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Picking order

The magic of The Hours by Michael Cunningham is in its details, the small moments of joy or the littlest of triumphs that Cunningham fills with such emotion and significance, says Rajal Pitroda.

entertainment Updated: Aug 07, 2011 14:05 IST

‘I love it mainly for its core themes of faith and fate’

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Rajal Pitroda, Author, Starstruck

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
I love this novel mainly for its core theme of faith and fate, as explored through the lives of two men. I also love the way Irving’s narrative jogs back- and-forth between three stories, tying them together in a very climatic and poignant moment.

The Hours by Michael Cunningham
This books ties together the lives of three different women living in different times. The magic of this novel is in its details, the small moments of joy or the littlest of triumphs that Cunningham fills with such emotion and significance.

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
I fell for this book solely for its premise, two babies born at the stroke of midnight on India's independence, and switched in the hospital. It combines an incredible story set against the backdrop of India's birth and history.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut is one of the few writers who can address serious themes of war, free will, fate and humanity and bring out both their absurdity and tragedy in a sensitive manner.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith
I really enjoyed the way Smith dives into human relationships and explores them through multiple viewpoints of the immigrant experience.

—Manali Shah

‘This is the only song that is not typically Led Zeppelin’

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Nikhil Rufus Raj, Bassist, Indigo Children

Viscera Eyes (Mars Volta)
For me, the musical nuances of the song stand out. It is one of the most talented bands that emerged in the 2000s. It is one of my favourite bands, and their songs have a fresh quality to them.

Battle Of Evermore (Led Zeppelin)
This is the only song that is not typically Led Zeppelin. It’s toned down and has a groovy feel to it. Whenever I listen to this song, my mind gets
transported to a place that is very serene and ignites the calm within you.

In to the void (Black Sabbath)
It is a complete rock and roll song. The band was sort of considered evil in some manner and this led to a further fascination. A very different song and always makes me wear my thinking hat.

The Pot (Tool)
It’s a killer song for its sheer brutality. It is not a traditional rock song and is not conventional. But not everyone will like this song. It’s a unique song and one of my favourites.

Heart Shaped Box (Nirvana)
Kurt Cobain’s voice simply warms your heart and the lyrics are commendable. I have grown up listening to Nirvana and they have always been a great influence. This song sets the mood right and transfers you to another place, which is calm and tranquil.
—Priyanka Singh


‘The sushi here packs a great value for money’

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Frederic Fernandez, Owner of Chez Vous

Britannia (Ballard Estate):
Set in the heart of Ballard Estate, the restaurant, established in the 1920s serves some great Parsi food. The atmosphere is one of classic timelessness. The place has a very homely feel to it and is perfect for family meals.

Sushi and More (Breach Candy):
Not only is the sushi here among the most authentic available, it’s also delicious and packs a great value for money. While it is obviously advisable to try the seafood, I recommend the shiitake mushroom tartar roll.

Dome (Marine Drive):
One of my favourite bars. Being located exactly on Marine Drive, the view and the open-air ambiance make this place a truly unique and relaxing experience, despite the exorbitant prices.

Kalaghoda Cafe (Kala Ghoda):
Kalaghoda Café is my all-time favourite for a late afternoon tea or coffee. I usually enjoy my drink on their mezzanine, where a wide variety of books are also available for one’s reading pleasure.

The Resort (Malad Beach):
The Resort is the ideal place for lazing around after long Sunday walks on the beach. The Resort terrace has a breathtaking view of the sea. Upper Deck, the bar, serves some interesting cocktails.
—Prayag Arora-Desai


‘I really like the way the story was presented’

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Gulshan Grover, Actor

The Godfather (1972)
Everything about the film is perfect. It shows the basic human emotions of a mafia family, the inner workings which nobody knew. The performance by Al Pacino was extraordinary. I really like the way the story was presented. It was also remarkable.

Forrest Gump (1994)
This movie makes me cry every time. It is a real masterpiece with an extraordinary performance by Tom Hanks. Everything he does is in character. The dialogue, ‘Life’s like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get’, is my favourite.

Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
This masterpiece was created with a lot of hard work and labour. Despite facing major financial and creative problems, the film has some brilliant performances by Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Durga Khote.

3 Idiots (2009)
This film not only entertains but also makes me cry. Aamir Khan, who is not that young, portrayed the character of the college kid beautifully. I also liked Kareena’s character a lot.

I am Kalam (2010)
I recently saw this film and it is one of those rare ones that can be viewed by the entire family. The director has dealt with the grim issue of child labour and child education in a beautiful manner. It is set in Rajasthan and is a good combination of Indian and world cinema.
—Pooja Maheshwary