Shoba Narayan

Shoba Narayan

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
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Shoba Narayan. ((Sourced))

Bangalore Talkies: Gang violence and the new Bengaluru reality

PUBLISHED ON JUL 15, 2021 06:07 PM IST
In a story worthy of a Rajinikanth thriller, two women – sisters in law at that – are the main players in a grisly gang murder. On June 24, in the old Bengaluru area of Cottonpete, former councillor Rekha Kadiresh, slated to win the upcoming city council polls, was stabbed to death 17 times on a street
Sobha Narayan.
Sobha Narayan.

Bangalore Talkies: 36 things to do after the pandemic in Bengaluru

PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2021 04:13 PM IST
What will you do after Covid? A very specific Bengalurean take
Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)
Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)

Bangalore Talkies: Infighting in apartment complexes

PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2021 03:45 PM IST
One of the lessons that this virus has taught is about normalcy. One person’s normal is another person’s outrage. This gets compounded in a residential community that can only enforce norms, not laws
Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)
Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)

Bangalore Talkies: Have you exited a WhatsApp group lately?

PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2021 08:49 AM IST
The trouble with what seems like a never-ending, ever-complicated pandemic is that people get testy and want to place blame somewhere. These days, there is enough blame to go around. We want to blame someone for the vulnerability that we all feel
Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)
Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)

Bangalore Talkies: A glimpse of life under lockdown

UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2021 04:03 PM IST
These days, messages are raw and vulnerable, pleas and entreaties to the world about saving your children, family and friends. The requests themselves are terse and desperate
Bangalore Talkies: Conservancies changed face of Malleshwaram
Bangalore Talkies: Conservancies changed face of Malleshwaram

Bangalore Talkies: Conservancies changed face of Malleshwaram

PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2021 05:25 PM IST
It is art that has drawn me to Malleshwaram several times during Covid. Walking through streets where the artists have painted an ode to their neighbourhood is nothing less than a joyous and healing experience
Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)
Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)

Bangalore Talkies: Moonwalking at night on city streets

PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 05:06 PM IST
Bengaluru’s streets are like moon craters. Why bother with Mars rovers, Shoba Narayan contends, when you can barely walk on Magadi road?
Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)
Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)

Bangalore Talkies: Blooming tabebuias and drooping jacarandas

PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2021 05:28 PM IST
Shoba Narayan on the lesser-known side of Bengaluru—a city of nature lovers, tree huggers and flower peckers (the bird, not the human)
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Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)

Bangalore Talkies: Of hostage negotiators in city markets

UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2021 02:53 PM IST
Shoba Narayan on taking a crash course in bargaining from Lily Aunty and crashing, but not quite burning, at the actual task
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Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)

Bangalore Talkies: The art of negotiation—Commercial Street edition

UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 03:52 PM IST
Shoba Narayan relates how she finally rolled up her sleeves and decided to wade into that murky territory usually ruled by the ubiquitous Indian grandmother—bargaining
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Shoba Narayan. (Sourced)

Bangalore Talkies: What makes Bengaluru different from other cities?

UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 04:12 PM IST
You come to Bengaluru to sell a dream and make a startup. That entrepreneurial energy has captured this city, driven up real estate prices, and fostered philanthropists
Clicking on the ‘raise hand’ icon makes one feel like a student whose finger the teacher had rapped and said, “Stand up on the bench”!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Clicking on the ‘raise hand’ icon makes one feel like a student whose finger the teacher had rapped and said, “Stand up on the bench”!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: Reading body language on Zoom

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 02:24 PM IST
Online interactions may be effective, but minus body language and touch, they are not nimble
A good haircut is a thing of beauty. It makes a man look put together and confident.(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
A good haircut is a thing of beauty. It makes a man look put together and confident.(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Why are men yearning for the barber

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 10:23 PM IST
For men, the barber is not just a haircutter. He is a therapist, beautician and philosopher, all rolled into one.
Technology may have made things easy, but once in a while we need to go and haggle with the vendors(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Technology may have made things easy, but once in a while we need to go and haggle with the vendors(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Learning life lessons at the local bazaar

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 06:30 AM IST
Bargaining isn’t about money. It is about creating relationships out of transactions.
Malvika Sarukkai’s new solo production is based on the Bhagavad Gita, Hinduism’s most influential and beloved scripture(Sudeep Bhattacharya)
Malvika Sarukkai’s new solo production is based on the Bhagavad Gita, Hinduism’s most influential and beloved scripture(Sudeep Bhattacharya)

HT Brunch Cover Story: One of India’s greatest dancers, Malvika Sarukkai, is facing her biggest challenge

