1Don’t stop till you get enough (Quincy Jones): This track freaks me out. Quincy Jones is really the man. There is no one like him. His sound production is simply brilliant.
2Jiska Bada Bhai Ho Sharabi (Naseeb): My dad used to sing this song whenever he was chilling at home and I used to wear an expression that said, “really?”
3Welcome to the Jungle (Guns ‘n’ Roses): I first burnt rubber to this track. I remember taking my dad’s Contessa out with my friends for a little drive around town while listening to this song.
4Break On Through To The Other Side (The Doors):
I must have been around 14 years old since it was around the same time that I discovered other new things. An older friend of mine played this track and I couldn’t help but wonder how amazing it was. I
didn’t know a world beyond South Bombay at that time. It was just so awe-inspiring.
— Sharin Bhatti
TV actor and owner of Barcode 053
1Gajalee: If you want to have sea food, then this is the place to be. I love their Bombay Duck and Pomfret. I think Gajalee has the best Bombay Duck in town, actually.
2Crepe Station: I love their Grilled Chicken with pepper and garlic sauce. And, of course, their waffles. The nutella waffle and the banana waffle is delicious.
3China Garden: This place by far has the best Chinese food in town. Be it soups or schezwan rice or the original sake. I always go for romantic dinners here with my wife, Gauri. Both of us love this place. It’s got good food and a very good ambience.
4Just Around The Corner: This place has the best salads. After my workout, I always drop by here for a yummy, healthy salad. Also, if you’re ever in a hurry, this is the perfect place as it has quick and efficient service.
1Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: Even though it spends far too much time discussing agrarian life in Russia, Anna Karenina remains a wonderful tale of human frailty. The things Tolstoy wrote about remain true today and you can almost see Indian
society within its pages.
2Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Fitzgerald’s novels are a great snapshot of life in early twentieth century America, with The Great Gatsby and The Last Tycoon probably the best known. But Tender Is The Night, the last novel he finished, is a complex story with the kind of twists and topics that were taboo back then.
3Arthur & George by Julian Barnes: It’s about Barnes’ fictional recounting of the events that brought part-Parsi lawyer George Edulji together with Sir Arthur Conon Doyle. It’s one of his best works, and a fantastic read.
4Inconceivable – Ben Elton: A series of diary entries by a couple that’s trying to have a baby. Hilarious. Just the kind of book that, as an author, makes me wish I’d written it.
— Nidhi Dugar
Actor and politician
1Khilona (1970): This Chander Vohra film had a touching storyline. The simple characters in the movie interact with audience in a visible manner.
2Mere Apne (1971): A blockbuster hit which got me where I am today. I owe my bread and butter to this one.
I repeated this reel life story of an undercover agent busting a criminal plot in real life in 2001 during the attacks on the Parliament. That’s the reason this movie is close to my heart.
4Vishwanath (1978): The strong character and dialogues inked with my trademark cynicism made it a role very close to my heart. I watched it again recently and the magic is still there!
— Nidhi Dugar