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Masters choice

Read on to know all about best music, best food, best literature and best cinema by the experts Raghav Sachar, Adith Podhar, Rhea Saran and Vipul Shah respectively.

entertainment Updated: Oct 10, 2010 18:18 IST

Music
Raghav Sachar
Singer

1. Big B Little B: I am a huge fan of Dave Weckl and his songs. I have all his releases. He is one of the best drummers in the world. I've had the good fortune of collaborating with him on a few of my latest tracks.

2. More than Words: This song by Extreme is one of my all time favorites. I’m one among many who have performed it at various school and college competitions. I love its simplicity. The composition is awesome, with beautiful harmonies.

3. Quondo Quondo: This is a classic and Michael Buble has done a fabulous jazz version of this magnificent song, originally sung by Frank Sinatra. He has made it into a duet, which sounds heavenly with a tenor saxophone solo and the key changes.

4. Harder to Breathe: Another brilliant band with the new age twist is Maroon Five. I instantly like their songs and arrangements. They do a great job with the mixing and engineering of their songs. Their approach is very innovative and inspiring.

Shweta Mehta

Food
Adith Podhar
Founder CEO, Crepeteria Café

1. Peshawari, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton: This place has the best dal bukhara and kebabs. You can be guaranteed good Indian food because they are known to hire good Indian chefs.

2. Stax, Grand Hyatt: I absolutely love the Tiramisu served by them. Even their pastas are delicious.

3. Indigo, Colaba: This place has very different and authentic cooking. It has an excellent wine list with good gourmet food and great service.

4. Candies, Bandra: The food here is great. They have a wide variety of chicken dishes. The ambience is very relaxed. Absolutely value for your money!

Charlene Flanagan

Literature
Rhea Saran
Author of Girl Plus One


1. The Glass Palace: If I had to pick a favourite Indian author, Amitav Ghosh would definitely be it. He has the ability to transport you to another world with his lyrical style and in-depth knowledge, while also spinning a compelling story - and this book, in my mind, is the best example of this.

2. Bridget Jones's Diary: To me, this book by Helen Fielding is still the quintessential 'chick-lit' novel. I was in high school when it came out, and it perfectly captured the way most girls I knew felt - and to be able to resonate with women the world over is no mean feat! It is clever and real and has wonderful references back to Jane Austen (who, in my opinion, is the original chick-lit writer and we all owe something to her!).

3. The Catcher in the Rye: More than half a century later, this is still the best coming-of-age novel. Written by JD Salinger, Holden Caulfield is one of the best literary characters ever created. He's the antihero that you totally get.

4. The Kite Runner: I rarely find myself absolutely unable to put a book down, but this was one of them. Khaled Hosseini's characters are very real and he makes you care about them. That makes the book, which spans several decades and continents, entirely absorbing. He also presents an intricate portrait of Afghanistan, as we know it now as well as in its golden years.

Shweta Mehta

Cinema
Vipul Shah
Director

1.Guide (1965): It’s the most memorable love story of that era. To make a love story with a married woman, was unheard of then. The kind of graph the characters go through, the music, the direction, is simply extraordinary. One of the most complete films ever made in Indian cinema.

2. Teesri Manzil (1966): The perfect combination of thrill, mystery and music was never seen before this movie. Apart from Jewel Thief, it was only Teesri Manzil that brought out that element. Again, the music is memorable till this day. The revelation of suspense, the way the drama played out was just unbelievable.

3. Sholay (1975): We all know the obvious reasons for Sholay to be such a great film. We cannot find any other movie where we remember even the smallest of characters, even in terms of screen time. Samba, Kalia, Soorma Bhopali are all immortal characters, part of everyday conversation. The concept of widow remarriage, vis-à-vis Jayaji’s character was new for that time. The dialogue, action and sound design were all too big for that time. We can’t find any film as perfect as Sholay.

4. Mughal-E-Azam (1960): This is one film you can’t find fault with, even if you want to. One can see the extent to which director K Asif went, the efforts he put in to realise his vision. Every single shot, every dialogue, is picture perfect and the music is outstanding. Every moment is a script in itself.

Hiren Kotwani