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Why is the SC giving out judgements on areas which do not fall in the realm of legislative and executive (Cracker Ban, National Anthem, BCCI etc) ? Isnt it better off to leave them to the parliament, esp when there are so many other cases pending in courts.

Posted By: Mohit Kabra  |  Posted On: 25 Oct 2017  |  City: Mumbai

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 There are two views on this. The first is yours, which is that this is judicial overreach. But there is also a second view which says that the court is one of the last bastions of independence in our system. It should serve as a body that delivers the final verdict on the great issues of our day.
 
Personally, I am not convinced by the judicial overreach argument. But I do believe that till around four years ago, the press had begun to cover observations made in court as though they were judgements. Too many judges began to deliver too many off-the-cuff remarks and that the system suffered as a result.
 

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The economy has lot been in focus and the govt is getting a lot of flak for it. It is almost acknowledged everywhere that Demo was a disaster due to faulty implementation. However, if u leave Demo aside, what other steps the govt could have taken to shore up the economy? What trick did Mr. Jaitley miss? (there would be short term problems with GST was known in advance and my guess it would be same if the govt had been congress or bjp)

Posted By: Mohit Kabra  |  Posted On: 25 Oct 2017  |  City: Mumbai

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 The basic problem with the economy is that people's expectations of the future are low. That is why demand is not picking up and private sector investment is so low. 
 
Demonetization and the implementation of GST have hurt but they are not the primary causes of our problems. Where the government has failed is in ushering in the revolution that Mr Modi promised. There has been so large-scale liberalization. And do you really feel that we have minimum government today?

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With reference to what you wrote in your book (rude food) regarding whiskey, do you feel the scenario and quality has changed for good? And wats up with the imfl category? Is it still the same?

Posted By: Gagandeep singh  |  Posted On: 21 Oct 2017  |  City: Delhi

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The book was written a decade and a half ago. I am sure there have been changes in all sectors, including the quality of IMFL, over the years.

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Hello Vir,

Was wondering if it is feasible at all to get Virtuosity episodes transcribed and published on the website for people who want the text or receive poor streaming ? Always enjoy your non-biased and composed discussions with guests.

Posted By: Gaurav  |  Posted On: 17 Oct 2017  |  City: Chicago

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 I will have to ask the channel. There was a time when they would transcribe all content. But I think they have stopped doing that now. 

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Vir, I am curious to know why South Indian restaurants outside India are vegetarian? The vast majority of South Indians are nonvegetarians and there is a lot of savory meat dishes in their cuisine. I live in the US and for the most part, there are vegetarian south indian restaurants. In contrast, almost all North Indian restaurants serve non vegetarian fare. Why is that?

Posted By: Saav Yadav  |  Posted On: 12 Oct 2017  |  City: Washington DC Metro

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 That's true in India too. The first non-vegetarian South Indian restaurants started appearing outside of the south only in the late 1980s. I suspect it is because vegetarian South Indian food is universally popular. Even a hardcore Punjabi relishes a masala dosa. Non-vegetarian South Indian Food does not have the same universal appeal though of course there are people who do like it.
 

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Dear Mr Sanghvi
I loved your write up on the Omlette. In fact I am an ardent fan of all your food wrirings. I had the pleasure of meeting you and you tasted my Anglo-Indian dishes at the Taj West End Bangalore in 2012 during your visit when the West End was celebrating 125 years. I also presented you a few of my Anglo-Indian Cookery Books. I wish you all the best always
Warm regards
Bridget White-Kumar

Posted By: Bridget White-Kumar  |  Posted On: 11 Oct 2017  |  City: Bangalore

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 Hi Bridget! I remember you well, and the wonderful meal at the West End. Do keep in touch. 

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would be grateful if you could write a detailed article on the stuff you discussed in your earlier articles/ answers:
- new learnings on rice, and is it less fattening / sugar loaded than was claimed
- is breakfast really the most important meal in the day? What is, or does it not matter
thanks once again

Posted By: Hetal  |  Posted On: 06 Oct 2017  |  City: Mumbai

Answer

 Okay. May take a while though. Will have to read up on the new research. 

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Good article on colas. Your take on Diet colas? How much sugar do they have?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 05 Oct 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 They have none.
 

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How does it feel to be probably the most stylish, sexiest Gujarati in his 60s [with the possible exception of you know who]?

Posted By: Devang  |  Posted On: 04 Oct 2017  |  City: San Jose

Answer

 That's funny! All power to you know who!
 

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Hillary Clinton should partly hold her campaign strategy in certain states like Wisconsin responsible for her defeat. When was the last time Pennsylvania was called for a Republican? Do you agree with me that her overconfidence cost her dearly in these states?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 04 Oct 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 Yours is the conventional view. But it is also a view that Hillary challenges strongly in her memoir of the campaign, What Happened. In all fairness, you should read the book and see if her explanation convinces you. 

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