The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

With over 1,200 art works displayed all over, this jewel-like hotel in the heart of Bangalore has arguably the loveliest spa in the city, highly-rated Indian, Chinese and Continental restaurants, a Mercedes-Benz chauffeur pickup, and a wonderful design motif of painstakingly-carved extensive latticework.

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Nandan Nilekani profile

  THE (APPLIED) IDEAS MAN The (applied) IDEAS man Shoba Narayan     Share Tweet First Published: Fri, Aug 01 2008. 11 24 PM IST The big picture: (top, from left) K. Dinesh, Roy Eapen Jacob and Nilekani in Tampa, Florida; (left) Nilekani’s book, Imagining India, will release in November. Updated: Sun, Aug 03 2008. 05 38 PM IST Bangalore:…

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JW Marriott, Bangalore

With its running trails, tennis courts, birding and photography groups that convene on weekends, Cubbon Park is an oasis amid the bustle of Bangalore, and right across the street from JW Marriott. As well as great access for the town centre, there are the pubs, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries that are nearby on Lavelle Road – a two-minute walk from the hotel.

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Talk at ABB

So I have been giving a lot of talks these days.  As any parent knows, having a group of people listen without interruption is like a dream.  At home, of course, my opinions and advice are laughed at by my kids.  So it was a treat to talk to young college students about the importance of…

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How to bird-watch. How to watch birds

I am writing about nature.  About what is turning out to be a favorite subject. How to birdwatch Shoba Narayan starts a four-part series on birdwatching Shoba Narayan In which the author makes a case for bird watching as a hobby and tells you how to start: It begins with a pair of binoculars; and…

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Serendipity

There are times when churning out a column a week is torture; when you just want to throw in the towel and switch to an accounting job or something.  This column was written under such circumstance.  Very bad, as my young friend, Idanth would say. The rare pleasures of serendipity It was at Atta Galatta…

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Moevenpick

Yesterday, the chef at my reading at Moevenpick Hotel and Spa in Bangalore had done such a nice job with recipes from Monsoon Diary. He had put a contemporary ‘five-star’ spin on the recipes from the book. My favorite was the poha-stuffed-in-papad and displayed by making holes in what looked like lavash bread. Very creative.

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Parsi gara

The sari I liked cost about 100,000 Rupees so I didn’t buy any from this line. The grace and movement of ‘gara’ Our handcrafted products may be unusual, original, colourful, and wildly creative. But they lack finish E-mailPrint Shoba Narayan Mail Me Ashdeen Lilaowala creates ‘gara’ saris It is fashionable amongst engineers and systemic solution…

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Bangalore: MKOP (My kind of Place)

So many new restaurants in Bangalore. Even since this writing. My Kind of Place: Bangalore bustling with activities Shoba Narayan January 2, 2014 Updated: January 2, 2014 14:23:00 One-page article Why Bangalore? This capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore recently lost its king. The Mysore Maharaja died in early December, depriving the city of…

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Diwali Generosity Challenge

An acquaintance pointed out that this wasn’t in my website. Given it is the Giving Season, putting it back here. The diwali generosity challenge The Good Life | Shoba Narayan Comment E-mail Print First Published: Thu, Oct 28 2010. 11 57 PM IST Money-wise: Caring Friends makes charity easy, doing due diligence on your behalf.…

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