Shoba Narayan


Photograph courtesy of Shoba Narayan

Shoba Narayan dreams of being a stand-up comic and doing cartwheels—both galactically difficult to achieve for one so decidedly unfunny and unathletic. From her base in India, she writes about food and adventure for Condé Nast Traveler, Gourmet, ForbesLife, Time, and other magazines. She is the author of Monsoon Diary, a memoir with recipes. She writes "The Good Life" column for Hindustan Times’ soon-to-be-launched weekly magazine.

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food + cooking

Grains of Tradition

In India, where I grew up, rice gains mystical—even mythological—proportions.
travel + culture

Tampering with Tradition

Opening an Indian restaurant in India isn’t easy. Indians are famously possessive about their food, and chefs face severe repercussions from the Authenticity Police.
travel + culture

Mangoes a Go-Go

It’s that time of year again, when the sweet scent of mangoes fills the air. Hungry Indians everywhere slice and slurp their way to ecstasy.
travel + culture

Key Notes: Our Native Village, India

This 20-room rustic hideaway bills itself as India’s "only 100 percent eco-friendly back-to-basics lifestyle resort." In plain English, that means solar power, windmills, and composting.
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Search for the Cure

The practice of herbal medicine is alive and well in rural India.
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Key Notes: Shreyas Yoga Retreat, India

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An Authentic, Albeit Early, Indian Lunch

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Delhi Journal (Part IV): Riding In Style

For some reason, well-meaning Delhi-ites always try to dissuade you from visiting Chandni Chowk.
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Delhi Journal (Part III): A Hotel With Character

The Imperial is one of those Delhi hotels that everyone loves, including my husband. But frankly, I was a little underwhelmed.
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Delhi Journal (Part II): The Verdict on Veda

A cool, calm, and mostly Italian Diva. Everyone in Delhi has an opinion about Veda, and most of them are bad.
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