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Hi Vir,
Would you go to the Karachi Literary Fest if you were invited?

Posted By: Vivek L Dev  |  Posted On: 14 Feb 2017  |  City: Mumbai

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 No, I wouldn't. But it is a personal decision. And I respect the rights of those who want to go.

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Would be grateful if you can kindly share your writing process. Do you spend several days writing an article? Do you write the outline first and fill it in or without structure, and do you prefer typing it in or writing long hand, and any other tips
thanks

Posted By: Sanskriti  |  Posted On: 13 Feb 2017  |  City: Kolkata

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  I write in longhand, usually. (Though I may key in pieces to camera for TV scripts.) I never write an outline. It usually all comes out in one go. A piece that is half written (because I have been interrupted) ends up in the dustbin and I start all over again.

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Tamil Nadu Politics has always fasinated me. We all know what happened in 1987-88 in AIADMK Do you the AIADMK spilting again?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 08 Feb 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 Yes; almost certainly. Nor do I see any great leader emerging in the near future. But then, there is no logic to Indian politics. And Tamil politics remains a particular enigma.

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I have watched MasterChef Australia, US and India. Find that the judges make the show. They can not be as ruthless as US (you can not throw food cooked by the contestants in garbage can) as lenient as India (I have seen grades changing when someone remembers their mother who taught them cooking)! Hence MCAus I find the best. Your take?

Posted By: Pradee Hardikar  |  Posted On: 30 Jan 2017  |  City: Pune

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 I am not a regular Masterchef viewer but yes, Indians seem fascinated by the Australian version. Perhaps this is because the chefs are such nice guys.

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@VirSanghvi. Sir, I respectfully disagree. Obama made no miscalculation backing Hillary. This decision was made in 2008 at the end of the primary's. Hillary was next in line. A lot of her loyalists got plum positions in the DNC and all. And she got to be S.O.S to bolster her resume. The question of backing Bernie simply did not arise for the former president.

Posted By: Rishi Gajria  |  Posted On: 29 Jan 2017  |  City: Milwaukee USA

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 Okay. It wasn't a miscalculation. He wanted Trump to get elected. Right?
 

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Dear Mr Vir,
Thought long before asking this bit-perceptive question but knew instinctively you are the best to ask.
PM Modi has always been very proud of telling us that how he sacrificed his family life for the sake of nation, of-late after demonitization he shed tears and explained that he didn't came to became PM. Not questioning his nationalism , don’t you think he would have come across as genuinely Patriotic had he been more receptive towards equally patriotic , exceptionally talented, world renowned Indians like Amartya Sen (Nalanda univerisity), RaghuRam Rajan (2nd term at RBI).
He would have really gained respect of those 'few' who hasn't forgiven him for Gujarat massacre, that though he disagreed with these

Posted By: Patia Zelz  |  Posted On: 28 Jan 2017  |  City: California

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 I think he sees the world as being divided between his people and the rest. His supporters make the same distinction. People like them are true patriots. The rest can go to Pakistan. 
 
Given this background, I think it is unlikely that he could ever have got on with, say, Amartya Sen.

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Sir, After the Samajwadi Party drama, what do you think will now be the role of Amar Singh in Indian politics? Do you think he acted as an agent of BJP as Samajwadis suggest?

Posted By: Hussain Poonawalla  |  Posted On: 24 Jan 2017  |  City: Pune

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 I don't rule anything out. With Amar Singh you must always remember two things. One: we never know what his real motives are. And two: he may be down but he is never out. He will be back. 
 

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Do perfumes have a shelf life or a Best By date?

Will they still be good say after 8 to 10 years of being bought?

Posted By: Anees Iqbal  |  Posted On: 24 Jan 2017  |  City: Baroda

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 If you store them in a cool dark place, they should be okay for five years or so. 
 

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The SP - Congress may not be eough to ensure the vote transfer. There isn't enough enthusiasm amongst the workets of both the parties on the ground It could well turn out that one reason for this will be that the allaince formation took way too long. Your take.

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 24 Jan 2017  |  City: Delhi

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  I agree. There are too many variables. First of all, it's not clear that the party organisation and the voter base are as enthusiastic about Akhilesh as they were about Mulayam. Secondly, the votes may not be transferable between the Congress and the SP. And thirdly, I am always willing to wait and see how Narendra Modi's campaigning works before coming to any conclusions. 

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What's your take on the eight years of Obama?Also what is your take on his legacy?

Posted By: Maverick  |  Posted On: 22 Jan 2017  |  City: Florence   |   Comments:(1)

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 I think Obama will be remembered as the first President to break the colour barrier. He conducted himself with dignity and was always thoughtful and concerned. 
 
In terms of achievement, however, he was a little like Manmohan Singh. He left behind little of substance except for a burning Middle East. His policies created the climate for the rise of Donald Trump just as Manmohan Singh paved the way for Narendra Modi.
 
And finally, he made a fatal miscalculation by backing Hillary Clinton against Bernie Sanders. Bernie would have beaten Trump.

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