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    Guru's Weekly Pick: August 25 - 31

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/08/2017

    » Every week, we sift through tonnes of activities, shows, art exhibitions and things to do. Here is our especially curated list of what's hot this week in Bangkok and beyond. Enjoy!

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    Guru award 2015

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 11/12/2015

    » Regardless of how you feel about 2015, you can't deny it has been a memorable year. As 2015 will soon wrap up, many media outlets will be coming up with their lists of this year's highlights. Esteemed publication that we are, Guru presents the second Guru Awards, commemorating the good, the bad and the quirky of 2015.

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    Spice of life

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/09/2013

    » Thailand has received so many influences from India, from Buddhism to Hinduism, language, literature as well as food. Your khao mok kai is inspired by biryani rice. Many types of "Thai" curries such as gaeng karee (yellow curry), panaeng and massaman also have Indian roots. Yet, for some reason, whether because it's too heavy or the tastes aren't compatible, real Indian food isn't what Thai people eat every day (no, your roti drenched in condensed milk and green curry naan don't count).

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    Sushi SenSei

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 14/06/2013

    » While fans of your standard Japanese buffet are used to the Thai-ified concept of sushi - thin pieces of raw fish that barely cover a rice ball to be dunked into soy sauce so pungent because a big dollop of wasabi has been mixed in it - true sushi enthusiasts know that savouring a piece of sushi is a more delicate affair than that.

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    Costly Cosmopolitanism

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 11/01/2013

    » Thai people have a way of expressing negatively charged words in nicer-sounding terms. For example, kathoey takes on a word that means the second kind of woman or a gender-crossing woman (or man?), while a soi dog is called a sunak if you want to appear pretentiously proper. The name for a type of reptile often seen dwelling in Lumpini Park and canals is considered so offensive some refer to it as tua ngern tua thong (silver-and-gold animal), even though no Thai in their right minds would ever hug one like it's made of treasure.

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    Feisty dining

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 07/09/2012

    » Bangkok is the city of the new being built upon the old. Silom Road used to be rice fields littered with windmills before buildings and roads took over to make it the business district it is today. The land on which CentralWorld currently sits used to be occupied by a Royal palace. Many sites of clubs, bars and restaurants on Sukhumvit Road have gone through different names and owners. And, who knows, your condo may even sit on a site where a cemetery used to lie.

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