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Read, Listen, Eat, Watch

entertainment Updated: Jan 09, 2011 15:18 IST

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There are a lot of options around to read, listen, eat and watch. We help you out to choose by providing a list given by the proven experts of the field.

Literature
Pradeep Anand
Author, An Indian In Cowboy Country


1.

All About H Hatterr

: This novel by G V Desani is Indo-Anglian literature at its best. Set in colonial India, it combines raw beauty of human language with spirituality, and is sprinkled with humour. I read this book every few years and it is as fresh and inspiring as it was when I read it the first time in 1974.

2. Of Love and Other Demons: This collection of short stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Colombian Nobel Laureate, is amongst my favorites. The author’s novels provide raw, strong and magical perspectives into Latin Americans and their psyche. It is modern fiction at its best.

3. Deliverance and Other Stories: Premchand’s stories recreate those painful conditions with such vivid imagery; it gives my study a human and emotional dimension that dry research and statistics cannot provide.

4. My Name Is Red: Every word and page of this brilliant book by Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk has to be savored and read unhurriedly, at its own pace, with people and images dancing in your imagination.



Manali Shah



IshqiyaMusic

Abhishek Ray


Singer-composer



1.Dil dhoondhta hai (Mausam): Written by Gulzar and composed by Madan Mohan, I love this song because it talks about the seasons of our lives and the beautiful, enriching moments that we spend during the course of our lifetimes.

2. Tu tu hai wahi (Yeh Waada Raha): Composed by RD Burman, this is one of the most romantic melodies ever composed. It is reminiscent of times when one is heady in love and nothing else matters.

3. Rajnigandha phool tumhare (Rajnigandha): A beautiful, melancholic love song, it is composed by Salil Chaudhary, who I consider one of the most brilliant composers. It is also one of Lataji’s best renditions I have heard. It makes you remember your loved ones. The lyrics by Yogesh are amazing.

4. Dil toh baccha hai ji (Ishqiya): Extremely well written by Gulzar and composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, it is a philosophical take on love. It is very impersonal and generic. Anyone can relate to it. It retains an old-world feel while at the same time is topical and contemporary in its approach.

Shweta Mehta

Food
Sharang Rawal

Owner of Zenzi, Bandra

1. Crepe Station Cafe (Carter Road): I like their breakfast menu and their waffles. Their egg preparations are very well executed, right from the Benedicte to the Washington. The Chicken Makhani dish that they serve for lunch is divine.

2. Punjab Grill (Lower Parel): The overall experience of dining at this place is amazing. I enjoy everything from their courteous staff, the ambience, good music, mouth-watering starters and the best butter chicken in town. Definitely recommended.

3. Trattoria (Cuffe Parade): This is one place that has not changed over the years. It has always lived up to the quality of food they have served. I end up visiting this place at least once a week for their cheese rolls and pizzas. Between its ambience and food, this is my all time favorite joint.

4. Bakersville (Nariman Point): Though I own this place, it’s become a second home for me. It’s perfect for this weather to grab a hot cup of coffee and a warm croissant. Every day, I end up trying a new filling in the croissants — be it cheese, Thai chicken, paneer makhani or chicken bhuna. I can’t resist the tiramisu, blueberry cheesecake and the truffle tart served here either.

Rochelle Pinto

Cinema
Alankrita Srivastava

Director, Turning 30

1. Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003): I love the juxtaposition of the personal and the political. The entire conflict between love, ambition and ideology moved me deeply. Bawra mann from the film is my eternal favourite.

2. 8 ½ (1963): Despite being in black and white, Federico Fellini’s film has so much colour and vigour. Fellini’s dilemma of what film he should make rings so true.

3. Monsoon Wedding (2001): Monsoon Wedding explores dark secrets, warmth, skeletons, tears, and laughter within one such family. The girl’s dilemma of trying to negotiate a fractured relationship with the possibility of a fresh start through an arranged marriage, is beautifully told.

4. Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008): Woody Allen is one of my favourite directors. His observations on women and his characters are truly endearing. Relationships are never black and white. Life exists in the different hues of grey. Also, art, wine, love, sex, history, and women coming of age is truly a heady combination.

Priyanka Jain