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. Was reading excerpts from your ‘Return to India’ in Kind of resonated with what I am going thru at the moment. Especially the points for moving back to India. This phase is an encounter between logical and emotional thoughts. Emotions win for me whereas rationality prevails for my wife though its the other way around in your case as you are the one batting for India. Hoping we’ll come to a mutually agreed decision soon !
    Awesome writing. Thank you :).


  2. I absolutely love your reviews about food and the various cultures of India. I didn’t know that you have written books. I am very much looking forward to reading your books. Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts about the places you go, food you eat and the art you experience.


  3. Exploring the cultural diversity and the rich heritage of India, uplifting Indian Culture, Heritage, Arts and Craft from the bottom of pyramid.
    Promoting Indian Art and Craft, Music and Dance, Culture and Artists, artist management, social media promotion with an aim to reconnect us to our rich legacy of Cultural Heritage


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s