Last Mint Lounge column

Home » Leisure » The Good Life Last Modified: Wed, Aug 03 2016. 03 39 PM IST Journeys with a nine-year-old column In her very last column for Lounge, Shoba Narayan lays bare the processes of writing ‘The Good Life’ Shoba Narayan The first Mint Lounge issue This will be my last column. My first…

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Rajinikanth the icon.

Had fun writing this piece.  Going to watch Kabali today. 23 July 2016 | E-Paper Home » Leisure » The Good Life Last Modified: Thu, Jul 21 2016. 09 20 PM IST All is well in the Rajini world You don’t go to a Rajinikanth movie for the plot. You go for the comfort it…

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Ode to Radio

Today is my good friend, Shailaja’s birthday.  In her honor, writing these words It is hard to find a friendship who has a combination of wit, honesty, discretion and humanity.  In Shailaja, I have a friend who will point out my mistakes with candor and compassion; who is funny as hell; and who keeps my…

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A woman’s love affair with jewelry

In India, every community offers their own style of covetable bangles, earrings, necklaces and anklets

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Jewelry brands.

For the love of Graff jewellery.  For the love of Indian jewellery.  I wrote this piece 28 March 2016 | E-Paper Home » Leisure Last Modified: Sat, Mar 26 2016. 01 29 AM IST Star trek How a traditional jewellery house can morph into a modern avatar without losing its cross-generational clientele 19   Shoba…

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Napa Valley wines

Inside Napa Valley wineries: part II In theory, making organic biodynamic wines is simple; just let nature do its job. Let the grapevine dance with the moon, dodge the sun, discover the stars 4   Shoba Narayan Napa’s Screaming Eagle. Photo: Eric Risberg/AP Beyond the blue yonder where chocolate-coloured grapevines stretch as far as the…

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Napa Valley. Wine. Sonoma Valley. Part 1

People in America, California particularly, have access to a ridiculous amount of great wines, many sold direct from wineries through wine clubs.  Here is a sampling.  Naturally, this being written for an Indian paper, there is an Indian angle.   Inside Napa Valley wineries: part I An Indian winemaker gets the best out of California…

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Love after fifty

Fifty by heart Love after 50 is a complex dance; it is also just habit Shoba Narayan Elizabeth Taylor and husband Richard Burton at Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, 1963. Photo: SSPL/Getty Images Love after 50 is a loaded phrase: one that is full of possibilities. Does it mean that it is possible to love after 50? What…

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Gauri Diwakar, Aditi Mangaldas, GR Iranna, Sudarshan Shetty, Matt Ridley and the art of collaboration

22 January 2016 | E-Paper Home » Leisure » The Good Life Last Modified: Thu, Jan 21 2016. 06 18 PM IST What rehearsals tell you about an artist Rehearsals are a vicarious pleasure; a way of accessing the genius of performers without the pressure of a performance Shoba Narayan G.R. Iranna with his sculptures…

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Breakfast in Varanasi

01 January 2016 | E-Paper Home » Leisure » The Good Life Last Modified: Fri, Jan 01 2016. 12 30 PM IST A hallucinatory breakfast in Varanasi Is there a more beautiful sound in the world than the sizzle of frying jalebis early in the morning? 91   Shoba Narayan Forget about cholesterol if you…

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