Author, May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss
Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic about a man who has come “unstuck in time” blends dark irony, fantasy, political rhetoric and philosophy in a way that is truly visionary. From the premise to the characters to the language, Slaughterhouse Five is wildly original, and is the kind of book which makes authors like myself chuckle quietly and say, “Damn, I wish I could write like that.”
2The Trial: Franz Kafka's seminal novel is as relevant today, perhaps even more so, than when it was first published. A
story about a man who is accused of a crime that is never really specified, it is a searing testament to the enormous power of the state, with its different organs, to crush an individual. Not belonging to the horror genre in the classical sense of the term, The Trial with its vision of political dystopia is about as nightmarish and disquieting as anything that has ever been printed on paper.
3The Godfather: Fast-paced, dark, seductive Mario Puzo’s epic saga of sin works primarily because of the author’s skill in creating larger-than-life characters and in crafting some masterful set pieces like the encounter on the Jones Beach Causeway. For those who want to write fiction that sells, read The Godfather once. And then, again. Popular fiction can't get better than this.
4The Haunting of Hill House: As someone who loves horror, this novel by Shirley Jackson is my very favourite in the genre. Atmospheric to the extreme, the chills come through indirection and from what is not told. What elevates it to greatness however, is the opening paragraph and the shattering ending that Jackson constructs, the kind of denouement whose true significance, in its terrifying certainty, hits you once you close the book.
— Manali Shah
1Kal ho na ho (Kal Ho Na Ho):
I love this song because of its beautiful melody and simple lyrics. This song speaks about life and
anyone can relate to it. Sonuji has sung it soulfully and the song touches your heart.
2Yeh kahan aa gaye hum (Silsila): This romantic song just uplifts my spirits. It makes one imagine blooming flowers and vast green meadows, almost out of a fairytale. The excellent poetry adds to the beauty of the song.
3Zindagi ka safar hai yeh kaisa safar (Safar): This song, sung by Kishore Kumar is one of my favourite classics. The meaningful lyrics and excellent music arrangement of the song makes me listen to it repeatedly.
4Ae mere pyare watan (Kabuliwala): Salil Chowdhary directed music for this film and the patriotic fervour of the song is overwhelming. The emotions are honest and the melody moves you.
– Nirmika Singh
Owner, White and Zing Restaurants
1Indigo (Colaba): This restaurant has exceptional ambience along with excellent service! The customisation is the cherry on top for the great food and drinks served at Indigo! One of the few restaurants with strict reservation rules, Indigo is always crowded and yet one does not waste a long time waiting, which is a downer at many restaurants.
2Ruby Tuesday (Nariman Point): A typical American restaurant, Ruby Tuesday has a casual atmosphere great for chilling around and enjoying a few drinks. The energy level of the restaurant is really upbeat and the starters are good to munch on with drinks.
3Sapre (Goregaon West): Though a very small place, this restaurant is a hidden find and great for a yummy Maharastrian breakfast. It’s a very down to earth and homely place. In fact if you want to start your day with food that tastes homemade, then Sapre is the place! I love starting my day with Sapre’s breakfast.
4Tampe (Tardeo): A 150-year-old restaurant, Tampe has excellent Misal Pav. In fact, it’s probably the best Misal Pav available in Mumbai. A pure vegetarian restaurant, Tampe has an amazing preparation of masalas, which gives the food a unique taste.
— Priyanka Jain
Soha Ali Khan
1The Court Jester (1995): It was a magical movie from 1950s starring Danny Kayne and Angela Lansbury, which our mother used to make us watch when we were kids. It had song, dance and comedy and was an entertaining film. The film received a Golden Globe for the best comedy-cum-musical.
2Chupke Chupke (1975): I love this film because it was one of the rare comedies my mother acted in. Usually her films were either romantic or serious but this one was a lot of fun. The film was a comedy of errors and had a great sense of humour. I enjoyed Dharmendra’s performance also. His sense of comic timing was really good despite being known as an action hero.
3Padosan (1968): Anyone who enjoys a good laugh has seen this film. Directed by Jyoti Swaroop, this film’s song Meri samne wali khidki mein… is popular even today. I saw this film when I was a little kid. I really enjoyed Sunil Dutt and Sairaji’s (Banu) performances.
4Rear Window (1954): I love suspense thrillers and this film by Alfred Hitchcock is a classic. This whodunnit is Hitchcock at his best. I have seen this film a couple of times and my love for the genre grew watching this film.
— Priyanka Jain