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My parents plan to visit Bangalore in August. I'd like them to try Karavali since I've read how highly you speak of it. They are vegetarians. What should they try?

Thanks!

Posted By: H  |  Posted On: 24 Jul 2015  |  City: Netherlands

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 Ask for Chef Naren. He will organise a full vegetarian meal for them. Tell them this when you book the table.

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Vir on IPL and BCCI lots of anchors and media have asked question as to why our iconic cricketers are quiet. My question is god forbid if tommorow India today or TOI top management is involved in some wrong doing or scam would the anchors from their channel raise their voice ?? I mean it is tough to raise voice against BCCI as it is so powerful. Your take

Posted By: Manish  |  Posted On: 23 Jul 2015  |  City: mumbai

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 I agree. The BCCI is a monopoly and controls all cricket in India apart from being the richest and most powerful association in the cricket world. It's easy for journos, who have nothing to lose, to demand that players speak out. But it's not so easy for the players, whose livelihood depends on the BCCI, to go public.
 
Besides, if they went public, the same media would attack them and claim that they are involved in cricket politics.

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Hi Vir,
Greetings!
I have been reading your articles and listen to your video posts for quite some time, and I must say found them quite reasonable and serene.You are doing a prolific job. It would be great for youth like me if you can share your secrets and advice on learning and emphatic use of english language like whom do you read and whom would you like your children to read (Any writers or books ). Since you are a veteran journalist for last 30 years, i guess you know it better than anybody else in the business. Any books, opinion pieces or articles whom do you think can play important role in unwinding the potential of a young journalist.

Posted By: Jiten  |  Posted On: 21 Jul 2015  |  City: New Delhi   |   Comments:(1)

Answer

 Okay. Will think of a list and post it.

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Hello Vir, What is your take on:
a) the recent academic appointments made by the govt (Ref: FTII)
b) govt trying to gain control on autonomous institutes ( Ref: modifying the IIM-act )
Thanks.

Posted By: Gaurav  |  Posted On: 21 Jul 2015  |  City: Chicago

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 The obvious one. Institutions should retain their autonomy and should not be run by the babus of the HRD ministry. The appointment of Gajendra Singh Chauhan at the FTII was a huge mistake. He should have the grace to step down.

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Hi Vir-
I am always curious how the extreme right-wing groups in India get funded....the full spectrum from the Bajrang Dal, VHP to the Hurriyat.
I guess my second question is when the Congress and 3rd front have always considered the Sangh Parivar elements to be communal and a threat to the country, why did they (during the many years of Central rule) not try to ban and/or at least investigate the groups and freeze funding if needed. Is there more to it than meets the eye?

Posted By: Raghu  |  Posted On: 18 Jul 2015  |  City: Singapore

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 Okay, let's do this step-by-step. 
 
One, the Bajrang Dal, the VHP and the Hindutva loonies are largely funded by India's trading class. 
 
Two, the Hurriyat is funded by Pakistan but it's leaders take money from R&AW from time to time.
 
Three, the Centre takes the view that it is better to have the Hurriyat in full public view than to drive it underground and allow its supporters to drift into terrorism.
 
Four, I don't think the Hindutva loonies are funded very differently from normal political parties so it is difficult to take selective action against them.
 

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Hi Vir-
We see so often books and films getting banned and censored and frivolous cases filed. How is it that A S Dulat's book on Kashmir got published without any uproar? How can the government allow intelligence personnel to pen their memoirs....I thought we had an Official Secrets Act?

Posted By: Raghu  |  Posted On: 18 Jul 2015  |  City: Singapore

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 I haven't read it. But I am a little surprised. I don't think former secret service chiefs should write books on sensitive issues. But he is a great NDA favourite. Perhaps that's why the book wasn't published during the UPA period.
 

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8 years have almost passed since W left the White House( & U R not an Obama fan either).
And You have met Bush in India( mentioned this in an article). SO who has been the better Prez? Whatever people said about Bush earlier. The guy knew geopolitics.... He didn't antagonize the Kremlin etc for no reason.
Obama has been Kejriwal and Imran Khan's mentor. (Think about it ) Bush was like this I am like this.... Has he also been a shrewd operator? Hijacked the whole equality of blacks thing and now they aren't much better off(African american friends tell me this).
He was no Martin Luther King jr or jesse jackson.....

Posted By: Shahid Azad  |  Posted On: 17 Jul 2015  |  City: Kremlin

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 The problem with Bush was that his actions helped radicalise the entire Islamic world. The invasion of Iraq made no sense. 
 
We are living with the global consequences of that radicalisation now.

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In reponse to Chinmay's question.

In American Media, Gay Marriage is seen as a victory for liberals in general. I haven't seen any major publication attributing SC judgement as a victory for Obama specifically.

On the other hand, Healthcare Reform Act popularly known as Obama Care is indeed Obama's baby. Health Care Reforms were the main priority in Obama's first term. So I think he does deserve credit for making healthcare affordable for the people in lower strata of society.

His outreach to Cuba, and if goes through - Iranian Nuclear Agreement, are some of the other initiatives along with Obamacare that should cement his legacy.

What you think Vir?

Posted By: Anmol Virk  |  Posted On: 15 Jul 2015  |  City: New York

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 I think that is a fair assessment. 
 

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Had I posted my query on Bihar Election on Twitter instead of posting it here I may well have received a signed copy of the book.Autographed by you.

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 15 Jul 2015  |  City: Mumbai

Answer

 Mail me your address and I will send you a copy.

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On your recent artificial sweeteners piece: Last year journal Nature (the most rigorous peer review scientific journal in the world...well almost) published an article that showed that artificial sweeteners change human gut microbiome and heavily contribute to multiple metabolic disorders. Link: http://www.nature.com/news/sugar-substitutes-linked-to-obesity-1.15938

Posted By: cheetos  |  Posted On: 13 Jul 2015  |  City: DC

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 It is mentioned in the article.

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