Shoba Narayan is an award-winning author and columnist. She is the author of four books available here.

The Milk Lady of Bangalore: an unexpected adventure
Katha: Tell a Story; Sell a Dream (the Art of Corporate Storytelling)
Monsoon Diary: a memoir with recipes
Return to India: an immigrant memoir.

She graduated from the Columbia Journalism School which awarded her a Pulitzer Fellowship; and is an alumnus of Mount Holyoke College and Women’s Christian College.

She writes about food, travel, fashion, art and culture for many publications. They include the New York Times,  Condé Nast TravelerThe NationalFinancial TimesDestinasianThe Atlantic, GourmetTimeQuartz, and a number of airline publications among others. In the past, she has written for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Knowledge@Wharton, and other publications.

She has been a columnist for Mint, an Indian business daily, and for The National, based in Abu Dhabi.  She write a bi-weekly column for Hindustan Times Brunch magazine.

She has also done radio work for NPR as commentator and Radio New Zealand as its overseas correspondent.  Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie decided that Shoba was eccentric enough to be a character and featured her in five episodes– trailer here.

She has taught at IIM-Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Besides writing, she watches birds, quaffs wine, visits restaurants and enjoys gadgets.  She loves the work of Carl Jung and is interested in dance, somatic therapies and holistic health.  Her lifelong mission is to get fit without exercising and lose weight without dieting.

More photos available here.

Bio in Google Docs here

7 replies to About
  1. Hello! Shoba
    I picked up your Memoir at VANA and I really enjoyed it. It was fun reading about your childhood while in India. I was very surprised when it said you went to Mt. Holyoke. I did too! Also, when you said the graduation speaker was Maya Angelou. I graduated in 1983! What year were you? I am still traveling for the summer but I live in Boston and Bermuda and Paris and I plan to make some of your recipes. It would be a pleasure to meet you if you are in Boston at any point. I am American but have been living in Bermuda and Europe for many years . I believe you are back in India with your family now? My husband and I spent 3 weeks at Vana this July. What a nice spot and the staff are all excellent. I would love to know about any MHC events you are involved with as well. Very best as your book made my stay perfect. I started another one but as it was from the library there I had to leave it behind. When I return to Boston I will order it on Amazon. Take care, Lisa


  2. Hello shoba,
    I Am Lalitha from Tamil Nadu, i read your book “return to India” was really awesome. well ! i have chose it as my assignment for Immigrant literature. being literature student i would like to see your Family Picture. if possible please show me…..


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