Mint Indulge | Editor’s Note

Mint Indulge | Editor’s Note

Welcome to indulgence

Sidin Vadukut, Issue Editor

But one recent, and brief, article in that magazine is of particular import in this edit note. In May, James Surowiecki wrote a piece about the role “venturesome consumers" play in the US economy. He talked about how important it was that the US had customers who were willing to experiment with young start-ups and risky products. (Click here to read full note)

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The Callaway Razr Hawk Driver

By Sidin Vadukut

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The toughest cricket match of my life

By Aakash Chopra, Cricketer

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Indulge Review | Dom Perignon lounge, F Bar | Oye Bubbly

By Pradip Kumar Saha

“Dom Perignon is one of the most desirable brands in the country," said Gaurav Bhatia, marketing director of Moet Hennessy India. “Delhi has played a big role in making this happen. So it is natural for Dom Perignon to unveil its first lounge in New Delhi." (Click here to read full story)

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The making of Vertu

By Sidin Vadukut

The 7,800-pipe Grand Orgues at the cathedral is a historical masterpiece with many of the pipes dating back to the medieval times. The cathedral employs three full-time organists. They are the latest in an unbroken line of musicians that dates back to 1392.

While guest organists are invited to play all year-round, the invitation is an honour and not easy to come by. Least of all, to a young Russian teenager.

Her father reached for his mobile phone, but not in the way most people do. With a press of a button purposebuilt into his Vertu phone he summoned up an exclusive Vertu concierge service.

Immediately, an international network of experts got to work.

“These are the kind of requests that are really interesting," Mark Izatt told me over lunch at The Foresters country pub in Church Crookham, around 40 miles outside central London. Izzat is head of enrichment and engagement. It is his responsibility to build, nurture and diversify the push-button concierge and content service that the luxury mobile phone brand is perhaps best known for. (Click hereto read full story)

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• I like bags. Period.

By R Sukumar | Editor, Mint

It isn’t easy to find bags, though.

I spent several years looking for the perfect work bag before giving up. I have a Mandarina Duck backpack and a Hidesign messenger bag and a Samsonite trolley backpack, but none of the three satisfies all criteria I look for in a work bag.

One: It should look elegant without making me look like a square.

Two: It should be large enough to accommodate things I usually carry with me—an iPad (it has replaced the netbook, which replaced the laptop I used to tote around); a pouch carrying chargers, cables, earphones and my iPod; another pouch carrying some personal care stuff and a few basic medicines; a couple of graphic novels that are usually hardcover ones; two pocket-size Moleskine notebooks; a chequebook and assorted papers. (Click here to read full story)

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Case studies

By Pradip Kumar Saha & Sidin Vadukut

The frequent flyer must pack and unpack with consummate, almost instinctive, ease. Airports, checkpoints, and railway stations come in all shapes and sizes. But the platinumcard holder must navigate anything that is thrown at him with the aplomb of a Formula One driver.

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And what truly elevates international business travel to the sublime is the perfect trolley bag. It is more than just a suitcase with wheels. Clothes stay perfectly wrinkle free.

Computers, ensconced sometimes in high-tech memory-foam chambers, last through the most seething turbulence without skipping a kilobyte.

There is a reason why some frequent fliers obsess about their luggage. What their bags contain is much more than just clothes, books and gadgets. Often it contains the distilled essence of their entire lives. (Click here to read full story)

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The TripIt iPhone app

By Pradip Kumar Saha

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Life on the road as a cricket journalist

By Dileep Premachandran, Journalist

As soon as you check into your hotel, you dump your bags and head for the nearest pub to find out where all the action is. When you’re 37, you get in and check if they have all the sports channels you need, and if the room-service menu is adequate. When you’re 27, you stumble back to the room at dawn with wistful thoughts of the leggy Brazilian you were too shy to approach. At 37, you are back in your room before midnight so that you can be on FaceTime to see your little baby’s spit bubbles.

It’s a great life, and also an incredibly lonely one. For every amazing night spent on Darling Harbour in Sydney or the Waterfront in Cape Town, you have five others spent staring at the walls. (Click here to read full story)

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The best test drive of my life

By Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, Auto Expert

Fantasies even. As he grows up, those dreams start to get left behind and somewhat forgotten in the mad rush for good grades, jobs and what you have. But every once in a while, that child is reminded of his dreams, and, miraculously enough, some of them even come true! I was one such child once, and, I had to pinch myself to ensure I wasn’t still dreaming, as I stood at the portals of the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, near Modena in Italy. A small, sleepy town, Maranello is world famous because of its prominent resident. A large part of the community is very much connected to the Ferrari car business in a direct or indirect way.

