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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Herbal medicine four Gourmet magazine

  SHOBA NARAYAN SEARCH FOR THE CURE 10.08.07 The practice of herbal medicine is alive and well in rural India. The herbalist at a greenmarket, in the village of Maralawadi (a couple of hours outside of Bangalore), sits amidst the potatoes and okra, the green peppers and mangoes, the beans, peas and young brinjal (Indian eggplant) displaying…

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Mangoes for Gourmet magazine

SHOBA NARAYAN MANGOES A GO-GO 05.09.08 It’s that time of year again, when the sweet scent of mangoes fills the air. Every Indian bazaar is stacked with crates and crates them, and hungry Indians everywhere slice and slurp their way to mango ecstasy. This “king of fruits” comes in batches with musical names: Punjabi Chausas;…

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Oberoi Rajvilas

Telegraph Review  Shoba Narayan, travel writer  The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur, Rajasthan, India View on a map 8 out of10Telegraph expert rating This hotel just outside Jaipur, with red-brick architecture reminiscent of a Rajasthani fort, boasts stylish tented rooms, Mughal-inspired trellises, courtyard fountains, superb cuisine, wandering peacocks on the 32-acre grounds and staff who anticipate your requests before…

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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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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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Hotel Reviews

I am reviewing hotels for The Telegraph UK. Meghauli Serai, Chitwan, Nepal Orange County, Hampi Taj West End, Bangalore   Taj West End, Bangalore ITC Gardenia, Bangalore Ritz Carlton, Bangalore Shangri-la, Bangalore JW Marriott, Bangalore   Taj Coramandel, Chennai The Park, Chennai ITC Grand Chola, Chennai   ITC Rajputana, Jaipur Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur  

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Kashi, Ganga and the politics of religion

I enjoyed writing this four part series for Mint on Sunday.  Kashi is a dream-like place.  Seems to belong to another time, and yet to all time.  The photos are mine too 🙂   OF DEAD COWS AND THE GANGA: THE PARADOX OF RELIGION Photo: Shoba Narayan In her quest to embrace faith, the ultimate…

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