The masters' choice on how to relax
Get your list of what to read, listen, eat and watch from the proven experts in the field.entertainment Updated: Nov 21, 2010 15:59 IST
Here's your list of what to read, listen, eat and watch from the proven experts in the field.
Currently listening to: Mouthful of Diamonds by Phantogram
I currently discovered this indie band. This American band is fresh and their sound is almost haunting and nostalgic. I’d like to push talent like this.
1. Jason Mraz — Waiting for My Rocket to Come: I met Mraz at a barbecue party once before anyone knew who he was. His voice is amazing, and he has brilliant vocal control. This particular album has the perfect blend of strong, meaningful lyrics flown in an easy, long symmetry of great melodies. A wonderful gift to music!
2. Maroon 5 — Songs About Jane: Their biggest litmus test was to perform on Saturday Night Live. They’re my favourite new rock group. Their strongest point is also the fact that they are popular amongst young kids and teenagers. Though I’m not a huge fan of their second album, the first one definitely had soul.
3. Clay Aiken — Merry Christmas With Love: I had such high expectations from this particular album. He’s worked so hard to get where he is. What sounds sarcastic is actually kind of accurate. A Christmas album lends itself to somebody that has a nice character. So I was really crossing my fingers that he’d hit O Holy Night out of the park.
4. Decks and drums and rock and roll — Propellerheads: Besides its crazy name I love this mind-boggling album. It makes me feel like I’m in a James Bond movie. I listen to it a lot while driving.
— Sharin Bhatti
Owner, Kadi Patta Restaurant
Trattoria, Taj President (Cuffe Parade): This is my favourite after-hours place. It is best for a yummy pizza or hot coffee after midnight.
1. Elbo Room (Khar): After a hard day’s work, it is the best place to unwind. It’s uber cool, chilled out and a very relaxed place. They have great cocktails and a great ambience. It offers great value for money.
2. Koh, InterContinental (Marine Drive): They serve classy, modern and delicious Thai food. Even the ambience is
perfect. I take my wife here for dinner dates.
3. Urban Tadka (Andheri): The food here is superb — be it the chicken tikka or chicken kathi roll, the malai kofta or sarson ka saag, every dish is delicious. I visit this place once a week to tuck into their great food. Excellent taste, and carefully prepared.
4. Peshawari, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton (Sahar): They have the best black dal I have ever tasted, and it is of the best quality. To provide the Indian experience, they don’t serve cutlery. The food is to die for. The place is very expensive but worth every bit of it.
— Rochelle Pinto
Contributing author of Urban Shots
Currently, I’m reading Flashforward by Robert J Sawyer. I saw a season of a TV show based on the book, and I since I was very eager to know what happens next, I picked up Flashforward. I have only just started reading it, but I’m really liking it.
1. Harry Potter series, part one to six: These books by JK Rowling just take you out of your mundane world and transport you to a magical one. I read the books as a kid and have re-read them many times over. I disagree with those who say the books are meant only for kids. Harry Potter would appeal to even grandparents.
2. A Walk to Remember: I first read this novel by Nicholas Sparks as part of a college project. It’s a very sincere love story. The plot is simply beautiful. I can read this book again and again. However, I did not like the movie that was based on the book.
3. Tell Me Your Dreams: I am a huge fan of Sidney Sheldon. This book is definitely one of my all-time favourites. The climax of this novel is simply insane and takes you by surprise. I had not expected such an end. It just comes out of nowhere and makes you go, “Wow!”
4. Only Love is Real: This work of non-fiction by Brian Weiss is another favourite. It deals with hypnosis, past life regression and the like. Since I am very interested in psychology, I found it to be an engaging read. I would recommend this book to
— Manali Shah
I recently watched a TV series called Numbers that I picked up during my travel abroad. I like the thriller element. You have to see these crime investigations, cases dealing with gambling, crime and psycho killers being solved by mathematicians. Every episode has a different cast and I love to watch the way they crack these cases.
1. Godfather series: I love the performances of the entire cast, most of all how Al Pacino’s character comes into the scenario, and how he becomes the Godfather. The storyline packs a punch. It’s superb.
2. Lord of the Ringsseries: I watched the entire series back to back in one day. From the black riders whose faces you can’t see to running behind a girl on the white horse in a river… all those sequences are so scary that they haunt you.
3. Rocky series: Stallone is one person who knew how to get the pulse of his audience racing. The song Eye of the tiger is still heard by his fans all the time. In Rocky 5, I love the street fight sequence between a young world champion and Rocky, and the way the director has weaved the sequence. He has shown how the fight starts to get telecast and how the whole of America starts to chant Rocky’s name.
4. Sholay (1975): Everything there is to say about Sholay has already been said. All I can say is that this movie is India’s masterpiece in terms of filmmaking. I like the powerhouse performances by Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan. The friendship between the men, Hemaji’s dance and even the villain’s role — don’t we remember all of it by heart?
— Priyanka Jain