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Picking Order

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

india Updated: Dec 23, 2012 17:48 IST

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

Read: Dhaval Bathia, author, He Swam with Sharks for an Ice-cream
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
:This life changing fable about a young traveller and his discovery of treasure is full of insights.

The author beautifully weaves a geographical expedition with spiritual insights. The final twist in the tale is so unexpected that it leaves you in complete wonder.

Love Story: Erich Segal Millions of young hearts have been turned and inspired by this remarkable book of romantic fiction. Perhaps the only book that left me teary-eyed by the time I completed it.

The Prophet Kahlil Gibran :This book is nothing but questions and answers. Yet, every time the narrator asks a question, the prophet miraculously comes up with some extremely innovative answers. Although it’s just a simple book, it has achieved a status of reverence and respect by millions of readers.

The Art of War Sun Tzu: A timeless classic! Although the author compiles strategies of tribal chieftains during war, the same can be used in any modern day corporate clash, personal enmity or political battle. Dozens of real life anecdotes make it a very practical read.

The Celestine Prophecy: James Redfield This book is based on a 2500-year-old manuscript that was discovered in the Mayan ruins of South America. Originally self-published, the book spread like wild-fire through word-of-mouth publicity and it achieved a cult status across the world. It talks about how coincidences shape our lives and lead us to our destiny.

—Petrina D’Souza

Listen: Sukhwinder Singh, singer
Gulaabi aankhen jo teri dekhi
The Train R D Burman was the music director of this 1970 film. I have always treated R D Burman as my guru. His music is timeless. And this song of his, sung by Mohammad Rafi, brings in romance. It is so malleable, so stylish. I just love it.

Hawa ke saath saath, ghata ke sang sang Seeta Aur Geeta When I hear this song I think of rain, a beautiful city and a pretty girl. It’s so melodious and sung with so much passion — a happy song. It’s sung by Asha Bhosale and Kishore Kumar and picturised on the lead actors, Hema Malini and Sanjeev Kumar.

Haule haule Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi This song has a very different composition. It’s soft and easy to hum. I loved singing it for the film and I’m sure others like to sing or hum along while listening to it.

Beedi jalai le Omkara This song, has an infinite shelf life. Whenever and wherever I sing it, people just break into dance. It has a folk feel to it and is extremely peppy. A very energetic song!

Fashion ka jalwa Fashion A very passionate song. I love singing this song during my stage shows. Many times, I have sung this song around three times and still the audience has kept asking for an encore.

Eat: Satbir Bakshi, executive sous chef, The Oberoi

Britannia Fort I love all the classic dishes offered here. Dhansak rice, salli boti or salli chicken, and, of course, the signature dish, berry pulao are some of my favourites. This is one of my favourite restaurants.

Ziya Nariman Point This place takes contemporary Indian cuisine to another level. The food is innovative and extremely delicious! The dramatic sea view, perfectly set off by the restful black-and-gold décor, makes Ziya a refreshingly different experience, with flashes of pure culinary delight.

TableThe Table Colaba It’s tempting to dwell on The Table’s atmosphere because it’s both intimate and casual. I really like their menu — ranging from chèvre salad and lobster cake to cioppino fish stew and rawas with bok choy. These carefully constructed dishes are executed with freshness and skill.

Trishna Kala Ghoda One cannot live in Mumbai and not love this restaurant. I enjoy everything they serve, from the Hyderabadi dal, prawns koliwada and pomfret Hyderabadi, to the signature king crab butter pepper garlic.

Yauatcha Bandra Some of the many things I like about this place are the ambience and the restaurant’s extensive menu, especially the dim sum. I also like their varied tea menu. This is another one of my favourite restaurants in the city.
—Petrina D’Souza

Watch: Sagarika Ghatge, actor
Jerry Maguire 1996 It is an extremely cute comedy film. I simply love the character of actor Tom Cruise. It’s a light-hearted film with various emotions attached.

A Lot Like Love 2005 :This rom-com is quite a light-hearted film, rather than having extremely hilarious scenes. I like the chemistry that actors Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet share. It is a pretty enjoyable movie to watch and in my opinion, one of the best movies of the genre.

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 A movie which I believe is very elegantly and cleverly expressed is The Shawshank Redemption, and not to forget the brilliant performances. It’s a simple story about hope and dreams without any riot scene or horrific effect. I love this film!

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 This movie which has created history is liked by millions of people.

It has emerged as a trend-setter for all romantic people and still has a strong connect in everyone’s heart. I can watch this film repeatedly without getting bored. This film actually makes me believe in love.

Shrek 2001 One of the cutest animated series I have ever watched and been a true fan of. The animation quality was jaw-dropping. The comic timing of all the characters kept me glued to my seat till the end, waiting for more! Emotions can surely be reflected through such movies.
—Dibyojyothi Baksi