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HT Cafe, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, May 06, 2012
First Published: 14:04 IST(6/5/2012)
Last Updated: 15:52 IST(6/5/2012)

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

Read
Shital Kakkar Mehra, author, Business Etiquette
Acts Of Faith Eric Segal

A beautiful love story that spans two decades and three continents, it revolves around three friends. Deborah and Daniel are siblings of Jewish decent, while Tim comes from an Irish-Catholic
family. Segal has captured both Judaism and Christianity in great detail and the story has a beautiful end.

Blink Malcolm Gladwell
This book talks about how you have to put 10,000 hours into any activity to be equipped to take a call on what is right or wrong in a blink. Also, it helps separate the specialist from the novice or adventurist.

7 Spiritual Laws Of Success Deepak Chopra
An excellent book that’s easy to read. It talks about how success can be defined by a peaceful state of mind and happy relationships.

Selling The Invisible Harry Beckwith
This book tells you of the role of perceptions and first impressions in any business. It talks about the importance of creating a network and successful relationships at work.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
He is a master storyteller; this book will leave you thinking and pondering over life. It will teach you life lessons and leave a lasting impact on the reader forever.  
  
—Amrutha Rao

Listen
Natalie Di Luccio, singer
Andrea Bocelli Vivere Andrea Bocelli is one of the pioneers of classical crossover music. This album in particular gave the world some of the best compositions I believe have ever been written. Many classical singers grow up singing The Prayer and Con Te Patiro from this album at concerts.

Celine Dion
The Complete Best
This is a greatest hits album of singer Celine Dion. As a singer, I get really excited by this piece of work because I love singing these classic ballads.

A R Rahman,Vande Mataram
There are so many beautiful compositions. I love hearing A R Rahman’s independent work because he uses what he wants without being restricted by a film. I seriously get goose bumps every time we perform Vande Mataram at his concerts.

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Adele 21
Her songs in this album go right through me. Her voice is so unique and she is such a strong songwriter. I learn a lot by listening to her compositions and really feel her heart bleed.

Don Giovanni Mozart Mozart is my favourite
composer from the classical era. Don Giovanni is one of my favourite operas by him. I love all the music from it!

—Nirmika Singh

Eat
Aarti Kapai, owner, Pure Sin Chocolates
Out of the Blue,
Bandra (W) I love their sizzlers — be it the veg cutlet or the BBQ Polenta. I live in South Bombay, but always drive to this place on Carter Road for its yummy sizzlers, sandwiches, pasta and fondue.

China Garden, Khar (W)
How can you not love this place? The craving for good Chinese has taken over and there’s absolutely nothing in this country that even comes close to Mumbai’s haven for Chinese food... I’d do anything for a portion of veg teppan soba noodles, steamed wantons and paneer in red pepper.

Pizzeria, Marine Drive
Love this place for the yummiest pesto sauce pasta, salad, garlic bread and the amazing Bombay masala pizza — it never fails to satisfy! The view, too, is to die for... I absolutely adore it!

Shatranj Napoli, Khar (W)
The Italian food is excellent: the Gamberetti Napoli — prawns and mushrooms in an exquisite cheese, tomato and spinach sauce — is a favourite of mine.

Flamboyante, Cuffe Parade
The sitting area is lavishly spread out. The kakori kebabs there are absolutely outstanding. They just melt in the mouth. The ambience is good for a family celebration.

—Rochelle Pinto

Watch
Chandan Roy Sanyal, actor
Nayak (1966) Uttam Kumar
Te numero uno of Bengal, and Satyajit Ray coming together for this film in the ’60s was a lethal amalgamation of two stalwarts. Written by Satyajit Ray, this is about a matinee idol who goes on a cross-country train journey and is interviewed by Sharmila Tagore. It is a very sombre drama about those times and traces the journey of that actor from his anonymous theatre days to his superstardom.

Across The Universe   (2007) Directed by Julie Taymor 
A theatre dirctor, this is a stupendously splendid film on The Beatles’ music. The palette of chosen colours with surreal images is just mind shattering.

Let The Right One In (2008)
This is a Swedish romantic-horror film about a twelve-year-old girl who has stayed the same age for 200 years. Set in a suburb in Stockholm in the 1980s, it’s strange to see romance in a gory film with kids in it.

The Doors (1991)
I was blown away by Val Kilmer’s portrayal of the legend that was Jim Morrison. As years passed by and I matured as an actor, I realised how special the performance was. Don’t miss this one — it’s legendary.

Bandit Queen (1994)
Shekhar Kapur’s power-packed film with Seema Biswas portraying dacoit Phoolan Devi was amazing.


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