Catching up on your reading list, so you can finish the #BrunchBookChallege on time before the year ends? Or heading to a destination music festival? How about that film you’ve been meaning to watch? We asked some of our favourite people from the world of literature, music, fashion and films on what they will be up to over the next week. Here’s what they have to say. You might want to take a leaf out of their book.
The Biblio Files
Anita Nair, Author
I like to give my library a thorough spring clean once a year. As it is practically a room full of books and little else, I am saving up the next two weeks to do that: dust and arrange it all back in an order of my own making; repair the books that are falling apart; weed out the books I know I will never read to give away, so I can make place for the new books that now wait on the floor; and set aside the repeats that have crept in either as a gift or as a result of a dodgy memory. All the while, I’ll be playing all my vinyls back to back.
Samit Basu, Novelist
Since this year has convinced me I’m in an alternate reality, I’m going to spend the remaining of it exploring some of my favourite alternate universes. On the reading list: new books by Ben Aaronovitch and Aliette de Bodard. Also, I’m going to rewatch Satyajit Ray’s Goopy Bagha films, which as it turns out were not children’s fantasy stories but prophetic documentaries.
The Write Time
Amish Tripathi, Author
I’ll be writing the second part of my Ram Chandra series since my deadline is close and the publishers are on my head!
Riyaaz Amlani, Restaurateur
I plan to spend some time with my family since my wife’s and mother’s birthdays are coming up in the week and I have surprises lined up for them.
Tara Sharma, Actor
I will be attending a brand event in Dubai as a chief guest representing India. I will be gone for two days, so my kids will be accompanying me, as they like to spend time in Children’s City.
Freddy Daruwala, Model
I am going to attend a new martial arts workshop. And I have booked a new sports bike, so I plan to take it out for a long spin with friends. Spending time with my mean machine is like meditation for me.
Mini Mathur, TV Host
In the coming week, I am looking forward to welcoming another addition to our family: a puppy. So other than spending some quality time with him, I wish to read Nigel Slater’s book, A Year of Good Eating and James Napoli’s The Official Dictionary of Sarcasm: A Lexicon for Those of Us Who are Better and Smarter Than the Rest of You. I have waited really long to read both these books and I can’t wait to finally begin!
Alison Kanuga, Choreographer
I am looking forward to reading Twinkle Khanna’s latest book, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. Twinkle’s writing is smart and funny, so I know it will make for a breezy read – it’s just the thing you need to curl up with at the end of a long weekday.
Falguni Peacock, Fashion Designer
I am going to be in Goa the coming week and though it’s a work trip, I know I am going to make time for sundowners with friends at its scenic beaches. Also, one of these weekdays, I am going to watch the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The rave reviews have left me more curious than ever.
Netflix and Chai
Sonam Kalra, Singer – The Sufi Gospel Project
I have just finished a crazy work week so I intend to put my feet up, grab a cup of chai – good old doodhwali chai and not the fancy teas everyone is drinking these days – and binge-watch the Netflix series The Crown, about the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Nachiket Barve, Fashion Designer
I wish to reread The Kenneth Anderson Omnibus, make some pasta with winter veggies, sample food at Yeti on a quick trip to Delhi and source beautiful textiles from the fabric markets there.
From HT Brunch, December 4, 2016
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