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It is not possible. The legacy cannot be wiped out. It is ours.

Pushpesh Pant

The great musician Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan was invited to sing somewhere. His hosts, however, were vegetarian and for three days he was made to eat vegetarian food. When the time came to perform, he did sing, but not in such a way as to thrill anybody.

Pushpesh Pant

In recent times, it is the word yoga that has caught the imagination of the world as something that reveals the essence of India. But to my mind rasa is just as interesting a concept.

Pushpesh Pant

People mistakenly see (Sanskrit) it as a religious or a liturgical language. But remember, this is the language in which both the Yoga Sutra and the Kama Sutra were written.

Pushpesh Pant

Burgers were there in Delhi and many other big cities half a century back, much before the golden arches of McDonald's had made an appearance. 

Pushpesh Pant

Price sensitive market forced compromises. 

Pushpesh Pant

There are two subjects which are really important: food and sex. And in that order, because if a person is not nourished how can he think of sex

Pushpesh Pant

The holistic perception of food I realised very early in my childhood…There is a chemistry of food, a psychology of food, a sociology of food. But most of us are reluctant to look at it that way.

Pushpesh Pant

There may have been a character called Rani Padmavati but the legend of Padmavati is not entirely a historical fact.

Pushpesh Pant

Whenever you discuss a historical film in this country, whether it deals with Jodha-Akbar, whether it deals with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, whether it deals with Baba Sahab Ambedkar, there are people who are blind devotees and self styled custodians of history and patriotism, who say no this can’t happen. 

Pushpesh Pant

Data collected by research organisations—both governmental and voluntary—has exploded the myth that most Indians are vegetarians.

Pushpesh Pant

A large section of the Indian population comprises non-Hindus. Muslims, Christians, Jews and Parsis are all meat-eaters.

Pushpesh Pant

It is a diamond which has a very long competitive history

William Dalrymple (Historian & Writer)

I don't believe the Kohinoor was gifted. It became a part of the booty taken by the victorious company.

William Dalrymple (Historian & Writer)

I think there is a problem of colonial violence and the fact that many European countries do not recognise it, they are in denial and they are largely ignorant.

William Dalrymple (Historian & Writer)

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