Musician and Music writer
Smells like teen spirit - Nirvana : The first time I ever heard of the band was in 1991 and I knew instantly this was a new sound that would go on to enthrall audiences worldwide. Kurt Cobain changed the way the world perceived punk. Here was a man who performed with so much sensitivity.
In tha Mist - Guerillas : This is one of my favourite new bands. I love the fluidity of their music. This particular track makes you think and really listen. It helps generate ideas and movement. It opens up your mind.
Killing in the Name of - Rage Against the Machine: I actually wrote about them last Christmas on my blog and let all my readers know that they should really just go back in time and listen to this brilliant record. I have to tell you, that day I realised how much I like their sound and energy.
What do I Get - The Buzzocks : The Buzzcocks Spiral Scratch EP inspired me to make my own records. The idea that you could make your own record was so alien before that, everyone thought that you had to go to London and grovel to a big label to get yourself heard. But they opened up a whole new world to me.
— Sharin Bhatti
Owner, Cafe Mangii
The Zodiac Grill (The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Colaba ): I practically like everything about this place. I love the food, the ambience, the service, the crowd and the presentation. I get this feeling of grandness at Zodiac Grill.
India Jones (Nariman Point): I just love the whole idea of sitting right next to where your food is being cooked. The Teppanyaki counters and the flamboyant cooks are amazing. I also think that the interiors here are fantastically done.
Peshawari (ITC Grand Maratha): I love Peshawari for the awesome selection of wholesome kebabs. I especially like the kakkoori kebabs. The menu is not very lengthy though.
Indigo Deli (Colaba): I like the delectable Deli menu. The interiors are innovative and the ambience is quite minimalistic. I enjoy the wholesome burgers that are accompanied by pickles and fries.
— Manali Shah
Author of Love, Life and all that Jazz
The Great Gatsby: This novel by F Scott Fitzgerald (published in 1925) is one of the greatest novels of all time. The story is full of symbolism and provoking questions about America's shallow culture back then and the trappings of fame. His writing feels young, fresh-faced and is a fast paced, gripping read.
This story by Haruki Murakami is simple and beautifully told, with powerful dialogues, interspersed with references to music. I admire Murakami's deft handling of questions on mortality, youth, and the healing power of love and
The Middleman: This is one of Sankar's most popular novels and a follow up to his successful novel, Chowringhee. It's a wonderful character study, portraying stark reality in the helplessness, shame and frustration of Somnath, the protagonist. It also speaks about the equations within the family and his rise and fall as a human being.
The Last Lectur:
Professor Randy Pausch was diagnosed with terminal cancer with hardly any months to live. He delivers his last lecture and talks about life’s lessons and shares experiences, anecdotes and words of wisdom. He focuses on how to express gratitude to the people who had made him who he is. It offers a moment of introspection to everyone living anywhere and will makes you embrace life and value your relationships.
— Manali Shah
City of God (2002): This Brazilian crime film blew my mind from the first frame. The cinematic language used by directors Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund is amazing. Based on a true story about the growth of organised crime, this film grips you from start to end.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001): I was wowed the first time I saw this film. Being an urban boy, I had a superior connect with this cult film. It changed the look of films to come and it was so cool. The humour was great. Farhan Akhtar really cracked that one.
Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995): It’s tough for me to watch a film more than two times. But I have seen this Shahrukh Khan-Kajol starrer more than 15-20 times. “Come, fall in love – what a line!” Aditya Chopra did a fantastic job. It’s still running at Maratha Mandir and it will be the longest running film in theatres.
Godfather (1972): The entire Godfather series is like a bible for any film lover. One has to watch all of them. Francis Ford Coppola has made an outstanding film. I read how he went through a lot of trouble to stay on board as director. I loved Al Pacino and Marlon Brando.
— Priyanka Jain