Vir Sanghvi

Vir Sanghvi

Why hide the papers? Why keep the conspiracy theories related to Netaji Subhas Bose’s death alive? And why deny India the truth about the death of one of its great freedom fighters?

Articles by Vir Sanghvi
Chicken tikka with yuzu aioli at Revolver
Chicken tikka with yuzu aioli at Revolver

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Light my fire

UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2021 03:36 PM IST
Barbecue and open fire cooking are in vogue the world over, but Indian chefs have been reluctant to go down that road: till now!
Udaivilas has huge historic importance and was the first Indian hotel to top the lists of world's best hotels
Udaivilas has huge historic importance and was the first Indian hotel to top the lists of world's best hotels

Rude Travel by Vir Sanghvi: It’s Rajasthan every month!

PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 11:27 PM IST
  • From being a seasonal destination, Rajasthan has emerged as the place to go to all year-round in post-pandemic times
Chef Seefah and her husband Karan Bane (inset) divide the Japanese and Thai dishes at Seefah between them; Chef Seefah’s Massaman curry is among some of the fantastic dishes she makes now, unlike the earlier hotel-style food she would cook
Chef Seefah and her husband Karan Bane (inset) divide the Japanese and Thai dishes at Seefah between them; Chef Seefah’s Massaman curry is among some of the fantastic dishes she makes now, unlike the earlier hotel-style food she would cook

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Mumbai meri jaan

PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2021 09:41 PM IST
After being eclipsed by Delhi for so long, it looks as if Mumbai may become the food capital again. Here’s why
Opinion | The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Who are the best PMs India never had?
Opinion | The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Who are the best PMs India never had?

Opinion | The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Who are the best PMs India never had?

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2021 03:44 PM IST
  • Who are the best PMs India never had? I don’t have the historical perspective to tell you how good Sardar Patel would have been (though my guess is: very good), but here are some I watched closely while covering politics over the last few decades.
It’s better to eat far apart but it is best to eat outdoors or at places with very high ceilings
It’s better to eat far apart but it is best to eat outdoors or at places with very high ceilings

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Eating out in the time of Covid

PUBLISHED ON AUG 29, 2021 09:51 AM IST
Yes, it is safe to order in and to eat out but only if you follow these nine rules. So, read on before you step out to your favourite food joint
Former PM Rajiv Gandhi. (HT archive)
Former PM Rajiv Gandhi. (HT archive)

Opinion | What kind of PM would Rajiv Gandhi have made in second term?

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2021 04:06 PM IST
  • What kind of prime minister would Rajiv Gandhi have made in a second term? The general view of his first term is that he was well-intentioned but inexperienced and therefore unable to achieve the things he wanted to do.
In India, rice and noodles are preferred with every dish and the gravy is thick using battered ingredients
In India, rice and noodles are preferred with every dish and the gravy is thick using battered ingredients

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: China versus Punjab

PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2021 08:34 AM IST
What are the defining characteristics of Indian Chinese food? A guide to Sino-Ludhianvi style ‘Chinese’ food
The level of hoteliering in the Maldives is so fabulous that the resorts are at the cutting edge of global hospitality
The level of hoteliering in the Maldives is so fabulous that the resorts are at the cutting edge of global hospitality

Rude Travel by Vir Sanghvi: An island in the sun

PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2021 09:29 AM IST
If a hotelier of Indian origin can transform luxury tourism in the Maldives, why can’t we build better beach resorts in our own country?
The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: If journalism was really so different in the old days?(Unsplash)
The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: If journalism was really so different in the old days?(Unsplash)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi:If journalism was really so different in the old days

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 12, 2021 02:06 PM IST
  • When did it all change? When did journalists lose so much of their access and clout?
What once started out as a fancy dessert served by Michelin-starred chefs has now become so common that easy recipes have been evolved for amateurs
What once started out as a fancy dessert served by Michelin-starred chefs has now become so common that easy recipes have been evolved for amateurs

