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Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 18, 2012
First Published: 14:25 IST(18/11/2012) | Last Updated: 14:33 IST(18/11/2012)

Get your list of what to read, listen, eat and watch from the proven experts in the field

Read: Abhishek Agrawal, Author, Sorry For Loving You

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Life Is What You Make It - Preeti Shenoy
A must-read for all teenagers and college students. You get to learn a lot from this book. This book justifies the title too and it is very true that life is what you make it.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - Robin Sharma
It teaches us how to maintain simplicity, serenity and harmony in our life. Each chapter talks of something unique and the descriptions of situations are really fabulous. You can realise phenomenal improvement in yourself in terms of personal development, effectiveness and happiness.

How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company - Varun Agarwal
I would suggest this for people who are trying to be entrepreneurs, it hits the right spot. This book is the easiest to connect to. Almost all the characters and events are relatable. It's hilarious and fun to read. A definite page turner! 

How To Win Friends And Influence People - Dale Carnegie
This book has the capacity to make you think in and out and take concrete decisions which would surely help you lead a very happy and contented life.

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish - Rashmi Bansal
It is well written and inspiring. It tells you about many Indian entrepreneurs and their inspiring stories which prove that ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’. To make a difference you have to be different and you have to think different. 
 — Petrina D’Souza

Listen: Pankaj Udhas, Singer

Lag jaa gale (Woh Kaun Thi?)
I was in school and this song would play all the time on the radio. The balance of the rendition with the right dose of emotions in the song and the gayki is remarkable. Even today, wherever I may be, I stop when I hear this song.

Chithi aayi hai (Naam)
One of my own songs, I remember that back then, after the recording, there were tears in the eyes of everyone in the studio. There are such vivid memories attached to this song that I can write a whole book on them.

Tere mere sapne ab ek rang hain (Guide)
The late Mohmmed Rafi was born to be a playback singer. The way he literally emoted through song was phenomenal. This song is the epitome of romance.

Aye mohabat tere anjam pe (Begum Akhtar)
I first heard this ghazal at my elder brother’s friend’s house. I just fell in love with singer Begum Akhtar’s voice, her style and the lyrics. This song was my initiation into ghazal singing and the singer was my major source of inspiration.

Deewaron se milkar rona (Mukarrar)
After 33 years of composing ghazal albums, I consider this one of my best musical compositions. Till date, I get requests to sing this
ghazal during my live concerts. This song has become the other name of Pankaj Udhas.
 — Soumya Vajpayee

Eat: Jai Thakur, Managing Director, Di Napoli

Cafe Zoe Lower Parel
I love having breakfast at this “industrial-chic” all-day cafe and bar.  The space is big, bright and unassuming, where you can read your morning newspaper over a yummy fluffy omelette, fresh orange juice and a hot cuppa aromatic coffee. The vibe is ‘relax, kick back and chill’.

Royal China Fort
This place definitely gets my vote for the best dimsums in town. It’s still number one for its delicious Chinese food prepared with fresh ingredients that aren’t over-cooked. Royal China combines flavour and ambience for that perfect late Sunday afternoon lunch.

The Tasting Room Lower Parel
Despite all the new offerings in the area, this ‘room’ tucked away in the Good Earth store at Raghuvanshi Mills has held its own. Its menu was and still is different (in a good way) and the mis-matched tables and chairs add to the casual decor. 

Gostana Bandra
This place is known for its simple yet scrumptious healthy burgers and warm ambience. My
personal favourite is the lamb burger.

Thai Pavilion Cuffe Parade
Still the best Thai food in town, Thai Pavilion never disappoints. Even a New Yorker friend of mine agrees that this is the yummiest Thai food he has eaten outside of Thailand. The raw mango salad served here is simply delicious and as authentic as it gets.
—Sumedha Deo

Watch Karan Mehra, Actor

AAAAndaz Apna Apna 1994
I laugh every time I watch the film. In fact, I have seen it around 136 times already and watch it every single time it’s on TV. I can even recite a lot of the dialogues from start to finish.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995
This film is one of my favourites because I relate to Raj’s character, the main lead of the film played by Shah Rukh Khan, a lot. It sincerely makes me want to be romantic like him.

Sholay 1975
This is one of my other favourite films. When I was young, I had a best friend in school. We were so close that we were called the Jay-Veeru jodi by all.

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro 1983
It is a classic comedy and it’s good that it is releasing again. When it released, I managed to see the first show.

Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya 1998
I am a huge fan of actor Salman Khan. His physique in the song ‘Oh oh jane jana’ from the film was what initially inspired me to join the gym.

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