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

entertainment Updated: Sep 18, 2011 15:01 IST
Hindustan Times

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

‘Buddha told the story through a comic book medium’

Vijayendra Mohanty, author, Ravanayan

One by Richard Bach
I like it because it is completely undefinable. The story doesn’t fit within the limits of any genre and its scope spans across
science fiction, philosophy, autobiography and fantasy.

Buddha series by Osamu Tezuka
Tezuka's Buddha was one of the first graphic novels that conveyed to me that a story as vast as Buddha’s could be told using the comic book medium. It was the first time in my life that a comic book wrestled with a proper book for definition, and won.

What should I do with my life? by Po Bronson
This book was a true life-changer for me. It features stories of people who had made decidedly weird career choices like a NASA scientist who quit to be a farmer. It gave me courage when I needed it most.

The power of myth by Joseph Campbell
It expanded my view of what myths truly are and what they can turn out to be if explored with a suitable mindset.

Writer Ferrets: Chasing the Muse by Richard Bach
A short work of fiction that tells the story of a writer, his dream of writing a great novel and how he realises that the greatest writing advice ever is to “have fun”.

- Megha Mahindru

‘Karnivool’s album, Sound Awake never leaves my iPod’

Siddharth Basrur, singer-songwriter

With Teeth by Nine Inch Nails
I’ve always been a Trent Reznor fan, and this is one of his best albums. It features nice mellow songs coupled with heavy guitars and dirty industrial sound that hits you when you least expect. ‘Everyday is exactly the same...’, and You know what...’ are great tracks.

Everyone Into Position by Oceansize When Oceansize decided to call it quits, I was actually devastated. This is the first Oceansize album I ever heard and it just blew me away. The way it progresses from ambient, reverb and delay heavy parts to crunchy, solid walls of distortion, amazes me.

Handbuilt By Robots by Newton Faulkner
Here’s a nice, chilled out acoustic album with some great tunes on it. Newton Faulkner uses his guitar. Check out tracks like ‘To the light...’ and ‘Uncomfortably slow...’ from the album.

Sound Awake by Karnivool
Here’s an album that never leaves my iPod. Each track is brilliant, right from the energetic ‘Set fire to the hive...’ to my ‘New day..’. This album never fails to send shivers down my spine (in a good way, of course).

The Campfire Headphase by Boards of Canada
This particular album helped me overcome my writer’s block. I’ve written some of my best lyrics while listening to it. Watch out for the tracks ‘Chromakey dreamcoat...’ and ‘Dayvan cowboy...’.

- Nikhil Hemrajani

‘Hakkasan is the best place for dinner on Saturday nights’

Yash Jaiswal, restaurateur, Rain Forest Restobar

China Gate (Bandra)
Undoubtedly the best food joint in Mumbai for Chinese cuisine. The seafood here is amazing and my favourite is their Kung Pao Chicken. The servers are charming and extremely friendly to the diners and the food is simply delicious.

Mahesh Lunch Home (Fort)
Their sea food is the best I’ve had. They serve awesome prawns and fish curry with rice. I usually come here to enjoy an evening with friends.

Hakkasan (Bandra)
The best place for dinner on a Saturday night. The ambience is fabulous and I would highly recommend The Hakka Steamed Dim Sum Basket here.

Chili's (Powai)
I love the Mexican food here. I usually come here to enjoy a light yet tasty dinner. The Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie is something I always splurge on when I come here.

All Stir Fry (Colaba)
The buffet here is heavenly. My favourite dish being the Lamb In The Earthen Pot. The staff is very helpful and cordial.

–Priyanka Jain

‘Satyajit Ray’s Aranyer Din Ratri is a real gem’

Rahul Bose, actor

The Thin Red Line (1998)
This film is a meditation on life, mortality, love and existence. Featuring some fine performances, the movie makes you think and feel at the same time.

Ran (1985)
Loosely inspired from Shakespeare’s King Lear, this is one of Akira Kurosawa’s most mature pieces of work. Ran was a revelation, both in style and content. Many parts of it seemed to be over the top but as a whole, it worked with breathtaking power.

Incendies (2010)
This is a harrowing and moving tale of a woman’s journey from terrorism to motherhood. This French Canadian film is definitely one of the best films of 2010. Audiences in New York where I watched it were spellbound, as was I.

The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Hardly anybody saw this film by Rebecca Miller, but it deserves attention. It’s the story of a girl’s intent love for her father. And as it moves into forbidden territory, a path of destruction unfolds that is poetic and savage. It has some great performances by Daniel Day Lewis and Camilla Belle.

Aranyer Din Ratri (1970)
The University of Southern California calls it the most perfect film ever made. While that may be an exaggeration, this Satyajit Ray is a real gem, with its tight script, real dialogue, fine performances and great structure.

First Published: Sep 18, 2011 13:22 IST