Friday Favorites: Bombay Edition

Hi everyone 🙂 I’m writing this post from sunny, summery New York City – the big day has come and gone, and I have officially moved back to start my Master’s in Magazine Journalism from NYU. Although New York is lovely, and I’ve had the best time meeting my friends from college and catching up with some of my old favorites, my last two weeks in Bombay were quite the whirlwind, to say the least. I don’t usually do Favorites, but I think it’s nice to share some of your obsessions once a month. Taking a leaf out of the book of a rather lovely blogger I know, I’ve decided to make this a regular feature. Featuring the best of August, this is my Five Favorites for Friday!

1. Wasabi by Morimoto at the Taj Mahal Hotel

Anyone who knows me even a little knows about my love for Japanese food – and especially my love for fusion Japanese! Luckily there is no shortage of Japanese food in New York, but my last two weeks were spent having a TON of miso black cod at one of my favorite restaurants in Bombay, called ‘Wasabi by Morimoto’ at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Chef Morimoto has a restaurant after his namesake in New York as well, and he has been called the ‘Iron Chef’ due to his unique eclectic spin on Japanese food. Although expensive, each dish on the menu is a culinary delight. The fish is fresh and tasty, and the fusion of flavors always leaves you wondering how he does it. Besides the miso black cod, some of my favorite dishes involve a succulent yellow tail carpaccio in a lemon and caviar glaze and spicy avocado and salmon tacos. Also, don’t leave without trying the green tea fondant! It is absolutely divine.

2. Gossip Girl

Oh, Gossip Girl. This show is such a guilty pleasure of mine. Although the sixth and final season aired last year, I have been re-watching the series while running on the treadmill. It’s such a fun, mindless show to watch particularly because the drama is completely unrealistic. For those of you who have been living under a rock the past few years, Gossip Girl is a television show based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, about a set of privileged, private school educated kids in the Upper East Side in Manhattan and their ubiquitous blogger/follower, Gossip Girl, who has nothing better to do than to broadcast all their secrets on social forums. Before you judge me too much, be aware that the clothes are divine, the views of Manhattan are amazing, and the drama is so mindless it takes any and all of your worries away. And when you’re panting away on the treadmill, some of that distraction (read: eye candy) is pretty appetizing! 🙂

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Why Fashion Journalism is Important

The Twitterverse is clearly a major forum for debate these days (which my old Columbia professor, Sree, will attest to the growing power of social media), and one of these topics in the recent past was about women’s magazines and so-called ‘serious’ journalism. An article in the New Republic recently reinforced the idea that women’s magazines do not produce serious journalism because it isn’t their ‘mission’ to do so. Which is not only an insult, but also completely untrue. The New Republic article’s main gist was that men’s magazines and other ‘general interest publications’ (why men’s magazines do not get their own category like women’s magazines do, I don’t know) often have longer pieces that cover more types of journalism; literary and investigative journalism in particular. In comparison, women’s magazines apparently don’t care about writing serious articles as much as their male counterparts (particularly mentioned here were Esquire and GQ), and their pieces are apparently much shorter. I don’t really seem to understand why word length must even be considered a factor for serious journalism. If I can explain the same thing to you in 2000 words that someone else might take 5000 words for, doesn’t that, in effect, make me a far better writer? Apparently not.

The June Issue of Vogue India

Robbie Myers, editor-in-chief of ELLE Magazine USA, thankfully also had some words to share on the subject. Her rebuttal was, in effect, the same as mine. She says that people often confuse length for quality, and since she was speaking specifically on behalf of her own magazine, she clearly stated that even taking into account this ridiculous criteria for serious journalism, ELLE has written a number of substantial longer pieces that range from topics like selective reduction in pregnancies to policies in American government. While I understand that she can’t speak on behalf of her competitors like Vogue or Marie Claire, it is true that these magazines, too, have some articles that I think should qualify as serious journalism. Take this article from Vogue about CNN anchor Arwa Damon’s time reporting in Libya or this personal story about a shooting survivor from Marie Claire; a plea for gun control reform. Why do these articles go unnoticed? Continue reading