And the locals take pride in their beloved Prancing Horse—smiling and nodding in approval as one of the handcrafted beauties roars by. (Click here to read full story)

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The microwaving man

By Sidin Vadukut

And so it is with the microwave oven. One of the great inventions of the modern age is often reduced to doing nothing much more sophisticated than defrosting a hunk of meat, reheating leftovers, blitzing awful pre-cooked meals and—imagine the ignominy—heating cups of coffee. (Click here to read full story)

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The basics of whisky

By Joel Harrison, Drink Consultant

Welcome to my column, an area of the magazine where I hope I can act as your sherpa up the mountain of drinks, your guide on the cocktail trail, your supplier of wisdom on whisky. Over the coming months, I shall be writing a regular piece covering various spirits from across the globe.

In my first piece, I shall start with some basics about whisky. Why? Because India seems to have a voracious appetite for the distilled spirit.

The country currently stands as the world’s largest consumer of whisky.

Congratulations, a gold medal in the Booze Olympics for India! Climb atop the podium and await your National Anthem. (Click here to read full story)

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Game. Set. Watch

By Sidin Vadukut

Combine your passion for sports and your penchant for timepieces. Portfolios of several high-end brands contain pieces that are developed in association with some of the world’s top sportspeople and teams. These timepieces not only make good watchmaking sense, they also add a subtle personal dimension to your wrist. Mint Indulge picks a selection of the most worthwhile. (Click hereto read full story)

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Thierry Lamouroux | Selling luxury during uncertain times

By Sidin Vadukut

We have the world’s strongest network of boutiques in the jewellery watch business—around 300. Every month, we get figures coming from these boutiques. Therefore, we know, better than anybody else in this business, what is selling where and in what quantities.

Also, we are a large Maison. We have intelligent people working in our supply chain, marketing and sales. We know, to a large extent, what Japan wants, what China wants and what the United States wants.

We manage with all this information. We know exactly what to make for whom. (Click here to read full interview)

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How to buy a serious watch

By Sidin Vadukut

The auction is expected to feature around 470 lots dating from the 1800s. And Sotheby’s estimates to net between $9 million and $10 million during the event.

Shortly before Mint Indulge went to press, we spoke to Bourne and asked him how budding collectors and watch aficionados should begin on their hobby: how do you buy a serious watch? (Click here to read full story)

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Beg, Borrow Or Steal This | The Fitbit wireless activity tracker

By Pradip Kumar Saha

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What is a luxury gadget?

By Sidin Vadukut, Issue Editor

But Vertu is, when you sit and think about it, something of an aberration in the world of gadgets and gizmos. An aberration in the sense that it is a rare “luxury" gadget brand that is actually taken seriously. Think, for a moment, about what it means for a device to be a “luxury" device.

What makes it luxurious?

For the purpose of answering that question, first let us consider what metrics we would use when evaluating, choosing and buying a watch by Vacheron Constantin, a suit by Brioni, a car by Porsche, or a piece of jewellery by Cartier or Harry Winston.

Your first metric could be the actual performance of the product: how well does it achieve its purpose in comparison with other similar, less-luxurious products? (Click here to read full story)

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The bare essentials for a cutting edge

By Madhu Menon

That was two decades ago, but it started my obsession with sharp knives that carried on as I turned into a chef, and is in no danger of ever disappearing. To mangle a cliché, behind every successful chef, there is a sharp knife, though most of us prefer to have it in front of us. You know a man loves his knives when he is known for asking guests, “Hey, have you seen my knife set?" and show off his Japanese knives like some parents show off their newborns. (Click here to read full story)

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The 10 commandments of a gentleman’s almirah

By Varrun Motihar

•Cut out all frills, thrills and decorative elements. The masculine almirah is crafted from straight lines.

• Use thick sections and structures. This will increase cost but exude a sense of proportion and strength. (Click here to read full story)

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Shelf life

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Omar Abdullah | The greatest speech of my political career

I was really keen that I do. This whole perception had been created that the nuclear deal was anti-Muslim. And being a Muslim myself, being an MP (member of Parliament) from a Muslim-majority state, I thought it was important that I correct this perception. But I honestly hadn’t planned to speak the way I did or, say, what I did. (Click hereto read full story)

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