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What to read, listen, eat and watch

entertainment Updated: Jan 15, 2012 14:20 IST
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Read
‘Dianetics answers all the questions asked about the mind’
Priya Kumar, author, The Perfect World
Dianetics by L Ron Hubbard This book answers all the questions ever asked about the mind, the irrationalities and how to lead a happier life. This was a turning point of my search for self-improvement, as it offered precise data and technology to create the change.

The Presentation Secrets Of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo It decodes the success of Steve Jobs as a presenter and how he went about creating the Apple family. Some tips are really amazing.

Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story by Justin Bieber This one maps the path of social media creating iconic personalities. Some of the success principles can absolutely be duplicated and applied into one’s own field.

The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss It calls out to you for its brave attempt to influence you with the idea that you can work less and earn more. The principles discussed are possible, but need a force of passion to pull off. It gave me ideas about how to put my core business on autopilot.

The Art of Change Management by Percy Agreras Dastur It emphasises the need for change in corporate culture and mentality; and how that change can be brought about on a mass scale without damaging egos and work styles. I found it quite helpful.
Manali Shah

Listen
The entire album, Mark Of Teja, is a dose of aggression
Chinmay Agharkar, guitarist, Funk the System
The Master Who Bleeds by Vishal J Singh This one is a masterpiece from the multi-talented Vishal Singh. He is known for his unique style of playing the guitar. This is one of his really nice solo tracks.

As I Am by Dream Theater This is the first track from their album titled Train Of Thought. The album is intense and heavier as compared to their traditional progressive sound. You may not like this song when you first listen to it, but it will grow on you.

Street Archana V/s Vice Varsha by Scribe The entire album titled Mark of Teja is a dose of pure aggression and a great follow-up to their earlier venture, Confect. This track makes it to this list simply keeping in mind the riff at the beginning, which hits you right in your face.

Fives by Guthrie Govan This is an instrumental song on the lines of jazz-rock or fusion. It is from their album titled Erotic Cakes and was released back in 2006, but still continues to be my favourite. It is a fantastic example of great songwriting.

Satya by Aghora This one’s a relatively underground act from Florida that I discovered a year ago. Aghora is what happens when you throw Sean Malone (bassist), Sean Reinert (percussionist) and Santiago Dobles (guitarist) in a studio together. They are all geniuses in their own right.
Manali Shah

Eat
Go to Gypsy Corner for a great Maharashtrian meal
Nilesh Limay, head chef of Trikaya, Andheri
Wasabi by Morimoto (Colaba) That was my introduction to Japanese cuisine. In college, we learnt about cuisines only through books. So when Wasabi opened I made it a point to go there. I love the aesthetics of Japanese cuisine and their quest for perfection in food, which can be seen in their dishes.

Yautcha (Bandra Kurla Complex) Among the newest places in the city, this restaurant is one of the highest on the style quotient. From its comfortable seating, to excellent steamed dim sums and smart staff, I think they have got their equation just right.

Gypsy Corner (Shivaji Park) This is the place for a great vegetarian Maharashtrian meal. The daily specials, their combo meals comprising the olya kajuchi ussal and masale bhaat or danyachi amti with variche tandul and other near-extinct Marathi dishes, are served here, the way they should be.

Crystal (Girgaum) This quaint little eating-house is located on Marine Drive near Wilson college. They serve fabulous Punjabi vegetarian food with hot phulkas (chapattis). When you miss home food, this is the place that one should head to.

Pizzeria (Churchgate) This is my favourite place. I’ve been going here for over two decades. The best part is that even today the quality has not deterred. I hope it remains this way always.
Megha Mahindru

Watch
Julia Roberts’ acting made me want to be Tinker Bell’
Geeta Basra, actor
Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) To me, this is the biggest and most successful movie of all time. What Madhuri Dixit and Shah Rukh Khan have put together in this film can never be re-created. Every song from this movie was a hit. Also, this was the first Bollywood film to be shot in Germany.

Hook (1991) This movie reminds me of my childhood, when I believed the world of fantasies actually existed. Julia Roberts’s acting in the movie was brilliant, it made me want to be Tinker Bell and leave a trail of twinkling pixie dust wherever I moved.

The Little Mermaid (1989) The film is about a young mermaid who is willing to gie up her identity in return for a human soul. The cinematography of the movie is commendable. One can always trust this lighthearted movie to cheer you up.

Avatar (2009) This sci-fi thriller is a different journey altogether. It took us to the amazing world of Pandora. With less known actors, this movie proves that a film can work purely on the basis of its script and execution..

Hum Apke Hain Kaun (1994) This is an all time favourite movie from the early ’90s. And it is one that can be watched with the entire family. I remember, as a kid I used to imitate Madhuri Dixit’s character from this movie.
Nirmika Singh

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