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Column: The Good Life: for Mint Lounge

1307, 2020

About tennis and Bjorn Borg

July 13th, 2020|Columns, HT Media, Mint Lounge|

What makes a professional scorecard? 5 min read  A professional scorecard can mean different things and often, different timelines. A fund manager is measured every day, in fractions—the number of basis points his fund is up or down when the market closes. For the CEO, it is in quarterly earnings reports and annual revenues. For the politician, timelines are even longer—the stealth reforms that Manmohan Singh made when he was finance minister, along with the nuclear deal he orchestrated, might well be his most lasting legacies. For the scientist or inventor, timelines don’t matter. They can work for years to [...]

1207, 2020

Mathematics– beautiful?

July 12th, 2020|Columns, HT Media, Mint Lounge, Profiles|

About Sujatha Ramadorai and the delights of pure math 4 min read .  I have become obsessed with mathematicians. I see them as rare creatures—all the more inspiring because they toil in a field that is completely above my comprehension. Actually, ‘toil’ is the wrong word. As J.H. Poincare of the famous Poincare’s conjecture said, “The mathematician does not study pure mathematics because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it and he delights in it because it is beautiful." Consider Ramdorai Sujatha. Winner of the 2006 Ramanujan Prize given to young mathematicians in developing countries, Sujatha, 44, [...]

1107, 2020

Do spouses compete or coexist?

July 11th, 2020|Columns, Gender, HT Media, Mint Lounge|

Mr vs Mrs, or how to compete and co-exist 4 min read .  Hillary Clinton was in town and brought to the fore a question that I have oft pondered: Do women compete with their husbands? The short answer is either “yes", or “depends on what you mean by compete", depending on who you are or who your spouse is. It also has to do with life-stage. Clinton certainly competed with her husband when he was in power. He, on the other hand, withdrew when she came to prominence. He’s had his turn and now, it is hers. Both are older. [...]

1107, 2020

The sari worth all your lust

July 11th, 2020|Columns, Handmade, HT Media, Luxury, Mint Lounge|

About the Kodali Karuppur Saree 5 min read .  The first time I saw a Kodali Karuppur sari was on Geetha Rao, a textile expert. I met Geetha at the Bangalore Black Tie, where a group of foodies pay to have a structured tasting with paired wines at some of the city’s best restaurants. Geetha’s husband, S.L. Rao, is a renowned economist, but I usually gravitate towards her, mostly because of her lovely saris. There are women like this everywhere in India. You see them at weddings and events, looking [...]

2306, 2018

Are Robert Parker’s 100-point wines worth it? for Mint Lounge

June 23rd, 2018|Columns, Drink, HT Media, Mint Lounge|

An amateur tasting notes from a 100-Point dinner in Bengaluru, which featured wines that were awarded 100 points by Robert M. Parker Jr, arguably the most influential—and reviled—wine critic of our time. 16 people around a table at the Shangri-La-- to sample some exquisite wines: a 2010 M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l’Oree Blanc; a Chateau Larcis Ducasse, Saint-Émilion 2005; Sine Qua Non ‘Shakti’ Grenache 2014; Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2010; Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1992

2905, 2018

Profile of Puneet Chhatwal: CEO of The Taj hotels

May 29th, 2018|Columns, Mint Lounge|

The new Taj CEO's first media interview -- with me. Can a hotel brand be both iconic and hugely profitable, I ask Puneet Chhatwal. “Why not?” he asks back. “We are already iconic. Now we just need to be profitable.” The 54-year-old took charge as the CEO and managing director of Indian Hotels Co. Ltd (IHCL), which runs the Taj chain of hotels, in November and is charting the next phase of growth for one of India’s oldest hospitality brands.

3103, 2018

My father’s take on wine and the poetry of Omar Khayyam

March 31st, 2018|Columns, Drink, Mint Lounge|

A wine nerd weaves the realms of high poetry, family banter, and memorable evenings spent in the company of a fine grape. A glass of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou. I recite this verse to my father. We are sitting together drinking, as it happens, a glass of chilled white wine. My dad is 87 and the only things that interest him these days are words and poetry. He quotes entire verses from memory and can connect words to legend and history effortlessly.

2502, 2018

Mogra & Merlot: the Indian style of entertaining

February 25th, 2018|Columns, Drink, Food, Mint Lounge|

On a recent night, under the lingering fragrance of a champaka tree, two taste-makers sat down to converse about tradition, aesthetics, saris, and, interestingly, entertaining. From Kerala ‘kasavu’ saris as tablecloths to ‘mogras’ in banana- leaf cones as centrepieces—is there an Indian way of entertaining? Entertaining is an act of love, a way to break the monotony of life. In today’s efficient, time-constrained world, we all have taken to “sourcing” the best products. But going that extra mile to root your parties in the Indian “context”, makes them memorable and feeds your soul and spirit.

1610, 2017

Diwali gifts that do good and feel good

October 16th, 2017|Columns, Mint Lounge|

Diwali Special: Thoughtful gift options for the evolved consumer—help a cause, spread the wealth. A recent happy trend, though, is choosing gifts from organizations that work with and help less-privileged sections of society. Call it conscious consumption. Or being an evolved consumer. It is a way of spreading festive cheer that goes beyond individual needs or greed. To help you with this process, here is a list of such organizations. These products are handmade so if you want the consistency of a factory-produced object, look elsewhere.

408, 2016

Connecting to readers is a columnist’s particular pleasure: last Mint Lounge column

August 4th, 2016|Columns, HT Media, Mint Lounge|

This will be my last column. My first coincided with the first issue of Mint Lounge and so it continued for nine years, weekly for the most part. I have grown and changed with this paper, participating in and bearing witness to its multifaceted issues. To be one of its voices has been a privilege I have never taken for granted. I was going to write a philosophical piece about time. About how this wasn’t really an ending but a new beginning. About how the ancients viewed time as cyclical. I researched the Pirahã tribes of Brazil who know no past or future but live, like Buddhist monks, in the present always.

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