Diwali gifts that do good and feel good

Last Published: Fri, Oct 13 2017. 04 58 PM IST Diwali Special: The handmade tale Thoughtful gift options for the evolved consumer—help a cause, spread the wealth Shoba Narayan Painted tea glasses with stand by Art for Akanksha (The Akanksha Foundation). Photo: The Akanksha Foundation Choosing Diwali gifts has become a task these days. When I…

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What’s cooking, Gaggan Anand?

The 39-year-old chef’s Bangkok restaurant Gaggan, which claimed the top spot in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the third time in a row, is all set to close in 2020. Lounge brings to you a taste of his new avatar

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Taj Jai Mahal Palace hotel review for The Telegraph UK

This 18th-century palace, which is spread over 18 acres in central Jaipur, has tasteful rooms, a fabulous spa, swimming pool, and enough activities – including miniature golf, heritage walks, restaurants and a running track— to keep a guests entertained for a long weekend or more.

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A woman’s love affair with jewelry

In India, every community offers their own style of covetable bangles, earrings, necklaces and anklets

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Mehndi/Henna for Journeys– a magazine from the Smithsonian

Wrote this piece for Journeys, a new travel quarterly by Smithsonian.  You can find it here. Click on the link below for my piece. Also pasted here. Live Like a Local A Quest to Master the Art of Henna In anticipation of her daugher’s wedding, Shoba Narayan set out to hone her mendhi craft Tulsi…

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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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My Life as a Geisha: a favorite story for Condenast Traveler US edition

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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5000 word feature on Mumbai for Condenast Traveler US edition

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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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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