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How deep is your love (Bee Gees): This is the most romantic song I have ever heard. I love the expression put in it. The singing is amazing. The arrangement, structure and harmony of this song are superb. This song is out of the world.
Din dhal jaaye (SD Burman): This song is from the movie Guide (1965). The way Rafiji has sung it simply wonderful. The composition is terrific. In fact, I love the entire Guide album. I think it’s the ultimate album as it has many variations.
Woman in love (Barbra Streisand): This song is the ultimate love song. Barbra is my favourite singer. Also, this has composed by the Bee Gees and they are my favourite composers. So, both coming together was amazing. This song is from the album Guilty, which is my favourite album.
Sapno mein agar mere (Madan Mohan): This one is from the movie Dulhan Ek Raat Ki (1976). It has been rendered beautifully by Lata Mangeshkar. She’s sung it in a soft voice, not in a full-throttle, and that is very difficult.
— Manali Shah
Owner of Candies, Bandra
Indigo Deli Delicatessen, Colaba: I find this place has high standards, quality and an excellent ambience. The first thing that comes to my mind is that it has the rustic feel of an old wine cellar. I love their Philadelphia cheese and steak standwich, on the menu known as ‘Philly Cheese Steak’ sandwich, topped off with a nice lemon refresher to wash it all down. I like ending my meal with a quiche.
Royal China, Bandra: The dim sums are the best here. For appetisers I like their Pork Buns and for the main course I love their Egg Fried Rice, which is yummy when teamed with Beef in Black Bean sauce. I do not usually have a dessert when I eat here.
Gajalee, Vile Parle: This tops my list of the best seafood places. The highlight of my meal is their fried Bombay Duck followed by Tandoori Crab. Also I enjoy Tisario Koshimbir, Tisario being the Hindi word for clams. I prefer knowing the dishes by their authentic names.
Thai Pavilion, Taj President: What I love about this place are the watermelon sculptures that greet you at the entrance. I find them very artistic. My favourite dish is their Thai Green Curry with a side dish of Thai Papaya salad, which has a nice tangy hint to it. I love eating their Tiramisu. Overall, I find myself being reminded of Bangkok when I eat here.
— Jana Colaco
Usha K R
Pride and Prejudice: I like it for its humour, vivid characters, delicious romance, and clear picture of a slice of society. Jane Austen demonstrates how much a writer can accomplish despite her limited means, despite being on leash, so to say.
Middlemarch: This book by George Eliot is a huge, complex, detailed novel - a commentary of the politics and policies of its times, a social tract, and is, at the same time a tremendously uplifting story about love and its mismatched tragedies.
The Portrait of a Lady: Henry James is known for his subtlety and nuance, and here, in his best style, is the story of a young woman of means, inexperienced but who thinks she knows her mind, as she explores her romantic options and finally, almost against her better judgement, is seduced by the apparent charm, taste and culture of an older man, who turns out to be a predatorial habitué of the society circles in Europe.
Anna Karenina: Written by Leo Tolstoy, this is the story of the downfall of a beautiful, confident woman, who leaves her much older husband and young son, to follow her love and finds that love is not enough. This is the mother of all stories of spirited women who seek to follow their heart.
— Shweta Mehta
Mera Naam Joker (1970): It was the first film I ever saw. I was barely five or six years old and the experience of watching it in the theatre is still imprinted in my mind. I watch it often to relive that special moment. It will always hold the first position in my life where films are concerned.
Out Of Africa (1985): This movie by Oliver Stone served as a huge inspiration for me to become a filmmaker. In my opinion, it is the greatest love story ever told. Meryl Streep has delivered an amazing performance. The background score and locations are unparalleled.
Arth (1982): This was the movie that really converted me into being a filmmaker because it was reflective of the language that I wanted to speak and the relationships I wanted to explore. It was at that juncture in my life that I made the transition from a student to a professional. These were the depths and complexities I wanted to explore throughout my life, through my cinema and writing. I feel that whatever I do, whatever piece of art I create, should explore human relationships.
U Turn (1997): Oliver Stone is my favourite director and this movie had me riveted because of its brilliant cinematographic detail and narration. The visuals seem to speak for themselves and portray this bizarre, crazy story in a wonderful manner.
— Shweta Mehta