Vir Sanghvi

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Vir Sanghvi : biography

5 July 1956 –

These apart, Sanghvi is a foodie, writing the inimitable—and hugely popular—Rude Food column in Brunch, Hindustan Times’ Sunday magazine. A collection of these columns was published by Penguin in 2004 (Rude Food). The book won the international food world’s equivalent of the Oscar—the Cointreau Award for Best Food Literature Book in the world the following year. Alongside, Sanghvi also won the Best Food Critic award from the Indian Culinary Foundation. He did a television version of Rude Food for the Discovery Travel Living channel called A Matter of Taste which was a huge ratings success in India and South East Asia. 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 also received high ratings and is rumored to renew for a second season..

Sanghvi’s TV career began in 1994 on Doordarshan, the state-owned broadcaster. Starting 1996, he hosted a number of programmes for the STAR Network. Among his successes are shows like A Question of Answers, Cover Story and Star Talk. In 2006-07, he anchored two shows for NDTV, India’s leading English news channel—Face the Music and One on One. He was briefly the CEO of NewsX Media but resigned in 2008. He has won innumerable TV awards for his presenting skills at many national and international forums including the Asian Television Awards in Singapore. In 1993, Sanghvi was named a Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum in Davos and he is a member of several important advisory bodies attached to the Indian government, including the prestigious National Integration Council. In 2008, he also received the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Journalism Award, at a nationally televised ceremony. 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.. He has also authored a biography of the late Madhavrao Scindia, which was released by Sonia Gandhi in 2009, in Delhi..

Sanghvi has been also involved in the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit – He has chaired the most important sessions at the Summit which include – Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, George Bush, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Julian Assange. He also chairs the popular Bollywood session known as ‘In Conversation with Vir Sanghvi’ and his guests have included – Ranbir Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, and Farhan Akhtar.

Currently Sanghvi has two shows on the air with "Foodistan" appearing on NDTV Good Times and "Achievers’ Club" on Star World.