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Masters choice

Here's the best pick from the world of music, literature, food and cinema.

entertainment Updated: Feb 13, 2011 14:04 IST


Vrushali Telang
Author, Can’t Die For Size Zero

1 Tales from Firozsha Baag: Every day has its own drama and Rohinton Mistry has
skillfully crafted the poignancy of daily life in this novel. It is about everyday middle class
people, their hopes, dreams and issues. I could identify with the camaraderie, gossip, politics and intertwining of lives in this book. All who love the island city and its people can relive the allure of the Parsi community from Mumbai of the ’60s.

2 The Godfather: I love the break-neck speed and the mafia family depicted in this book by Mario Puzo. But what makes me re-read it over the years is the
philosophy Don Corleone operates by. There is no better leadership manual up for grabs. Read it once just to know how a true leader thinks!

3 Rebecca: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again” is the opening line of Maxim De Winter’s second wife, the overwhelmed protagonist of this timeless novel by Daphne Du Maurier. The glamour and glory of dead Rebecca, is largely her imagination set against the captivating mansion of Manderlay. Rebecca, the novel haunts you long after you have finished reading it.

4 Shooting From The Hip: It’s a collection of Shobhaa De’s articles over time. From powerhouse personalities, to humble eateries from Paris to Aamchi Mumbai, De has her say in it all. It is diverse, insightful, sometimes acerbic and always entertaining.

–Manali Shah


Sahil Makhija
Frontman, Demonic Resurrection and Workshop

1 Strapping Young Lad (City): This could possibly be my most favourite album of all time. The energy and aggression in this album is infectious and Devin’s voice is monstrous, not to mention Gene Hoglan’s incredible drumming.

2 Old Man’s Child (The Pagan Prosperity): This is one of the albums that got me into Black Metal. It is melodic and Galder is one of the most talented
multi-instrumentalists. It is filled with great melodies and a dark atmosphere.

3 Iron Maiden (Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son): This is Iron Maiden’s best album ever. It is one of the first metal albums I heard and I was hooked on by the melodies and the power of the music.
It’s a classic.

4 Pantera (The Great Southern Trend kill): This album makes me want to punch someone in the face. When I heard it first, it was like being hit by a bulldozer and while most fans prefer the earlier Pantera stuff I think this is definitely one of their best.

–Megha Mahindru


Rajdeep Kapoor
Executive Chef, ITC Grand Maratha

1 Pan Asian (Andheri East): This restaurant built around three interactive kitchens features delectable cuisines from China, Thailand, Mongolia, Korea and Japan prepared at site by master chefs. From the Teppanyaki and Yakitori styles of preparations to the Korean bar-be-cues and hot pots or the Chinese and Thai stir and wok fry to the Mongolian brazier, Pan Asian is always my one-stop destination for Asian food.

2 JW Marriott – Lotus Pavilion (Juhu): A Coffee shop with a beautiful sea view and an amazing ambience.

3 Dum Pukht (Andheri East): At Dum Pukth, I especially relish their Dum Pukht biryani and kakori kebab. A legacy from the kitchens of the nawabs of Awadh, this style of cooking food over a slow fire in sealed ‘deghs’ has truly regaled connoisseurs the world over.

4 Olive at Racecourse (Haji Ali): The Olive Bar and Kitchen in Mumbai is something of a landmark. A place where the city’s happy people congregate to dine well, to dip into an outstanding cellar, and to linger over laughter and conversation. Just like the city, Olive is a bit of a happening place. Sunday Brunch has a good selection of antipasti, main course and dessert. It is a nice place to spend a lazy Sunday in laughter.

–Rochelle Pinto


Minissha Lamba

1 Spy Game (2001): I love the fact it was dramatic. I enjoyed Robert Redford’s and Brad Pitt’s performances in it. This film has a mad adrenaline rush it gives you.

2 Munnabhai MBBS (2003): The film had a revolutionary concept and the writing is fantastic. The performances took it to the next level. Raj Kumar Hirani took a negative profession, added a fun angle to it with a hint of romance and made it so special. I particularly liked the angle of turning a thug into a good-hearted citizen. It also had some great songs.

3 Omkara (2006): Even though I had studied and dissected Othello in every way possible in school, when I watched this film, which was based on the same story, I was entertained at every step. It was just awesome. I loved all the performances especially by Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan.

4 The Social Network (2010): The film was greatly loved by the entire world. It was such a simple story about a college boy. It amazes me that a person who connected over 500 million people all over the world with their friends had no friends of his own.

–Priyanka Jain