I write books. So far three, available here
My first book, Monsoon Diary, was published by Random House in the US in 2003. It was later published in paperback in the UK, Australia, India and the Netherlands. Since I love book jackets, I am including their photos below. The hardcover version has my mother-in-law in the cover. A different version was also planned with a group photo of the family. That was scrapped.
Return to India: an immigrant memoir Paperback – October 16, 2012
Return to India is a powerful memoir about what it means to be an immigrant in a foreign country and what propels immigrants to return to their homeland. Following in the tradition of her first book, Monsoon Diary: a memoir with recipes, award-winning author, Shoba Narayan explores themes of family, culture and identity. In vivid and heartfelt prose, Shoba Narayan describes the trajectory of her immigrant life from the salty plains of South India to the high rises of New York and Boston. From the exhilarating thrill of being a new immigrant to becoming an angst-ridden mother grappling with hyphenated identities, Narayan describes the life of an immigrant with humor and insight. She talks about why she yearned for America and became a citizen of the land she would ultimately leave. Return to India is about love and loss; about family and identity; and about the quest for a place called home. Return to India is about the costs of chasing the American dream and the complications of returning to your homeland. Rich in detail and empathetic in tone, this book will resonate with immigrants and diaspora from all cultures.
Katha: Tell a Story, Sell a Dream Hardcover – Unabridged, Import