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Watch: Shakti Arora, Actor
Jab We Met, 2007
A refreshing and colourful movie that uplifts my mood whenever I watch it. The characters and situations are so endearing that the movie can be watched over and over again. Kareena has delivered the performance of a lifetime. It’s an absolute treat to watch her.
Rock On!!, 2008
This film is a musical journey and its music is really inspiring. Another reason to watch this film is Farhan Akhtar — he has delivered an award winning performance. Even Arjun Rampal’s performance was surprisingly good and restrained.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, 2011
It is such a feel good film that I feel happy every time I watch it. All the characters have been etched out so well, specially the character played by Katrina which is very well defined.
I loved Ranbir Kapoor in the film. After watching the film, I could relate to his character very well. In fact, I would love to portray a role like that some day. The story of the film is so powerful and the characters so intense that somewhere it touched a chord within me.
Dil Chahta Hai, 2001
This is a movie on friendships and strong bonds and one which I can closely relate to. It is a path-breaking, simple and light-hearted movie with a fresh look and feel. All the characters in this film are very endearing, be it Aamir Khan, Preity Zinta or Saif Ali Khan.
(— by Petrina D’Souza)
Read: Rituraj Verma, Author, Love, Peace & Happiness
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
The character, Orr, has often inspired me to consistently work on honing skills and preparing for an alternate path. Some other characters remind me of the comic tragedies that befall those who do not have a plan in mind. A must-read for those who find life dreary and impossible.
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
This book has inspired me to write better. I find that Franzen has an unusual interpretation of everyday insights, and his behavioural characterisation and expansive settings are like life has put a book between its covers. Highly recommended to those who enjoy textured writing with different layers.
In Our Time, Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway does not waste words, and yet creates scenes and characters just like the way a movie camera shoots each scene and creates different moods. Very often I find myself using similar techniques. This book means a lot to me.
The Fall, Albert Camus
The casual conversational style Camus uses to bring out the hypocrisy of our times serves as a guiding light for me. Another inspiration — Camus’s handling of various female characters associated with the narrator, and how despite the apathy, he is still fond of them.
Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut’s depiction of sex in its funny and often precise description serves to remind me that even good books can have fairly amorous passages and that I should not be apologetic about writing boldly about things I felt are central to the theme.
(—by Petrina D’Souza)
Listen: Aditya Kalyanpur, Tabla player
Phir Se Ud Chala, Rockstar
Composed by A R Rahman, this song is so unique. The composition is so rare and abstract and the rendition of words is so different from the regular Bollywood songs. It is absolutely fantastic with amazing chords changes.
You Van’t Always Get What You Want, Let It Bleed
You Can’t Always Get What You Want is a song by the Rolling Stones on their 1969 album Let It Bleed. The lyrics of the song make utmost sense to me, in addition to it being an incredible tune.
It is composed by Salim-Sulaiman. It is such a soulful number which truly touches your soul and brings out some really sensitive emotions in a person.
We Are The World, We Are The World
It is a class act by various artists coming together to represent peace, togetherness, love and harmony. It encompasses the spirit of oneness for the entire universe, transcending all nationalities, religions and race, bringing all of humanity together. Each performer’s voice is fantabulous.
Phir Le Aya Dil, Barfi!
This song is from the film Barfi!, the music of which is composed by Pritam Chakraborty. A modernised ghazal is a rare phenomen, this one is so well presented with a modern flavour that it impacts you deeply.
(—by Soumya Vajpayee)
Eat: Thomas Zacharias, Senior Sous Chef, Olive Bar & Kitchen
Mukkam Post Malwan, Worli
Perhaps Worli’s best-kept secret is Mukkam Post Malwan, a humble no-frills eatery that satiates my Konkan food cravings in a flash. Some menu highlights are the mutton sukhe, bombil rawa fry and crab masala. I’ve also had my first and, to date, the best sol khadi here.
Hearsch Bakery, Bandra
This bakery offers a gentle reminder that classics never lose their charm. Whether it is their flavourful mutton rolls, suspiciously flaky puffs or fresh lemonade, I am always left with a surge of nostalgia once I’ve snacked at Hearsch.
Godrej Nature’s Basket, Mumbai
As a professional chef, I am always drawn to great ingredients and GNB is my go-to gourmet supermarket in Mumbai. They are always stocked up on the best of products and have extremely knowledgeable staff. And no matter which part of the city you’re in, you are bound to find a Godrej Nature’s Basket store near you.
Blue Frog, Lower Parel
Not everyone can boast of being the best live music venue in the city but add to that an array of delectable dishes and you have a rockstar of a food joint. Blue Frog’s assortment of jazzy appetisers is for me its number one hit.
Suzette, Nariman Point
As a chef, I seldom have the luxury of being awake in time for breakfast. But when I do, I make it a point to eat here. Its perfectly cooked eggs, refreshing smoothies and selection of outstanding crepes make it my favourite breakfast joint in Mumbai.
(—by Soumya Vajpayee)