Tai Chi Me for Condenast Traveler

Casting aside the yoga of her youth, Shoba Narayan turns to China’s martial arts to tame her wild emotions—”I’m more Rahm Emanuel than Barack Obama”—and get six-pack abs in the bargain.

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Singapore Fling: For Condenast Traveler

SINGAPORE FLING So much to do, so little time—at least if you’re Shoba Narayan. Her manic mission: to wring the most out of this nonstop island-nation in just forty-eight hours. Let her loss (of sleep) be your gain—and guide Published July 2005 Staid, chaste, strict, small—Singapore has heard it all. But this island-nation of 4.2…

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My Life as a Geisha: Condenast Traveler October 2009

What woman can’t use some lessons in feminine allure? Shoba Narayan travels to Kyoto to pick up some tips from the masters—the city’s renowned geishas. Trust us—there’s much more to Japan’s most enduring icons than white face-paint and a bee-stung pout

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Condenast Traveler Mumbai Story: October 2009

It’s nothing if not a city of contrasts. It’s ancient and modern, dirt poor (home to Asia’s second-largest slum) and filthy rich (stomping ground for countless millionaires). It parties till dawn yet still prays at daybreak. It has has nightclubs and temples, socialites and mystics. It’s the most densely populated metropolis on earth, and it has a beach for a backyard. Some say it’s too fast, too big, too much—and not to be missed. It even has two names.

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Goa Grows Up: Condenast Travel October 2008 issue

Once a hippie haven where even India’s tightly chaperoned teens could turn on, tune in, and drop out, Goa has lately gone upscale. Shoba Narayan returns to a scene from her youth and finds that Goa (like the author herself) has only gotten better with age

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My Blue Heaven: Condenast Traveler July 2008

I don’t want to write about this place. Few people know of it; fewer still visit. Perhaps that’s the way it should be. In this rapidly shrinking world, there ought to be somewhere that remains remote, even obscure; set apart in space and time; offering the promise of mystery, the romance of discovery. Lakshadweep—the name comes out in a sigh. In Sanskrit, it means One Hundred Thousand Islands, although in fact there are just twenty-seven, ten of which are inhabited. Speckled across the Arabian Sea off the Malabar Coast of India, this archipelago of atolls, coral reefs, and islands was—before El Niño—the largest living ecosystem on the planet. Many maps, even Indian ones, don’t note it. Yet for a dedicated group of travelers who seek the world’s most far-flung spots, this is as close as it gets to paradise

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Mommie Dearest

FROM CONDENAST TRAVELER NOVEMBER 2004 ISSUE http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/5936 Once mortified by her mother’s haggling, Shoba Narayan finds that driving a hard bargain is as de rigueur in New York as in New Delhi The thought occurred as I eyed a stunning Persian carpet in a downtown Manhattan shop. The Mogul-inspired piece looked terrific but cost thousands…

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Singapore Fling

FROM CONDENAST TRAVELER JULY 2005 ISSUE http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/6102 So much to do, so little time—at least if you’re Shoba Narayan. Her manic mission: to wring the most out of this nonstop island-nation in just forty-eight hours. Let her loss (of sleep) be your gain—and guide Staid, chaste, strict, small—Singapore has heard it all. But this island-nation…

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Mekong Bound: a river runs through it

A river runs through them, yes, but that’s not all that connects the former French colonies of Cambodia and Laos. Shoba Narayan plies Southeast Asia’s new tourist axis

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