Tiger’s Trail

 So every writer aspires to be a photographer or at least I do.  Here are the photos I took at Kanha and Pench.  You have to be patient and refresh the page many times. On a tiger trail in India Shoba Narayan March 12, 2015 Updated: March 12, 2015 02:29 PM I’m sitting on the deck […]


I didn’t set out to link flowers to culture, but there they are. A simple garland of flowers is a powerful cultural emblem. Dutch people stick tulips into vases. Brazilians arrange flowers on little pots that they hang all over white walls. Hawaiians make lei garlands out of flowers and wear them when they dance. […]

Jeweller Hanut Singh

For M magazine Hanut Singh is a grandson of Maharaj Karamjit Singh of Kapurthala. Simon de Trey-White     Singh scours the globe in search of his favourite gemstones. Courtesy Hanut Singh     Singh likes to focus on colour, balance, silhouette and proportion. Courtesy Hanut Singh     Beyonce bought some of Singh’s earrings […]


India’s super-rich a quintessentially complicated bunch Shoba Narayan Sep 26, 2010 next previous   I have a request for Paul Drummond, the boyish co-founder of Quintessentially, the UK-based luxury concierge service: can he get me into elBulli before it closes forever? If he can, here is one Indian who will sign up for his company’s […]

Wealth for The National

Is wealth a spent argument, or can India find new way? Shoba Narayan Last Updated: Apr 9, 2011 Antilia Tower, the new residence of Mukesh D. Ambani, chairman of India’s Reliance Industries Ltd., stands in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010. Ambani’s personal wealth is estimated to be $27 billion. Photographer: Adeel Halim/Bloomberg *** […]

Secret Luxury for Mint

Mint’s luxury issue to coincide with the luxury conference had a bunch of interesting takes. I liked the one about knowledge and bespoke catering. Would have been nice to see more stuff on luxury travel, music, cigars, etc. Here is the link to Mint’s page. And here it is below. Discretion is the better part […]

Flying Coach for The National

I know about Qatar because a lot of my friends from the US fly the airline to get a connection straight into Kerala. This was a reaction. Flying coach class doesn’t have to be a malodorous misery Shoba Narayan Last Updated: Mar 26, 2011 Qatar Airways would do well to take another look at coach […]

Time Magazine

I did a number of pieces for Time magazine. Here they are. You can also find them at the Time magazine Search site here The Parent Trap By Shoba Narayan May 31, 2007 How do you warn your kids about child predators without sacrificing their innocence? Being Mohandas By Shoba Narayan Apr 12, 2007 A […]