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GQ India

April 2021
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This February, football superstar Sunil Chhetri takes over our cover – a look into his journey to becoming one of the most iconic Indian sports stars. Plus, the sixth edition of the Most Influential Young Indians is here: Tastemakers, aged 40 and under, from various disciplines who are bold, creative and leading the change in the way we live. Put on your travel hats: We roundup places to go and things to do this summer. For the hypebeasts, our style pages put the focus on add-ons, including hacks to up your accessories game. Don’t miss: Our special interviews with Gully Boy fame Vijay Varma and OTT stars – Amit Sadh, Shreya Dhanwanthary and Soham Shah – who are on the rise. Last but not the least, we also take a look at Goa-based gin brands that are a must-try.

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blinding lights

Despite paring back its live audience, the recently held Grammy Awards in Los Angeles crackled with high-octane energy and artistry. The breathtaking range of the musicians who shared the stage, their creativity and message of a shared humanity resonated powerfully, without a single false note. The show was hosted by South African comic Trevor Noah, who introduced performances by some of the industry’s biggest, most talented names: Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Taylor Swift and the very buzzy Megan Thee Stallion. It was music’s biggest night – masked but effervescent. The industry has a lot to be proud of this past year. Through the lockdown, the work of musicians has comforted billions across the globe, providing succour and joy when we needed it most. With time…

1 min.
your most memorable travel experience

Saumyaa Vohra “MY FIRST TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO COMES TO MIND. I WAS 19, AND FELL IN LOVE WITH CASTRO, THE ART AT MISSION DISTRICT AND THE PEOPLE.” WHO: GQ India’s Lifestyle Editor who’s obsessed with both working out and eating impossibly unhealthy, which makes for a fun roller-coaster. Instagram @saumyaavohra GO-TO DRINK: “A margarita. I feel like tequila has an undeservedly bad reputation. It’s actually a pretty fantastic spirit.” Petros Kouiouris “THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS I COULD SAY ABOUT GREECE. IT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT UNIVERSE. TIME STOPS WHEN I’M THERE.” WHO: Greece-born, NYC-based former professional swimmer whose affection for the arts of fashion and beauty drew him to finding his passion as a photographer. Instagram @petros_koy WHAT: “Zayn - Everyone Is Listening”, page 44 THE COVER STAR: “Zayn’s a genuine person, was friendly and nice with…

10 min.
engine ears

Now does a boy from Delhi end up being chief engineer for the biggest hip-hop stars on the planet? It’s a question Angad Bains aka Bainz gets often. “This one time, we were at Gunna’s birthday party,” says Bainz over a Zoom call from LA, “and NAV asked me to tell him my story, from start to finish. And we had this long discussion about our journeys, how they’re so similar.” As creatives of South Asian-origin in LA’s burgeoning hip-hop scene – NAV is the Indian-Canadian rapper part of The Weeknd’s crew at XO Records, while Bainz is chief engineer for Atlanta rapper Young Thug and his label Young Stoner Life Records, and has worked with everyone from Future to Travis Scott – they’ve both had a uniquely upward trajectory in…

6 min.
the season’s finest

GIN Ever since the 2017 révolution du gin that knocked this juniper-based spirit into the top spot, the Indian market has explored with cool crafts and fresher variants of the once-medicinal spirit. Though often used as a cocktail liquor, there’s a range of sipping gins that serve for summer beautifully as well – just load up on the ice and give that copa a swirl. YANGDUP LAMA Bartender and Co-founder, Sidecar, Cocktails & Dreams Speakeasy, tells us the perfect cocktail to spin your spirit into. LAMA RECOMMENDS A classic martini. Well-mixed and served absolutely chilled. The Botanist Packing the double punch of mint and chamomile, this Islay dry is all kinds of summery smooth. ₹6,150 Hapusa With turmeric and raw mango at its heart, this home-grown gin proves that summer flavours needn’t be sweet. ₹3,200 Terai Made in the Himalayas with…

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a dram with a twist

Tell us a little about the “illicit distillation” that is such a key part of The Glenlivet’s origin story. In the early 19th century, high taxation in Scotland led to illegal distillation and smuggling. The Glenlivet was one of the most notorious centres, with 200 illegal stills operating in a remote valley, far from the taxmen. The real Glenlivet, an illicit dram distilled by our founder George Smith, gained a reputation as the best on the market and commanded a high price across the country. In 1823, the Excise Act lowered taxation and Smith established the first licensed distillery (in the face of considerable opposition) in the valley of the River Livet. The Great Depression and Prohibition in the USA were trying times for the whisky industry. In some ways, the pandemic…

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where gq’s eating this month

COCOCAFE | MUMBAI Godiva pecan cookies, Valrhona raspberry domes and Fudgy Wedel brownies – the dessert at this new Fort cafe is a chocolate aficionado’s Elysian Fields. The cafe section of this store – whose MO is essentially bringing every form of luxe cocoa candy to the country – does a mean dessert, but also has a peri-peri seed hummus and an avo toast with goat cheese mousse worth the indulgence. 72088 26812 KHMER KITCHEN | BENGALURU Claiming to be the very first Cambodian kitchen in the country, this Bengaluru restaurant has piqued epicurean interest both for its unique menu and beautiful setting. Located inside a heritage home surrounded by greenery in JP Nagar, the quiet restaurant offers a great meal with a side salad of solace. Look for the Camembert and Sambal…