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Is the Bavar­ian super- limo — the 2017 BMW 740Li — the best full- size lux­ury sedan in the world?

Sush­mita Bose’s col­umn Food and so­cia­bil­ity: why the twain will al­ways meet ( Talk­ing Point, Jan 27) was food for thought. In both of­fi­cial and per­sonal meet­ings, food plays a fa­cil­i­tat­ing role. In fact, the growth of the F& B in­dus­try is grounded on this truth. Food is a great me­di­a­tor and aids our in­ter­ac­tions with each other. Big cor­po­rate houses are known to clinch deals over ex­clu­sive din­ners. On an in­di­vid­ual level, food is known to be the way to a man’s heart! Not only does it en­hance so­cia­bil­ity, it works the other way around too. In­sipid food tastes bet­ter in good com­pany. Adults and chil­dren with eat­ing dis­or­ders are also known to ben­e­fit from eat­ing in oth­ers’ com­pany. The food- mood con­nect has been val­i­dated by re­search. Good food el­e­vates spir­its, soothes frayed nerves, comes to the res­cue when con­ver­sa­tion stag­gers, and makes way for re­con­nect­ing with peo­ple. The plea­sure de­rived from so­cial­is­ing over a meal with fam­ily and friends begets other such­such ex­pe­ri­ences ex­pe­ri­ences an­dand we are in­clined to host more such gath­er­ings. Such oc­ca­sions are a great way of reach­ing out to peo­ple and re­in­forc­ing re­la­tions. Clearly, a mar­riage be­tween meet­ing and eat­ing bears good fruit. fam­i­lies, even kids cher­ish the time spent with grand­par­ents and rel­a­tives. Par­ents are ea­ger to go back as they get bored here and are happy to join their close bud­dies and rel­a­tives back home. But it takes us a long time to get over the feel­ing of empti­ness their de­par­ture leaves in us, and ad­just to our daily rou­tines. Thank you for a well- writ­ten ar­ti­cle. I’ve sent a copy of the piece to my par­ents to read as well. Indu, by email

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