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In this file photo dated Jan. 18, 2010, is seen Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh (L) at Max Stardust Awards 2010 at Bandra Kurla Complex Grounds, Mumbai. Singh passed away at the age of 64 after a prolonged illness at a private hospital in Singapore, Saturday, Aug 1, 2020.(PTI)

The Rise And Fall Of Amar Singh

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2020 11:18 AM IST
He came from nowhere and rose so high. But, in the end, he flew away with the wind.
How to choose the right perfume.(Unsplash)
How to choose the right perfume.(Unsplash)

The Taste With Vir Sanghvi: How to choose the right perfume

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 11:43 AM IST
In this week’s column, Vir Sanghvi advises on how to choose the right perfume, ignore shop assistants while buying one, and how not to look for the ‘latest’ and try everything on your own skin.
The Night King is the supreme leader and the first of the White Walkers in the Game of Thrones TV show.((HBO via AP)(AP))
The Night King is the supreme leader and the first of the White Walkers in the Game of Thrones TV show.((HBO via AP)(AP))

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Why Game of Thrones might outlast Superman

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2019 08:16 AM IST
Although the Game of Thrones TV show will end in another month, prepare yourself for many prequels and sequels. If they play it right, Game of Thrones will outlast even Superman.
The most recent breakthrough and probably the best thing I have ever seen on Indian television is Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar’s Made In Heaven.(Amazon Prime Video/YouTube)
The most recent breakthrough and probably the best thing I have ever seen on Indian television is Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar’s Made In Heaven.(Amazon Prime Video/YouTube)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: The future of entertainment looks promising

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2019 03:25 PM IST
In this week’s column of The Taste With Vir, Vir Sanghvi talks about some of the best shows on Indian streaming services including Sacred Games and the more recent, Made In Heaven, and how the future of entertainment looks promising.
We hear so many experts with so many different views that it is hard to know which one to believe.(Unsplash)
We hear so many experts with so many different views that it is hard to know which one to believe.(Unsplash)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: All about wine and the several different views on it

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2019 07:20 PM IST
In this week’s column of The Taste With Vir, Vir Sanghvi talks about wine and which view out of the different ones out there should you believe.
The Taste With Vir Sanghvi: Is good food at a restaurant defined by the nationality of its clientele?(Unsplash)
The Taste With Vir Sanghvi: Is good food at a restaurant defined by the nationality of its clientele?(Unsplash)

The Taste With Vir Sanghvi: Is good food at a restaurant defined by the nationality of its clientele?

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2019 12:10 PM IST
In this week’s column of The Taste With Vir, Vir Sanghvi says that the world is now so global that there is room for restaurants that cater mainly to foreigners. And then, in each city, there will be the local places which, even if they are chains, will focus on domestic guests. However, as long as the food is good, do you really care what the nationality of the clientele is?
France versus Spain: How the Spanish beat the French at the cuisine game(Unsplash)
France versus Spain: How the Spanish beat the French at the cuisine game(Unsplash)

The Taste With Vir Sanghvi: France versus Spain - How the Spanish beat the French at the cuisine game

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 07:02 PM IST
In this week’s column of The Taste With Vir, Vir Sanghvi talks about French cuisine, what makes it a superior culinary experience, and how Spain has defeated France at the cuisine game.
Kababwallas would be lost without fat. Go to any popular kabab guy in any city and watch as people rave about the tenderness of his kababs. Often they will praise the tenderness even more than the taste. But they don’t always realise that in keema kababs, this tenderness is only a function of how much fat goes into the meat.(Getty Images)
Kababwallas would be lost without fat. Go to any popular kabab guy in any city and watch as people rave about the tenderness of his kababs. Often they will praise the tenderness even more than the taste. But they don’t always realise that in keema kababs, this tenderness is only a function of how much fat goes into the meat.(Getty Images)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Fat is a fabulous issue

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 12:07 PM IST
In recent years, the demonisation of animal fats has been discredited and people are finally accepting that the flavour of animal fat can enhance the taste of most dishes.
David Icke used to be a well-known BBC TV sports presenter in the 1980s.(YouTube)
David Icke used to be a well-known BBC TV sports presenter in the 1980s.(YouTube)

The Taste With Vir Sanghvi: What accounts for the popularity of David Icke and his lunatic theories

