Love for food
YOUR SPECIAL ISSUE on India’s best restaurants was informative and engaging (‘A dash of difference’, May 13). Indians are now ready to spend more on quality and luxury. They like eating out because they want to try new things.
There is so much more to be discovered in each of our cuisines, from every part of the country. The food story of India is a never-ending one. I am sure no other country has so many variety of dishes as we have.
EVERY TOWN and city in India has many good restaurants, catering to different segments. Indian food is loved for its rich taste. Go to any part of the world, and they will talk about Indian food.
It was interesting to know that many films have food as the central theme. Food can shape relationships and even politics. In diplomacy, too, food plays an important role.
Restaurants have to keep trying new things to stay relevant. Diners are willing to experiment big time today. So, that is something that needs to be kept in mind by every restaurant owner.
YOUR STORY ON six of India’s finest investigators made a great read (‘Without fear or favour’, May 13). All of them deserve accolades for their integrity and hard work. It is no mean feat to be upright in the face of political pressure and intimidation. The thoroughness with which these officers went about with their task reflects in the high conviction rates.
It is the dedication and sincerity of such officers which reinforces our faith in the police and the legal system.
P. Prasand Thampy,
WHAT IS STRIKING about these investigators is that they have not only proved themselves as super sleuths, but have also shown the capacity to stand up to stress and pressure.
Kudos to THE WEEK for having highlighted the achievements of the sextet. Incidentally, all of them have maintained a low-profile life and have never had the inclination to bask in the glory of success. The country should be proud of these achievers who have tasted the fruits of success despite all the odds.
THE SPECIAL REPORT on India’s finest investigators and their experiences was interesting. These people investigated cases like how the characters in the novels of Agatha Christie and Sidney Sheldon investigate. Only the courageous have the willpower to put their hands into the lion’s mouth.
The daredevilry of these officers needs to be applauded.
IT WAS the indomitable courage of the rape victim and the unflinching support of her family members that made Asaram Bapu’s conviction possible (‘God, damned’, May 13). The ordeal, which the family had to go through in their quest for justice, is a sad commentary on the unholy nexus between the police and the so-called spiritual gurus.
These charlatans derive their power from their gullible followers and the political class cosy up to them in search of easy vote banks.
Taking his clout into consideration, it will be wrong to say that the conviction of Asaram is the end of the story. The tardy judicial process will ensure that we have not heard the last of this sordid saga.
Bury the ego
ALL CONGRESS LEADERS in Madhya Pradesh should bury their egos and differences for the good of the party (‘Dicey choice’, May 13). They have to convince the people that they would work as a team, whether in the opposition or in power.
Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Shivraj Singh Chouhan would go all out to retain their hold on Madhya Pradesh. If it wants to win, the Congress has to come up with a viable development model that is different from the BJP’s model. Also, the Congress should try to tie-up with like-minded parties to take on the BJP.
Focus, Biplab, focus
I THOUGHT Biplab Deb was a wise man. But he continues to make a fool of himself with all his stupid comments (‘Unquiet Agartala’, May 13).
Deb has the opportunity to do so much for Tripura and its people. He should focus only on that. If he continues to speak in the manner that he is, I am sure Narendra Modi and the BJP’s central leadership will find an alternative to him.
Now I feel Sunil Deodhar would have been a much better candidate as the chief minister of Tripura.
Balm for hearts
BARKHA DUTT has showcased in her column the emulative and enthusing example of what she calls intertwining of faiths in the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry regiment (‘Last word’, May 13).
When we get saddened and our minds befuddled by stories of ever-widening communal divides, to highlight such an inspiring model provides balm for aching hearts.
THE DETOUR COLUMN by Shobhaa De on Indira Jaising, advocate, was just hollow flattery with no substance at all (‘She transformed my destiny’, May 6). Sheer chamchagiri, as we say in Mumbai!
Parur S. Ganesan,
To the gallows
While the entire nation rose in revolt against the ghastly murder of the young girl in Jammu and Kashmir, it took the prime minister more than a week to break his silence. Even the President condemned the incident late (‘A lamb, butchered’, April 29).
It surprised me that except Maneka Gandhi, no other woman leader of the BJP raised her voice on the incident. The entire world is waiting to see the punishment our courts are going to give to these murderers, who deserve nothing less than the gallows. Such beasts don’t deserve to live on mother earth.
Tharcius S. Fernando,
PAWAN KALYAN has got the instinct in him to serve the people, and he is against corruption. But, he gets emotional very fast, and his detractors would take every opportunity to taunt and discourage him (‘Power heft’, May 6).
Issues, if any, should be solved with calmness and not by creating chaos. All leaders of the Janasena Party should swear by service to people and they should not be corrupt.
M. Shanti Kumar,