Smitha Menon
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Smitha Menon

Assistant Editor- Digital, Conde Nast Traveller India, former Editor, Brown Paper Bag (Mumbai). Email me at smithamenon1@gmail.com.


When a hotel is home

Who could possibly complain about spending months in a beachside hotel, right?

Conde Nast Traveller India / March 2016

Blanco: A white man’s take on wine in India

With over 50 wine producers and 400 wines in India, author Peter Csizmadia-Honigh says the Indian vino growth story is just starting to ripen

Conde Nast Traveller India / October 2015

'Mumbai is my muse & madam'

A few days ahead of her new tour, Black Mamba's launch, vocal gymnast and melody maverick Suman Sridhar chats with Smitha Menon about what to expect from her upcoming project

Mid-day / August 2015

Women CrossFitters In Mumbai

CrossFit is fast becoming a popular workout routine for women across various age groups in the city. A newbie CrossFitter, Smitha Menon investigates

Mid-day / July 2015

bpb's Book of Tattoos

Photo essay featuring 8 interesting subjects: a rapper-turned-copywriter, a single mom with a band, a TV show host & a 56 year-old dad.

Brown Paper Bag / February 2015

New Crop: On Quitting The City To Be a Farmer

It’s hoes before bros for many young professionals who are giving up the city life for farming. Read on for how to make the shift to Farmville even when you don’t own family land.

Brown Paper Bag / May 2015

Inside Taraporevala Aquarium

Sea horses and baby sharks, pretty fish called Damsels, but a lot of people in distress with no help in sight.

Brown Paper Bag / March 2015

Fantasy League: Suggestions For A 24x7 City

Restaurateurs, store-owners and experts imagine what the graveyard shift will be like if Aditya Thackeray’s 24x7 city plan comes into play.

Brown Paper Bag / February 2015

Meet Mr Menon: Cricket’s Magician Mathematician

This World Cup, we're batting for Mr Menon, who runs the numbers for the cricket industry. Read on for stats, field gossip and the commentary box with the best cake.

Brown Paper Bag / February 2015

bpb Review: Tanjore by Angie, Colaba

This new restaurant in Colaba is dedicated to cuisine from the Tamil Brahmin community's kitchen. Iyer being served?

Brown Paper Bag / January 2015

Gogo & His Ghagra: 20 Years Of Andaz Apna Apna

It takes a certain kind of genius that makes you believe, even if for a few hours, that Teja, Amar, Prem and Crime Master Gogo are actual characters that exist in our world.

Brown Paper Bag / November 2014

Have You Met The Crooning Cabbie?

Call ahead and taxi driver Shahid will compose a song with your name in it, his voice steady even while driving through the potholes.

Brown Paper Bag / January 2015

bpb Review: The Good Wife, BKC

At the Tham brothers’ new bar, the cocktails, appetisers and entrees all compete for the superhero title.

Brown Paper Bag / December 2014

Tour With Burning Man's Lotuses

Say hello to Shilo Shiv Suleman, the driver behind Pulse and Bloom, an installation of pulsating giant lotuses at the Burning Man music festival this year.

Brown Paper Bag / November 2014

bpb Review: Wok This Way, Versova

This Asian eatery makes a promising debut, catering to the many struggling scriptwriters & hopeful heroes that populate the neighbourhood.

Brown Paper Bag / January 2015

bpb Review: The Nutcracker, Kala Ghoda

This new breakfast cafe melds cutesy with grunge, eggs with cookies and sandwiches with cake in a way that feels fresh and new.

Brown Paper Bag / November 2014

bpb Review: Heng Bok, Bandra

The team behind Kofuku launches a new Korean restaurant in Bandra. Raise your glass of Jinro Soju.

Brown Paper Bag / November 2014

bpb Find: Anita Machhiwali

Our favourite new fin-up girl, Anita sends over fresh catch, but also seafood cooked in her signature masala.

Brown Paper Bag / January 2014

The Pickle Bar: No Preservations

Each member of the Cardoza family is pitching in to make this pickle project work. Buy a jar, already.

Brown Paper Bag / July 2014

bpb Review: The Guppy Pop Up At Olive

The Japanese restaurant from Delhi has replaced Goa's Thalasaa that used to live in this pop up space. No g-ill will.

Brown Paper Bag / September 2014

bpb Review: Burma Burma

We love the food here, but hope they add meat and alcohol to the line-up soon: two characters integral to any bpb story.

Brown Paper Bag / May 2014

The Bespoke Watch Advisory: Dial In

Sensing a gap in the market for high-end luxury and bespoke watches, the BWA was created to minimise the hassle of unique watch acquisitions in India.

Brown Paper Bag / July 2013

bpb Review: Maritime By San Lorenzo

London's glitzy and celebrity-endorsed San Lorenzo opens at Taj Land's End. Will this be the fuddy-duddy hotel's ticket to hip?

Brown Paper Bag / September 2013

bpb Review: Greko, Bandra

Not to be dramatic, but you may hear the sound of the Santorini ocean when you bite into the gyros here.

Brown Paper Bag / June 2013

Meet Mumbai's Merman!

Diver + filmmaker Anees has worked on the underwater sequences for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. He also makes under-the-sea save the date wedding videos.

Brown Paper Bag / July 2013

Maritime Mechanical Museum: Sea Below!

On our first tour we learned that the desk at the Oval office is made from an abandoned ship that docked at Bombay Port Trust.

Brown Paper Bag / July 2013

Sheer Khurma + Stories In a Jar

Ex Taj chef Aseema Mamaji puts Sheer Khurma in a jar, and slaps on a story label that's dedicated to you. The end.

Brown Paper Bag / August 2013

Order Cake From Rainbow Aunty

This VIBGYOR cake will appear on a cloudy day to make you feel like you deserve it.

Brown Paper Bag / January 2014

Guiding S(i)tar: True School of Music

TSM will house recording studios, a music library, an auditorium, DJ consoles and resident faculty from The Manhattan School of Music.

Brown Paper Bag / May 2013

Mercy's Bites: Malay Caterer

A Malay national who came to India more than twenty years ago and fell in love, can make you Semla, Simnel & Sambhal.

Brown Paper Bag / May 2013

bpb Review: Masala Library

Considering all the mutations that food go through here - Burhani Mousse, Kaffir Lime Air, Thandai Crème Brûlée - it should have been called Masala Laboratory.

Brown Paper Bag / October 2013

bpb Review: Boveda

No one thing stands out at Boveda just yet, but we'll wait around for when they start their live acts. Stag(e) allowed.

Brown Paper Bag / October 2013

Share My Dabba: Sticker To This

A do-good campaign feeds off the fact that quite often, the lunch in your tiffin goes to waste.

Brown Paper Bag / May 2013

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