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 03:50 AM IST
The ace Bharatanatyam dancer reveals how she gave a sacred scripture the physicality of dance
Indian recipe blogs thrive because they offer precise measurements(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Indian recipe blogs thrive because they offer precise measurements(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Recipe for a relationship

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 02:57 AM IST
Struggling to cook? Phone your relatives in the ancestral village
Add moments of colour and joy, it makes life worth living!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Add moments of colour and joy, it makes life worth living!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Love in a time of corona

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2020 02:41 AM IST
Think of this as a time to recalibrate your perspective on life
Gyms being closed doesn’t mean you cannot exercise. Do the plank at home(Photo Imaging by Parth Garg)
Gyms being closed doesn’t mean you cannot exercise. Do the plank at home(Photo Imaging by Parth Garg)

This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: 27 things to do while in isolation

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Don’t let the Coronavirus get you down
The writer loved the neighbourhood aunty with that unabashed sincerity of starving little kids who saw sunshine in a samosa and rainbows in the raw mango slices she fed(Photo: istock)
The writer loved the neighbourhood aunty with that unabashed sincerity of starving little kids who saw sunshine in a samosa and rainbows in the raw mango slices she fed(Photo: istock)

This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Map of the soul

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2020 12:17 AM IST
Sometimes music is the only way to bring one back to life
Urban educated professionals deal with people based on the place and situation(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Urban educated professionals deal with people based on the place and situation(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: How to make friends with your neighbour

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON FEB 29, 2020 09:51 PM IST
Differences vanish when you embrace a person’s humanity
Every relationship is held together or torn apart by three things: passion, principles and people(Getty images)
Every relationship is held together or torn apart by three things: passion, principles and people(Getty images)

This Indian life: Lessons in love and my funny Valentine

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2020 12:13 AM IST
Could it be that a marriage lasts because both spouses value what they have more than what they give up?
All you may need is love. But sometimes you need food to facilitate the love(Getty Images)
All you may need is love. But sometimes you need food to facilitate the love(Getty Images)

This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: The pleasures of an Indian gooseberry

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 09:20 PM IST
Love is not the only thing that makes the world go round
Normal is an outdated concept. These days anything goes...(Shutterstock)
Normal is an outdated concept. These days anything goes...(Shutterstock)

This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: What colour is your chocolate?

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2020 12:28 AM IST
White or dark, it’s all normal. All chocolate. And love is love.
Relatives, who seem to be bigots and hypocrites, can often put you off guard(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Relatives, who seem to be bigots and hypocrites, can often put you off guard(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: How to deal with family members who seem intolerant about issues you support

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2020 10:34 PM IST
Don’t shut out the hypocrites and bigots in your family. Engage with them instead. You may be surprised.
Christmas traditions are both universal and individualistic(Photo: Shutterstock)
Christmas traditions are both universal and individualistic(Photo: Shutterstock)

This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Baking Christmas cake with Uncle Chandy

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2019 01:03 PM IST
It’s the only way to truly feel the spirit of the season
WhatsApp is like flying blind. It expunges context and exaggerates tone(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
WhatsApp is like flying blind. It expunges context and exaggerates tone(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: On conquering WhatsApp addiction

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2019 11:50 PM IST
Tips and tricks for the most common instant messaging problems
WhatsApp groups with a laissez-faire attitude towards all content are like a village square, with a lot of noise and chaos(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
WhatsApp groups with a laissez-faire attitude towards all content are like a village square, with a lot of noise and chaos(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: The life and death of a WhatsApp group

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2019 11:43 PM IST
When forwards lead to fulmination, it’s soon time to say goodbye
The birth of a new WhatsApp group is a joyous thing. But then, every WhatsApp group has a life cycle.(Shutterstock)
The birth of a new WhatsApp group is a joyous thing. But then, every WhatsApp group has a life cycle.(Shutterstock)

This Indian life by Shoba Narayan: Did WhatsApp group messaging make Diwali fun?

UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2019 01:23 AM IST
Even a festival cannot be all happy happy when you are a member of a massive WhatsApp group
There comes a point in everyone’s life when you go from being the one taking charge — the adult — to the one being cared for!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
There comes a point in everyone’s life when you go from being the one taking charge — the adult — to the one being cared for!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

This Indian life: When do you become just your child’s ‘Plus One’?

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2019 12:25 AM IST
Graceful ageing is about giving up power but retaining self-control
In India, Gods can morph into floats and priests can openly ask for bribes in order to get close to an equal God!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
In India, Gods can morph into floats and priests can openly ask for bribes in order to get close to an equal God!(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

This Indian Life by Shoba Narayan: What are Indian family values?

Hindustan Times | By Shoba Narayan
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2019 12:00 AM IST
Would individual principles work in a population that is largely contradictory, inconsistent, and boundary-free
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