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Some Taj & Leelas have "Club Rooms" like Ritz Carlton, but Oberoi doesn't. Most of the useless VIP stuff u wrote about comes with these rooms like the awful wine and fruit. Would you want hotels do get rid of these rooms like Oberoi? Were you reffering to these rooms in particular out of curiosity? All rooms should be classy not just a select tier.

Posted By: Shahid Azad   |  Posted On: 11 Dec 2017  |  City: Kremlin

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 I am not a fan of club rooms. Basically, all that you get are a couple of amenities and the use of a lounge. And they charge you through the nose for these dubious privileges. You are right: every room should be a club room.
 

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Hi Vir,
When are you going to publish the article you promised on your top fragrances ?
Thanks,
Azhar

Posted By: Azhar Ali  |  Posted On: 08 Dec 2017  |  City: Santa Clara

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 There are two already on the site.
 

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Hi Vir,
Too many politicians on Virtuosity. How about getting some Indian Industrialists such as Anand Mahindra to share their unbiased perspective on present scenarios and where we are headed or the course correction needed. Some very senior IPS officers would also be great to share the good work police is doing but goes largely unnoticed.

Posted By: Akarsh Mathur  |  Posted On: 04 Dec 2017  |  City: Daman

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 Okay. Good idea. Will work on it.
 

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Hello Mr. Sanghvi, this is not related to politics or food but you. As a 1956 born, what is your decade? The 60s or 70s. Also who are your favorite Bollywood actors during whatever time period you chose?

Posted By: Kario Prkaj  |  Posted On: 30 Nov 2017  |  City: New York City

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 The 1970s. Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Zeenat Aman, and many others.

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Have you tried the Mallu omelette? Made with shalots , bird's eye chilies and curry leaves in coconut oil.

Posted By: Liz  |  Posted On: 27 Nov 2017  |  City: Mumbai

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 Yes, and very nice it is too. On the other hand, the omelettes I have had in Kerala have not been that different or special from omelettes in the rest of India.

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Dear Vir,I am a fan of your rude food articles in HT brunch.I find your articles very informative particularly recent one on the best ham in the world.I request you to write about scallops,salmon and cheese giving a world as well as India perspective.

Posted By: Ajay Mathur   |  Posted On: 26 Nov 2017  |  City: New Delhi

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 Have done all three over the years. But perhaps you are right. It is time for updates. 

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Hi Vir,I NEVER thought a day would ever come that I would wish for the congress to be in power.For the last 45 years I have always voted for the Janta/BJP being anti dynasty.But witth NaMo/shah combine I feel stifled.Any one including Rahul seems a better option.Do you think there are others who feel like me

Posted By: aneel  |  Posted On: 25 Nov 2017  |  City: delhi

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 It is hard to say. What is clear is that the educated middle class is no longer as much in love with this government as it used to be. But does that mean it prefers Rahul as an alternative? That question has still to be answered.
 
On the other hand, always remember that the middle class alone does not swing elections. So, who knows what the real mood of the country is. 
 

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Am I the only one who guesses that the incessant, over-the-top trolling jibes at Modi by Shourie and Shatrughan Sinha (which get a lot of media play and liberal applause) end up presenting Modi as a sympathetic figure under attack from a jealous/traitorous old guard? Modi and Shah barely respond and haven't even suspended Shatrughan Sinha, for instance. Who's got the upper hand in the perception battle, at least?

Posted By: Ashish  |  Posted On: 25 Nov 2017  |  City: Boca Raton

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 I don't know, Santa Claus mainly, or the Tooth Fairy perhaps. These figures probably exist in a fantasy world where Narendra Modi, our strong Prime Minister, is seen as a sympathetic figure under attack from evil, jealous people. 
 

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what do you think of the indian brands of premium restaurant chains that have been established in the last decade (like punjab grill, O Calcutta, etc.) Will this be a growing segment and will the industry and customers benefit from this?

Posted By: Vishal  |  Posted On: 24 Nov 2017  |  City: Kanpur

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 I think it will. All over the world, the middle of the market is dominated by restaurant chains that offer a consistent experience. What we are seeing is a global trend. 
 

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Vir - I was intrigued when you said the Jaitley episode was one of your favourite virtuosity interviews
and after watching it, I think it gave me some idea (though most wouldnt remember her or what happened)
My question to you is would the same happen now and turn into a full blown scandal?
While there's a lot of fake news, they are luckily caught out and exposed or dismissed.
Do you think the growth of an alternative narrative (RW vs. left) has actually strengthened us that way?

Posted By: Yamuna  |  Posted On: 21 Nov 2017  |  City: Chennai

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 Not sure I agree, for the following reasons.
a) Fake news is rarely exposed these days. Much of it is spread on WhatsApp and social media and sadly, tends to be believed. 
b) Nobody would dare do a story like the Tehelka expose these days. Nobody has the guts to attack the government or to accuse important central ministers of corruption.
c) Even if such a story was done, other media would ignore it.

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