GQ India

GQ India August 2019

GQ's July issue celebrates fathers and fatherhood – we pick the coolest men (including the sexy Arjun Rampal who’s our cover star) to tell us what the new rules of dadhood are. The 22-page feature includes warm, shot-at-home photographs of dads and their children. Next, for those looking to switch up their phone, we’ve rounded up the best smartphones in the market right now. Meanwhile, as monsoon arrives, our fashion and grooming pages make great reccos to keep you looking dapper day after day. Shop local with our favourite online labels that are focused on keeping it organic and sustainable. Plus, flip the pages and you’ll find the only guide you need to set up that truly all inviting home bar. Special features include interviews with trending stars Saiyami Kher and Billie Eilish, and genre-bending young music producers who are slowly but surely finding their way in the business. A too-good-to-miss piece this month: An American virologist had a plan to tackle the economic fallout due to pandemics. Read to know what happened next. Catch up on this and more in GQ’s latest issue!

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i had a dream

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the music festival that changed the world. Held on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in upstate New York, the 400,000-strong gathering of peaceniks, hippies and some of the world’s greatest musicians was the zenith of the 1960s counterculture movement. Broadly defined by a philosophical embrace of free love, Eastern spirituality, non-materialism, Vietnam War protests, psychedelic drug culture and a rejection of conservative American values, it fired up the imagination of young people across the planet, leading to profound societal change. Even though the hippies were only a tiny sliver of the American population, they exerted outsized influence. The press covered them extensively. They were largely articulate, well-educated and possessed the infectious idealism of youth. Fifty years down the line, one can nitpick about how…

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tell us about your first ever music album

MADHAVAN PALANISAMY WHO: Chennai-based photographer, visual artist and doodle addict who studied biotechnology to become a scientist and change the world. Instagram@madhavan. palanisamy WHAT: “Changing of the Guard”, page 126 CHENNAI MUSIC SECRET: “A month ago, I would have said Arivu, ofRO and The Casteless Collective. Now that secret’s out!” “Nevermind by Nirvana, and An American Prayer by The Doors – these two albums made me lose sleep for a week. I heard both at a friend’s house, and looked all over the place for them.” ALEX BHATTACHARJI WHO: Brooklyn-bred journalist and screenwriter who lives in LA, where he should be surfing and doing yoga more and eating tacos less. Twitter @alexbhat WHAT: “This is Hollywood’s Inner Sanctum”, page 150 FUN FACT: “Despite their wealth, Hollywood’s most powerful figures really love discounted cocktails – the bar was mobbed…

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gq access

GQ GENTLEMEN’S CLUB WHERE: Conrad Bengaluru All roads led to the Conrad Bengaluru on an overcast June evening, where GQ India was hosting its signature Gentlemen’s Club. The evening saw the Garden City’s cool set – designers, industrialists, artists – mingle over bespoke Chivas cocktails and canapés, before moving into the ballroom for a sumptuous four-course meal. Curated by Chef Praveen Shetty as well as masterchef Alex Sanchez of Mumbai’s buzziest new restaurant, Americano, the menu included the latter’s best-known dishes, like the “corn ribs” with a secret spice mix, and a light, airy corn custard with kaffir lime. The meal ended on a sweet note, with a delicious, boozy Tiramisu Americano. A night out done right.…

6 Min.
second innings

On a grey July morning, Anurag Kashyap is at Filmistan Studios in suburban Mumbai, dressed casually in a black V-neck tee and shorts, waiting for his shot to be ready. On the floors is the first film from his new production house (safely titled Good Bad Films), reportedly starring Malayali up-and-comer Roshan Mathew, and Saiyami Kher. “What’s Choked about? I call it a Sai Paranjpye thriller,” he grins. Does he want to elaborate? “No. I like to finish things before talking about them. People only understand what I’m trying to do after they’ve seen it.” What Kashyap has just finished is shooting for the second season of Sacred Games, Netflix’s first India original series, which debuted to global acclaim just over a year ago. The platform greenlit the new season before…

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batting order

FUN FACT: It was in 1911 that the first all-India team toured Britain for its first international cricket tournament – an occasion that coincided with the coronation of King George V. Cricket Country is as much the story of this tour and this team, made up of princes and commoners, as it is about a sport that today defines a nation. Through anecdotes and analysis, Prashant Kidambi, an associate professor of colonial urban history at the University of Leicester, traces the ascent of India into a global cricketing power. Not least, it’s a celebration of the men – Bhupinder Singh, the maharaja of Patiala and Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, among them – who got us there. ₹450, Penguin India…

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snap back

# COMMUTE A year after they were launched and mocked, AirPods turned up everywhere, on the ramp and off, trending like, well, the iPhone at the peak of its powers. The 2019 editions are an Apple loyalist’s upgrade (yes, they pair with Android devices): They still look like cigarette sticks, but they have even better wireless performance, sound, 50 per cent more talk time and battery life. They are easier to set up, and come with the option of wireless Qi-charging for the case. You can now also summon Siri hands-free; but no noise-cancelling yet. FYI, that’s a good thing when you’re crossing the road. ₹18,900 (with wireless charging case) #AUDIOPHILE It’s not every day that you find Gorilla Glass – that stuff that keeps your premium smartphone screen crack-free – on the…