Raju Singh, Music director
1Heal The World: This song is a lesson in perfect symphony of music and lyrics to me. Created by Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones, it is an example of superlative harmony achieved by three of the great masters. The lyrics always touch my soul. It means a lot more to me after having my own children, when I see the way the world is getting destroyed every day.
2Tears In Heaven (Eric Clapton): The guitar riff starts the song and pulls you into the song and then his voice expresses all... straight from the heart. For musicians like me, for whom the guitar is their first instrument, Clapton is the God. The melancholy that ‘Tears in Heaven’ invokes is an exception in itself.
3Kya Yahi Pyaar Hai: An all-time favourite and such a great sing along. Panchamda ‘tussi great ho’ (you are great) is all I can say. His genius took Bollywood by storm. His songs are still the most loved, and I would say that it sounds better sans remix.
4Jiya Jale Jaan Jale: The next great master after Panchamda, AR Rahman. His arrangements are unique in itself. His modern approach to infuse languages into the music is also exceptional.
I listen to songs all day. The one that stuck with me and made an impression is ‘Pankhon ko’ from Rocket Singh, by Salim Suleman. Their music is par excellence.
Rajesh Choudhary, Owner of Marimba and Ubuntu
The last place I ate at was the Trident BKC’s coffee shop. I went there for the dinner buffet, which is Indian, Chinese and continental food. I liked their sushi a lot.
1Indigo Café (Andheri): It’s a casual dining place that my family and I like to go to and you get Rahul Akerkar’s hallmark food there. I really like the fish of the day. They also do a really great mushroom risotto, as well as a great green apple caprioska that has real green apple pieces in it.
2China House (Grand Hyatt): I guess this is the best Chinese restaurant in Mumbai right now. Their Beggar’s Chicken is one of the best dishes there in terms of taste and texture. Their dim sum is to die for and I really like the Jasmine Tiramisu with orange ice cream.
3Spices, J W Marriott (Juhu): This was probably the best Chinese restaurant in town, until China House opened. Unlike most, it also serves sushi. I really like the Dragon Rolls, which are platters of seven to eight sushis made of prawns, eels, tuna and eggs. They also have this shell crab. It’s really nice.
4Ankur (Fort): This seafood place is still going strong in spite of Trishna’s existence, because they serve the complete coastal cuisine: from Kerala, Mangalore, to the East coast, and so on. Trishna tends to get a bit overcrowded, whereas this is a small place and not very noisy, so that’s one thing I like. I like the Prawn Gassi and Sanna, which are like idli. I really recommend the Fish Gassi, the Mangalorean Prawns and the pomfret fillets. They will make any fish in any style of cuisine.
Vikas Pota, Author
1The Godfather (Mario Puzo): I love reading it. I have seen the films too. I am a huge fan of the series. It’s about the American history and I do enjoy it quite a lot.
2Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell): This book has unique examples how the trailblazers existed and how in America, in particular, they have done so well. The book examines how certain factors contribute to high levels of success.
3Stay Foolish, Stay Hungry (Rashmi Bansal): It’s a good read. You get an insight into IIM Ahmedabad. You also get a peek into what the alumnus has achieved. Read this for a view of the best institution in India.
4The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown): I love Dan Brown’s style of writing. The Da Vinci Code is about European history, which is fantastically researched. It beautifully combines historic elements with thriller and mystery. I’m currently reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. I started reading this book a couple of nights ago. I think his explanation of things as they are is brilliant.
Tannishtha Chatterjee, Actor
The last movie I watched was Inglorious Bastards. It’s an amazingly stylish movie. Needless to say that the actors were mind blowing!
1La Strada: The 1954 Oscar-winning film is one of the most memorable films that I have seen. It’s about a young woman who is sold for 10,000 lire by her impoverished mother to a gypsy. I like films which explore the journey of life and this is one of them.
2Pather Panchali: Satyajit Ray’s masterpiece is like a song on the road. I like it for its sensitivity. The narrative of this film is almost like a poem.
3Mughal-e-Azam: It remains one of my most favourite films till today. It’s a pure visual treat that also tells an amazing love story.
4 Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: Abrar Alvi is my favourite director. The film is a masterpiece. I love the book as well.