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GQ India

October 2021

The October Issue of GQ shines the spotlight on prolific individuals who've not just achieved excellence in their respective fields but also gone beyond in the chaotic year to contribute to the greater good. We bring to you their ideas, initiatives, and all about what keeps them motivated. Also featured - a striking shoot with the leads of global television's biggest show and the best new restaurants and bars in Goa that should be in your radar.

Conde Nast India Pvt. Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
moving mountains

When I interviewed YouTube food sensation Mikey Chen last year, he said his greatest contribution as a creator was relentlessly shooting videos that promoted owner-driven restaurants through the pandemic—helping many of them stay afloat. In India, the restaurant industry lies devastated by lockdowns. While there have been many prominent closures, the real damage has occurred to the lakhs of anonymous restaurants that dot the country, small businesses that employ millions. This year, we’ve nominated YouTuber Kripal Amanna as a GQ Hero for using his powerful ‘Food Lovers’ platform to shine a spotlight on a slew of outstanding local eateries—driving footfalls through his vlogs, helping save some of these relatively unknown gems. Amanna is based in Bengaluru and takes road trips on his Harley-Davidson to nearby towns and cities like Dharwad,…

11 min
restaurants in goa

Malavika Manay had just made her way to Goa from Bengaluru when the whole country went into a lockdown in March last year. Like many tourists, she had aspired to live here at some point. She was initially supposed to move to Maldives on work—to explore island life and teach yoga at a luxury hotel—but her parents insisted she “figure her shit out” before going anywhere. Part of the figuring involved going back to one of her key interests: food. Last August, she started Earth Mama Smoothies—an extension of a pop-up she’d launched in Bengaluru—from her Siolim home in north Goa. She’s now setting up a café in Anjuna, which will serve her smoothies as well as some savouries. To prepare for this, she bought business books and studied how to live…

3 min

THE RESTAURANT SETTE MARA AT THE ST. REGIS | MUMBAI A fortnight in Greece might still be tricky to swing, but escaping into it for an evening is certainly on the cards at The St. Regis’s newest, Sette Mara. The Middle Eastern bar and kitchen is a melange of the culinary frequencies of Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Persia, Georgia, and, naturally, Greece. Best saved for a date, or a languorous dinner with a close friend, the authentic, delicately spiced fare is perfect for anyone with a nuanced palate. Start with their handcrafted cocktails and selection of negronis (we hear the Turkish Old Fashioned and Crystal Truffle Negroni are stars). Then, wind into some hot mezze, followed by a Braised Chicken Maqloub or an Eggplant and Sweet Potato Moussaka. Then, partake of a…

4 min
around the world in 13 chairs

SHOP CHAIR DESIGNER: Tom Sachs COUNTRY: USA In typical Sachs fashion, the concept of the perforated Shop Chair is as much about the nature of design as it is about sitting. With an Eames-like seat and rubber flex mounts for comfort, and a thick maple plywood base, it’s a perfect example of how the artist turns something familiar into something extraordinary. tomsachsfurniture.com PUFFY LOUNGE CHAIR DESIGNER: Faye Toogood for Hem COUNTRY: England Produced by Swedish furniture maker Hem, Toogood’s lounger combines an inviting quilt-like cushion with a steel frame—a design so minimal it feels near-incomplete. It comes in a range of leather and cloth options, with different color bases, so you can choose either stark and clinical or warm and relaxing. hem.com NO. 0 CHAIR DESIGNER: Front for Weiner GTV Design COUNTRY: Sweden Stockholm studio Front’s reinterpretation of…

4 min
a new day

Having been born in 1983, and growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, I admired the invincible heroes that were glorified all over the world in film and in sport. It was a time when vulnerability was seen as a weakness—something you were taught to never show. Sharing your feelings, or being sensitive, simply wasn’t considered “macho”. It was even tougher for the generation before me. Now, at 37, and in the year 2021, I can say that a lot has changed for me, as well as the world. Let’s start with the world of sports. Recently, we’ve seen Naomi Osaka withdraw from the French Open and Wimbledon, due to mental health concerns and wanting to prioritize that part of her life. Simone Biles did the same at the Olympics. Mardy Fish, a…

2 min
rave raga

There’s no more Anish Sood for the foreseeable future,” says Anish Sood. Over a Zoom call from Goa, Sood is talking about a seismic shift in his musical career and explaining why his very popular DJ sets are not going to be a thing. Earlier this year, Sood reintroduced himself as Anyasa, a producer of electronic music that delves deeper into the trance space, while also streamlining his Indian influences. As Anyasa, he debuted Gaya, his 4-track Hindustani-classical-inflected EP in July—becoming the first Indian artist to sign on the legendary label Anjunadeep. And we got a taste of just how serious Sood was about this new avatar. “Anyasa isn’t an alias, it’s not a side project; it’s an evolution.” Sood’s journey to Gaya, a surprisingly flawless and dance floor-friendly mash…