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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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Hi, I clicked on your people tab this day and I need to admit it was such a nice discovery of such rich material. The writng's absolutely fabulous, each persons bio reads like a roller coaster thriller full of interesting tidbits and events (Wadia's was good fun)
You really should write more, and more often, and thanks for putting these up on your page

Posted By: Sanjay Tripathi  |  Posted On: 17 Jul 2014  |  City: New Delhi

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 That is very kind of you. Thank you so much.

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Vir: I was taken aback by the treatment meted out to you ( in mufti) and you in person...That's what I like about ur pieces they call a spade a spade and no treating anyone with kid gloves especially a friend...But me.. I never had any solid experiences like the one u had simply coz am not a regular foodie at these places....the only one I had I've told u enough times was at Oberoi Grand Calcutta ---many many years back...

Posted By: somnath karunakaran  |  Posted On: 13 Jul 2014  |  City: New Delhi

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 Thanks Somnath.

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Hi Vir, why are the portion sizes at fancy upmarket restaurants so small? Some main course dishes seem like an appetizer for a grown man's stomach!

Posted By: Nikhil  |  Posted On: 12 Jul 2014  |  City: Hyderabad

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 They like to make more money for themselves!

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I owe a lot to you for all the knowledge I possess about food history and how to judge various dishes. You've certainly got great taste, but I don't agree with what you have to say about Soam, Bombay. Being a Gujarati from Calcutta, yet a staunch non-vegetarian, I am curious to know your take on why Gujarati dishes (which I'm not very fond of) are not even close to being as loved as Punjabi, and do not do well as banqueting dishes, while my relatives keep boasting about them.

Posted By: Jaimin Rajani  |  Posted On: 11 Jul 2014  |  City: Calcutta

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 I think Gujarati food is too delicate and sophisticated for North Indians. 

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Hi Vir,
I really really enjoy your recent shows 'Mandate with Destiny' and 'Can India recover'. It is such a refreshing change. I catch your shows from the NewsX Youtube channel where they upload their episodes. However I noticed that the videos they've uploaded there only have 240p quality. Is it possible for you to make them upload a higher quality version (maybe say the 480p, 720p or 1080p version) to Youtube? It would make the experience a lot better. Thanks and keep up the excellent work. ;)

Posted By: Roshan  |  Posted On: 09 Jul 2014  |  City: Houston

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 Thanks very much. I will talk to them and see if it is possible.

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Vir,
Great, two back to back shows from you on NEWSX(Tryst with Desiny and Can we recover). I sincere hope that these shows do well so that we can have more of such shows. Really really exhausted of watching ppl shout each other day in and day out

Posted By: shiv  |  Posted On: 02 Jul 2014  |  City: NYC

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 Thank you so much. I have long tried to persuade news channels to invest in programming that tells stories and explains issues. But shouting matches are easier to organise and cheaper to make. So I am glad that NewsX has been willing to make the investment.

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Dear Sanghvi, I am an ardent admirer of your columns in "The Brunch", Being a research scholar on my own in IIT B, I always wonder where from you get this plethora of knowledge about food, travel, amongst many? Not to mention about the genuineness you endorse your experiences with the readers, You deserve a great appreciation

Posted By: Ramakrishna  |  Posted On: 29 Jun 2014  |  City: MUMBAI

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 That's very kind of you. Thank you so much. But I am not sure I deserve it.

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