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Read: Meghna Pant, author, One & A Half Wife
God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Despite making her life the prime subject in the book, this narcissistic effort is brilliant with its magical language and brilliant narrative. Every sentence sparkles, demanding to be re-read and re-interpreted.
Exodus by Leon Uris
This razor-sharp story about the creation of Israel is a must-read. Although I'm not a fan of historical fiction, this magnificently written novel helps crystallise why we live in the world we live in.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
This book demystifies love and relationships, and is a bible in preparing for the inevitable agony and joy that desire brings.
1984 by George Orwell
If you enjoyed watching The Hunger Games or reading Lord of the Flies, then the savagery of machine-made hegemony in this epic novel will give you goosebumps. And, you’ll never think of Big Brother as a reality TV show again.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
For showing us how to write, and how to live. For Howard Roark, who I have looked for in every man I’ve met. For making struggle and obscurity sexy. For daring us to think.
Eat: Ritik Bhasin, co-owner LIV, Kala Ghoda
They have great Mediterranean cuisine on offer. Their menu is vast and the pesto pizza is to die for. Also the ambience in the restaurant is great.
Khyber (Kala Ghoda)
The Mughlai food there is to-die-for and I’ve been a regular since my college days. Also, the staff is very hospitable which makes the overall experience great no
matter how many times you’ve visited the place.
Swati Snacks (Peddar Road)
This popular snack joint is the one place where the pankhi is irresistible. I have the bad habit of overeating every time I’m there.
Royal China (Bandra)
Its authentic Chinese food is mouth-watering. I can never miss out on ordering their signature duck dish, besides picking something from their their mains section.
Thai Pavilion (Colaba)
Whether I’m with family or my friends, this has been one restaurant where the Green Thai Curry has always been a unanimous choice. Also they have great service.
Listen: DONN & BANN, music composers
Human nature (Michael Jackson)
Fantastic songwriting with the greatest pop voice this world has ever known. I have always been moved by his music. This particular song is timeless, as one can still listen to it endlessly.
Tore bina (Vishal and Shekhar)
This is one of those songs that feels complete in its compositional and lyrical execution. Sukhwinder's skills as a singer sound unparalleled in this song. Just perfect!
Smack my bitch up (The Prodigy)
This was the song blowing up our speakers while we were growing up. More than a decade down, no one still does it quite like the Prodigy.
Yeh joh desh hai tera (AR Rahman)
An exceptional composition from the genius of our times.
No such thing (John Mayer)
Sudden fresh sound and melody is what we remember when this song came out. Still have memories with this one. The words and music again...perfect!
Watch: Sushama Reddy, favourite films
I love this for the beauty of Alexander Payne’s filmmaking which was simple, dark and sad. The men in their forties taking a road trip made for a superb comedy-drama.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
It opened up my little world to the vastness of space and science, and for groundbreaking cinematic work. I am a fan of Star Wars too. Both these films were addictive. I liked the fact that all through, the essential theme of good vs evil prevailed.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
This is one of my favourites for brave work that defined a new era in Indian filmmaking. Farhan Akthar etched out the roles in detail, giving equal importance to all characters.
Pretty Woman (1990) and Splash (1984)
These are movies that I saw as a teenager. Pretty Woman helped me understand what an effervescently sexy woman could be. And I learnt what true romance is all about watching Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah.
This makes the list because it reminds me of when my sister Meghana and I were babies, and we used to dance and fight to sing the parts on the amazing songs.