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What to read, listen, eat and watch

Get your list of what to read, listen, eat and watch from the proven experts in the field

entertainment Updated: Dec 11, 2011 14:32 IST
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‘I never tire of Quixote’s and Sancho’s conversations’
Read: Rajorshi Chakraborti, author, Mumbai Rollercoaster
Amerika by Franz Kafka Magical, joyous, thrilling, dreamlike: the enchantment I feel whenever I dip into scenes of this book remind me afresh of what I’m looking for when I read, and what I’m hoping to evoke in my own writing.

A House for Mr Biswas by V S Naipaul This is the best book in English that I’ve ever read about certain aspects of being Indian, even though it isn’t set in India. One of Naipaul’s few books in which he shows that the unflinching quest to be truthful on one hand, and to express deep compassion on the other, needn’t be mutually exclusive in an author’s vision.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes I love this novel for so many reasons, but most of all, because of the central dynamic between Quixote and Sancho. I never tire of their conversations, their comedy and clashes. And I find shadows of them in so many other books I love.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami This is a book that makes me think about how much it is possible to weave into a single novel — how many layers of past and present, the deeply personal and the wider-historical, all at the same time.
The Mahabharata by Ved Vyas The greatest weave of stories and themes I know, that manages to remain full of suggestion and enigma, no matter how well you know each story.
- Manali Shah

‘I find shades of SD Burma’s style in my own music’
Listen: Sajjad Ali Chandwani, singer

Chalte Chalte by Pakeezah: It is one of the most beautifully composed songs that Hindi cinema has ever witnessed. Incidentally the music is by Late Ghulam Mohammed, who is my grandfather.

Bada Natkhat Hai by Amar Prem: This is a composition that makes me misty-eyed instantly because of the mesmerising melody. And SD Burman is my favourite music director, so much so, that I find shades of his style in my compositions too.

Saathi Re Bhool Na Jaana Mera Pyaar by Kotwal Sahab: It is an exceptionally intricate composition by Ravindra Jain and I think Ashaji has done immense justice to the song with her vocal abilities. The scope of the song is so wide, ranging from the ‘harkats’ to the ‘chord progressions’.

One Day in Your Life by Forever Michael: This is an MJ song and he recorded it when he was a teenager. The modulations, the expressions, the melody, the style, the manoeuvring chords everything put together are a
wonder.

Khuli Jo Aankh by Kehna Usey: A very unique and mystic composition in a rare ‘raga- Bhankaar’, composed and sung by the legendary Mehdi Hasan.

- Priyanka Jain

‘Ankur holds its own for its unique taste’
Eat: Vijay Shetty, Owner, Udipi restaurant
Melting pot (Juhu) This place has good ambience. Both the Chinese and Indian dishes served here are good and there is a lot of variety in the seafood section.

Ankur: (Fort) Indulge in a premium Manglorean and coastal experience, as Ankur comprises delicious authentic seafood. Appams, Chicken Gassi and prawns are mouth-watering. Unlike some of the highly publicised and glorified neighbouring coastal food restaurants, Ankur holds its own for its unique taste.

Moshe: (Colaba) They have very tasty Italian and continental food. Their hummus was perfect —the garlic flavour was used with the right consistency, so was the labneh and herbed cream cheese. The desserts are good too. I had the chef’s recommendation —L’orange.

Royal China: (Bandra and VT) Their immaculately made dimsums are my all-time favourites. Finally, a great Chinese authentic restaurant! The service is fantastic. Also check out the new ipad menus. Very chic.

Anand Bhavan: (Matunga) Their uttapam is best and so is their lassi. Don’t miss the pineapple sheera for desert. And if you come to Matunga, this is the best place for filter coffee.
- Rochelle Pinto

‘Titanic is not just about the shipwreck’
Watch: Sonu Sood, actor
Sholay: (1975) When it was made in 1975, it was the most technically sound film ever directed. The screenplay was ahead of its time. The dialogue was catchy and the characters were so meticulously sketched, that along with the lead actors, every supporting character also became iconic.

Deewar: (1975) It’s one of the most intense films of all time, I feel. The film was ahead of its time because the hero, Amitabh Bachchan, was playing a grey character. The dialogue was so engrossing that it went on to become colloquial.

Masoom: (1983) This one is a classic. When I first saw this film, I was a kid, and I was so touched, that I went on to watch it numerous times. Though it revolves around the story of some kids, it is not a children’s film. As a matter of fact, it was quite an intense movie.

3 Idiots: (2009) This film reminded me of my college days in Nagpur. Being an engineer myself, I could relate well to the film. Raju Hirani’s direction also gave a very sarcastic insight to our education system.

Titanic: (1997) Titanic is the ultimate mixture of fact and fiction. The way the film has been mounted and the scale it was designed at, was path-breaking. Titanic is not just only about the shipwreck, but through the voyage, it fantastically portrays what society was like, back then.
–Dibyojyoti Baksi