Barack Obama came into the White House an ordinary man. He collected Spider-Man comics. Had done marijuana when he was younger. He smoked behind his wife's back. He played poker. Owned a pair of boxin...
I am a firm believer in supplements, although many people are either sceptical about them or see them as medicines. I see them as a necessity. Here are five that I unfailingly take. Of course, it is best that you check with your doctor before you pop any or all of these.
This year has been horrid, but in a good year I end up taking quite a few short breaks. For these breaks, I stay clear of the usual ritzy hotels. I seek places with character. And all of them within India. Here are my five favourite go-to places.
Do we pay our policemen to bungle and malign? Do we pay for the CBI so that it can twist, manipulate and break laws to 'crack' cases? Are we paying our forensic scientists some kind of rent for their imagination? Do we pay our public prosecutor--remember that this is a crime against the state, so he represents each one of 'us' against the Talwars--to use the language of the gutter in the courtroom?
I like shopping for my wife. Fortunately, we have similar tastes so mostly we are on the same pleat so to speak. Plus this summer I was seeking subtlety and simplicity: the hallmarks of my wife's style. So here are five women's clothing brands that I hopelessly fell in love with this summer.
This summer, for instance, I have paired my tees with jogger pants. They effectively marry rage with age (a nicer way of saying mid-life crisis). I am a tad fastidious about my tees and have spent a lifetime researching them. Here is my pick of tees that suit me to a tee.
I read almost one book a day. And I read books on all kinds of subjects. The only rule that I have is that I do not read fiction. Never have. Never will. So here is my pick of five great books to read if you haven't already. Each of them is riveting and rewarding.
I am woefully old-fashioned in many matters. I like sending printed invitations. I do write notes. And I use fountain pens mostly. Which is why stationery is critical to my existence. Here are five brands that I swear by.
Someone famously said, " Shoes speak louder than words."
I am a firm believer in that. I have no interest in first class travel, fancy cars or golf sets. But yes, I do like to put some money aside for a fine pair of shoes. Here's my pick of the well-heeled ones.
Amongst several other things, I am obsessed with candles. Every evening, I light a different one in my study. It accentuates my mood. And it is a civilised way of leading one's life. Such an obsession means that we have a formidable stock of candles at home. And I get them from various parts of the world.
While I am largely inflexible when it comes to my main meals (I only eat desi food), I am quite happy to experiment with snacks and treats in between. Much to my delight much is happening in the world of food here in India. Every day I discover a new and innovative brand to add to my fridge or pantry. Here's a list of some of my recent favourites.
The Suhel I grew up with was a guy who ensured I was friends with all his friends.
Indeed, to this day, his favourite phrase, after "fuck off" is "Have you met my brother?"
I was his little lamb that would follow him to proms, debates, festivals, and parties.
I suspect I still am. Damn.