Shoba Narayan is Bangalore-based award-winning author. She is also a freelance contributor who writes about art, food, fashion and travel for a number of publications.
Articles by Shoba Narayan
As an Indian woman brought up with the expectation that women are the keepers of harmony within family and community, I find these fierce goddesses liberating
Nature is central of India’s civilisational ethos. It is central to our faith, festivals, mythology and iconography
The soft power that comes from Korean television serials, its music and fashion is a long way off for Bengaluru because like it or not, we are still a city with a programming, engineering mindset that values dot.coms more than connecting the dots in a creative imaginative fashion
Aachar & Co is a breath of fresh air. Here too, women play to stereotypes (all the girls want to get married, which is perhaps true of that age), but they aren’t opaque lacklustre heroines created only to please men
You have to try and visit one of the 85 craft breweries in the city to witness the craze of beer among Indian, especially Bengalureans
Owner of Gallery Sumukha wonders the reason behind an absence of anyone from the IT industry in Bengaluru’s rich art scene
Parents put in efforts to figure out the “university list” of things to pack as their offsprings all over the country leave home for college within India and all around the world
Moving to a new city, like Bengaluru, can be challenging when it comes to getting things done. Negotiating with government officials and finding the right tailor are just some of the hurdles. While bribes are an option, some choose to use alternative methods, like numerology or gifting educational books and fabric. Social media makes shopping easy, but finding a tailor requires more effort and negotiation skills. The key is to have multiple options and be willing to switch if necessary. Brinksmanship is also a common tactic in various situations.
But what about inclusion and diversity—something every brand talks about today. Talk is cheap though. What counts is putting your money where your mouth is.
The bhath has the consistency of thick porridge and you could argue that this is the Kannada comfort food.
“Linguistic jingoism only happened after the states were reorganised by language. Before that, the borders were much more porous.”
To understand the hold that girmit or churmuri has on people from Karnataka, you have to understand that it is not just a recipe. It is an ecosystem
My divide is much more nuanced and connected to those of us who wake up to filter coffee every morning. The question is: where do you buy your coffee from?
Most restaurants in Bangalore do not serve sambhar with the dosè. Thank God, I say because I think the Kannadiga sambhar is overrated
But even the firebrands from other regions of Karnataka and other states calm down when they come to Bengaluru. Why is that? For a city of some 12 million, Bangaloreans are among the most genteel and polite people in India, if not the world
So you see, don’t dismiss this city as merely modern. It is as modern and cosmopolitan as it gets, but it is also an ancient settlement.
To verify my theory about Kannada food minimalism, I crashed weddings in Basavanagudi, Chamrajpet, Jayanagar and Malleshwaram
Do a search on India’s startup capital and two cities come up: Bengaluru and Delhi
Chef Manu Chandra, who has many well-wishers in Bengaluru, has opened Lupa, his first entrepreneurial venture
I may be wading into the Kaveri here, but a question arose recently in a mixed group about whether the Karnataka or the Tamil Nadu interpretation of the classic idli-dosa breakfast was better.
This is one of the most frequent questions I get asked by visiting friends: where do you shop in Bengaluru?And the answer in the great Indian tradition is “Depends on what you want to buy
“Okay, I am going to reveal a vulnerability,” confessed a friend during a recent New Year’s party
Frankly, I find it exhausting to narrow down on things everyday that you are thankful for. Taking stock once a year is more doable. So here are the things that I am grateful for, about living in Bengaluru.
Every public arts institution in India these days says that it wants to be inclusive, but most never achieve this goal. Most end up as containers of beautiful objects, a space where an elite few stand silently in contemplation of works of art.
Much like any other global city, Bengaluru is composed of neighbourhoods, each with its own unique charm.
It began with glass bangles, a uniquely Indian ornament. I don’t usually wear glass bangles, unlike my mom, who loves them and wears them everyday.
I once wanted to live here because Basavanagudi, along with Malleshwaram, is the portmanteau (combining two words to make up a new word) that gave R.K. Narayan’s fictional town of Malgudi.
Published on Oct 26, 2022 12:31 AM IST
ByBy Shoba Narayan
Say you move to a new city
“In the winter, it is like a whale highway,” says Captain David Higgins, as he steers the large sailboat towards Manly Beach off Sydney Harbour in Australia
Published on Oct 08, 2022 12:56 AM IST
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