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My Favourite

Hemant Jalan
The Indigo Paints MD when not escaping to offbeat destinations, seeks out the most scrumptious delicacies in North India’s chaat corners

I am not a voracious reader, but I have a huge collection of business and inspirational non-fictional books and several fictional books. Two of my favourite books are Investment Biker by Jim Rogers and Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Investment Biker was more than just a travelogue; it was also about a nation’s economy. I have read countless books by my all-time favourite author P.G. Wodehouse.

My Cousin Vinny is my go-to movie — light with great humor; and I love courtroom dramas! I don’t know what it is about them that I like, maybe the suspense! In Bollywood, I rarely watch the masala movies. I watch offbeat films and the ones that are critically acclaimed. I enjoyed watching Pink.

I prefer spicy and tangy food. I walk into any decently rated Thai and Mexican restaurants while I am travelling. And yes, I love street food, especially chaats. Each city has its own specialty. Indore’s Sarafa bazaar has the best chaats that I’ve ever eaten; in Kanpur, I devour dhaniya ke aaloo on Birhana Road; I also love the aaloo tikkis from Delhi.

I am a white spirit man, not much of a whisky person. My favourite alcoholic drink is Bloody Mary, a mix of tomato juice and vodka. I can also make a mean Bloody Mary. I often become the bartender when I am entertaining guests at home. I prefer dark beers when I am travelling through Europe.

I love travelling to offbeat destinations, not the typical places like Switzerland, France, USA, Germany — been there, done that! I’d rather explore countries, which are less travelled to, and do things that regular tourists tend to skip. I usually take off at least twice a year with my wife. On our recent trip to Iceland, we enjoyed adventure sports such as snowmobiling on a glacier and kayaking in a lake.

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