1. Thriller: Michael Jackson’s most complete dance-pop album ever made, in terms of song writing, hooks and lyrics. It’s one of the best albums ever — pure genius of Michael Jackson-Quincey Jones combo. The album was breakthrough work and was way ahead of its time.
2. Back on the Block: Quincy Jones is a star and this album has to be the definitve. His lyricism and songwriting is just brilliant.
3. The Greatest Hits (Bee Gees): I’ve grown up on the Bee Gees. Their songs spell nostalgia for me. There isn’t a song or a moment that is not laced with the Bee Gees effable songwriting.
4. Baba Bulle Shah: Abida Parvin is the queen singer. She just doesnt have a bad song. It’s very difficult for one to imagine her singing off. This particular Sufi album is an apt translation of the Faqir’s work. Poetic, melodic and supreme sounding.
- Sharin Bhatti
1. Trishna (Kala Ghoda): Their Pepper Garlic Crab is my favourite dish there. It’s fairly well known for that and is fantastic. I like the place because you can go there for a slow lunch, sit down and really get your hands into what you are eating. It’s in the Lonely Planet Guide too as one of the best places to eat in Mumbai.
2. China House, The Grand Hyatt (Kalina): I lived in China for six years and the food they have on offer at China House is very authentic. They are the best in the city for it. The restaurant was designed by Super Potato, who are the world’s number one restaurant designers at the moment. My favourite is the Dan Dan noodles, a Sichuan dish.
3. Indigo Delicatessen (Colaba): I like it because it’s a casual dining place and you get more of a relaxed dining experience. You can walk in any type of clothes, and the food is fantastic and so is the service. There is no fuss, which is good and they serve simple, good, tasty food.
4. Spaghetti Kitchen (Powai): I had lunch there recently and it was superb. I was shocked by the high quality of the food. It was authentic Italian. I particularly liked their Mango and Wild Rocket Salad and Pepperoni Pizza. It’s a Trattoria-style simple casual dining restaurant, but the waiters look very smart.
— Naomi Canton
1. The Baburnama: It’s the earliest autobiography in Islamic literature, which graphically depicts the life of a nomadic robber prince. It’s disarmingly frank about everything from Babur’s thoughts on his shrewish first wife to his hunger for empire. It illuminates a pivotal, often forgotten period of history.
2. Tristram Shandy: Lawrence Sterne’s is the first modern novel, though written nearly 250 years ago. It’s full of enchanting digressions and literary conceits including a blank page and is a riposte to those who insist a novel must have a beginning, middle and end. It’s also very funny.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird: This Harper Lee book is one such that changes your life. A moving dissection of the frightening ordinariness of human evil, it’s a story that sears but ultimately confirms your belief in humanity.
4. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Edward Gibbon tells a sweeping story with clarity and narrative verve. He claimed to see history as little more than a catalogue of human foibles and illuminates the past and encourages us to consider the future.
— Jayeeta Mazumder
1. Do Bigha Zameen (1953): It is a great movie with legends like Balraj Sahani saab, Nirupama Roy and Jagdeep. It is amazing watching such great work.
2. Devdas (1955): This is one of the greatest hits and one gets to learn so much from such movies. I think Dilip saab as Devdas and Motilal as Chunnibabu were just amazing
3. Madhumati (1958): This is another all time favourite movie of mine. It is another example of the fine work done by Bimal Roy.
4. Bandini (1963): This is one movie with great acting from Ashok Kumar and Nutan and an excellent piece of work from Bimal Roy again. I can just go on and on watching his movies. I just love them.
— Rashmi Jha