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    Alex McEwan was excited to return to office in India after 6 months in the UK; is looking forward to his first order of Chole Bhature

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    The Virgin Atlantic India Country Manager has also been trying his hand at Indian cooking.

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    McEwan has a long list of destinations within India which he can’t wait to visit when the time is right.
    Alex McEwan, Country Manager, India, Virgin Atlantic is mastering Indian cooking but can’t wait to get back.

    Back to base
    I was most excited about returning to Delhi in September after 6 months in the UK. It was fantastic to meet my team again and see their smiling faces (even if it is behind a mask). There was also the thrill as being on a flight for the first time in a while. Like for most travellers, it felt very different to the last flight I took.

    Break time
    I have a long list of destinations within India which I can’t wait to visit when the time is right. A beach break in Goa sounds particularly attractive after spending 6 months indoors in the UK.

    Food for thought
    I have developed a love for Indian food and am looking forward to my first order of Chole Bhature. Butter Chicken is another favourite of mine and Baba’s in Gurgaon is the best I have found – it is certainly a guilty pleasure.

    Shopping list
    I find Uniqlo to be great value for work and casual wear alike – always comfortable, well-fitting and affordable. In all likelihood my next purchase will be a winter coat which can keep me warm in Delhi and London. My image of Delhi as a city which is always warm was shattered last year.

    Tech list
    I have had more calls in the last 6 months than in the last 6 years. Wireless earphones have made a massive difference and allowed me to move around my house and talk at the same time. More than ever our work and home lives are now co-existing so it’s important to have technology to ease this transition.

    Flavours of Bombay
    I have always enjoyed cooking but during lockdown I have explored many more recipes. There is an excellent restaurant in London called Dishoom which is styled on the Irani cafes in Bombay. They have released a cookbook, so I have been doing my best imitations of their signature dishes.
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