Azhagar Kovil Dosai

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Sacred Food Last Modified: Sat, Sep 12 2015. 11 30 PM IST Azhagar Kovil’s excellent dosai The humble dosai, a staple at breakfast tables in south India, takes a divine turn in the kitchen of Madurai’s Azhagar Kovil Photo: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan It is sunset when I walk into the…

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Sacred Food Palani

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Big story Last Modified: Mon, Aug 10 2015. 07 12 PM IST Palani’s heavenly panchamritham The prasadam of the popular hill temple not only tastes out of this world, but is also a healing potion Photo: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan Carnegie Hall has nothing on Hindu temples. I think of this…

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Review of Taj Coramandel, Chennai, for The Telegraph UK

The only Chennai hotel that is part of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World,’ this 42-year-old landmark is where Chennai glitterati come for dates, engagements and weddings. It melds Chola bronzes, Tanjore paintings, Italian marble and Bohemian chandeliers to glittering effect.

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The Park Chennai hotel review

Once the site of the cutting-edge Gemini studio, this 14-year old hotel takes its design cues from the movies, marrying dramatic public spaces with kitschy Bollywood bling. Avant-garde when it opened with its leather-floored bar and nightclubs, this packed hotel still has its swing. 

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ITC Grand Chola Chennai hotel review

I love Chennai.  The ITC Grand Chola is a magnificent hotel.  I spent a wonderful two days there, getting to know my hometown in a totally new way. The review is here and here

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Chennai for British Airways magazine

They have nice photos!! WORK TODAY, FLY TOMORROW • FEBRUARY 2014 NINE REASONS TO HANG OUT IN CHENNAI This ancient city on India’s Coromandel Coast is dubbed the Detroit of Asia, thanks to its thriving car manufacturing scene. But, says resident Shoba Narayan, Chennai is also the cultural capital of South India, and it would…

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Chennai (again)

Sat, Apr 13 2013. 12 08 AM IST Chennai’s love for cheesy ‘compliments’ From the Great Chennai Paradox to the American ‘throw ins’—why this love for useless freebies? Chennai shoppers buy a lot of gold, but a freebie makes them smile. Photo: McKay Savage/Wikimedia Commons The lady wants a “compliment”. Nay, she insists on it.…

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Immutable Madras for House Beautiful

A silvery dawn was shrouding Madras when my husband and I landed. I got off the plane and gulped in great mouthfuls of air, revelling in its moist, tropical heaviness. This was South India where you could touch the air, smell the earth, and drink the rain (if the monsoons were on time). This was…

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