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The chocolate is molten

PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2021 09:01 AM IST
This is the most popular chocolate dessert of our times, the stuff of movies and controversies. And imagine, it all began with an accident!
The choice of hotel has never been more important. Always look for a place that enforces strict Covid protocols
The choice of hotel has never been more important. Always look for a place that enforces strict Covid protocols

Rude Travel by Vir Sanghvi: Travelling in the time of Covid

PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2021 08:53 AM IST
It’s good for your mental health to get out and take a break. Here are seven tips to keep safe while you’re out and about
The Kolkata biryani is called a common man’s biryani because it requires less meat and is cheaper to make
The Kolkata biryani is called a common man’s biryani because it requires less meat and is cheaper to make

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The people’s biryani

PUBLISHED ON JUL 25, 2021 08:26 AM IST
It may be time to rid biryani of its royal pretensions and recognise that it was always meant for the masses
PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi

Opinion | The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Is PM Narendra Modi down or up?

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 07:12 PM IST
  • The Opposition sees him as weak and vulnerable but the government is no longer that worried
The combination of sea and acres of greenery can be stunning when the monsoon cools Goa down
The combination of sea and acres of greenery can be stunning when the monsoon cools Goa down

Rude Travel: The magic of Goa

PUBLISHED ON JUL 18, 2021 09:41 AM IST
There is no better time to visit Goa than the monsoon season when temperatures are low and the fancy tourists have stayed away
Fans gather for Italy v England - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - July 11, 2021 (Reuters)
Fans gather for Italy v England - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - July 11, 2021 (Reuters)

Opinion | The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Racism and Communalism

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2021 04:44 PM IST
  • There is much for us to learn from how England responded to racism after the Euro final.
At Miss Margarita, exotic chillis were used in dishes
At Miss Margarita, exotic chillis were used in dishes

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Red hot chilli peppers

PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 08:45 AM IST
There’s a variety of peppers available in the market, so why are we still hooked on to Kashmiri chillis for flavour and colour?
In the 1950s, when the term nation-building was in vogue, and Dilip Kumar was already a big star, Jawaharlal Nehru enlisted him for the task of helping build up morale in the young nation.(HT Ilustration)
In the 1950s, when the term nation-building was in vogue, and Dilip Kumar was already a big star, Jawaharlal Nehru enlisted him for the task of helping build up morale in the young nation.(HT Ilustration)

In memoriam Dilip Kumar: The thespian’s last bow

UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2021 12:34 AM IST
Dilip Kumar was more than the screen legend all serious actors modelled themselves on. The 98-year-old exemplified the hope, aspirations, idealism and disappointments of a newly independent India
In this Friday, May 4, 2012 file image Bollywood veteran actor Dilip Kumar with wife Saira Banu during the 14th SIES Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati National Eminence Awards in Mumbai on Friday evening. The legendary actor passed away Wednesday morning in Mumbai after a prolonged illness. He was 98.(PTI)
In this Friday, May 4, 2012 file image Bollywood veteran actor Dilip Kumar with wife Saira Banu during the 14th SIES Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati National Eminence Awards in Mumbai on Friday evening. The legendary actor passed away Wednesday morning in Mumbai after a prolonged illness. He was 98.(PTI)

The Taste with Vir | Dilip Kumar: The Last Icon

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2021 11:57 AM IST
  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, "Dilip Kumar defined a vanishing India where stars fought with dignity for an inclusive nation."
Vada pav, the ultimate Mumbai sandwich, proves money has nothing to do with how good a sandwich is
Vada pav, the ultimate Mumbai sandwich, proves money has nothing to do with how good a sandwich is

Rude Food: A sandwich soulmate

UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2021 03:20 PM IST
There are upmarket sandwiches and then there are downmarket sandwiches but the best sandwich is the one you like best
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and Uttar Pradesh (UP) chief minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and Uttar Pradesh (UP) chief minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Amarinder and Adityanath

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 02, 2021 02:37 PM IST
  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, "Two chief ministers, two explosions of dissidence and two different kinds of responses from Delhi."
Though Wildflower Hall is a new structure, it builds on the legacy of stately homes in Mashobra
Though Wildflower Hall is a new structure, it builds on the legacy of stately homes in Mashobra

Rude Travel by Vir Sanghvi: Is Mashobra the new Maldives?

PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 07:34 AM IST
This village, a few miles from Shimla, has suddenly become the coolest destination of the summer for holiday-makers
Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh(HT file photo)
Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh(HT file photo)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: The Strange High Command Culture

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2021 03:29 PM IST
  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, "Only in India do elected Chief Ministers have to submit themselves to the whims of an unelectable High Command."
Yangdup Lama, India’s best bartender, owns Sidecar, which focuses on the drinks and does not take refuge in dim lighting or loud music
Yangdup Lama, India’s best bartender, owns Sidecar, which focuses on the drinks and does not take refuge in dim lighting or loud music

Rude Drink by Vir Sanghvi: World-class cocktails

PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2021 08:04 AM IST
I am sure that most of you have heard of Ranveer Brar, Kunal Kapoor, Ritu Dalmia, Manu Chandra and Hussain Shahzad
Last year, Marriott distributed over 50,000 packed meals and over 60,000 packages of dry goods across the country. Nearly 50 Marriott hotels worked (even when they were not open to guests) to feed those worst-affected by Covid across India.
Last year, Marriott distributed over 50,000 packed meals and over 60,000 packages of dry goods across the country. Nearly 50 Marriott hotels worked (even when they were not open to guests) to feed those worst-affected by Covid across India.

Stirring to action: How India’s embattled hotel industry has stepped up to help

UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 10:16 PM IST
Even as they struggle to survive, the country’s hotels are pitching in on the frontlines, sending meals to doctors, nurses, cops and the needy.
A medical worker inoculates a woman with a dose of the Covaxin vaccine against Covid-19 coronavirus at a vaccination camp held in Amritsar on June 18, 2021. (AFP)
A medical worker inoculates a woman with a dose of the Covaxin vaccine against Covid-19 coronavirus at a vaccination camp held in Amritsar on June 18, 2021. (AFP)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Avoiding the Third Wave

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 06:16 PM IST
  • In this week's The Taste, "This month’s Covid round-up: protect our doctors, open our parks, wear the masks and decrease the vaccine gap."
The popularity of pizza in the US caused Italy to rediscover its own pizza traditions
The popularity of pizza in the US caused Italy to rediscover its own pizza traditions

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Pizza party

PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2021 08:30 AM IST
The pizza boom sees great chefs turning out delicious artisanal pizzas. But which is the authentic version?
Jitin Prasada crossed over to join the BJP, a party that he (and his family) had opposed for years.(HT Archive)
Jitin Prasada crossed over to join the BJP, a party that he (and his family) had opposed for years.(HT Archive)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: The Politician as Careerist

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 04:09 PM IST
  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, "The defections and the buying and selling of legislators reminds us that politicians have less and less use for values or ideals."
Sameer and Yash had become Mumbai’s golden boys, thanks to the success of The Bombay Canteen group
Sameer and Yash had become Mumbai’s golden boys, thanks to the success of The Bombay Canteen group

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The Bombay Boys

PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2021 07:56 AM IST
The founders of Mumbai’s The Bombay Canteen group have faced adversity squarely in the face and won during the pandemic
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File photo)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Are the cracks beginning to show?

By Vir Sanghvi, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2021 05:38 PM IST
  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, "A Mood of The Nation poll suggests that the government still has support on Hindutva issues but when it comes to its performance there is dissatisfaction."
Chef Rajdeep Kapoor says Indians rarely prefer white meat for their dishes
Chef Rajdeep Kapoor says Indians rarely prefer white meat for their dishes

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Even chicken has a dark side

UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2021 07:02 AM IST
American fast food companies prefer bland, white chicken meat, but do you know why it’s the leg that Indians like?
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