About Vir Sanghvi

Vir Sanghvi was editor of the Hindustan Times from 1999 to 2004 when he was appointed editorial director. He writes the Counterpoint and Rude Food columns and is a well-known television presenter.

Regular readers of this column will be familiar with two regulars of Rude Food. The first is the great biryani hunt, which is now into its second year with disastrous consequences for my shape. And the second is my admiration for Pratibha Karan, the retired IAS officer, who I regard as one of India’s finest home cooks. [Read more]

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A few weeks ago, I wrote in praise of fish and chips. Something in the article intrigued a reader, KS Narayanan, who divides his time between Delhi and Bombay and reads Brunch in both cities. I guessed that it was not all my research about frying fish that had interested Mr Narayanan because he is the managing director of McCain in India. [Read more]

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I’ve written before about the remarkable success story of Jayaram Banan so some of what follows might seem slightly repetitive to those who have read about him already or have seen him on A Matter of Taste. But such is Jayaram’s success – which shows no signs of ending – that I reckon he deserves another piece. [Read more]

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The food business is about professionals. While many of us think we can cook or run restaurants, the truth is that entering the food business requires energy, experience and a high level of expertise. [Read more]

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I often hear people complaining about the modern tendency to buy avocados and other expensive fruit. “Why must you spend so much money on foreign fruit?” they say. “What’s wrong with good Indian fruit? Why go for imported fruit?” [Read more]

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