Two Weeks in December 1971

In December, 1971, Anil Jethmal was 6 years old and living in Bombay, India. He remembers the sirens that would wail in the middle of the night and he knew what had to be done. India was at war with Pakistan. The sirens were notice that enemy aircraft were approaching the city. As his parents would light a solitary candle for illumination and then turn out all lights in the house, Anil would gather his black opaque construction sheets of paper and start taping them onto all the windows in the house.
This was the plan of the Indian military. They reasoned that if the enemy could not see light emanating from the city, it would thwart their military efforts. Perhaps they were correct. Within a period of two weeks, Pakistan conceded military defeat to India.
During those two weeks, daytime was a very different experience for a young Anil Jethmal. Both his parents and he had friends who were Hindus and Muslims. Yet, even during the tension of war, they maintained amicable relationships with their Muslim friends and acquaintances.
Reflecting back on those two weeks, a much older Anil Jethmal, recalls the absence of social tension in Bombay, and indeed India, between Muslims and Hindus. True, this was not a war waged upon the premise of religious ideology. It was a war to liberate the people of Bangladesh from an oppressive Pakistani regime. Still, the absence of hostilities among the citizenry during that period was especially remarkable when one factors in that Muslims have an ancient history of aggressive proselytization.
Moreover, even the Indian government, in the Simla Agreement of 1972, as a gesture of goodwill, returned to Pakistan over 5700 square miles of territory it had gained in the war.
Forty-five years later, Anil Jethmal wonders if there are any lessons to be learned from this conflict for global society at large. In an age where there are so many religions, races and creeds at odds with each other, and tensions running so high, Anil can’t help but think back to those two weeks in December 1971. While he yearns for a like resolution, he has, like so many, no practical suggestions or answers.

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Fine Cuisine with Character: An Unbeatable Combination

Beef Wellington
                     Source: lila dobbs

Between the ages of 25-40, Anil Jethmal recalls that he ate exactly one meal that was “cooked” at home. It was Beef Wellington that arrived at his home via FedEx and was packed in dry ice. The instructions read to bake in a pre-heated oven for 35 minutes. It was memorable only because, back then, Anil believed that he had cooked his first meal. (How to actually make Beef Wellington at home: Video by Gordon Ramsay)

As an individual whose clients were used to the best, Anil constantly dined at restaurants over which Zagats and even Michelin have gushed.

There were many restaurant meals where Anil found that the cuisine was outstanding, the décor was stunning and the service was impeccable. However, there was a common thread that made a small handful even more memorable. They also had history and/or character.

In no particular order, here are Anil’s favorite restaurant meals:

One if by Land, Two if by Sea Restaurant
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One if by Land, Two if by Sea               New York
The restaurant was the carriage house of Aaron Burr (the very same man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel).

Anil Jethmal recommends:
Oysters with shallot mignonette (with a shot of ice cold vodka or a glass of champagne). The main course has to be Beef Wellington

 

La Tour d’Argent                                                         Paris
The restaurant was founded in 1582. It was frequented by Henri IV. Request a table overlooking Notre Dame. The owner of La Tour d’Argent pays the electric bill so that the cathedral remains lit all night for his patrons’ viewing pleasure.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Pressed Duck. It is the signature dish that actually comes with a numbered certificate. Order the soufflé early since it takes an hour to prepare – Chocolate or Grand Marnier – impossible to go wrong. After dinner, take a walk along the Seine and take in the City of Lights.

Savoy Grill                                                                     London
Has the best view of the Thames River of any restaurant in London. Great place to go for dinner and dancing. Men, wear a tuxedo.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Chateaubriand for two.

Imago                                                                                Rome
Located atop the Hassler Hotel by the Spanish Steps. Have a drink on the terrace before the sun goes down. For those with good memories, henceforth every time they have that same drink, no matter where they are in the world, they will remember Rome…the way the sun hits the buildings in the afternoon.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Tandoori Duck

Sharkys                                                                            Bali
Ask for your table to be placed on the sand, secluded from others overlooking the Indian Ocean. Ask the roving band to play Hotel California or New York, New York. They know every word of the songs even though it is obvious that they do not speak a word of English.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Grilled Shrimp in Butter Pepper Garlic Sauce with ice cold Bintang Balinese beer.

Trishna                                                                            Mumbai
Bill & Hillary’s favorite restaurant in India.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Lobster in Chilly Garlic Sauce. Also, if you are squeamish, tell the waiter that you do not want to inspect the live lobster at your table before it is cooked.

Mandarin Oriental                                                       Manila
Call ahead to make sure Imelda Marcos is not dining. She goes often for the crispy duck and pancakes and her entourage is huge. If so, the wait for a table can be long.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Crispy Duck & Pancakes, of course.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns                                          Pocantico Hills, NY
Arrive early and walk the former Rockefeller Estate. Absolutely everything that chef/owner Dan Barber serves is grown or raised at the working farm.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The blood orange margarita and the blackcurrant martini are both delicious cocktails. Of course, both the blood orange and the blackcurrants are grown at the farm and are picked minutes before serving. The same theme extends to the main courses. Order the tasting menu.  The restaurant is 45 minutes door to door from Grand Central – no need to drive.

Bowdoin College – a Long History of Liberal Arts Education

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Bowdoin College
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Anil Jethmal has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of investment and finance. Anil Jethmal prepared for his career by studying economics at Bowdoin College in Maine.

With a history dating back more than 200 years, Bowdoin College was chartered in 1794 and matriculated its first class in 1802, with just eight students enrolling. At the time the students met in Boston, and in 1804, James Bowdoin III decided to honor his father by endowing the school in the district of Maine, which was still a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Over the years, Bowdoin College went on to educate some of the brightest writers in the country, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne, both of whom graduated in the class of 1825.

Today, Bowdoin College consistently ranks among the top 10 colleges in the nation, and it continues to offer a liberal arts education that challenges students intellectually and pushes them to take risks under the guidance of an accomplished faculty of artists and scholars.