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Vir Sanghvi (born 5 July 1956)[2] is an Indian print and television journalist,[3] author, columnist[4] and talk show host. He has been a member of many professional, academic and government bodies including the National Integration Council. Currently, he is a member of the Broadcast Content Complaint Council (BCCC), a body that regulates content on entertainment TV channels and Co-Founder/Lead Food Critic at EazyDiner.[5]

Vir Sanghvi
Born (1956-07-05) 5 July 1956 (age 63)
OccupationJournalist, writer

Early life and educationEdit

Vir Sanghvi is an Indian editor and also a television personality. He is a Gujarati Jain[6][7]Currently, he is editorial director of the Hindustan Times. Sanghvi was brought up in Bombay (now Mumbai) and London and educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, and Mill Hill School, London. He went on to study politics, philosophy and economics at Brasenose College,[8] Oxford on the prestigious Inlaks Scholarship.[9]

His show Custom Made for Vir Sanghvi on NDTV Goodtimes, where he travels across India, in search of the most luxurious and bespoke 'Indian' experiences has received high ratings and been renewed for a second season.[10] His published books include Rude Food, India – Then and Now and Men of Steel (a collection of profiles of India's leading businessmen. He has also authored a biography of the late Madhavrao Scindia, which was released by Sonia Gandhi in 2009.[11]

Nira Radia tapesEdit

In 2010, Sanghvi was connected to the Nira Radia tapes. In the audio tape Sanghvi was heard asking "What kind of story do you want?"[12] It is alleged that he made some points suggested by Radia in his article titled 'Time for some transparency'[13] under Sanghvi's column "Counterpoint".[12][13][14] Sanghvi denied all allegations and uploaded the article onto his website for readers to make their own judgement.[15][16] On 27 November 2010, Sanghvi released a detailed statement in the Hindustan Times, clarifying his role, and also raising the possibility of the tapes being edited.[17] Due to the heightened interest in him Sanghvi temporarily suspended his weekly article "Counterpoint".[17]

In January 2012, The Union Government told the Supreme Court that the Radia tapes broadcast by media organisations were tampered with and the government agencies were not responsible for its leakage.[18][19][20]

Food Critic & JournalistEdit

Vir Sanghvi writes a column, Rude Food, in the Hindustan Times Brunch magazine. Also given the “Best Food Critic” award from the Indian Culinary Foundation, Vir is the creator and host of the television shows “A Matter of Taste” and "Vir Sanghvi’s Asian Diary" on the Discovery Travel Living channel. He was also the lead judge for the television cooking competition, Foodistan. He is the co-founder and lead critic of online restaurant reservation platform, EazyDiner.[21]

Books By Vir SanghviEdit

  • Men of Steel – India's business leaders in candid conversation with Vir Sanghvi, Roli Books Pvt Ltd, India (Jan 2007) ISBN 81-7436-474-9
  • Rude Food: The Collected Food Writings of Vir Sanghvi, Penguin Putnam (2004) ISBN 0-14-303139-2
  • India Then and Now : Now/Vir Sanghvi. New Delhi, Roli, 2006, 274 p., $120. ISBN 81-7436-397-1.
  • 26/11:The Attack on Mumbai, Penguin, 2009, ISBN 978-0-14-306705-4
  • Madhavrao Scindia: A life, Penguin, 2009, ISBN 978-0-670-08254-4
  • Mandate: Will of the People, Westland, 2016, ISBN 978-9384030391

Further readingEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ Face Off with Vir Sanghavi The Indian Express, 24 June 1997.
  3. ^ "Rude Travel: Down The Sages Vir Sanghavi".
  4. ^ "It seems the chicken was first bred in the Indus Valley".
  5. ^ EazyDiner[1]
  6. ^ Sanghvi, Vir. Rude Food: The Collected Food Writings of Vir Sanghvi. Penguin Books India. p. 137. ISBN 9780143031390. In my case, the cuisine of my forefathers (Gujarati) did not leave much of an impression on my palate.
  7. ^ sanghvi, vir (20 April 2018). "I am a Jain. Please don't take it upon yourself to lecture me about my own religion". @virsanghvi. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  8. ^ List of University of Oxford people.
  9. ^ Vir Sangvi profile – HT Leadership Summit Hindustan Times.
  10. ^ [2].
  11. ^ [3].
  12. ^ a b "What kind of story do you want?". 20 November 2010.
  13. ^ a b "Time for some transparency". Hindustan Times. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  14. ^ Jebaraj, Priscilla (24 November 2010). "The spotlight is on the media now". Chennai, India:
  15. ^ "India's Independent Weekly News Magazine". Tehelka. Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  16. ^ Article by Amitabh Thakur [ Archived 20 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ a b "Setting the record straight". 27 November 2010. Archived from the original on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  18. ^ "Niira Radia tapes tampered: Centre tells Supreme Court – Economic Times". 31 January 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  19. ^ "Niira Radia tapes released by media tampered with: Centre to Supreme Court". 31 January 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  20. ^ "Radia tapes were tampered with: Centre to SC – India News – IBNLive". Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  21. ^ "Dine easy with Vir Sanghvi's EazyDiner?". 23 April 2015.

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