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Fah Thai Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

“FAH THAI” is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

HAPPENINGS INDIA MUMBAI

HAPPENINGS INDIA MUMBAI SPOTLIGHT Eat Street Mumbai’s dining scene has seen resurgence lately and whether you’re looking for global cuisine or Indian food, the city will not disappoint. For an innovative take on regional Indian food, head to The Bombay Canteen. Feast on the must-have Kejriwal Toast, a crunchy housemade pao (bread) topped with creamy egg, and laced with spicy coriander and chilli chutney. If you’re dining in a group, pre-order their succulent Milkbraised Kashmiri Raan (roast leg of lamb) served with a fragrant Yakhni Pulao (rice dish). For an updated take on the city’s beloved Irani cafés, check out SodaBottleOpenerWala’s range of Parsi dishes, from Chicken Baida Roti (a wrap) and Berry Pulao to Dhansak (mix of lentils, vegetables, and meat) and Lagan nu Custard (baked caramel custard). If you’re looking for a swinging time, there are several new watering holes worth visiting. Toast & Tonic serves up some excellent gin cocktails. Try The Herbalist, a generous splash of gin with basil and orange tonic, which pairs splendidly with any of their small plates – we are partial to the Bajra (millet) and Ricotta Gnudi, and the Andouille Sausage (...continued from the front flap) on Sourdough Toast. In this explosive Across book, bestselling author Shashi town, at Tharoor reveals with acuity, impeccable research, and trademark wit, just how disastrous British rule was for Kode, partake of some India. Besides examining innovative the many ways which the and colonizers exploited India, ranging from the drain of national resources to Britain, the destruction of the Indian textile, steel-making and shipping industries, and theatrical ‘three-course’ the negative transformation of cocktails agriculture, he demolishes the arguments of Western and Indian apologists for Empire on supposed benefits of British rule, – we recommend including their democracy and take political freedom, on the rule of law, and the railways. The few unarguable benefits—the English language, tea, and cricket—were never actually intended for the benefit of the colonized but introduced the Bloody Mary, which to serve the interests of the is colonizers. served Brilliantly narrated and passionately argued, An Era of Darkness will serve to correct many misconceptions about one of the most contested periods of Indian history. with frozen lime foam and vodka Q SHASHI THAROOR is the bestselling author of fifteen macaron. The Bombay previous books, Canteen, both fiction and non-fiction, Unit besides 1, being a noted critic and columnist. His books include the path-breaking satire The Great Indian Novel (1989), the classic India: From Midnight to the Millennium Process House, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel; (1997), and most recently, India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in Our Time (2015). He was a former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and SodaBottleOpenerWala, a former Minister 02, of State Ground for Human Resource Floor, Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. He is a two-time member of the Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram chairs The Capital Building, G Block, Bandra Kurla Parliament’s External Affairs Committee. He has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was honoured as New Age Politician Complex; Toast & Tonic, of the Year Unit (2010) by NDTV. 1, He was Ground awarded the Floor, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India’s highest honour for overseas Indians. [For more on Shashi Tharoor, please see www.shashitharoor.in. Follow him on Twitter Jet Airways-Godrej BKC @ShashiTharoor Building, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ Bandra ShashiTharoor]. Cover painting: OFFICER OF 16TH LANCERS, India, 1846 Kurla Complex; Kode, © MarkChurms.com Unit 11, 1994. All Rights Oasis Reserved City, Gate Cover design: Bena Sareen No. 4, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel `699 ALEPH BOOK COMPANY An independent publishing firm promoted by Rupa Publications India non-fiction www.alephbookcompany.com AN ERA OF SHASHI DARKNESS THAROOR STAGE CALL The city’s theatre season comes alive now, with both the premier venues in the city putting up a scintillating calendar of plays and events. Whether you choose to head to South Mumbai at the venerable NCPA (ncpamumbai.com) at Nariman Point, or to the suburban gem of Prithvi Theatre (prithvitheatre.org) in Bandra, you will be spoilt for choice. And since last year, a new icon has been added to the city’s theatre scene – the 100-year-old Royal Opera House recently reopened following an extensive renovation programme. The plush, three-tier auditorium has been restored to its Baroque glory, complete with gilded ceilings, decorated domes, elaborate chandeliers, stately balconies, and deep red upholstery. It’s quite an experience catching a performance in its regal ambience. The opera house currently hosts plays and events, though it did host the Italian opera Il Matrimonio Segreto in July. Check out the schedule at the three venues for the days of your visit, and book your tickets online at bookmyshow.com. ‘Rare indeed is it to come across... history that is so readable and so persuasive.’—AmitAv Ghosh BOOK CLUB n 1930, the American historian and philosopher IWill Durant wrote that Britain’s ‘conscious and deliberate This bleeding is of India… also [was the] the greatest crime time when the literati in all history’. He was not the only one to denounce the rapacity and cruelty of British rule, and his assessment was descend not exaggerated. Almost thirty-five upon million Indians the city with not one died because of acts of commission and omission by the British—in famines, epidemics, communal riots and wholesale but slaughter two like the reprisal literature killings after the festivals in the 1857 War of Independence and the Amritsar massacre of 1919. Besides the deaths of Indians, British rule impoverished offing. India a Tata manner that beggars Lit belief. Live! (litlive.in) kicks When the East India Company took control of the country, the chaos that ensued after the collapse of the things Mughal empire, India’s off share in of world November GDP was with four days 23 per cent. When the British left it was just above 3 per cent. of author discussions, book launches, The British empire in India began with the East India Company, incorporated in 1600, by royal charter of Her workshops, Majesty Queen Elizabeth I, to trade writing in silk, spices contests and and other profitable Indian commodities. Within a century and a half, the Company had become a power more. to reckon with The in India. In 1757, festival under the will be held from command of Robert Clive, Company forces defeated the ruling Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula of Bengal at Plassey, through 16-19 a combination of November superior artillery and even this year at NCPA more superior chicanery. A few years later, the young and weakened Mughal emperor, Shah Alam II, was browbeaten and into Prithvi issuing an edict that Theatre. replaced his own Come December, revenue officials with the Company’s representatives. Over the next several decades, the East India Company, backed Times by the British government, Litfest extended (timeslitfest.com) its control takes over most of India, ruling with a combination of extortion, double-dealing, and outright corruption backed things by violence and superior force. a notch This state of with literature affairs continued until 1857, when large numbers of the Company’s Indian soldiers spearheaded the first major rebellion events against colonial interspersed rule. After the rebels were with music and defeated, the British Crown took over power and ruled the country ostensibly more benignly until 1947, when entertainment. India won independence. Catch the action (continued on the back flap...) from 15-17 December at Mehboob Studios in Bandra. 126