Diwali gifts that do good and feel good

Last Published: Fri, Oct 13 2017. 04 58 PM IST Diwali Special: The handmade tale Thoughtful gift options for the evolved consumer—help a cause, spread the wealth Shoba Narayan Painted tea glasses with stand by Art for Akanksha (The Akanksha Foundation). Photo: The Akanksha Foundation Choosing Diwali gifts has become a task these days. When I…

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Tree of Life Jaipur hotel review

This resort an hour outside the Pink City of Jaipur is designed to pamper guests with spacious villas, a swimming pool overlooking the Aravali hills, a spa offering excellent treatments, an organic garden, and walking trails that encourage solitude and reflection.

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What’s cooking, Gaggan Anand?

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. Lounge brings to you a taste of his new avatar

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Taj Jai Mahal Palace hotel review for The Telegraph UK

This 18th-century palace, which is spread over 18 acres in central Jaipur, has tasteful rooms, a fabulous spa, swimming pool, and enough activities – including miniature golf, heritage walks, restaurants and a running track— to keep a guests entertained for a long weekend or more.

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Alsisar Haveli review for The Telegraph UK

This heritage hotel was once a large ‘haveli’ (traditional home) for a large Indian family. It has a welcoming and rather dramatic façade, open courtyards, a swimming pool, and a boutique that sells block-print clothes.

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Narain Niwas Palace hotel– review for The Telegraph UK

This heritage hotel, with its stunning entrance façade, has been with the same family since it was built in 1926, giving it an authenticity that is hard to duplicate. For a taste of Jaipur with all its charms and quirks, stay here.

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Was it right to fire the Google engineer?

Don’t shoot the messenger Shoba Narayan AUGUST 17, 2017 00:02 IST UPDATED: AUGUST 16, 2017 23:34 IST Google shouldn’t have fired the engineer who questioned its diversity efforts — it should have co-opted him Pity James Damore. The Google engineer wrote what he thought was a sacred screed that would change the world or at least…

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Profile: filmmaker and entrepreneur

Last Published: Sun, Aug 13 2017. 04 02 PM IST The filmmaker and the entrepreneur: Shekar Dattatri and Ramki Sreenivasan This is the story of synchronicity in the lives of a snake-loving filmmaker and a bird-loving entrepreneur who joined hands to work for nature conservation Shoba Narayan Shekar Dattatri (left), an award-winning filmmaker, and Ramki Sreenivasan,…

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God of Small Feasts

This essay won me a James Beard MFK Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing. SHOBA NARAYAN THE GOD OF SMALL FEASTS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JANUARY 2000 In this Indian family, destiny begins in the kitchen.     Here,” said my mother, pressing a dark-brown slab of one of her mysterious cooking ingredients into my hands. “Smell this.” I…

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