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that year end broadcast by the PM seemed conspiratorial to make sure newscasters were on their toes and some had to miss their holiday plans as it was announced in advance.

would you say so? I missed your newscast and the speech as well but the overall feeling was that this could have waited

Posted By: Tarun Jha  |  Posted On: 06 Jan 2017  |  City: Patna

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  Yes. It was a tactical mistake for Modi. The speech had no big ideas and he had raised expectations to such heights that people were bound to be disappointed. It is unlike him to get the timing so wrong. 

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Do you like the deli and diner styles from abroad
can they be brought here and succeed?

Posted By: Shrijith  |  Posted On: 06 Jan 2017  |  City: Trivandrum

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 Yes. The American Diner at the Habitat Centre has been a success ever since it opened in 1997.
 
Not sure about delis, though, because of unavailability of good quality cold meats and restrictions on beef.

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Hi Vir ,Any classic which you liked most ,please tell me.I too will read that so as to write like you.
Your one time quotation about Narsimha Rao i have repeated several time in my IT company:"He might me knowing many programming languages but i am doubtful he can write the code in any of them" ,as for Rao you had written: doubtful that he can think in any of that them.

Posted By: siddhartha  |  Posted On: 05 Jan 2017  |  City: Delhi

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  I do remember saying that Narasimha Rao knows seven languages but can't make up his mind in any of them! 
 
I am not sure you should restrict your ambition to writing like me. There are many brilliant writers out there compared to whom my work seems very mediocre.

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Hi Vir,
Liked your article about food trends for 2017. You conclude that Indians will continue to eat out and the industry would continue to grow. But do you think hike in service tax (15%) having any impact on this trend. I mean I think twice about going out as frequently as I used to. Not to mention the service charge that I have to pay these days. Do you think this is a factor? Or it is a factor just for a middle class guy like me?

Posted By: Sanjeet  |  Posted On: 03 Jan 2017  |  City: Mumbai

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 I have written about the service charge in this week's Rude Food. Do have a look.

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There used to be a culture of Aaya Ram Gaya Ram which Rajiv Gandhi tried to prevent thru legislation though it continues to this day

the question is in this day and age, how thick skinned and shameless are they to move to the parties which they were vehemently criticizing, bad mouthing and attacking on social media?

Why doesn't it still matter and it speaks ill of both those politicians and the parties, no?

Posted By: Shirish  |  Posted On: 31 Dec 2016  |  City: Mumbai

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 It is actually not as bad as it used to be before the Anti-Defection Act was passed. The problem is that our politicians believe in nothing. How else do you explain Rita Bahuguna Joshi's shift to the BJP, a party she regularly attacked, for example.
 
This is not the politics of principle. It is the politics of self-advancement.

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If INC ever win Gujarat again, will they keep prohibition or abolish it? Will Shankersinh Vaghela abolish Vibrant Gujarat Summit which he opposes now? Or will they do what Nitish is doing, play the my politics is more regresive than yours card with prohibition? As a Gujarati would you say Vaghela has more of a humane touch with the people and feels for them than Modi did as CM & will his pragmatism yield him results eventually?

Posted By: Shahid Azad   |  Posted On: 30 Dec 2016  |  City: Kremlin

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 Let's go back to roots. Prohibition in Gujarat is not something that the BJP introduced. It is a Congress policy. Vaguely is not a Congressman of long standing. He is from the Sangh Parivar.
 
So I don't think you can frame these questions in Congress vs BJP terms.

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Hey Vir, why do you think it is that despite the pain and suffering endured by the Indian masses because of demonitisation and its disastrous implementation there have been little or no acts of violence , no major law and order situation has arisen because of this. If the same thing had happened in any other country including the developed countries it would have followed by mass lootings and rioting. Case in point Venezuela. Credit must be given to the Indian people. U think it has something to do with the Hindu way of life of peace and tolerance?

Posted By: Vikram  |  Posted On: 24 Dec 2016  |  City: Nagpur

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 Quite possible. It goes back to that old question: why has there never been a revolution in India? All the theories you suggest have been advanced to answer that question as well.

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You were fearless when criticizing the excesses of Hindutva but strangely silent on triple talaq - a truly barbaric practice . Comments please

Posted By: Bala Varadarajan   |  Posted On: 23 Dec 2016  |  City: Chennai

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 I don't think it is a good idea to come on to websites and reveal to the world how ignorant you are. I have written many times about the need for a Uniform Civil Code. Most recently, a whole episode of Virtuosity was devoted to the subject. 
 
And yes, I still oppose the excesses of Hindutva extremists. And I am amused by ignorant people who seem to support the cause without being aware of all the facts.

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Inspite of the initial results, do you think AAP has a chance of making it in Punjab?

Why'd you say might be the reasons for its likely success?

Posted By: Gabrielle  |  Posted On: 22 Dec 2016  |  City: Goa

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 The honest answer is that I have not travelled through Punjab. So any response I give will only be based on hearsay. Far better to ask the experts than to get my opinion. 

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Hi Vir,
I would like to ask the same ques that was asked earlier as perspective can change as time passes.
Do you see this note-exchange backfiring big time? esp in upcoming state elections.

Posted By: A Kakkar  |  Posted On: 16 Dec 2016  |  City: Chandigarh

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 Frankly, not as yet. My gut feeling is that as unpopular as the implementation is, Modi's image as a sincere reformer is fairly intact.

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