The South Asian Life & Times - SALT   
  Fall / Winter 2014          



 Fall 2014


 Editor's Note

 Wildlife & Adventure
 Pench Tiger Reserve

 Baghvan Lodge


Congress - The Way

 Dr Shashi Tharoor

 Manish Tewari

 Rashid Rana
 A New Vision

 Vandana Shiva
 Combating GMOs

 Lifestyle Feature
 '3 Cities, 3 Chefs'

 Chef Manish

 Chef Vivek Singh

 Chef Vikram Sunderam

 Richard Rahul Verma

 Kailash Satyarthi 

 Malala Yousafzai

 Sangeeta Bhatia

 UN Asia-Pacific
 Heritage Awards

 Rising Tide of Thyroid Conditions &   Diabetes

  Book Reviews
 Children of the

 Q & A - Feroze Dada

  Alim-ud-Din: A Straight

 In Memoriam
 Khushwant Singh

  BKS Iyengar

  Suchitra Sen















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 Editor's Note

The big story this year was the Modi phenomenon. The bigger story, however, was the downright non-performance of a party that had once dominated seven of the first eight general elections. What happened? Only 44 seats? – were the stunned questions from many. One hundred days after the elections, when enough time had lapsed for reflection, introspection, and course-correction, we met two rational Congress leaders – Dr Shashi Tharoor and Mr Manish Tewari - to share their views and thoughts on The Way Forward with our readers.

The battle against GMOs is an ongoing one. Vandana Shiva, the “ one-woman movement for peace, sustainability, and social justice” – is the global face of anti-GMO movement.  Her concerns about GMOs are real – despite what The New Yorker or other sceptics may write or say. She explains in this issue of the magazine why we don’t need GMOs in our food and farming for food security and shatters the myths on GMOs created and propagated by their creators.

Niilofur Farrukh, writing on Rashid Rana, critically examines the work of the conceptual artist from Lahore who, using “his digital scalpel” slices, and reworks paintings and images to give them multiple meanings, and at times, turns them into cubist masterpieces.

On the fun side, we got three of the best Indian chefs in the world today, in three capital cities inhabited by epicures, to share a festive menu with our readers. Treat yourselves to an exciting time in the kitchen.

We have covered Pench Tiger Reserve/National Park – for two reasons. A lesser known park, it is wilder and less visited than others. Its open habitat is great for viewing both flora and fauna. Its bird population is stunning. Tiger might be elusive here but not so the leopard. Also, it is one of the very few parks with a walking trail to let you experience the jungle in adrenalin overdrive.

It's hard to believe we’re rushing into 2015 - already. Every year, as the festive season approaches, the air fills with happiness, lights, hope and sparkle. And so it is this year too. I wish you all a safe and a joyous year ahead, and a sparkling toast for the New Year.

Roopa Bakshi




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