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Picking order

entertainment Updated: May 15, 2011 16:36 IST

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Read Madhuri Banerjee, Author, Losing My Virginity...

The last book I read was Accidents Like Love and Marriage. It has been written by Jaishree Mishra. It is an entertaining read and has been written in a completely tongue-in-cheek manner.

The story is about two families coming together and cultures mixing for the just sake of marriage. It makes for a very fun read!

The Forty Rules Of Love by Elif Shafak
The story is about the world famous poet Jalal ad-Din Rumi and the influence of the spirit, Shamans, in his life. It talks about Rumi’s journey to becoming a poet. It transcends the universe and tells you about what you need to understand about love.

The Palace Of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
This is a beautiful book. It depicts the story of The Mahabharat through the eyes of Draupadi. You can also call it the chick-lit version of the epic, as it talks about her angst related to her marriage with five men and more.

The House Of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar
This book is based on South India and beautifully depicts its different generations and how people and their families change.

The Upanishads
These aren’t books to be read, but to be taken in. They give me a sense of peace. I tend to pick out a passage from them, read it, and imbibe it for life..

Meher Manda


Listen Abhishek Ray, Music composer

My current favourite is the title track of Yeh Saali Zindagi because it has a quirky take on love. It has interesting lyrics, for instance, it says you’re making a fool of yourself because you are madly in love with a girl who doesn’t even love you. I like its modern twist on romance.

O sajna barkha bahar aayi (Parakh)
The song is a beautiful composition by Salil Chaudhry — a brilliant music composer. It has a very haunting feel of first love, which keeps coming back to you and plays in your mind reminding you of your love.

Tu tu hai wahi (Ye Wada Raha)

This era had so many beautiful romantic songs. But this one gives that quintessential inherent feeling of love being captured. This has to be lovely as it is RD Burman’s composition and is sung by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar.

Rajnigandha phool tumhare (Rajnigandha)
I love this song because it is not just any regular romantic track. It’s all about remembering and looking back at your love. All the memories come rushing back to one’s mind everytime this song is played.

Lag jaa gale (Woh Kaun Thi?)
The song has been composed by Madan Mohanji. I love it, again, because it’s not only a romantic track, but also has the inherent feel of heart wrenching and lilting pain of love.
—Priyanka Iyer


Watch Abhimanyu Singh, Actor

I recently saw The King’s Speech. The film shows that if you have hope, you cannot only win the world, but also yourself. And with the help of some loved ones, any achievement is possible. Also Colin Firth’s acting, totally Oscar-worthy, is incredible.

Sholay (1975)
This is an iconic film. I love everything about it. From the concept to the story. I also love the variety of characters from Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) to Radha (then Jaya Bahaduri), and the most entertaining of all was Gabbar Singh, played by the late Amjad Khan.

Do Aankhen Barah Haath
(1957) Directed by the great V Shantaram, the concept and story of this film are amazing. It speaks volumes about how love can bring the humane side out of an inhuman person and it can change any person in the world.

Teesri Kasam (1966)
I simply love Raj Kapoor’s performance in this movie. The story, set in Bihar is beautifully written, and has some amazing folk songs with beautiful locations and a subtle sense of humour.


Guide (1965)
I simply love the lead protagonists of this film, played by the great Dev Anand and the beautiful Waheeda Rehman. The movie, though being ahead of its time, will always be known for its beautiful story and its lovely depiction of romance.

—Meher Manda

Eat Rajesh Kaushal, Managing director, Arthur’s Theme

I end up eating at Arthur’s Theme, because it’s my own restaurant. I like our European cuisine and the fact that the dishes are suited to the Indian palette, but the authentic flavours remain intact.

Khyber, (Fort)
Khyber tops my list when it comes to places that serve Northwestern cuisine. From the decor to the service to the food… everything is my favourite. I’ve been here a lot and the food has never disappointed me — the taste, right blend of spices and choice of menu, everything is worth a mention.

Vie Lounge, (Juhu)

I love sitting by the sea at this place, it gives me a great beach-restaurant feel. The ambience is stylish, yet comfortable and has a great view of the ocean.

Gaylord (Marine Drive)

I can go back here again and again. It hasn’t changed in years and has kept its old world charm. Whether it’s the cafe outside, dining area or the confectionery-bakery, each place has a special place in my heart. I never forget to carry something home from its bakery. Gaylord is Nostalgia all the way for me.

Thai Pavilion Hotel Taj President (Cuffe Parade)
This place is one of my favourite places. I love their Thai green and red curries. I like the ambience as well.
—Priyanka Jain