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The Rise And Fall Of Amar Singh

India, Aug. 5 -- In the 1983 film Zelig, Woody Allen (who also wrote and directed the movie) plays the eponymous hero; a man who manages somehow to know everyone (from F Scott Fitzgerald to Adolf Hitl... Read More


Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The thousand-year-old samosa

India, Aug. 2 -- I wrote, three years ago, about ordering delicious flakey keema samosas in Bengaluru from Anisa's Kitchen, a catering service run by the eponymous Anisa. I was introduced to Anisa and... Read More


Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The thousand-year-old Samosa

India, Aug. 2 -- I wrote, three years ago, about ordering delicious flakey keema samosas in Bengaluru from Anisa's Kitchen, a catering service run by the eponymous Anisa. I was introduced to Anisa and... Read More


The Taste with Vir: Two kinds of cockroach

India, July 30 -- In 1982 when Amitabh Bachchan met with a serious accident on the sets of Coolie and then spent several weeks at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital, all of India prayed for him. As Bachch... Read More


Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: A requiem for Bombay bhelpuri

India, July 26 -- In North India, we use bhaiyya as a term of affection or respect: for your brother or someone you regard in the same way. But in Bombay, when I was growing up, it meant a 'person fro... Read More


Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: A requiem for Bombay bhelpuri

India, July 26 -- In North India, we use bhaiyya as a term of affection or respect: for your brother or someone you regard in the same way. But in Bombay, when I was growing up, it meant a 'person fro... Read More


The Taste with Vir: The legacy of Sushant Singh Rajput

India, July 23 -- I only met Sushant Singh Rajput once. He was visiting Delhi and we met for a coffee at the Grand Hotel in Delhi. Sushant was charming, welcoming and utterly without guile. Unlike man... Read More


Rude Drink by Vir Sanghvi: The bar code

India, July 19 -- It is no longer big news to say that the restaurant industry is gripped by a crisis so severe that many restaurants may not last much longer. Lakhs of people will be out of jobs, res... Read More


Rude Drink by Vir Sanghvi: The bar code

India, July 19 -- It is no longer big news to say that the restaurant industry is gripped by a crisis so severe that many restaurants may not last much longer. Lakhs of people will be out of jobs, res... Read More


The Taste with Vir: The Covid Puzzle

India, July 18 -- When Amitabh Bachchan tweeted that he had Covid, my reaction was the same as that of most people: shock, concern and a silent prayer that the actor would fight the Corona virus as ef... Read More