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2019 06:28 PM IST
In this week’s column, Vir Sanghvi writes about David Icke who used to be a well-known BBC TV sports presenter in the 1980s. But what accounts for the popularity of Icke and his lunatic theories?
Who has played the iconic characters the best in the TV shows and movies?(Pinterest)
Who has played the iconic characters the best in the TV shows and movies?(Pinterest)

The Taste With Vir Sanghvi: Batman, Superman, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and the best actors who’ve played them

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2019 01:01 PM IST
In this week’s column, Vir Sanghvi writes about the iconic characters like Hercule Poirot, Batman, Superman, Sherlock Holmes, Wonder Woman and James Bond, in movies and TV shows and the best actors who have played the roles.
A still from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Patrick Melrose(YouTube)
A still from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Patrick Melrose(YouTube)

The Taste With Vir Sanghvi: The best TV shows to watch - From Billions to Killing Eve to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and more

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2019 11:15 AM IST
In this week’s column, Vir Sanghvi writes about some of the best TV shows he’s watched over the past year and why he enjoyed watching them.
Red hot chilli peppers around the world, this week’s story on The Taste With Vir(Unsplash)
Red hot chilli peppers around the world, this week’s story on The Taste With Vir(Unsplash)

The Taste With Vir Sanghvi: Red hot chilli peppers around the world

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2019 11:05 AM IST
In this week’s column Vir Sanghvi writes about how the chilli has travelled around the world over the past few centuries.
We think of all pastas as the same - in taste - but Italians will tell you that every kind of pasta is different.
We think of all pastas as the same - in taste - but Italians will tell you that every kind of pasta is different.

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: The backbone of Italian cuisine - Pasta

Hindustan Times | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2018 03:07 PM IST
The pastas we eat outside of Italy are either not found in Italy at all or taste very different in their homeland. Italian pastas rarely use cream whereas pastas made elsewhere in the world often use so-called ‘cream sauces’.
The Shore temple at Mahabalipuram.
The Shore temple at Mahabalipuram.

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Why you should visit a Nataraj temple

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2018 12:50 PM IST
The highlight of any visit is the aarti and the abhishek in the sanctum sanctorum. The 10 am abhishek is particularly special because the final phase involves washing a red lingam with a perfectly carved Nataraj engraved on it.
Young Freddie (Farrokh) Bulsara went on to become one of the world’s most popular rock stars on the basis of a made-up back story.(Foxmovies.com)
Young Freddie (Farrokh) Bulsara went on to become one of the world’s most popular rock stars on the basis of a made-up back story.(Foxmovies.com)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Why Bohemian Rhapsody does not tell the truth

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2018 12:52 PM IST
The movie never set out to tell the real story of Queen or to deal with the critical issues about Freddie’s evasions so it would be unfair to judge it on that basis. Treat it as a jukebox/karaoke nonsense musical.
Various people have written books on food, but not all of them are worth a read.(Unsplash)
Various people have written books on food, but not all of them are worth a read.(Unsplash)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: The latest books on food you should read

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2018 12:55 PM IST
My First Kitchen, My Sweet Kitchen: Vineet Bhatia and Indian Kitchen by Maunika Gowardhan are just some of the books on food that you should be reading.
A general view of the Ritz Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital Riyadh.(AFP Photo)
A general view of the Ritz Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital Riyadh.(AFP Photo)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: All about luxury, hip and trendy hotels

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2018 12:56 PM IST
When they had opened, the hip hotels did not dare charge as much as the luxury hotels but over time, that has changed.
The growth of the global meat industry has encouraged us to be sceptical of the specific classifications that Italians insist on.(Unsplash.)
The growth of the global meat industry has encouraged us to be sceptical of the specific classifications that Italians insist on.(Unsplash.)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Only the Italians know how to make salamis that always delight

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2018 10:45 AM IST
The first thing to remember about Italian salami is the confusion over the name. If you are talking about the category as a whole or about a variety of cured meats, you should use the term ‘salumi’. If you are talking about a single sausage then you should use ‘salame’.
In Italy a risotto will be made fresh, a process that takes twenty minutes or so. This is too much work for non-Italian chefs so many use short cuts.(Unsplash)
In Italy a risotto will be made fresh, a process that takes twenty minutes or so. This is too much work for non-Italian chefs so many use short cuts.(Unsplash)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: This is how you make the perfect risotto

