Like Chhaunk and Cheese: The ongoing revival of French food and restaurants in India invites a comparison between these two great cuisines

Years ago, Paris-based filmmaker and novelist Vijay Singh recalls taking an Indian friend to a dinner at a French friend’s house. “When the main dish arrived, I turned to him and asked, ‘Is the steak okay for you?’ He smiled and said, ‘Excellent’. A minute later, he muttered from behind his napkin, ‘Rest is fine, it just needs a little chhaunk’” (an Indian mode of tempering to release the flavours of spices). This delightful little anecdote illustrates how differently French and Indians view food. At first look (and taste), the…

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Xiaomi sends out media invites for Mi Max 2 India launch

Xiaomi has sent out invites to the India media regarding the launch of the Mi Max 2 early next week. While the invite doesn’t exactly specify the name of the device, one look at it and you can tell what it’s about. The new Mi Max 2 has a full aluminum unibody design that is just as big as the last one, same 6.44-inch 1080p display, newer generation but slower Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64/128GB storage, 12 megapixel f2.2 rear camera, 5 megapixel f2.0 front camera, stereo speakers, Android Nougat and a…

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Nokia Android Phones Expected as HMD Global Sends Invites for February 26 Event

HMD Global has started sending media invites for an event on February 26 where it is expected to reveal more Nokia-branded Android smartphones. HMD Global, the company that owns rights to the Nokia brand, had earlier teased more smartphone launches at the sidelines of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 event next month. According to the official invite, the Nokia event will take place in Barcelona on February 26, and it will kick off at 4:30pm local time (9pm IST). The official invite says, “We invite you to join us at…

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