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Who is most likely to head the opposition coalition against the NDA?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 24 May 2018  |  City: NEW DELHI

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 I don't think they will appoint a leader before the election. If they do have an opportunity to form a post-election coalition, then the choice of leader will depend on numbers and overall acceptability. 

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Lot has been made of the Index of opposition unity. It hardly works in a post poll government formation. Even if the government is formed it never completes one third of it's term. For this to succeed one of the alliance partner needs 150 seats. You see the Congress getting anywhere close? And if it doesn't happen, then would won't it make the electorate think and eventually back the BJP?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 24 May 2018  |  City: NEW DELHI

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 It is hard to say for sure. But the latest CSDS poll gives the Congress 160 seats. 

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Shouldn't critics stop writing off Modi-Shah after Karnataka? They have shown in past they can pull a rabbitt out of the hat when facing a lot of opposition. In '19 can they win without allies or get close? That hasn't happened since '84 election.

Posted By: Shahid Azad   |  Posted On: 20 May 2018  |  City: Kremlin

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 It is so hard to say. You would have to be clairvoyant to be able to tell.
 

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You really must come out with a sequel to Mandate, perhaps one on interesting state elections. I am sure there is so much rich material that it would be a surefire potboiler.

do think about it, and I hope you undertake this soon :-))

Posted By: Yashica  |  Posted On: 19 May 2018  |  City: London

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 We will have to wait till the next election is over. 

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Hello Vir, I recently watched the movie Frost/Nixon and it got me thinking how the interview dynamics play out. Would you agree with the hypothesis that -- stories that come out of an interviewee are things that they have been wanting to say (their side of story) and an interviewer has to just provide the appropriately comfortable atmosphere and ask the right questions ? Please share your thoughts on how the dynamics work. Thanks.

Posted By: Gaurav  |  Posted On: 08 May 2018  |  City: Chicago

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 It is a complicated subject but Frost/Nixon is more fiction than reality. For a start, Frost was not an entertainment host when the interviews were planned as the film suggests. He had already interviewed three British Prime Ministers and had mastered the craft. Secondly, the climax of the movie, when Nixon talks about Watergate, depends on a rearranging of time. That interview was actually recorded halfway through the sessions. When they telecast all the interviews, it was actually the first interview they showed. 
 
 
I enjoyed the movie but I think Peter Morgan, the author, played fast and loose with the timeline. 

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"Airline food is crap, period ". Vir, a few years back.

"Hotel toiletries are crap, period ". Agree?

Worthy of a larger piece?

Posted By: Suva  |  Posted On: 06 May 2018  |  City: Abu Dhabi

Answer

 Depends on the hotel. Some hotels now give high quality toiletries.

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can u write about KERALA PAROTTA...its history, making and if it is healthy compared to other indian breads

Posted By: hari  |  Posted On: 02 May 2018  |  City: bangalore

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 It is not healthy, that's for sure. But yes, there is a piece to be done on how maida became a part of the Kerala tradition. 

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Maybe it seems obvious to you, but I find a special something when journalists get their subjects to open up. In your case especially I find it fascinating when you've got leaders from diff sides (incl Advani, shahid sidiqui, Soniaji Amar singh etc) to discuss stuff in a frank earnest manner.
Virtuosity gives some insights of how you interview. but it'd be great if you can spend some time on this 'dynamic' that operates when you interact with public personalities & what REALLY happens...

Posted By: Alok Jha  |  Posted On: 28 Apr 2018  |  City: Melbourne

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 The honest answer is that I don't really know what happens. It just happens!
 
But thank you. You made my day.

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I am not sure if I'll get an honest answer to this but I've got to ask this - do you really read those books in full that you discuss in your shows and columns. From Johar to jaitley to Reich (& countless food books) surely that's quite an impressive list
I am more keen on understanding how you manage to take out the time and concentrate on reading the book and take notes on what to disucss/ write.
Genuinely impressed & would love to learn how to

Posted By: Uday  |  Posted On: 22 Apr 2018  |  City: Mumbai

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 Thanks so much. But I have always been a bit of a reader. The only difference is that I tend to read non-fiction much more than fiction these days. And within the fiction genre, I look for books that deal in India.
 
One reason why I do so many TV shows based on books is because I feel (rightly or wrongly) that there is no room for ideas on Indian TV, where we deal in polemic, abuse, controversy and personalities.
 
In some small way, I try and redress the balance on Virtuosity.

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Sir - just a suggestion on virtuosity. Getting the same guest so soon seems a little repetitive. Between Swamy and Tharoor thats quite a few repeat discussions too soon (sorry, they sounded the same after a while - or perhaps couldnt see what was this new thing that made it worthwhile to call them back & so soon)
Having said that I liked your questions to Shashi in the recent episode, and thought he was actually making a case for the other side ironically...

Posted By: Indra Singh  |  Posted On: 07 Apr 2018  |  City: Indore

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 Fair point. Will take it into account. 

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