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Get your list of what to read, listen, eat and watch from the proven experts in the field.

entertainment Updated: May 01, 2011 13:36 IST
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Get your list of what to read, listen, eat and watch from the proven experts in the field

Literature
Aditya Kriplani
Author, The Habit of Winning

1 August Heat by Andrea Camilleri: I love this book. It tells the story of Inspector Montalbano, a detective you’ll fall in love with, not for his sense of humour, but because of the author’s sense of humour in dealing with Montalbano’s life. Also, the protagonist is a complete foodie, so you get introduced to all of Sicily’s cuisine.

2 Life of Pi by Yann Martel: This is another favourite. It lets you understand, in depth, how the human mind works and how we are actually the most dangerous creatures on the planet. Also, one marvels at the magnificence, charm and threat that a tiger carries with it at all times.

3 Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts: This is a foreigner’s love affair with Mumbai. It makes you re-think all the curses you level at the city everyday and look or realise the deeper things, which make Mumbai a beautiful place. It has characters you’ll be living with way after the book is over.

4 The Rum Diary by Hunter S Thompson: This is a dark and lovely story. It’s about a freelance journalist who goes to one of the hottest cities in the world, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and gets embroiled in lust, love, debauchery and madness. It has more rum than I’ve ever seen in my life. The heat, rum and lust are palpable.

- Manali Shah

Music for me
Zarir Warden
Lead vocalist, The Other People

1 Livin’ on a prayer (Bon Jovi): This is one of my favourite songs. I fell in love with it the first time I heard it. It is a very positive song and has a great melody.

2 Three little birds (Bob Marley): This is a simple and straight-forward track. The lyrics are assuring, and again, the sound has a very upbeat feel to it.

3 Rock DJ (Robbie Williams): This is a very funky song. It’s great to listen and dance to. It has the ability to just set the mood right at any kind of party.

4 What’s up (4 Non Blondes): This is a simple song, which has over time become an anthem. Everyone knows this song and almost everybody sings along with it. Just the feel of the track can make almost everything all right. It has this incredible energy that I really enjoy about it.

- Meher Manda

Food
Saurabh Shetty
Director, Hotel Krishna Palace

1 Geoffrey’s (Marine Drive): This English pub has great ambience and is very reasonably priced for the kind of place it is. The food and snacks are excellent.

2 Peshawari, Hotel ITC Maratha (Andheri): I go to this restaurant because of my love for Indian food. Their dal makhani and butter chicken makes the entire trip completely worth it. The place is warm and has a very Indian feel to it.

3 Café Basilico (Apollo Bandar): The food at Basilico is very nice, especially their basil rice with chicken. It is very
reasonably priced and the staff is very warm. The casual ambience of this restaurant ups its warmth even further. Their dessert is great as well.

4 Anand Bhavan (Lalbaug): Anand Bhavan is one of the best places to visit to experience the very famous Maharashtrian dish, misal pav. My love for this dish alone drives me to this place quite frequently.

–Meher Manda

Cinema
Subhash Ghai
Director and producer

1 The Sound Of Music (1965): This is the first movie that influenced me to become a filmmaker. I was in Austria for a shoot recently, and I was told that Julie Andrews stood at this spot and sang the song ‘The sound of music…’. I just stared at the location for five minutes and felt the entire movie run through my mind. I remember each shot and sound of that film that I saw when I was 11 years old. That’s cinema!

2 Amedeus (1984): I can watch this film a hundred times, just for the great performances of Murray Abraham and Tom Huice who play the parts of Salleri and Mozart, respectively. It is a great film about a genius. I don’t think any character from any film has ever made me feel this ecstatic.

3 Mother India (1957): This piece of cinema that captures drama using seven songs and the joys and sorrows of a family led by a mother, can be called a real motion picture, but not a movie. I am yet to see a complete film like this till date; with a great
content and excellent cinematic qualities.

4 Godfather (1972): The film boasts of compelling power at all levels, be it the writing, acting, directing, cinematography, background score or editing; every one excels. That for me is The Godfather.

-Meher Manda