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Hi Vir,
Have you thought about an article on Gujarati food? Being Gujarati, I love the food and I think it has not gotten its due. Your thoughts would be nice on the matter.

Posted By: Mihir Shah  |  Posted On: 04 Sep 2018  |  City: Washington, DC

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  I agree. I have written about it off and on but perhaps a new piece is in order.

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An avid reader of your articles and posts. Big fan of your books too. You do the best Interviews too. I request you to please invite Ranbir Kapoor or some such talent on Virtuosity. It would be quite exciting to know their thoughts about the current Bollywood scene on your show. Thank you

Posted By: Ashish Amitav  |  Posted On: 04 Sep 2018  |  City: Bhubaneswar

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 Thanks, will do.

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Master Piece on Atalji.
Many Congratulations. This is by far the best I have read.
Regards.
Manish

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 28 Aug 2018  |  City: NEW DELHI

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 Thank you so much.

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Hey Vir After reading your article on Venice,I felt like going there :) You've written it so well. But, why the secrecy about the restaurants that you go to? Isn't that the whole point about writing articles on travel destinations so that it helps the readers who are going to visit.

Posted By: Pawan H  |  Posted On: 27 Aug 2018  |  City: Pune

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 Yeah, but I like my privacy too. 
 

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I have always found that Costa's Goan sausages to be very tasty and more importantly, safe.
Have you tried them? And would they work in the recipe for the recipe for Seema's Sausage Curry?

Posted By: MINA KRISHNAN  |  Posted On: 27 Aug 2018  |  City: MUMBAI

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 Sadly, I haven't. But I am encouraged by your praise to try them. Thanks.

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Hi Vir, About Sidhu gleefully hugging the pakistan army chief criticized even by the Punjab CM, Shekhar Gupta in an article in The Print writes the controversy exposes us as "paranoid, ignorant, immature idiots" and that this also echoed in the "jingoistic attacks on editors who "gratefully" ate Pervez Musharraf's breakfast at Agra in 2001". Is there validity in criticising Sidhu and the "grateful" editors who were sycophantic of the dictator or are we "immature idiots" for doing so?

Posted By: Vikram  |  Posted On: 20 Aug 2018  |  City: Nagpur

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 I don't think Sidhu was wrong; he was being polite. Though I understand his chief minister's stand. 
 
 
Not sure if Shekhar was at the Musharraf breakfast. I was and I found the behavior of sycophantic Indian editors nauseating. 
 

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Hi Veer!
Your today’s obituary on Vajpayee is wonderful. While mostly obituaries focus on politics, yours is about his personal life and family. For a change, it’s good to know him as a person only rather than a well known politician. Thank you for sharing this side of the story.

Posted By: Sonal  |  Posted On: 20 Aug 2018  |  City: Bhiwani

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 Thank you. So glad you liked it. 

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my wife usually reminds me of virtuosity on the weekends and we watch this before retiring to bed on saturday.
however last week when she saw it was Kamal Nath she asked me to switch it off as there were too many memories from 84 still raw in our minds. I dont blame you - I guess you would interview Modi too if you could even though you have referred to him as a mass murderer several times.
wondering if he wil be cleansed of his stains just like those in '84 who are now feted?

Posted By: Harinder Kalha  |  Posted On: 06 Aug 2018  |  City: Noida

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 I would love to see any hard evidence suggesting that Kamal Nath was involved in the riots.

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I came to know of the tiff over the Nehru memorial only when I saw Virtuosity & it clearly sounded like pettiness & mischief from the BJP or who knows?
but perhaps there was another motive to it. When Dr. Singh defended it, I was reminded of the elite members of the gymkhanas & clubs taking great pains to keep the 'natives' out.
thus tapping into the resentment the lower middle classes feel towards the well-off (as demonitisation had)
Is this what the BJP wanted you reckon?

Posted By: Kamala Subramanian  |  Posted On: 05 Aug 2018  |  City: Madurai

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 You must know that when he came back from Cambridge, Jawaharlal Nehru was denied admission to the Allahabad club - which any English clerk was welcome to join - on the grounds that he was brown.
 
 
Nehru spent his life fighting against elite clubs. I respect that attitude and refuse to join any of those Raj-era clubs myself. 
 
 
I don't think the Nehru Museum controversy has anything to do with that. It is just the BJP's visceral hatred of Nehru. 
 

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Was a little surprised to see how Dr. Karan Singh spoke about Kashmir - it was mostly as the third party. The words were 'they/ them' and 'Kashmiris' which kind of felt a little alienated and distant & there was a lot going in there worth understanding
I see the same distancing perhaps a reconciling to the inevitable or bitter reality or simply shutting it out & moving on, when Pandits talk of their erstwhile families who stayed in Kashmir
what'd you feel when you spoke to Dr. Singh

Posted By: Zubin Khan  |  Posted On: 05 Aug 2018  |  City: London

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 I am sorry but I did not get that impression.

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