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Old playboys then

Apropos 'Playboy, The Rules: Read the Interview First' (April 20) The author's saying that Playboy has the distinction of carrying interviews of the high and mighty do not justify in any way his stand for opening of Playboy clubs in Goa or elsewhere in India. But his satire on Indian politicians and men in general was absolutely true. Indian men in private may flip the pages of 'Playboy' but in public they talk of traditions, customs, conventions and morality. It clearly reflects their hypocrisy and double standards but they forget that hundreds of years back it was India who had given the world, the Kama Sutra and the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora, and the temples of Khajuraho.

L S Dharmesh, via email

Siddi lights

With reference to 'The Deccan's African Connection' (Culture, April 20) I wish to bring to the notice of readers the book African Elites in India - Habshi Amarati (Mapin, 2006). It gives great details of African elites in India. Besides, the Siddis of Abyssinia have also played an important role in the history of Moghul Surat. Very few are aware that the second most important officer after the Nawab was the military officer with the title kiledar, who commanded the c stle and the Moghul Navy. Several kiledars have been Siddis. The most important kiledar being Siddi Ahmed Khan from the year 1748 to 1759 who fought the British. However, the Nawab and the British together ousted him.

Mir Jaffar Imam, via email

Big beef indeed

As a regular reader of Crest, I must say that I found it rather shocking that on your last page last week (' Rare? That's what it is', Wine & Dine, April 20) you have clearly written about and discussed in detail the eating of beef. To add insult to injury there's also great mention (perhaps even some lamentation) of beef not being readily available in hotels in the country and references to India being the largest exporters of beef and some other beef products, even in the headlines. I wonder if you understand that many of your Hindu readers could find this in bad taste. I did find it so and therefore write this letter in protest from Gujarat.

Jitendra Desai, via email

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