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Read: Chetan Narain, Author of What’s Your Sun Sign?
The Missing Rose Serdar Ozkan
I started reading this book on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai and got completely hooked to it. It beautifully brings out the mother-daughter relationship and portrays the story in a very real manner.
The Secret Rhonda Byrne
I love this book because it emphasises positive thinking. However, I am also critical of it because it is overly positive. As much as I believe in the power of positive thinking, I also feel that sometimes, some things are not meant to happen for us, and we should accept that.
Oh Life Relax Please Swami Sukhabodhananda
This is an excellent book on life management. By using small examples, the author makes you think differently and with a newer perspective on life.
Mysticism Radha Swami Satsang Beas
This book explains how to connect with the divine — the root and the path. It deals with several spiritual and religious discourses and debates and makes for a great read.
Living With Bonsai Urvashi Thacker
This is an eye-opener to the world of Bonsai. The author has been passionate about Bonsai and more importantly nature (read: plants and trees) for over three decades. This beautiful compilation has helped me get closer to nurturing plants and spreading awareness about Bonsai.
Listen: Anish Menon, guitarist, Blakc
Karnivool Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix)
Chunky bass and guitar riffs and big ambient soundscapes make this album one of my all time favourites for pure aural pleasure.
Scribe Mark Of Teja
This album is filled with frenetic Bollywood inspired dance metal. It showed me just how much fun well thought out heavy music could sound like.
Bonobo Animal Magic
This one is a super chilled out album, really nice to kick back and just float in the songs.
Pearl Jam Backspacer
This album has Eddie Vedder being his larger than life self vocally and lyrically. The music is still grand but with the fidgety guitars weaving in and out, this makes for an awesome rain album.
Incubus If Not Now When
The band has explored a softer, and in some songs, darker vibe. Beautiful lyrics and some excellent music made this an epic album for its tasteful compositions.
Eat: Mishant Joshi, director of Three Wise Men, Santa Cruz (W)
Spices, JW Marriott, Juhu
I really enjoy the sushi here. This is Mumbai’s first sushi bar. All their Japanese food is fantastic and they have a very pleasing ambience.
Two One Two Bar and Grill, Worli
They serve a great variety of subtly flavoured food. Their Risotto, particularly, is a must-try.
Juhu This is one of my favourite places to eat out at. They offer a wide selection of yogurt with the most amazing toppings.
My favourite is the Blueberry Yogurt with crushed cookies, muffin crumbs and strawberries.
Gajalee, Vile Parle (E)
This place serves the most amazing seafood and I love almost every item on their menu. Their Tandoori Crab and Lobster in Pepper Sauce are to die for.
Fellas Café, Khar (W)
I’m a big fan of the juices served here, specifically the Spinach, Pineapple and Apple juices. They also have a great variety of wraps, salads and health foods. The Moroccan Chicken Wrap is one of my favourites.
—Richa GuptaWatch: Sofia Hayat, actor
The Dirty Picture (2011)
An outstanding film that deserves full marks. Vidya Balan’s performance is brilliant, without being vulgar. It conveys the hypocrisy of Indian males. The film should be called The True Picture.
The Notebook (2004)
An overwhelming romantic love story exemplifying the marriage vow to love your spouse in sickness and health. I really liked James Garner’s acting in this movie.
Moulin Rouge (2001)
A dazzling dramatic musical romance, it fills the screen with wit, joy, sorrow and the self-conscious cool of most modern films. Nicole Kidman has put in an outstanding performance.
Mother India (1957) One of the best movies ever made, it has amazing performances. It’s the story of a rural Indian woman struggling through her life — love, hardships, disappointment, effort and courage, which is shown in an amazing way. I have seen this movie innumerable times.
The Pianist (2002)
Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning drama is probably the strongest film about the persecution of Jews during World War II. It’s about a Jewish pianist who tries to survive the Holocaust by playing the piano. Adrien Brody has acted brilliantly.