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Hi Vir, do you recommend cooking with Ghee (clarified butter) instead of using normal butter or cooking oil? (like for frying eggs for example)

Posted By: Roshan  |  Posted On: 14 Oct 2014  |  City: Houston

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 The advantage with ghee is that you can heat it to a higher temperature than butter so it makes sense if you need to cook at high heat. Otherwise there is no great advantage.

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Your take on the Channels opting to telecast PM speech for a cost. Do you think it will now become a norm?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 13 Oct 2014  |  City: Mumbai

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 If you allow news channels to show paid programming without identifying it as such, then can you really complain about the nature of that programming?
 

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Sir, I really like your passion for journalism. Last year i watched a series of Videos on Youtube which was brodcasted on Star Classic. Those 25 min videos. Are those videos still available???

Posted By: Pawan  |  Posted On: 13 Oct 2014  |  City: Bangalore

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 They belong to Star not to me. So, the network decides when to put the on youtube and when to take them down.

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Saw you retweet Surjit Bhalla's critique of the SC judgment on the coal blocks.

I've often cringed when hearing lawyers, politicians and commentators on TV talk show panels say: "I have to measure my words now.." when even hinting at a criticism of a SC judgment. And when they brandish what they think is a debate-winner: "The Honorable Supreme Court itself has said..."

But then Surjit Bhalla can write this piece. So I'm not sure: just how much free speech does India allow in criticism of Supreme Court judgments and of individual judges?

Shouldn't this be a focus area for free speech activists, at least as much as the much-hyped supposed fascist repression of Dinanath Batra?

Posted By: Chinmay  |  Posted On: 09 Oct 2014  |  City: Pune

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 It should be. The law is that we cannot attribute motives to the court. Nowhere does it say that we are not allowed to disagree with a judgement. But we bend over backwards to avoid any criticism. That's why I retweeted Surjit's article. We need more people to come out and disagree.
 

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A few years ago, I had come across one of your rare interviews with the legendary Russi Mody. It just seems to have disappeared from the web now. I would be grateful if you could please help me get hold of it (perhaps a weblink?). Many thanks. Warm regards, Hersh.

Posted By: Hersh Sanghvi  |  Posted On: 09 Oct 2014  |  City: Bombay

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 Gosh, that was a long time ago. I don't think I have a copy, alas!

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Vir, I think so called secular intellects are unable to gauge the influence of Modi. I live in bandra where most real estate brokers are muslims. Since last week i had met atleast 4-5 of them for house hunting, and when asked most of them responded by saying they would vote for Modi in assembly elections. They are not fond of BJP, nor do they have any feelings for congress or ncp. But as one of them said if a PM is going to work 16 hours a day, then something good will certainly happen. I think Modi's influence on youngsters cuts across religions, castes and many people are in denial of that. Do you have a view?

Posted By: rohan khanna  |  Posted On: 08 Oct 2014  |  City: mumbai

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 I don't know. Perhaps Modi is appealing to Muslims. Perhaps he isn't. The psephological evidence is contradictory and confusing.
 

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Vir, do u know how to make a perfect half bolied egg. Pls share

Posted By: Prafull  |  Posted On: 08 Oct 2014  |  City: Pune

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 I don't. I am not a very good cook.

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Hi Vir,
Unlike Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, that are grim religions, Hinduism is a fun religion. Hinduism promotes fun and frolic throughout the year because our Gods believe people should have fun 24x7x365 and 24x7x366. Our religious festivals are fun festivals where people can let down their hair and have a good time feast, dance, make noise, burst crackers, and generally have a good time. Would you accept that is the defining difference between Hinduism and revealed religions?
Vivek L Dev

Posted By: Vivek L Dev  |  Posted On: 08 Oct 2014  |  City: Mumbai

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 No, I wouldn't. And nor would many Dalits and many women who were forced to commit sati. Nor do I accept that Jainism, the world's oldest religion, is grim. All religions have their strengths and their weaknesses but I don't think you can list them in a hit parade and say that Hinduism is number one. 
 
 
That said, I believe that the distinguishing characteristic of Hinduism is its sense of tolerance, it's refusal to aggressively convert non-believers and it's tradition of peace. These are great qualities and worthy of admiration.
 

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A comment by Karuna made me thought why do Indian govt. authorities not allow NRI's to vote? Given they have such huge voter base, let them also decide. After all we celebrate when NRI such as Salman Rushdie, Rohintan Mistry, Meera Nair, Naipaul win accolades and call them our own.

Posted By: Zen  |  Posted On: 08 Oct 2014  |  City: Bombay

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 I think there is a case for allowing NRIs to be represented in Parliament. We could have an NRI constituency and give them one or two MPs. The problem is that you would have to restrict the vote to Indian citizens. This would rule out the likes of Salman Rushdie, who has a British passport, and most Modi supporters.

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Hi Vir,
Half truth is far more dangerous than no truth, isn't it? As a Kashmiri Pundit, I was deeply jolted & hurt by the way Haider, the movie, depicted the Kashmir issue. There was no mention of the ethnic cleansing of our community in 1989 which actually lead to the events upto 1995 and beyond. How can anyone understand Kashmir without knowing about 1989-90. It is as if, the world deliberately ignores us now. No one even cares to read about it. Would love to know your views or maybe a review of the film?

Posted By: Sidharth Bhat  |  Posted On: 07 Oct 2014  |  City: New Delhi

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 Haven't seen the movie as yet, sorry!

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