Shoba Narayan

travel. food. wine. culture. art. luxury.

Shoba Narayan is a journalist and author.  Her books include

Shoba writes about travel, wildlife, nature, food, drink, fashion, art, music, culture, luxury and lifestyle for many publications.

They include Condenast Traveler (US edition), The NationalFinancial TimesDestinasianGourmetTime, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Knowledge@Wharton, and several airline publications: British Airways Highlife, Cathay Pacific’s Discovery, Singapore Airlines’ Silverkris, Silkroad, Qantas and The Telegraph (UK).  She has also written for Forbes Life, Washington Post, Departures, Food & Wine, Saveur, Newsweek, Beliefnet, and House Beautiful.

For nine years till August 2016, Shoba wrote a weekly column called “The Good Life” for Mint Lounge, an Indian business paper.  She also wrote columns for The National, based in Abu Dhabi, and used to write the Hinduism column for Beliefnet.

Shoba has taught courses for the Executive Post Graduate Program at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.  She has also taught humanities and arts at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. She is a trustee of Neev Academy, Bangalore.

Shoba was a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered Weekend.

Her essay, The God of Small Feasts, that was published in Gourmet, won the James Beard Foundation’s MFK Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing.  Her first book, “Monsoon Diary: a memoir with recipes,” was a finalist for a James Beard Award.  Both awards referenced here.  Scroll down.

Shoba graduated from the Columbia Journalism School with a Master of Science degree. The school awarded her a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, which she used to travel to Israel.

She can be reached at

Her cut-and-paste bio here


  1. Hai,

    This is madhu babu, Mechanical engineer graduate come up with concept on Energy Conservation concept for electricity savings through school children, this innovative competition is the first time in the world doing with more than One lakh children in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.

    Electricity is produced by burning coal, which emits carbon into atmosphere which is the result of climate change, natural calamities etc. In the concept of energy conservation I thought of doing this concept in children and get habituated to save electricity from their young age.

    In this concept we will issue an energy saving data card which is like a greeting card for the children where we provide electricity saving tips and ask the children to save and win the award, the children will be evaluated with their electricity bills for about 3- 4 months. The card is signed by their parents and teachers to get this competition in a proper way, When the child starts comparing the bills they get motivated after seeing the change and this becomes habitual change to save electricity from their child hood.

    I have been doing this concept from 2012 and now in 2015 I have done this concept reaching more than one lakh children a grand prize distribution program will be done after we collect the cards back to see how much saving through this competition.

    Now being an employee of Mott MacDonald, an UK based company I am doing this project as CSR activity.

    This concept needs your support to spread all over the world to save electricity through this concept.


    Madhu Babu. K

    0091 9003837053



  2. Hello….Shoba. This is Johnlin . We are going to start a destination based travel magazine In India For that promotion . Can you write a article for that.? And how much you are charging for that ?


  3. Hi,

    I’m a enthuastic travel writer who needs guidance from experienced like you. Looking at your profile it is learnt that you have traveled a wast geography and have written loads of articles. So if you can take spare some time for me to guide that would be really greatful. I can be reached @ : jagadishmn31@gmail. com
    And 7200034114

    Looking forward for your reply.


  4. Hi there, We would like to get in touch with you regarding the Park new festival that’s happening at the The Park Hotels. It would be great if you could share your email id with us. Thanks!
    Phone: 9899650828


  5. Pls write on farmers of maharashtra .marathwada rigion. sucides of farmers. on print media. pls rply on .prakashgatade 1@gmail .com


      1. Dear Shoba,
        i was reading your posts about your experience in Oman.

        I want to get in touch with “Hamed Khamis Al-Farsy Trading – bustling shop in the middle of Muttrah Souq” . Can you please help us connect with them


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