Drummer, Them Clones
1 Kashmir: I played this song live once at a Led Zeppelin tribute with some of my friends and I remember jamming to it and thinking this is just the kind of song that makes me believe again and again that being a musician is the best thing in the world to do.
2 Manic Depression: Jimi Hendrix is the first word in long instrumental solos. Not just the guitar, he made sure every instrument was heard in his tracks. When he shredded his guitar, all instruments from the bass to the drums bled with it. It was just beautiful.
3 Jesus Christ Pose: Angry, robust, grungy, dark and crazy beats is the best way to describe this song by Soundgarden. The bass and the snare is perfectly apt for it.
4 Fat Bottom Girls: Queen invented beat rhythm. I love revisiting this song often and playing it every now and then.
Chef, The Resort
1 Garden Court, Malad: This place serves great food. The Chinese starters are absolutely delicious. The ambience is calm and quiet. It’s definitely worth a visit for dinner.
2 Shiv Sagar, Malad: They have a lot of variety to choose from. The South Indian food is the best. The ambience is alright, but value for money is guaranteed here.
3 Borivali Biryani Centre, Borivali: They serve the best biryanis at this joint, which is one of the most popular ones in the suburbs. The food has a unique flavour, which distinguishes it from other places that serve biryani.
4 Sridevi Hotel, Goregaon: The Gujarati thali here is delicious. Even the South Indian fare is very nice. They serve generous quantities that fill your stomach. It’s definitely worth a visit for anyone who is fond of Gujarati food.
Author, The Emissary
1 Catch 22: This book by Joseph Heller is unmatched for its farcical intensity that often reaches surreal heights. In many ways it’s also a definitive work on World War II, not in terms of history and action but for its various
2 The Catcher in the Rye: The number one growing up novel. Holden Caulfield universalises teenage angst and
rebellion. JD Salinger’s book has made friends for me. I’ve never met a person who liked Salinger and whom I disliked!
3 For whom the Bell Tolls: It’s the definitive work on the Spanish civil war. Ernest Hemingway has written this story of one man’s obsession to finish his task amidst insurmountable odds, but he plods on regardless.
4 The Histories: Herodotus wrote this ancient Greek book when history hadn’t been invented as a
discipline. It’s an account of the Greco-Persian wars in the ancient period with many digressions. It’s fascinating and unputdownable
1 Kramer Vs Kramer (1979): Robert Benton’s film is my favorite because it’s a heart-wrenching tale of a recently divorced father who learns to take care of his son and then wages a battle with his ex wife to keep custody. The most touching performance is of the kid who wins your heart with his innocence.
Sound of Music (1965): It is my favourite musical, written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. The film has deep layers and many tracks running at the same time. A young lady takes up a job as a governess to take care of seven kids of a military man who is recently widowed. Julie Andrews plays the role very well. I love how she interacts with the kids.
3 Rangeela (1995): A wholesome entertainer with scope for every kind of emotion, it scores full marks in all aspects of filmmaking. Kudos to Ram Gopal Varma. Aamir’s portrayal of a street side youngster was awesome. Despite his ruggedness, one cant help but fall in love with him. It is a wonderful film, complete with raunchy yet elegant dance moves, Rahman’s music and Aamir and Urmila’s chemistry.
4 Harishchandrachi factory (2009): Paresh Mokashe’s Marathi film talks about the beginning of the Indian film industry. Its Dadasaheb Phalke’s story of how he made the first film in 1913. In spite of his struggle to survive, he makes it with the support of his family. The film delivers a strong message about his family’s conviction in him that helped him mark the beginning of the world’s largest film industry.