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Hi Vir,

I see a lot of mention of Delhi and Mumbai restaurants and food in your writing. Even some of Bangalore. But I see very less mention of the Hyderabadi food apart from the Biryani references here and there and some mentions of Taj Falaknuma. Is there any plan to write something on Hyderabad? Or is Hyderabad really behind on the restaurant scene?

Posted By: bikalpa pandey  |  Posted On: 13 Nov 2017  |  City: Hyderabad

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 I am sure Hyderabad has many wonderful restaurants but unfortunately I don't visit the city often enough to write something about it. 

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Dont you think Nehru's personal lives can be published now and if it did there'd be more success than outrage. I gather he was quite open right?
I gather most of the current & coming generation would not only find it fascinating & insightful about the relatively more liberal and tolerant times rather than the person.
Requires a fine balance between it going judgemental/ political and focussing more on the incidents

Perhaps you should write it?
the qn: do you think this book would meet success?

Posted By: Huma  |  Posted On: 11 Nov 2017  |  City: Karachi

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 I really have no interest in Nehru's personal life or in the personal lives of most politicians, for that matter. But yes, I think it is fair game for a historian to explore the subject. 

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Hi Vir, as someone who eats a lot of restaurant food, how do you deal with dulling of taste buds i.e. the situation when you need more and more esoteric food to satisfy your taste buds?

Posted By: Nikhil  |  Posted On: 08 Nov 2017  |  City: Delhi

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  I am not sure that taste buds get dulled. But yes, I think all restaurant reviewers and food writers run the risk of being jaded. I have seen many critics running down perfectly good places only because they seem predictable. Off-beat places tend to get better reviews only because critics like being surprised.

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Hi Vir, any plans for Rude Food Vol. 2 coming any soon?

Posted By: Nikhil  |  Posted On: 08 Nov 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 Yes. I have signed a contract with Penguin to publish it next year.

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Can we see Kiran Kher on Virtuosity? I feel she should be the PM's media advisor.

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 08 Nov 2017  |  City: DELHI

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 I did a very well-received episode of Cover Story with her many years ago. You are right. She would make a very good guest for Virtuosity.

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Hi Vir, I recently realized that some of your HT articles (The Taste with Vir Sanghvi) aren't published on this website. For those of us who love reading your articles, (but not newspapers), its a humble request if you can get those too published here. Thanks!

Posted By: Nikhil  |  Posted On: 06 Nov 2017  |  City: Delhi

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  Sure. Will make sure they are posted. 

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"If you live in Karnataka, you must speak Kannada. Not speaking Kannada is an insult to Karnataka..". Says CM Siddaramaiah of the "liberal", "secular", "tolerant" and "cosmopolitan" Congress party whose President-in-waiting is currently trying to position himself as the "live-and-let-live" liberal opponent of the "fascist" and "majoritarian" BJP. The Congress' hypocrisy and opportunism aside, why are no Indian liberals to be heard condemning this? What if the Shiv Sena was saying it?

Posted By: Garga  |  Posted On: 02 Nov 2017  |  City: Boston

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 I am very happy to condemn it so you should direct this question to people who don't condemn it. 

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Hi Vir, my opinion of rahul Gandhi has changed a lot in the past three years. In 2014, I couldn’t even imagine him as a politician. Now, I have a favourable opinion mainly because This has to do with the horrible performance of the bjp and I do see rahul Gandhi making an effort to learn. But the majority of Indians don’t share my views. They see the gandhis as the symbol of establishment and dynastic politics. It seems to me that congress can never win as long as rahul and Sonia are involved.

Posted By: Jefferson  |  Posted On: 27 Oct 2017  |  City: Tamil Nadu

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 I don't think one should make generalizations like that. People made similar generalizations about the Congress in 2003 and it went on to win two terms. 
 

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Maharashtra was one state which always stopped the BJP from crossing 220 seats in Lok Sabha. It all changed in 2014. Sweeping Maharashtra will be very important to BJP's chances in the next general elections. Has the BJP made up it's mind on splitting the alliance with Shiv Sena and to alone in Maharshtra? How much will this split hurt the BJP?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 27 Oct 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 It is hard to say. The negotiations will depend on seat sharing allocations. As of now, it would make sense for the BJP to ally with the Sena in the Lok Sabha elections but both sides are stubborn and uncompromising so we will have to wait and see how it pans out.

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Why is the SC giving out judgements on areas which do not fall in the realm of legislative and executive (Cracker Ban, National Anthem, BCCI etc) ? Isnt it better off to leave them to the parliament, esp when there are so many other cases pending in courts.

Posted By: Mohit Kabra  |  Posted On: 25 Oct 2017  |  City: Mumbai

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 There are two views on this. The first is yours, which is that this is judicial overreach. But there is also a second view which says that the court is one of the last bastions of independence in our system. It should serve as a body that delivers the final verdict on the great issues of our day.
 
Personally, I am not convinced by the judicial overreach argument. But I do believe that till around four years ago, the press had begun to cover observations made in court as though they were judgements. Too many judges began to deliver too many off-the-cuff remarks and that the system suffered as a result.
 

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