Musician, Shaa’ir + Func
1 Cards To Your Heart (Groove Armada): The eighties are considered by some as the worst period in music, but this song takes me back to that time in a good way. Rap and heavy metal started then and Tears for Fears and Depeche Mode came out with some real gems. This song is among the best of those times.
2 Sweet Impressions (Hjaltalin): It’s a beautiful, charming song that could well be out of a musical from the late ’60s. It works well in the mornings or when you aren’t driving too fast.
3 Dust Devil (School of Seven Bells): They are a very eclectic band and I really like their sound. This is one of their most refreshing songs.
4 Toro: Chew Lips. It’s a great song to get the party started.
– Shweta Mehta
Owner, CrepeStation Restobar
1 Shiro: It has a serene and Oriental ambiance and the food is excellent. The sushi and the dim sums (Chicken Gyoza and Prawn Dumplings) are a must try. The martinis, especially the Coffee Espresso
Martini, are really well made.
2 Trishna: Best seafood in Mumbai. The place is small and simple but the food is amazing. Definitely try the Hyderabadi fish tikka and Lobster in Butter-Pepper Garlic.
3 Royal China: The only original Chinese food you will get in Mumbai is here. The dim sums are perfect and juicy. The ingredients used in the sauces are authentic. The food is lightly stir fried in the right Chinese way.
4 Kebab Corner: The place is elegantly done up and you will get melt-in-the-mouth kebabs. For authentic Indian food with good ambience, this place is perfect.
- Rochelle Pinto
Author of Dahanu Road
1 The Stranger (Albert Camus): With one of the best openings, the author beautifully captures the psychology of a man who commits a murder, but feels no guilt for it. I started questioning the society-defined concept of morality.
2 A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry): It’s set in the post- independence era. I love how Mistry disappears as a writer and lets his characters take the centre stage.
3 Ham on Rye (Charles Bukowski): The semi-autobiography is a straight from the heart, no-nonsense book. The heavy influence of alcohol and gambling on his life peeks through his writing every now and then.
4 Barney’s Version ( Mordecai Richler): By a much cherished Canadian author, this is my favourite, purely for its sense of humour and the sheer quality of writing.
- Nidhi Dugar
1 Chashme Baddoor (1981): As a precocious pre-teen, I totally identified with the shenanigans of the goofy trio in this movie. Deepti Naval was very endearing as Miss Chamko. I wanted to marry her. Saeed Jaffrey’s portrayal of a cigarette wala made me respect his ilk so much that I went and cleared all my debts with my own cigarette wala. In essence, even my first film, Chalo America was inspired by this film.
2 Annie Hall (1977): Woody Allen and Diane Keaton are the quintessential Made in Manhattan couple. Their real-life love story ended, but the movie has withstood the test of time.
3 Aashiqui (1990): This is a charming little love story, especially because the lead pair were the unconventional, yet good looking, Rahul Roy and the extremely good looking Anu Agarwal. The movie also has eleven hit sing-along love songs. Every Westernised guy who turned up his nose at Hindi films, while secretly loving them, came out of hiding after this film released.
4 Die Hard (1988): Bruce Willis kicked everybody’s butt, while mouthing the coolest one-liners. Alan Rickman’s portrayal of the suave terrorist / bank robber chills my spine, even after watching it umpteen times. The famous catchphrase ‘Yipee Ki Yay Mother F*****’ stayed on my lips for a very long time.
– Shweta Mehta