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Kalli Purie, author, Confessions of a Serial Dieter
Shame by Salman Rushdie There are so many memorable objects and characters in it. The three sisters connected so deeply that they share a secret language, erotic dreams and even a baby. The hero who has no shame and is often ignored, and the heroine who has the power to decapitate with her bare hands. It’s a shame it did not get the same attention as his other novels.
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel The idea that you can mix emotions as an ingredient into food you cook is so delicious. The chapters are interwoven with recipes and the whole plot is interwoven with food.
Life Of Pi by Yann Martel I still can’t decide whether the 450 pound Bengal tiger was real or not. There are two stories in one and you have to choose your own truth. The idea of being stuck with a tiger on a lifeboat is a fantastical point to begin or end any story.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami I love the randomness of the plot. Full of bizarre coincidences, eccentric characters and magic objects, this book creates a surreal world that sucks you in. You know it can’t be true yet you can’t stop turning the pages.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier It still sends a chill down my spine. The house with unrelenting secrets and an unforgiving housekeeper. Even though I have read the book so many times, the horror of the ending never fails to shock me.
Howard Pereira, guitarist, Dischordian
Appetite For Destruction by Guns N Roses (1987) The songs in this album are angry and spitting venom at one turn and serenading you at the next. Slash’s guitar work was what stood out for me.
Back to the Light by Bryan May (1992) Brian May’s tender guitar work and singing on ‘Too much love will kill you…’ and ‘Back to the light…’ made this album something I can listen to even now.
Greatest Hits by Queen (1981) This one was a favourite right through college, and in part, thanks to a movie called Highlander. The soundtrack was scored by Queen, and my elder brother picked up this cassette with saved pocket money.
Hook by Zero (2002) I picked up this CD at a Zero gig fresh out of college. Zero’s music was the catchiest, best produced and most fun music we could get our hands on, then. From the hilariously titled ‘PSP12…’ to pop rock ditty ‘Not my kind of girl…’ this album was a landmark in Indian indie music.
Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin’(1971) This album had it all! I remember getting drunk and head banging to these songs everywhere from the saltpans in Vasai to Independence Rock where Parikrama belted out some of their songs.
Vikas Seth, Executive Corporate Chef, Dish Hospitality
Golden Dragon (Taj, Colaba) I love the authentic Sichuan food served here. The restaurant is very spacious and has a breathtaking view of the Gateway of India. The Konji Crispy Lamb is to die for. Every dish is well prepared and presented. Besides, it has a superb oriental vibe to it.
Moshe’s (Cuffe Parade)
It’s a fantastic place with food from Israel, Turkey, Lebanon, Morocco and Italy. I love the Tagine and in house bakery and patisserie products here.
Peshawari (ITC Maratha) I especially love the kebabs here. My favourites are Reshmi and Burrah Kebab. The restaurant is modelled after the famed international award winning Bukhara. From its décor to the food- there’s nothing you can dislike about this place.
Urban Tadka (Versova) It serves excellent north Indian food. The fact that the menu has remained the same from the beginning and that the consistency of the food has been maintained, proves why the restaurant is still so good. The typical Punjabi ambiance adds to the experience. Also, it is complete value for money.
Gajalee (Vile Parle) This restaurant serves fabulous coastal cuisine. The Tandoori Crab, Bombil Fry and Garlic Pepper Tiger Prawns served here are my personal favourites.
Mugdha Godse, actor
Cinema Paradiso (1988) If you love movies, it's impossible not to appreciate Giuseppe Tornatore’s heartwarming, nostalgic look at one man's love affair with film, and the story of a very special friendship.
La Vie En Rose (2007) It’s the first film to depict the breadth of life, making the French-language film a sensation in its home country. It’s a compelling film and an artful ordeal.
Andaz Apna Apna (1994) This is a cult film. Salman Khan and Aamir Khan have perfect comic timing and they seem to be complementing each other rather than trying to outdo each other. I love the role Shakti Kapoor played in it as well, and the dialogues are so catchy that they stay with you forever.
Sadma (1983) I remember crying buckets when I watched it. It’s a love story made in such a clean manner, yet the romance stays alive. Sridevi has portrayed the role of a mentally challenged girl with such ease.
Chaalbaaz (1989) I have always been a die-hard Sridevi fan and her versatility is worth speaking of. With Rajnikanth and Sunny Deol being a part of the film, it’s a treat to watch. The scene in which Sri puts make up on Rohini’s face is worth a laugh for hours and brings a smile on my face.