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Hi Vir,

Wanted to know if you have watched any of Anthony Bourdain's and what do you think about it?

Posted By: Smeet Merchant  |  Posted On: 13 Apr 2015  |  City: New york

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I saw some in the early days. He has a very engaging TV presence. 

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How did someone like VK Singh become the Army chief? I thought we had better selection criteria in place, not just seniority! If we were a smaller nation, this guy might have done a coup!

Posted By: Patrick Kumar  |  Posted On: 13 Apr 2015  |  City: Washington, DC

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 I think the UPA needs to answer questions about his selection and about the manner in which he was allowed to run wild as Army chief. 
 

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sir, where on the net can i find the restaurants recommended by you or is there any website which carry your recommendations

Posted By: nishit goel  |  Posted On: 12 Apr 2015  |  City: delhi

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 Yes, you can access them on Eazydiner.com

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Hi, It looks like Hillary is jumiping into the Presidential race
what do you think of her chances and what kind of president 'd she make?

Posted By: Teestha  |  Posted On: 12 Apr 2015  |  City: Mumbai

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 I am not a fan. But I won't comment on her chances because I get American elections wrong with unfailing regularity! 

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Dear Vir
I have read Man Of Steel. Great reading.
Do you intend to publish another edition with completely new faces that have emerged recently?
I have one such person who has grown his personal assets from 1 cr
To 2000 cr in just 20 years, in software and e governance.
Regds
Dhaval Joshi



Posted By: Dhaval Joshi  |  Posted On: 09 Apr 2015  |  City: mumbai

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 I've been meaning to do a sequel for a long time. Perhaps one day I will find the time. 

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Sir I have a family story that I wonder if shows how people decide which party to vote for in Lok Sabha polls. My grandmother now 84 years old used to vote for the Jan Sangh in Nehru's time. Then she became a Congress voter during Indira's time and remained so until 2013 when with Modi's rise she now supports the BJP. Explanation? She supports "strong leaders" not "weak leaders" and felt Nehru was weak, Indira strong, Vajpayee weak, and Modi strong. Apart from groups voting out of compulsion (Muslims in Gujarat etc.) do analysts often overlook how personality-driven it is when people vote in Lok Sabha polls for a Prime Minister?

Posted By: Prashant  |  Posted On: 09 Apr 2015  |  City: Dubai

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 Makes sense, except for the Jan Sangh bit. Who was their strong leader during Nehru's time. 

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Hi Vir, I love reading your excellent restaurant reviews, but find that most of them cant be afforded by lower middle class Indians. In your view, which are the best mid-range restaurants in NCR (where a couple can have a meal within Rs 1500)?

Posted By: Nikhil  |  Posted On: 08 Apr 2015  |  City: Hyderabad

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 You should go on Eazydiner.com where I review restaurants, and find out. Thanks

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hi Vir,Read yr book,finished it in a lil over an hour,greai read.Now for the Q.Is it just me and my friends/family or other people too who are regretting voting for the BJP or in your opinion many many other people.They really seem to have a hidden agenda of "Talabanising" Hindhu secularism,how many seats wud they get if elections were held today,cant they see the writing on the wall after the delhi rout

Posted By: Aneel  |  Posted On: 07 Apr 2015  |  City: goa

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 I think that people voted for the BJP on the plank of governance and development. Unfortunately, whatever the Prime Minister's own agenda, many of his party members are more interested in Talibanisation than in governance. This is the reason for the disillusionment. And it will grow if the PM cannot control the fanatics in his party. 

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I agree with your piece on restaurants. Unfortunately you completely ignore Bangalore's restaurant scene. But that's not my question.

I agree with you that restaurants in 5 star hotels are losing their charm. However, even now 5 star hotels have some great advantages, for example - the quality of service and experience of chefs. In Bangalore, Szhezwan Court remains the best Asian restaurant and Royal Afghan and Karavalli for Indian. What i don't understand is why can't hotels compete with high end standalone restaurants on price? Since most hotels don't have the disadvantage of high rentals and 5 star hotels get the benefit of custom duty exemption which they never pass on.

Posted By: Kishan Nair  |  Posted On: 07 Apr 2015  |  City: bangalore

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 I agree. I think they are greedy and overpriced. 

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Vir: Being as objective as can be about the Sonia-Giriraj color row, I think even the sophisticated version is wrong. (The thesis that Sonia, despite her obvious personal shortcomings, could thrive as she did only as a white person.)

Who voted Congress in 2004 and 2009? Traditional Congress voters and, in 2009, also many young, urban Indians -- for Manmohan Singh, not Sonia.

These constituencies could not be bothered whether Sonia was white, or whether she could speak without a foreign accent, or whether she was a mere dynastic inheritor, or a Catholic.

So, in political terms, would a 'Nigerian' Sonia really have it harder?

Posted By: Chinmay  |  Posted On: 02 Apr 2015  |  City: Pittsburgh

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 I don't think we should afford Giriraj Singh the dignity of a response or waste time discussing his remarks. 
 

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