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Dear Mr. Sanghvi,

It is always a delight reading your articles, especially the ones involving Japan. I am an Indian living in Tokyo and have to say that your observation is brilliant. Japanese service is indeed the best in the world. Upon your next visit please do consider staying at the Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro. Some other famous Japanese hotels are the New Otani and Okura.

Posted By: Harjas Sahni  |  Posted On: 18 Aug 2016  |  City: Tokyo, Japan

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 I have stayed at the new Otani and the Imperial in Tokyo. I shall certainly take up your suggestions next time. Thank you so much.

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who'd you credit with the industrialisation of Maharashtra? It might obvious but there really was a systematic plan to establish MIDC and hubs across pune, aurangabad, coastal development etc. - far better than other states have done. The results are there for everyone to see
Wish union ministers were appointed based on achievements like this to replicate them

Posted By: venkat  |  Posted On: 17 Aug 2016  |  City: Secunderabad

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 It's one of those complicated questions. The early successes of Maharashtra grew out of the successes of Bombay State. (Maharashtra was only created in 1960.) It was easier to do because there was already an industrial mentality and an entrepreneurial spirit among the people. 
 
 
Compare this to, say, Bihar, where there was no legacy to build on and no history of great entrepreneurial vision.
 
 
So yes, I do give credit to Maharashtra's politicians. But it's not as simple as you seem to think.
 

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Dear Mr Vir,
In UK 'Head to Head' programme at Al Jazeera, RSS rep.Ram Madhav says to the host 'your ISIS' where he got boed by the audience , do you think it shows the RSS mentality of what they think of others. Also in the same programme when the very talented host Mehdi Hassan says that in Nagpur HQ he saw Akhand Bharat map to which RSS couldn't answer. Whats your view on RSS map?

Posted By: Patia Zelz  |  Posted On: 16 Aug 2016  |  City: California

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 I have not seen the programme, so I cannot comment.

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what do you think of the combination of Raj Babbar-Sheila-Priyanka
can it make a dent in UP
will they at least do better than BJP?

Posted By: Tarun  |  Posted On: 13 Aug 2016  |  City: Tel Alviv

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 That's hard to say. But if they play their cards right, they can certainly do better than the Congress did last time.

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Dear Vir, you have written so much on everyone but I have never seen you talk or profile a scientist. We should be so proud of our scientists and places like ISRO. Would you care to write on Vikram Sarabhai or Dr Raja Rammanna?

Posted By: pritam  |  Posted On: 09 Aug 2016  |  City: Bangalore   |   Comments:(1)

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 Shouldn't we think of somebody who is either still alive or is less widely recognized than those two? 

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Hi Vir, i have observed something recently: I have been noticing a very level of ignorance in many people about the happenings in our country and also many people have a very poor knowledge about the serious problems which our country faces, this is something i have observed on social media, on tv shows and by interacting with people. It's really surprising to me because in this day and age information is freely and easily available and yet people ignore it. how can this issue be resolved ? (Or is this not really as bad an issue as i think it is?)

Posted By: Tom  |  Posted On: 08 Aug 2016  |  City: Bangalore

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 Just before the invasion of Iraq, polls showed that a majority of Americans believed that Saddam Hussain was behind the attacks on the World Trade Centre. This ignorance was saddled by George W Bush in his effort to win support for the Iraq invasion. 
 
 
As John Le Carre says, we live in an age where more information is available than ever before. And yet, public ignorance is shockingly high. The danger with this level of ignorance is that politicians who make the wrong decisions capitalize on the lack of knowledge within the electorate. 
 

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Dear Vir, I was wondering that you did not mention anything about german bread? Don't you know that Germany has the biggest variety of breads? During my eight years in Delhi I used to bring it from Munich
Cheers!
Johannes

Posted By: Johannes  |  Posted On: 08 Aug 2016  |  City: Munich

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 I love German bread but don't know enough about it to write anything that would be of any interest. 
 

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Hi vir! I read your article on bread, it's history etc. Very imformative i must say. But one thing i failed to see and thought was missing was where do you get the finest bread? What all things/ingredients make up to be finest bread. If you could throw some light. Thankyou

Posted By: Devanshi Shah  |  Posted On: 08 Aug 2016  |  City: Mumbai

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 I was trying to avoid playing favorites. Once you say that such and such bakery does good bread while its competitor does not, the piece becomes a review and not a history of modern bread making.

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Hi Vir, any opinion about Modi's 2 year PM performance? Good, average or poor?

Posted By: Mohan  |  Posted On: 08 Aug 2016  |  City: Toronto

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 Why ask me? Modi's already told us. He thinks he's done a very good job. Or didn't you listen to his Independence Day speech?

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Dear Mr. Sanghvi
I am emailing to ask you that where can get a hold of your Vir ke Teer tapes? It was analysis amazing show and would love to watch them again!

You did a similar show Mandate with Destiny, on News X, of which at least 5 episodes are available online on YouTube.

Again Sir - where does one get all the episodes of Vir ke Teer and also Mandate with Destiny?

Kind Regards

Posted By: Siddhartha K Garg  |  Posted On: 06 Aug 2016  |  City: Delhi   |   Comments:(3)

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 The honest answer: I don't know. Vir ke Teer is now largely forgotten. But Mandate should be on YouTube. I am surprised to hear that only five episodes are available.
 

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