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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: Sep 09, 2012 15:49 IST
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Get your list of what to read, listen, eat and watch from the proven experts in the field

Read: Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai, Author, Corporate Chanakya
Kautilya’s Arthashastra Chanakya
This is the book which inspired me to know more about ancient Indian management. This is the book I studied and which provoked me to teach. It has become my passion and profession.

The 7 habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey
The best book on management which I have referred to and used throughout my life. It is so simple that a college student or even an 80-year-old person can read and benefit from it in their personal and professional life.

The Holy Gita Swami Chinmayananda
Swami Chinmayanandji has been my Guru and this book is considered the best commentary on the Bhagwad Gita from the Mahabharata, which helps people solve personal conflicts.

Ramayana Valmiki
This book has traditionally been the backbone of Indian culture. Characters like Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, Hanuman, and others are necessary to study. It is a beautiful book which understands the Indian mind completely.

The complete works of Swami Vivekananda Published by Ramakrishna Mission
Swami Vivekananda has been one of my role models. He inspires the youth and his works continue to inspire every generation. A must-read for anybody who wants to understand vedanta and Indian philosophy.
—Petrina D’Souza

Listen: Gajendra Verma, Singer
Luka chuppi Rang De Basanti This is a very heart-touching and beautiful composition. It is actually very simple poetry. Whenever I listen to this track, it gives me a boost. Whenever I miss my mother, I listen to this track.

Aur ho Rockstar
A masterpiece from A R Rehman. A superb song from a superb album and a dark yet very emotional song. I feel an intense connection with this song.

Crazy Aerosmith The word I think of when I listen to this song is ‘wow’. I often listen to this number when I’m driving so that I can scream out loud along with it in the car.

Fix you Coldplay
This is a very amazing song and superbly written by one of my favourite artists. When you feel low, this song will surely fill you up with positivity.

I’m yours Jason Mraz
This is one of the loveliest and cutest combinations of words and tune. You just can’t resist tapping your foot while listening to it.
—Soumya Vajpayee

Eat: Phongthorn Hinracha, Executive sous chef, Red Zen
Hakkasan Bandra
I like this place for its impeccable ambience and a perfect selection of meat and poultry items on their menu. The dimsums are a must-try at this place.

The Table Colaba
It is great for European food and also has a great wine list. It is a sophisticated place with well-plated and scrumptious dishes.

Madras Café Matunga
Though I like the south Indian food experience, I love the brew (filter coffee) served here. Their idlis are absolutely delicious and the freshly-made dosas
are a must-try.

Le Pain Quotidien Colaba This place has got airy interiors and a large communal table where you can make friends or simply work on your iPad. It’s a great place for breakfast and I love their croissants.

Mahesh Lunch Home Juhu There is no better place than this to go for a delicious seafood experience. I had the most succulent butter garlic crab here and thoroughly enjoyed getting my hands messy. Vegetarians can try the paneer makhanwala.
—Rochelle Pinto

Watch: Rashami Desai, TV actor
Forest Gump 1994
This is an epic comedy-drama romance film based on the novel, Forest Gump by Winston Groom. I am deeply moved by this film and in tears every time I watch it. The soundtrack of the film is also awesome.

Rockstar 2011
Actor Ranbir Kapoor has done an extraordinary job in this film. His acting is excellent and he has truly lived the role of his character, Janardhan. I really liked the story. The lyrics of the songs are also amazing.

Notting Hill 1999
This is my all-time favourite movie and I’ve watched it over 100 times. Actor Julia Roberts is gorgeous in this film and her co-star Hugh Grant is charming. A simple story about a celebrity who falls in love with an ordinary person. In spite of ups and downs in their relationship, in the end, they know they were really meant for each other. It’s an amazing film and a must-watch.

Andaz Apna Apna 1994
This is the best comedy I have ever seen. Actors Aamir and Salman Khan are at their funniest best. I remember watching this film with my friends and laughing wholeheartedly.

Titanic 1997
Titanic is one of the greatest romantic epics ever filmed. It teaches you to love and to be loved. It has got brilliant acting by the whole cast, especially the leads, Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet.