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If you haven’t read Shoba, I suggest you do.

Her grace comes from being fallible, being one amongst us. She writes with insight and blends personal vignettes into almost all her work. She writes with humor and love on most topics and never puts herself above the character or situation. It is this empathy combined with her inherent humanism that shines through in her writing.

Shoba sees the universe in a grain of rice and is able to shed light on macro issues through a micro lens. She tackles big subjects through amusing everyday anecdotes. Her strength lies in focusing her laser-like attention on commonplace events, incidents and situations and then parting the veil so that we walk through to the other side.

It is this ability to enjoy complex people with all their frailties and contradictions– and letting us see this, all with a light touch– that make her writing so enjoyable. Her descriptions along with her understanding and empathy make the reader fall in love with her subjects, no matter what they are.

Like I said, if you haven’t read Shoba, I suggest you do.”

Quote from a reader.

Cows, food, faith, and people....

all are fair game for Shoba's pen.

Her descriptions along with her understanding and humanity make the reader fall in love with her subjects, no matter what they are.

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La Laitiere de Bangalore

Latest news. French edition of The Milk Lady of Bangalore is out!

The Milk Lady of Bangalore

or how I bought a cow and donated its calf

Hardcover

with a cute gif

French edition

an excellent translation

Indian edition

with a slightly different name

Monsoon Diary

a memoir with recipes

Hardcover

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Paperback

Available everywhere

Australia edition

sadly out of print

Indian edition

a few copies left

UK edition

love the colours

Dutch edition

sadly out of print

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My second book

perhaps my most heartfelt

Indian edition

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Tell a story

a primer

Udderly delightful.  A herd of often funny and always fascinating bovine adven­tures . . . There’s plenty of heart and soul in this book as Narayan takes readers on a unique tour of her In­dian neighborhood, where there’s never a dull moment.”

Bookpage

“Sincere and laugh-out-loud funny . . . Narayan’s rich and evocative writing transports readers to the busy streets of Bangalore and a fully formed picture of modern India.”

Kirkus Reviews

Joyful….  Although readers may find [Narayan’s] analysis of Indian society illuminating and enjoy her breakdown of what makes a white, red, gold or smoke-colored cow worth appreciating, the real reason you’ll love this book is the author herself: a woman so curious, funny and self-deprecating that she is able to show us—delightfully—how the past informs our future.”

Kerri Arsenault, Oprah.com

Lovely, light-hearted….  a journey through cultural mores and female friendship, as well as a look at the spiritual and historical part that cows play in India; an easy read that you can’t help but love.”

Refinery29

An absolute joy to read!

Through her close encounters with the bovine kind, Narayan shows how Indian traditions are incorporated into her contemporary way of life.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

A delight

“Anyone with the slightest interest in India or cows will find Narayan’s memoir, with its myriad insights, a delight.”

Shelf Awareness

A Unique View

When a personal memoir like this one comes along, and it eschews high drama for gentle humor, dives deep into socio-cultural history, and presents slices of contemporary life as constant sources of everyday wonder, it’s a refreshing welcome . . . Narayan’s integrity of intention shines through so clearly and beautifully that it’s all too easy to take this journey with her.”

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The Milk Lady of Bangalore in Paperback

The Milk Lady of Bangalore immerses us in the culture, customs, myths, religion, sights, and sounds of a city in which the twenty-first century and the ancient past coexist like nowhere else in the world. It’s a true story of bridging divides, of understanding other ways of looking at the world, and of human connections and animal connections.

It’s an irresistible adventure of two strong women and the animals they love.

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