Some people ask for an official bio.  I point them to the below and ask that they cut-and-paste it.

Shoba Narayan is an award-winning author and columnist. She is the author of three books
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; 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 Condé Nast Traveler, The National, Financial Times, Destinasian, Gourmet, Time, Silk Road, and others. In the past, she has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Knowledge@Wharton, and other publications. She writes a weekly column for Mint Lounge, an Indian business daily which is affiliated with the Wall Street Journal. She also writes for The National, based in Abu Dhabi.

The bio which I would like to give is below:

Shoba Narayan dreams of being a trapeze artist or a stand-up comedienne, both of which are unrealistically ambitious given that she is galactically un-funny and clumsy to boot.  Meanwhile, she writes about food, travel, fashion, art and her native India for many publications such as Condenast Traveler (US edition), The National, Financial Times, Destinasian, and Silkroad, among others.  Shoba is a columnist for Mint Lounge and The National.  She works on improving her memory and becoming fit without exercising.  A long time ago, she won a couple of awards, which allow her to conveniently add the phrase ‘award-winning’ author to her books.  She is an alumnus of the Columbia Journalism School, Mount Holyoke College and WCC.

41 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Hello Shoba, As i dont subscribe to the Mint,i did not get an opportunity to read many of your columns in the Mint .By some sheer coincidence I happened to read today some of your columns and am impressed by your deep understanding of so many things that make up life on this planet.You weave these in simple understandable language .(for lesser mortals like me) .

    All the best



  2. Hi shoba
    This is just to tell you that I am a great fan of your first book. ..monsoon diary.’s a book that connects me to my own childhood and food memories. ..though I am not a South Indian. ..keep writing.’s a great journey.


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