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(1.)How good a restaurant is Orient Express at Taj Palace in Delhi? Its on top of my list for my next Delhi visit. Does it live up to the theme? Since most thematic restaurants are hits or flops.
(2.) Did you ever try the Bill Clinton platter at Bukhara? If you did your take on it.
(2.1) Who are the best and worst(American) Presidents?

Posted By: Shahid Azad  |  Posted On: 15 Aug 2014  |  City: Bombay

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 Wow! That's quite a list. The best American President was Abraham Lincoln. As for the worst, there are too many contenders but Obama is edging close to the top of that list.
 
The Orient Express lives up to its reputation. Never tried the Bill Clinton platter but I am betting that it is pretty huge if Bill likes it. You can't generalise about thematic restaurants. Some are good. Others are not.

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How could you call food shows as pornography? Does that make Sanjeev Kapoor a pornstar? These shows are quite informative (except Gordon Ramsay's work). And people like Sanjeev have brought a revolution in the kitchens across India. I am not getting how you could pass on such a silly remark.

Posted By: Pawan H  |  Posted On: 14 Aug 2014  |  City: Pune

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 It's a joke. Lighten up and learn to smile.

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Mr Sanghvi,

Netaji Bose: Are we completely honest about assessment of his actions.
His flip-flops – attempts to align first with Communist USSR and then took 180 turn to be with Germany and Japan.

No one can doubt his patriotism but was he misguided in some of his actions

Japan was responsible for multiple war crimes in China (ref – rape of Nanking was just a small episode), Korea and SE Asia.
Do we need to discuss Netaji’s actions in an honest way.
Thanks!

Posted By: ajay  |  Posted On: 11 Aug 2014  |  City: Delhi

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 I think you can argue that Netaji was naive when it came to the evils of Fascism. But he was motivated entirely by patriotism. And it is worth remembering that Gandhiji's views on Hitler were as naive.
 

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Vir-Do you trust the World Freedom Index Report 2014 which says India stands 140th out of 180 odd countries in terms of freedom of press? If not, are there any other reports that you are aware of and can be relied upon?

Posted By: Amrut  |  Posted On: 11 Aug 2014  |  City: Pune

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 I don't believe in these global reports so I am the wrong person to ask.

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Hi Vir..I remember you had done really well researched program on disappearance of Subhash Chandra Bose on TV long time back...I wish to revisit it but don't seem to be able to find that on youtube,...can you please share the name of the series and where can I find it..thanks...

Posted By: Gaurav Aggarwal  |  Posted On: 11 Aug 2014  |  City: Delhi

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 I don't think you can. I've been looking for it myself. It was a Hindi programme called Vir Ke Teer for the now defunct Star News. I was thinking of doing a series on great Indian mysteries for NewsX and wanted to include the Netaji saga. But nobody seems to have a copy of the show.

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Vir, Corruption or Incompetence of the people in power, whether politicians or bureaucrats... Which is bigger evil for the nation... My opinion is that corruption cannot be wished away.. but an incompetent AND corrupt leader is recipe for almighty disaster.. So I would chose a corrupt by technically competent person...

Posted By: rajiv  |  Posted On: 09 Aug 2014  |  City: delhi

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 That's the choice that East Asia has made. There's lots of corruption in most East Asian countries including China. But there is also a high level of competence.

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Nice point on shredding the colonial past. Do you know there is dress code policy in every Indian company which includes not allowing Indian attire for men. Weirdly, women can wear indian clothes like chudidar or saree. And this is not just old sectors like banking but even new age ones like IT. Do speak to Mr Tata and Mr Nilekani, even indian corporate "culture" should shed its colonial mindset. Wat say?

Posted By: Pawan H  |  Posted On: 08 Aug 2014  |  City: Pune

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I couldn't agree more. One reason why I became a journalist was because there is no dress code. We wear what we like.

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What an enigma our former PM is. He had all the things going for him to be the greatest leader of India, one who could have pulled the nation from mediocrity to the status of fully developed country. But the way he blew it has been the biggest betrayal to the nation.... For me any of his comments are to be heard and disposed off in the same instant.... Sorry to say this but it has come in a very hard way... Do you also feel the same way Vir?

Posted By: rajiv  |  Posted On: 06 Aug 2014  |  City: delhi

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 Yes, I was very disappointed by the selfishness, arrogance and irresponsibility demonstrated by Manmohan Singh in his second term. I did not expect this from him.

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Would love your views on Natwar Singh's 'explosive' allegations in his book.
Is it a bad case of bitter grapes
And should the congress really make a concern about it?

Posted By: Trisha  |  Posted On: 04 Aug 2014  |  City: Mumbai

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 Have you read the whole book? The so-called 'explosive allegations' only form a tiny part of the totality. It is a good book, balanced and readable.  It is not necessary to agree with every single perspective that Natwar offers to admire him as a diplomat and a writer.

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Vir.. why dot you write a piece on 'Those forgotten Heroes' guys like Dilip Kumar (an excerpt from his Autobio which I read in 'Hindu 'lately..also guys like the then Nawab of Pataudi...who I think was a better Captain than what M.S. Dhoni is today..guys like football goakeeper Thangaraj a majestic personality and many more , am sure you could give your readers many more of these people who have been forgotten ......

Posted By: somnath karunakaran  |  Posted On: 01 Aug 2014  |  City: New Delhi

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  I've done some   of them. I did a long cover story on Dilip Kumar for Brunch when Mughal-e-Azam was re-released, for instance.

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