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Masters choice

entertainment Updated: Sep 05, 2010 13:18 IST

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Music
Mohan
Lead singer of Agnee

1Saware Tore Bina: This is Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s masterpiece from Bandit Queen. It’s one of my favourite songs of all time, and one that I keep singing.

2Seven days: This is a song for the mind as well as for the soul. Its lyrics are funny and witty and somehow Sting manages to take a
signature Western song and turn it into something mainstream.

3Yeh honsla: From the movie Dor, this song is composed by Salim-Sulaiman and sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan. I have been obsessed with it for a while. The tune is great and it’s been sung with a lot of soul. It’s an example of superb musician-ship.

4Sapnon se bhare naina: Beautifully sung by Shankar Mahadevan, this is a great composition by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for Luck By Chance. There’s a part in the song where Shankar has managed to slide down the whole descent effortlessly. It’s a technique I’ve been trying to master for a while.
–Shweta Mehta

Food
Prateek Mittal
Owner, Torrp It Up, managing director, Mittal Builders

1Wasabi: This is my all-time favourite, as I love Japanese food and this is the most authentic Japanese I have eaten in Mumbai. I am a Seafood lover and Wasabi serves my favourites such as the Chilean Seabass, Black Cod Miso and, of course, the mixed seafood Sushi platter. They have the perfect blend of flavours.

2India Jones: This is another one of my favourite restaurants because it has a large range of Asian food to choose, ranging from a wide spread of Dim Sums to the mouthwatering Teppanyaki live counter. I love their Dim Sums, the Singapore Crab with Steamed Bread, and the Coconut Veg Curry.

3Mad Over Donuts: This is my favourite dessert place, as I have lived in the UK and loved Krispy Cream Dougnuts. When I shifted back, I came across M.O.D, which I thought was as good, and honestly the first doughnut place in India that got its doughnut right. They have a range of mouth-watering doughnuts that just melt in your mouth, my favourite being the Dark Knight.

4Zaffran: This is one place that I visit almost every Saturday night after clubbing — one reason being it’s opened till late and secondly the food is just awesome. I usually order the Fish Tomato, Tandoori Roti and Mushroom Hara Pyaz. They cook the fish just right, with the spicy tomato gravy giving it a rich texture. The place is simple but the food speaks volumes.
-Rochelle Pinto

Literature
Chetan D Narain
Author of What’s Your Sun Sign

1The Missing Rose (Serdar Ozkan): On a flight from Delhi to Mumbai, I read a few chapters and could not wait to get home to finish it. I was pleasantly surprised to find out the author is male. He has captured the soft touch to being a spiritual being, which is awesome. The theme beautifully captures a mother’s love for her daughter. The book was actually a gift from my publisher Shobit Arya.

2The Secret (Rhonda Byrne): I am not hundred percent convinced by this book but it did make me ponder. I would still leave a little room to explore other possibilities. Like I say, leave a little cushion so that when you fall, you don’t get hurt. I would still leave a
little room to explore other possibilities.

3The Science of the Soul (Sardar Bahadur Maharaj Jagat Singh): This is a book based on the fact that this universe is not without a creator. It teaches us how to recognise the true saints, what they profess and how these saints have attained higher levels of spirituality. Besides, this equips you with better knowledge on your spiritual being.

4The Calmer You (Sonal Kalra): This book is a compilation of a series of short stories by Sonal Kalra, editor of HT City, Delhi. It is a very light humoured book with a simple message that life is not a bed of roses and everyone goes through mood swings and bad times. It teaches you anger management in a fun way. It has a very modern feel to it and as you read the book, you can actually match the words to scenes in and around the city of Delhi.
-Jana Colaco

Cinema
Siddharth Malhotra
Director

1Lage Raho Munnabhai: An honest film always connects with the audience and this film proves that. It’s so pure in soul and thought that it created an all new respect for cinema in India.

2Anand: It’s ironical how this classic celebrates life although it is actually about a man dying. Each character and line of the movie is memorable for me. I can never get tired of watching it.

3Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge: If you believe in love, emotions and aspirations, these films simply reaffirm your faith in them. I wish I had such a love story. Karan Johar became my idol after this film.

4Pyaasa: Guru Dutt films are literally poetry. This is what I call Text Book Cinema, which becomes lessons for everybody because they talk about human nature irrespective of time.
–Nidhi Dugar