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Author of Perfect Eight
1 The Assistant: Bernard Malamud is one of my all-time favourites because he is the master of emotional minimalism. He is simple, profound and humane. The story of a man trying to anchor and redeem himself at the scene of his crime is told without sentimentality and yet with great sympathy for flawed, lost souls.
2 Rebecca: I love this novel by Daphne du Maurier for the inner life of the heroine, the detailing of her external life, the lush walls of rhododendrons, the smell of crushed azaleas, the moonlit windows of Manderley. It is a thrilling ride, so vivid, fresh and perfectly plotted. Annaville in my novel, Perfect Eight, is an unabashed tribute to Manderley.
3 Gone with the Wind : No matter how many times I read Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, I can always smell with the same sense of immediacy, Ellen’s lemon verbena sachets. I can see the cotton puffs starring the black earth and how the moon transfigures Tara into a dream. The book is not politically correct and is subtly racist, yet you cannot fault its story.
4 The Fountainhead : I love The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand for its gaunt language and the sparkle at its edges. I love it because it made me want to be a writer who had something to say.
- Manali Shah
Musician of Khiladi and show host of P-Man Show
1 Dizzy Up The Girl (Goo Goo Dolls): This is one of my all-time favourite albums. I often revisit the songs and it’s also one CD I haven’t lent to anybody ever.
2 The Great Southern Trendkill (Pantera): For a true methalhead like myself, this is one of the few albums I can hear start to finish without skipping any songs. There is such detailing and magnanimous song production that it takes you in.
3 Mezzanine (Massive Attack): Massive Attack has this unique ability to move you with each song. I really can’t explain this in any other way.
4 Details (Frou Frou): The first time I heard Imogen Heap sing, I wanted to marry her. She’s got such soul and power in her voice... I’ll give her dowry as well.
- Sharin Bhatti
Co-owner of Zenzi, Bandra
1 Salt Water Café (Bandra): It’s a really nice place. I like the ambience, it’s very laidback. If you want to try their best dishes, go for their imported lamb chops and beef. They are really amazing. A lot of newer restaurants claim to serve authentic Italian cuisine. Fortunately, Salt Water Café is doing something totally different.
2 Two One Two (Andheri): This restaurant has just opened and is already a hit in town. They have stuck to the authenticity of the cuisine they serve. Of course, it has a great ambience. I generally love Italian food and I had this pasta with prawns in chilli and garlic oil. It was heavenly. Also try the carpaccio, a dish composed of sliced meat or tuna with Parmesan cheese and rocket salad.
3 Royal China (Bandra): This is easily one of the best Chinese restaurants in town. They have amazing dumplings and duck food items. If you love Chinese cuisine, this is the place to go to.
4 Copper Chimney (Worli): They do amazing authentic Indian cuisine. Their biryani, chicken tikka are amazing and the typical Indian desserts they make are also just awesome.
- Jayeeta Mazumder
Director, Phas Gaye Re Obama
1 The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin): It is perhaps one of the first satires in the international film world. The way Chaplin made fun of Hitler and his ideology of hate was commendable. The sequence, where Hitler comes just for a few seconds to stand in front of the painter and before the painter could start painting, Hitler would leave, is etched in my mind.
2 JFK (Oliver Stone): Oliver Stone is my most favourite Hollywood director and JFK is one of the most hard-hitting court/ social/political drama to have ever come out of Hollywood. I also call it the most ‘patriotic’ American film ever made because sometimes questioning the way your government functions can be more patriotic than following it.
3 Do Beegha Zameen (Bimal Roy): They say that great films are always relevant and it’s true for this masterpiece by Bimal da. Balraj Sahni pulling a hand-rickshaw fast on insistence of a lover (who is trying to impress his girlfriend) is one of the most heart-felt sequences to have been portrayed in Hindi Cinema.
4 Lage Raho Munnabhai (Raju Hirani): This film, according to me, made Raju Hirani one of the most substantial filmmakers of modern Hindi Cinema. Terms like ‘Gandhigiri’ and ‘chemical locha’ are some of the best to have emerged from mainstream cinema.