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Hi Vir,
Don't you think the Kaun Banega Karodpati promo ad on TV is offensive to people from Maha and elsewhere as it wrongly conveys the impression that north eastern people are attacked and harrassed all over India, which is not the truth. The attacks are largely region specific and limited only to North India? Why should others be party to the shame? Also don't you think the ad uses the tragic events to push a commercial message which is highly deplorable?

Vivek L Dev

Posted By: Vivek L Dev  |  Posted On: 29 Jul 2014  |  City: Mumbai

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 I am sorry but I have not seen the ad.

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What is your view on MasterChef Australia and it's impact on the Indian palette?

Posted By: Rahul Singh   |  Posted On: 27 Jul 2014  |  City: Mumbai

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 I think it has had a huge impact on the awareness level of people in small towns. All such shows contribute to the general body of available food information.
 

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Hi Vir,
It's really disheartening to see the way the India media in turning into, everyone is trying to promote the sensationalism for the TRP, every action is given a communal flavor, seriously I feel so gutted the way they promote disharmony among communities, I think the best news is India is right now the Doordarshan, at least they're sane with their voices, can we ever imagine to have some sane and sensible news channels like Al-Jazeera, RT, CNN or BBC in India??

Posted By: Devesh Joshi  |  Posted On: 27 Jul 2014  |  City: Laxmangarh

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 I know it's an old excuse but when it comes to TRPs, don't blame the channels. Blame the viewers. TRPs are measure of audience numbers. If this is what audiences want to watch, then channels, which are commercial profit making enterprises will follow market preferences. It is significant that the three examples you mention are channels that are not primarily driven by profit motives.

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Narendra Modi's greatest asset as a campaigner was his masterful communication skills -- not just oratory or combative interviews, but the 3D rallies where he took a calmer, more measured and reassuring tone.

Suddenly he's not just not giving interviews but not speaking in public either. There's a leadership vacuum like Manmohan's again now, being filled in the news by publicity hounds and non-issues.

I believe he can wipe the floor with Opposition MPs. He can give masterfully combative interviews or press conferences. He can reassure and get the country behind his policies with just a few minutes of speaking every other day.

So why on earth doesn't he?

Posted By: Chinmay  |  Posted On: 23 Jul 2014  |  City: Pune

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I really don't know. Perhaps he feels that the time for rhetoric is over and that he should now start delivering because results speak louder than words.

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By any chance, do you know where can I get Opera Crisps in South Bombay?

Posted By: Jaimin Rajani  |  Posted On: 22 Jul 2014  |  City: Calcutta

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 No idea, I am afraid.

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Hi Vir,
Why are your community members hell bent on depriving us non-vegetarians of our right to eat fresh meat, during your festival. We don't force Jains to eat meat, fish, kanda, lassan at any time of the year, why are they forcing their dietary preferences on us? What kind of twisted secularism is this? I hear Jains are also turning Palitana into a veg only town, is it true? Will they ban onions and garlic too?

Vivek L Dev

Posted By: Vivek L Dev  |  Posted On: 22 Jul 2014  |  City: Mumbai

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 I had not heard about Palitana. But the point is self-evident: nobody should force his or her dietary restrictions on other people.
 

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Why would Gujaratis of Ghatkopar want to have Bhaji Pav at Bombay Shiv Sagar, even when they're in Kolkata?

Posted By: Devansh Karnani  |  Posted On: 21 Jul 2014  |  City: Kolkata

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 Maybe because the pav bhaji in Ghatkopar is not very good? It is a south Bombay thing created around the Cotton Exchange.

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Mr. Sanghvi,

Thanks for the article on Beef consumption/ export.

Talking about paradoxes, your article reminded me of a story of sarat chandra chattopadhyay.
Mahesh::

http://www.boloji.com/index.cfm?md=Content&sd=Articles&ArticleID=4261

Posted By: ajay  |  Posted On: 20 Jul 2014  |  City: delhi   |   Comments:(1)

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 Thanks very much.

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the netherlands declared a day of mourning... 174 of their beloved citizens fell to a terrorist act.. in india thousands are bombed , shot on a regular basis but our govt never stops to mourn them. their best is to announce the price of dying and getting maimed for no fault of theirs.. all our govts treat common citizens as beggars and royally keep announcing doles after bigger doles.. however if a wizened old politician dies .. entire nation has to suffer days of mourning.. thankfully days of shehnai all day on DD are over..... i wonder what kind of a country we live in... people say our country is going to dogs.. i want to go further and say we already have passed that threshold... it is so bad that where to start is unimaginable..does an

Posted By: rajiv  |  Posted On: 20 Jul 2014  |  City: delhi

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 Thank you for sharing that with us.

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Dear Vir, You said in a reply that "they like to make more money for themselves", in a question about small portions of main course being served in fancy resturants. I would just like to say that food material cost is very low as compare to their over heads but still their serving size is very small. What do your think?

Posted By: Syed Asad Ali  |  Posted On: 18 Jul 2014  |  City: Karachi

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 There is a formula for food cost. In the old days, the cost of the food materials used to be one-third of the price of the dish. But as rents, salaries, electricity, etc. have all gone up, more and more restaurants are aiming for food costs that are as low as 15 per cent. This explains why some places have reduced their portion sizes.

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