Vir Sanghvi

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Vir Sanghvi
Born (1956-07-05) 5 July 1956 (age 60)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Journalist, writer

Vir Sanghvi (born 5 July 1956)[2] is an Indian print and television journalist, columnist, 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.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Vir Sanghvi is an Indian editor and also a television personality. 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 read politics, philosophy and economics at Brasenose College,[4] Oxford.[5]

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.[6] His published books include Rude Food, India – Then and Now and Men of Steel (a collection of profiles of India's leading businessmen) which has been translated into 10 other languages and is a huge best-seller.[7] He has also authored a biography of the late Madhavrao Scindia, which was released by Sonia Gandhi in 2009, in Delhi.[8]

Nira Radia tapes[edit]

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?"[9] It is alleged that he made some points suggested by Radia in his article titled 'Time for some transparency'[10] under Sanghvi's column "Counterpoint".[9][10][11] Sanghvi denied all allegations and uploaded the article onto his website for readers to make their own judgement.[12][13] 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.[14] Due to the heightened interest in him Sanghvi temporarily suspended his weekly article "Counterpoint".[14]

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.[15][16][17]

Food Critic & Journalist[edit]

Apart from being a star journalist, popular television anchor and writer, Vir Sanghvi is also India's top food critic. He is best known for his column in Hindustan Times Brunch, Rude Food, one of India's most widely read food columns. His book, Rude Food is a collection of these columns and won the Cointreau Award for the world’s “Best Food Literature Book”. Also given the “Best Food Critic” award from the Indian Culinary Foundation, Vir is the creator and host of highly successful Southeast Asian food 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,[18] which has curated content and expert reviews for a vast selection of restaurants across Delhi NCR and Mumbai.

Books By Vir Sanghvi[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Face Off with Vir Sanghavi Indian Express, 24 June 1997.
  3. ^ EazyDiner[1]
  4. ^ List of University of Oxford people.
  5. ^ Vir Sangvi profile – HT Leadership Summit Hindustan Times.
  6. ^ [2].
  7. ^ [3].
  8. ^ [4].
  9. ^ a b "What kind of story do you want?". 20 November 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Time for some transparency". Hindustan Times. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  11. ^ Jebaraj, Priscilla (24 November 2010). "The spotlight is on the media now". Chennai, India: 
  12. ^ "India's Independent Weekly News Magazine". Tehelka. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  13. ^ Article by Amitabh Thakur [ Archived 20 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ a b "Setting the record straight". 27 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "Niira Radia tapes tampered: Centre tells Supreme Court – Economic Times". 31 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  16. ^ "Niira Radia tapes released by media tampered with: Centre to Supreme Court". 31 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  17. ^ "Radia tapes were tampered with: Centre to SC – India News – IBNLive". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  18. ^ "Dine easy with Vir Sanghvi's EazyDiner?". 23 April 2015. 

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