No chef de resistance against vegetables
Indrajit Hazra’s piece on Anthony Bourdain (‘I am a bit of a hypocrite’, Read, June 26), reminded me of one of the ‘India’ episodes of No Reservations, the programme Bourdain hosts, in which he had expressed surprised at how good vegetarian food can be. I had thought that once he’d find out how ‘real’ meat is driven out of restaurants and glance at one of our menus full of ‘vegetarian substitutes’, his carnivore’s angst would lead to embittered indignation and phrases like “These Jain wimps should be loaded on to a train and...” Oh well, I’m still going to buy his book though.
Ari Azim, via email
Murad Ali Baig in Forever left hanging (June 30) rightly states that the Centre’s decision to decontrol the oil prices exposes its insensitivity toward the plight of the common man. The decision is ill-timed, as it will further increase inflation and make essential commodities costlier. Instead of deregulating prices, the government should first explore other options like recovering dues from oil companies to adjust to global oil prices.
Gautam Morarka, Mumbai
It’s just a pipe dream
R.K. Pachauri’s self-praise in his article What lies beneath (Green Patch, June 26) for initiating the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline project was unnecessary. It’s true that Afghanistan’s newfound mineral wealth is important for India. But presuming that the Kabul government is willing to share its resources with India is a mistake. Till that’s clarified, it will be naive to contemplate whether making peace with Islamabad will help New Delhi gain access to the minerals.
S.C. Vaid, via email