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Masters choice

Fond of good Music, Literature, Cinema or Food, then here you go. Read on for more...

entertainment Updated: Aug 08, 2010 15:59 IST

Music

DJ Sa, Hip hop DJ

Love the way you lie (Eminem featuring Rihanna): Eminem has collaborated with a female vocalist for the first time since Stan. Having just come out of rehab, Eminem has given this song a dark feel compared to some of his other tracks.

Billionaire (Travis McCoy): This is a very fresh track with a cool, reggae feel to it. It is the perfect beach sing-along and dance track. It is not very commercial, yet an amazing club number.

Letting you go (Sean Kingston feat Nicki Minaj): This is again a very Jamaican reggae track. It is a big club hit and a really cool collaboration. Nicki Minaj is from the Lil Wayne label and is the second female MC to top billboard charts since Missy Elliot.

Got your back (TI featuring Keri Hilson): A complete teenage bopper and I would say a bumpy track. Again, I like the collaboration; Keri Hilson is also part of the Timbaland label.
- Jana Colaco

Literature

Amrita Tripathi,Author of Broken News

Franny and Zooey (JD Salinger): I only got around to reading it a couple of years ago but it’s an incredible look at the precocious Glass family. JD magically captures the violent angst of adolescence.

A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle): It left a huge impression on me, what with all the parallel universes, alternate realities and the value of being different. I reread it recently and the magic’s still there!

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee): This book, to me, is just a masterpiece. I love the story, the message, and the characters — of course identifying with Scout the most, but that Atticus Finch is something else altogether!

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen):Funnily enough, I find that this book has really stood the test of time. I suppose
Mr Darcy is one of the reasons I used to keep reading this book, but it also has to do with the way it all comes together. And not to forget Elizabeth’s mad, headstrong character, who’s gracious enough to realise when she’s wrong.
- Jana Colaco

Cinema

Sona Jain, Director

All About My Mother (1999): Pedro Almodovar’s use of colour and camera make his films a visual delight. The caricature-like characters in this film stayed with me long after I’d walked out of the theatre.

La Strada (1954): I was in school, homesick, when I saw this Frederico Fellini film for the first time. I suspect my desire to be a filmmaker kicked in then. Gelsomina’s naiveté and humour makes her unique.

ET (1982): My mother tells me that as Steven Spielberg’s ET played on our newly acquired VCR (I was 7-8 years old then) I inched closer and closer to the TV screen and was crying and saying , “ET go home.”

Fanny And Alexander (1982): If I get to watch Ingmar Bergman, especially his female characters for the rest of my life, I would die a happy girl. The biggest compliment I have received on my directorial debut, For Real, was by Resul Pookutty who said that Sarita Choudhury’s character in the film reminded him of one of Bergman’s women.
- Jana Colaco

Food

Vishay Handa, Co-founder, Azok by Vineet

Peshawari (ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton):This is where I go for Indian food. Their seating is a little uncomfortable, but I still love the place. They make amazing Sikandari Raan. Their Black Dal is the best I’ve ever had.

The Great Wall (The Leela Kempinski): This is one of my favourite Asian restaurants. I love Indian Chinese, but this place serves authentic Chinese, which is much lighter. They use less soya and practically no ajinomoto. No one makes Egg Fried Rice better. The Singapore Chilli Prawns too are nice.

Gajalee (Vile Parle): This is their best outlet. I love their Bombil Fry and Tandoori Crab. They also serve a dish called Chicken Liver Tava Fry, which is out of this world.

Don Giovanni (Juhu): This is as close as it gets to authentic home-style Italian food in India. When my cousins come here from Italy and miss their local food, this is where I take them. Their homemade Bolognese with Spaghetti is

really
good. There’s no sauce, the meat is just tossed with olive oil, garlic and spaghetti.
- Shweta Mehta