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1 Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley): When I started to write lyrics in 2007, Jeff Buckley was one of my main influences at that time. This is his most emotionally touching song. I love the way his voice emotes the song. It is originally Leonard Cohen’s song and Buckley has taken it to a completely new level.
I was brought to my senses (Sting): I was introduced to this song when I was still in college and I still listen to it over and over again. Sting is another musician who has influenced me a lot. This song is a beautiful combination of melody
3 Pyramid song (Radiohead): This song has great melody. It has an odd time signature and it is simply amazing how the melody works around it. This song is a great piece of work.
The Blower’s Daughter (Damein Rice): This is the most beautiful song ever written. I love the simple emotions of love and yearning expressed in it. This song is supremely melodious and Rice’s voice is something else altogether.
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1 Salt Water Café (Bandra): Very close to my house, I love the ambience here. It’s very calm and has a nice, chilled out vibe. It reminds me of my own restaurant. I like the fact that they aren’t really ‘in your face’.
2 Pali Village Café (Pali Naka): I usually don’t have much time to sit and eat at a restaurant, but I visit this café twice or thrice every month. I like their main course more than the starters. The lamb ribs with mashed potato is my favourite dish.
3 Amore Gelato (Bandra): This is an ice cream parlour that is close to my home in Bandra. Their Belgian Chocolate and Ferrero Rocher flavours are great to satisfy your sweet tooth.
4 Bukhara (Andheri): This restaurant at the ITC serves very good Chicken Tikka and Butter Naan. They offer a great selection of Indian breads.
- Mrrinali Punj
Author of The Grasshopper's Run
1 The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien): Tolkien has been a favourite since my grandfather gifted me these two of his books. He’s just such a legendary writer. This guy spent his whole life in creating a fantasy world, the fabric of which was so detailed... the language, the customs, all of it. I, as a reader, do not feel like he’s imagining something — it’s like he has discovered a world and is describing it.
2 The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (John le Carré): This is another favourite. I’ve loved all of le Carré’s books, except perhaps the last three. This man understands human nature, he understands bureaucracy. What’s different about him is that he doesn’t moralise, ever. He shows the good people, and the bad people. His books just reflect the real world. He doesn’t create a James Bond; he creates a George Smiley.
3 The Postman Always Rings Twice (James M Cain): I found an old copy of this book in a library years ago, and then I tried looking for it later, but found it nowhere. Finally, in a small bookshop in Mumbai, this book resurfaced. It is a typical crime thriller, but told in the words of a blue collar worker. There’s an urgency, a pace.
Goodbye Mickey Mouse (Len Deighton): This book is an ideal example of a writer who has put in a lot of research on a highly technical subject. It tells you as much about flying a bomber as if you’d actually flown one. He recreates London of the 1940s, and the characters are interesting. They stay with you long after the story is over.
- Yamini Periwal
1 Deewar: Never before has an actor stormed and blazed the Indian screen with so much intensity, the way Amitabh Bachchan did in this film. More than the portrayal of anger it was simmering angst and bitterness that he displayed. Angst and bitterness are inert expressions and very difficult to express for any actor as they cannot be so openly visible in terms of emoting. Topping it is the perfect screenplay by Salim-Javed, and not to forget the outstanding dialogue. All of it resulted in a making of a true classic.
2 Scarface: One of the most outstanding gangster films ever made. And Al Pacino turned the character of Tony Montana into a cult figure. His body language, his dialogue delivery, his gait, just everything that he did made one want to become a gangster instantly. From the theme track to the background score to brilliant acting by the entire cast, Scarface was simply marvellous in every aspect. One of the finest movies directed by Brian De Palma.
3 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na: If there’s one character I’d love to play on screen, it would be Sunil, portrayed perfectly by Shah Rukh Khan in this Kundan Shah film. SRK’s sheer energy, innocence, vulnerability and yet making it a ‘real’ character despite all his flaws and failures, saw it as one of the finest text book performances ever. A superb film, great music and the fact that the leading man does not get the girl he loves and moves on only to bump into another girl taught us that ‘all is never over.’ Another all time classic.
One of the first films that I have memory of watching in the theatre as a child… And instantly deciding that I would grow up to be an actor. This movie also resulted in almost what can be called a my deep reverence for the lead actor and the director of this film, which lasts until today. Amitabh Bachchan and Manmohan Desai.