From writing poetry as a child to angst ridden journals as a teenager and writing for a local newspaper at 18, Shobha Narayan is a noted memoir writer and columnist based in Bengaluru. She writes about art, food, wine, fashion, art, travel, culture, spirituality, nature, gender, and gadgets. A love handcrafted textiles led her to start Project LooM, a website that showcases India’s handloom clusters. She serves on the board of Neev Academy and Industree Foundation. She has won the MFK Fisher award for Distinguished Writing and was awarded a Pulitzer Fellowship at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Her first book, Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes was published in 2004 to wide international acclaim. She writes a weekly column, ‘The Good Life’, for Mint Lounge and contributes features to Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek and The Financial Times.