Read More
Sandhotel is situated in the heart of Reykjavik’s hip shopping street, Laugavegur, and is bordered by Iceland’s oldest gentleman’s tailor and a cult bakery. Warm staff and thoughtful touches including a mobile phone, and chic comfortable rooms with locally sourced organic toiletries, make it a great place to stay.Read More
The 39-year-old chef’s Bangkok restaurant Gaggan, which claimed the top spot in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the third time in a row, is all set to close in 2020.
Shoba Narayan brings to you a taste of his new avatarRead More
What woman can’t use some lessons in feminine allure? Shoba Narayan travels to Kyoto to pick up some tips from the mastersthe city’s renowned geishas. Trust usthere’s much more to Japan’s most enduring icons than white face-paint and a bee-stung poutRead More
Shoba Narayan is a journalist and author. Her interests are travel, food, nature, wine, culture, art and luxury. She is the author of four booksRead More
Thank you Harshini Vakkalanka for this lovely piece here The moo factor Harshini Vakkalanka APRIL 16, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: APRIL 16, 2018 04:32 IST SHARE ARTICL Four-legged wisdom The cow is a great metaphor to explain life, says Shoba S R Raghunathan Author Shoba Narayan found the cow was a prism through which to view and…Read More
Bellroy wallets come in an eco-friendly paper package with simple instructions. Each wallet, which comes in a rainbow of colours, typically holds four to 11 cards.Read More
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Narayan’s narrative skills are supreme. From a reluctant believer in the virtues of udder milk compared with packet milk to consecrating her new flat with freshly laid cow dung to buying a cow as a spiritual and religious act, and then donating it, Narayan walks the whole hog with the cow—although not with the desi cow, but a Holstein-Friesian version.Read More
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A handmade fountain pen that carries the weight of your words.
The question is whether you view design as a necessity or a luxury. If you view good design as a luxury, you will take the nouveau riche approach to life, by which I mean that you will flaunt branded high-quality objects where others can see them. Your living room will be elegant while the rest of your house may be a pig-sty. You will carry a Celine handbag but wear tattered knickers. You know the type.
If you view design as a necessity, you will insist on elegant high-quality objects even while roughing it.
This fountain pen is for the latter group of people who view design not as a contrived accessory that can be put away when the crowds disappear but as something as necessary as air or oxygen.
The great outdoors is the fantasy. But how to access the great outdoors varies from culture to culture. In Japan, there is this lovely term called shinrin-yoku or forest bathing. People repair to the woods like Thoreau did to reclaim their souls and rejuvenate their selves. The ancient Hindus called this “vanaprastha,” or retreating into the forest. Today, we carry accessories ranging from a simple backpack to a GPS. But what about your favourite fountain pen? Do you need to carry it to the forest? Probably not. Would you want to? With this product, most definitely yes.
In this age of emojis and abbreviated texts (IMHO, ROTFL), does anyone actually use a fountain pen anymore? Lovers of calligraphy and handwriting can mourn the loss of actually written letters in the age of SMSes and texts. Then again, what do you need these days beyond your smartphone. It sends money, messages, location and love. Even so, consumers around the world buy wallets, bags, Valentine’s Day cards and yes, fountain pens. So, yes, the reality is that you don’t need most objects, but how poor a world it would be if you couldn’t scribble or doodle your thoughts, preferably on recycled paper with a fountain pen.
Kohezi is an online store based in Amsterdam that stocks a small list of products, primarily from Taiwanese and Japanese designers. The word links the Dutch prononciation to the English word, “cohesion,” and has to do with respecting natural materials. Y Studio is one of the designers featured in the store. Based in Taiwan, Y Studio makes beautiful stationary objects: pens, pencils, paper and cards.
The portable fountain pen comes in a minimalist box with the inscription: the weight of your words. There is some sort of kanji type calligraphy on top. The foutain pen is made with copper with a gold nib made by Schmidt, a German company. The ink is refillable. The cover has a protrusion that neatly slides into the straight cut on top of the pen-holder. You insert the supplied leather lace and link it to whichever object you are carrying, be it a backpack or a handbag.
The fountain pen container is also gorgeous. Made of white maple (wood), which happens to end up black, it is smooth and hand-carved or curved into a cylindrical container.
It is also overkill. Chances are that this pen will rarely see the inside of its container. Use it instead for your pencils or brushes.
The Bottom Line:
This may well be one of the most beautiful fountain pens you will behold and use.
It is tactile, has girth and weight and the ink never dries up, thanks to its heavy duty cover. The only problem? You won’t want to take it camping lest you lose it. So this object with a very specific purpose may not be the purpose you use it for.
Shoba Narayan’s friendship with Sarala, the milk woman, leads to the writing of a tale replete with wisecracks, wry observations and warm memoriesRead More
REVIEWS The Cows of Bangalore: And How I Came to Own One review: Bovine happiness Uma Mahadevan-Dasgupta MARCH 31, 2018 19:45 IST UPDATED: MARCH 31, 2018 17:54 IST The Cows of Bangalore: And How I Came to Own One Shoba Narayan /Simon & Schuster ₹350 Discovering a bit of old Bangalore in the new When we…Read More
Author Shoba Narayan explores the stories, mythological tales, genetic history, cultural beliefs and rituals associated with the cow in her book.Read More
What should you do when you can pick the digits of your phone number? Ask the astrologer of course!
To get her new SIM card, my mother called up our family astrologer to pick the number accordinglyRead More