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sir,
can we write more about politics and less about lifestyle, though i enjoy your lifestyle-articles also, but please keep the ratio 1:1.

Posted By: mohan   |  Posted On: 26 Mar 2018  |  City: bangalore

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 Hard to do. I never have a ratio in mind. I write when the mood strikes me. But I guess there will be more politics nearer the General Election. 

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Hi Vir, I'm a vegetarian who has eggs occasionally. I've recently tried chicken and fish meat, but I get put off by their strong smell and their chewy nature. Any tips for people like me to slowly get introduced to meat? Any dishes or types of meat that you'd recommend for this transition?

Posted By: Rahul  |  Posted On: 25 Mar 2018  |  City: Pune

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 Nopes. If you don't like it, then don't worry. Take pride in your vegetarianism. It's a perfectly legitimate way to eat. 

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what was your reading of the no-confidence motion called out by Naidu?
In the course of elections as you tracked in the Mandate, has no confidence served the opposition well, does it benefit anyone at all?

Posted By: Yamuna  |  Posted On: 19 Mar 2018  |  City: Chennai

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 Hardly ever. It worked against the Vajpayee government but generally, the purpose of such a motion is only to put the government on the defensive and to rally the opposition. 

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Where was Renuka Chaudhary during the plenary session? There were so many laugh-worthy moments during the session, it'd have been good to hear her raucous cackle
my question was if you had an inkling she's inching towards the BJP which she denied
Question also being how these guys like Sidhu, khushboo, etc. dont worry about integrity when they join the very party they'd been vocally condemning. I mean the people notice dont they?

Posted By: Unnati Singh  |  Posted On: 18 Mar 2018  |  City: Udaipur

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 Wasn't Renuka there? No I don't think she had ever considered joining the BJP.
 
But yes, that's one of the problems with Indian politics. When people change parties, not only do they have to disown what they said in the past, but their new parties have to forget the things they once said about the new entrants. 
 
Take the case of Naresh Agarwal, who was virtually called a traitor by elements within the Sangh Parivar. Now, he is a proud BJP MP.
 

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any chance of inviting your bets noire & fave mate from school-days - Im the Dim to Virtuositiy
Have you interviewed him before? Maybe do it in a forum / conclave then?

Posted By: Huma Siddiqui  |  Posted On: 18 Mar 2018  |  City: Nalgonda

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 I did an episode of Star Talk with him many years ago. But now, the chances look -- if you will forgive the expression -- dim.
 

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a little disappointed that you havent spoken about wines of Goa. Have you tried them?
Quite a few folk make wines at home and it is usually done to be ready served at the coming few year's wedding seasons. Most of it is for family/ circle and rarely sold out
Its usually sweeter - almost sherry like and there are a few with sour / bitter tones like international ones
but most are suited to an Indian palate (and the Goans love it)
try it. best at a wedding - preferably with home-made sausage

Posted By: Yuvi Gupta  |  Posted On: 18 Mar 2018  |  City: Bombay

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 They are very nice if you want a sweetish wine to go with spicy food. But they are not widely available outside of Goa and, therefore, not worth recommending to readers in the rest of India, alas.

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I beleive there's an episode on how the Congress lost an opportunity to own a moderate version of Hindutva
I hope you can get a representative from karnataka in that panel because it looks like they're back to their old tricks that they're accused of - from appeasement of minorities to repressing those segments & areas less likely to favour them (lots of temple disputes too)
all it suggesting they havent learnt
between corrupt Gowdas n BJP the inept congress seems preferable but not like this

Posted By: Ananth Mendanna  |  Posted On: 11 Mar 2018  |  City: Sagar

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  It is a good idea. Let me think about it.

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Scratch that request to get Rahul G on air

instead time to bring Soniaji to the virtuosity show no? Quite amazed at how well she responded to the questions even if it had been shared with her earlier
And your first interview with them decades ago was a good one and she seemed her natural self then
would be good to revisit this

Posted By: Hrishita  |  Posted On: 11 Mar 2018  |  City: Howrah

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 I have asked her. Now it is up to her to respond...

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liked your article on Wines & found it really informative
my question is doesnt Wine dry you up faster than other alcohols? I was quite impressed you and friends had a few bottles (guessing more than 3 glasses overall)
If I have more than one glass the hangover is as bad as when I have hard drinks. On a flight if I have a glass or two I shrivel up
Is wine as bad or better than hard drinks?

Posted By: Waleed Shah  |  Posted On: 02 Mar 2018  |  City: London

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 There is no real answer to that question. All of us react differently to various kinds of alcohol. So perhaps your body handles spirits better than it tolerates wine. 
 

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Vir - Sridevi's untimely demise and what followed was a very real struggle to cope with grief collectively.
this time there was social media, and the regular media & the many missteps, but we at least me are still in shock
my question is do you think India/ns are well at handling grief collectively on a mass scale - can we learn something from the west on how they cope after Gun shootings, terror etc.
would love a piece on this?
those last few words on your virtuosity as she signed off haunt us

Posted By: Shruti  |  Posted On: 01 Mar 2018  |  City: Chennai

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 Thanks Shruti, that's a great idea. Will think about a piece on how we handle collective grief: on whether we sensationalize our feelings or look for villains to blame the tragedy on.

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