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entertainment Updated: Apr 17, 2011 16:02 IST

Literature
Gopika Kapoor
Author, Spiritual Pregnancy

1The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: When I received this book written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows as a gift, I wondered what on earth it was about. I was swept into the world of Juliet Ashton and all the residents of a tiny island called Guernsey, all through the medium of letters.

2Julius Caesar: This play by Shakespeare offers many insights about character, integrity, honour and tragic flaws that all Shakespearean tragedies are known for. I appreciate the beauty and richness of the now archaic language that says a lot more than words convey.

3Karma Sannyasa: This book by Swami Satyasangananda is one of the most practical spiritual books I’ve read. Comprising of a series of short essays, it talks about how to develop higher awareness, living in the world, rather than escaping from it.

4Little Yash Has Lost His Smile: Although this is a children’s book published by the Chinmaya Mission Trust, I love this book for the simple and beautiful message it gives. It’s a beautifully illustrated pop-up book, and every time I read it to my kids, I learn something from it as well.
- Manali Shah

Music
Arun S Ravi
Frontman, The Riot Peddlers

1I don’t wanna hear it (Minor Threat): This song basically talks about people who are not truthful and don’t want to listen to their lies. Besides the lyrics, this song also appeals to me because I generally like fast-paced songs. Minor Threat is one of the pioneers of hardcore punk, and was a huge hit in 1980’s in America.

2Hold your ground (Gorilla Biscuits): The lyrics of this song speak of people who are different and want to be that way. It strikes a chord with me as I sport a huge mohawk, which is unusual in our society. This song is about individuality and I am
a huge fan of Gorilla Biscuits.

3Six Pack (Black Flag): This song is about a guy who has a girlfriend and everything else, but the minute he gets his six-pack beers, he doesn’t need anybody else. Black Flag is one of my favourite hardcore punk bands. Henry Rollins, their vocalist, is a very prominent figure in the punk scene and I look up to him a lot.

4Do unto others (Cro Mags): The lyrics of this song are all about not taking things lying down and taking revenge. Cro Mags is also a hardcore punk band from the 1980s and their live performances are great. They’ve grown older but the energy they play with, is amazing.
- Manali Shah

Food
Nazmeen Farkar
Oriental Palate, Bandra

1Indigo (Colaba): They have impeccable quality in food and wonderful flavours. The nice part is they have simple interiors. The service too, is very good. Their wine list, especially, is excellent.

2Salt Water Café (Bandra): One of my favourite restaurant in the suburbs, they have an interesting menu when it comes to seafood. They have really good flavours, and what they boast of is consistency. The service is nice, and the cocktail menu is great.

3Thai Pavilion, Taj President Hotel (Cuffe Parade): It is one of the few restaurants that get their Thai food just right. The interiors are warm and inviting.

4Peshawari, Hotel ITC Grand Maratha (Sahar): They serve wonderful Indian food. Though they have limited menu, they get it just right with the food, which is of an amazing quality. The additional trait of eating with your hands at Peshawari just adds to the comfortable ambience of the place, along with its Indian feel.
-Meher Manda

Cinema
Preeti Desai
Actor

1Maine Pyar Kiya (1989): It was an awesome film to watch. I remember watching it over and over again. When you are young, you get hooked on to love stories and this one was the most romantic film I saw during my teenage days. At that time I fell in love with Salman Khan.

2Udaan (2010): It was a very good film. It was superb and a totally natural film. I can watch this movie again and again. It’s my kind of film. The characters are real and the story is pretty good. It was quite refreshing to see it.

3Jodhaa Akbar (2008): I like Hrithik Roshan. He is amazing to watch and the period look of the film shows him in a royal, charming avatar. I enjoy period films and I am a total sucker for love stories, so this one was two-in-one fun for me.

4Lagaan (2001): It talks about India and the Raj, and I like that. I loved Aamir’s performance in the film and the twists and turns when his team, though untrained in the dynamics of cricket, masters and wins the game against the Britishers.
-Priyanka Jain