Author, Learnings of an Advertising Practitioner
Currently, I’m reading Who Moved my Cheese by Spencer Johnson, possibly for the fifteenth time. Each time I read it, I acquire new knowledge about life and work place. This book is a source of inspiration for me.
1 The Fountainhead: I read this book by Ayn Rand as a teenager and it has influenced me profoundly. It stays with me even today, after nearly 40 to 45 years. That is the essence of a great book — it stays with you much after you have read it.
2 Exodus: Leon Uris has written the most inspiring book I have ever read. Exodus taught me not to abandon my dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem. The book reflects the triumph of human spirit very vividly.
3 Hotel: Hotel and all other books by Arthur Hailey are among my favourties. They are so graphic in detail that the events seem real and make the reader feel as though he is part of the proceedings. Hailey was an amazing story teller.
4 Ramayana: Written by Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, or simply Rajaji, Ramayana is awesome story-telling. Whether Ramayana is a part of our history and heritage or just a figment of someone's fertile imagination, I am not sure. But it surely is an integral part of my life and to many Indians, the book is a reference point for the role of an ideal son in a Hindu family.
Vocalist, Indus Creed
Currently, I’m hooked to Anesthetize by Porcupine Tree. It’s from the album Fear of a Blank Planet. It’s an 18 minute long track and it just completely blows my mind. It’s a phenomenal song.
1 Love, reign o'er me (Quadrophenia): This song is from the album Quadrophenia written by guitarist Pete Townshed. I first heard this song when I was in school and it changed my life. I was so influenced by this song that I decided to be a rock musician.
2 Venus as a boy (Debut): For me, this song redefined dance music and what it can be. I kept listening to it over and over again after I first heard it. It’s from Bjork’s album Debut.
3 Kid Charlemagne (The Royal Scam): Kid Charlemagne is among my favourite songs because apart from being a great track, it also features Larry Carlton playing a fantastic guitar solo. Part of the rock group Steely Dan, Carlton sung this for their album The Royal Scam. It is a landmark solo and undoubtedly one of the best ever.
4 Here comes the sun (Abbey Road): Every time I listen to this song, things just turn around in a positive manner. It’s a beautiful song and George Harrison has done a great job writing it for their album Abbey Road.
Chef, Koh by Ian Kittichai, InterContinental, Marine Drive
1 Koh by Ian Kittichai: (Marine Drive): This is where I spend most of my time when in Mumbai, so I have to have at least a few meals here on my visits. My personal favorites in the menu are the Yellow fin Tuna Ceviche, Chilean Sea Bass with Chilli Glaze and the Lamb Massaman.
2 Wasabi (The Taj): I love Japanese food and I think Wasabi serves International Japanese food. The white fish Carpaccio and the Black Cod Miso are among my favorites.
3 The Tasting Room (Lower Parel): We had discovered this restaurant when we were searching for crockery for food trials and I think they do a splendid job with European Food. I had the smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel on my last visit. I love the ambience, the setting and the buzz in the restaurant.
4 Dome (Marine Drive): The dome is my favorite place to unwind after a busy day at work. I usually sip on wine and savour some sushi and kebabs and enjoy the view of the Queens Necklace. The music and vibe of the place is amazing, and it makes me come back here over and over again.
Director, I Am
1 Junoon (1978): Directed by Shyam Benegal, the film has fantastic performances by Shashi Kapoor and Shabana Azmi. Based on Ruskin Bond’s Flight of the Pigeons, this film stirred the filmmaker in me.
2 Belle de Jour (1967): This Luis Bunuiel film has the stunning Catherine Deneuve in the lead. The film portrays a young, bored housewife who decides to use her afternoons working as a prostitute. The film portrays her inability to be intimate with her husband and midday escapades.
3 La mala educación (2004): Written and directed by Pedro Almodovar, Bad Education has Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez and Javier Cámara in lead roles. The film has the structure of a film within a film and constantly jumps time and space.
4 Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960): This film by Ritwik Ghatak tells the story of a displaced family from Bangladesh. The story recounts how the beautiful Neeta (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her love and life and explores double standards within the family structure where poverty turns your close ones to exploit you.