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2018 12:21 PM IST
In India, by the 1990s, when risotto finally reached our menus, most chefs also cheated. As far as the average punter is concerned, a risotto is simply cheesy rice.
If you are of a squeamish disposition, then bone marrow does not sound like an appetising option.(Youtube)
If you are of a squeamish disposition, then bone marrow does not sound like an appetising option.(Youtube)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Bone marrow, delicious and underrated

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2018 06:27 PM IST
Bone marrow is considered a delicacy in many countries and is slowly gaining popularity. Like it there are various other unusual foods that are just waiting to be discovered.
Often described as Porto’s best hotel, The Yeatman needs to pull up its socks as far as service is concerned.(www.the-yeatman-hotel.com)
Often described as Porto’s best hotel, The Yeatman needs to pull up its socks as far as service is concerned.(www.the-yeatman-hotel.com)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: This is what a bad hotel experience feels like

UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2018 03:49 PM IST
Faulty minibars, missing lemons, rude staff and lots more- this is what a vacation at the Porto’s ‘best hotel’, The Yeatman feels like.
From the moment the Taj opened in Delhi, it was as though a slice of Bombay had been transported to the capital.
From the moment the Taj opened in Delhi, it was as though a slice of Bombay had been transported to the capital.

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: This is why the Taj Mansingh is iconic

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2018 03:53 PM IST
The Tata group retained the iconic Taj Mansingh Hotel in Lutyens’ Delhi in an auction by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) after years of litigation at doubled license fees. What makes the hotel iconic, is not any single factor but a combination of many things.
Chef Hemant Oberoi along with his other chefs risked their lives to save the guests in the Taj Mahal hotel.
Chef Hemant Oberoi along with his other chefs risked their lives to save the guests in the Taj Mahal hotel.

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Chef Hemant Oberoi and service beyond the line of duty

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2018 04:30 PM IST
Chef Hemant Oberoi and other chefs had displayed exemplary courage during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, something which is depicted in Hotel Mumbai, the new film based on the attacks which took place in the Taj Mahal hotel.
The Batman v Superman movie disappointed a lot of DC fans.(Youtube)
The Batman v Superman movie disappointed a lot of DC fans.(Youtube)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Let’s hope Superman saves the DC Universe soon

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2018 10:23 AM IST
In the 70s and 80s, DC overshadowed Marvel, but in recent times the tide seems to have turned.
People who stay in luxury hotels will not abandon them even if Airbnb options are cheaper because there are things a hotel provides that no apartment rental can match.(Shutterstock)
People who stay in luxury hotels will not abandon them even if Airbnb options are cheaper because there are things a hotel provides that no apartment rental can match.(Shutterstock)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Why hoteliers need not worry about Airbnb

Hindustan Times | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2018 10:42 AM IST
In this week’s column, Vir Sanghvi writes about why there is a strong monetary argument in favour of Airbnb, but the brand and its properties are not necessarily cooler than a hotel would be.
Suhring has been awarded one Michelin star by the Michelin Guide Bangkok.(Suhring)
Suhring has been awarded one Michelin star by the Michelin Guide Bangkok.(Suhring)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Whatever you do, you must go to Bangkok

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2018 08:27 AM IST
Vir Sanghvi loves everything about Bangkok: Its old 20th century charm to the ever buzzing restaurant scene.
A suite at the newly re-opened The Oberoi in New Delhi.(Oberoihotels.com)
A suite at the newly re-opened The Oberoi in New Delhi.(Oberoihotels.com)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: Here’s why Indians shy away from hotels with foreign brand names

Hindustan Times | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2018 09:10 AM IST
In this week’s column, Vir Sanghvi answers the question that all foreign hoteliers are asking: Why are Indians disrespectful towards the power of global luxury brands?
The only time Vir has had a good experience with hostesses these days is on flights connected to Singapore Airlines.(Shutterstock)
The only time Vir has had a good experience with hostesses these days is on flights connected to Singapore Airlines.(Shutterstock)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: How an air hostess took my packed cold biryani and turned it into a gourmet meal

Hindustan Times | By Vir Sanghvi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2018 09:24 AM IST
In this week’s column, Vir Sanghvi writes about how air hostesses have always been sexualised, despite it being a strenuous job that requires a person to be working for as long as 8 hours at a stretch.
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