Get your list of what to read, listen, eat and watch from the proven experts in the field Masters Choice.entertainment Updated: Dec 19, 2010 15:21 IST
Author, Dreams in Prussian Blue
1. India: A Million Mutinies Now: VS Naipaul is at his best in this non-fiction book on India. It shows his growing sympathy and understanding of the country, with its myriad complexities and conflicts. It’s a travelogue told in the inimitable Naipaul way. It appeals to me because it is about India and not some other part of the world, which I cannot relate to as easily.
2. Midnight’s Children: This book by Salman Rushdie is a favourite purely for the style and the power of the sheer imagery it uses. I am not a big fan of Rushdie’s other books, but this one was ground-breaking when it was written thirty years ago and still is. Very few writers can make magic realism work in the way Rushdie does here.3. Love In The Time of Cholera: The magic of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s narrative technique lies in the natural way he jumps back and forth across time. I like books in which the passage of time plays a factor, where characters live, grow and change over the years. This book has one of the best endings to a novel that I have ever come across. Even though the ending was happy, you feel sad for the years of time lost.
4. Crime And Punishment: I relish the crazy characters of Fyodor Dostoyevsky in general. He gets so deep inside the mind of his mentally-disturbed character, that you begin to wonder whether you are reading the work of a madman. Personally, I consider him as the true father of the modern novel, though he wrote his works back in the 1860s.
Music composer and singer
1. The time (Dirty Bit by Black Eyes Peas): It’s a remix of the hit song of yesteryears I’ve had the time of my life from Dirty Dancing. But it has newer sounds and a stronger rap beat. Keeps both young and old going on the dance floor.
2. Sheila ki jawani (Tees Maar Khan): It is a very broadway musical kind of song, which has a variation of beats that take you from fast to slow to fast again. The rhythm of this song is an absolute crowd-puller and I love playing this track over and over again. Everytime it is played, people on the dance floor show the same enthusiasm as if it’s being played for the first time.
3. Munni badnaam hui (Dabbang): This is an out and out rustic, desi song and has found the strongest connect amongst partygoers. The lyrics, the tempo and the rhythm of this song is unbeatable. Guys and girls both go crazy at just the opening beats of this song.
4. 5,4,3,2,1...(Turn around by Flo Rida): Flo Rida has already given us hits like Low... and Club can’t handle me.... The lates track, Turn around is a great tune and The Indian Style DJ Suketu remix gives people the flavour of Indian sounds and Flo Rida’s superb rap and melody.
Owner, Kadi Patta
1. China Garden (Kemps Corner): This is my all-time favourite restaurant. What I love about it is its consistency. I love the ambience too. My favourite dish is the corn curd. This restaurant is timeless. People from all generations love it.
2. Trattoria (Hotel Taj President): I love the pizzas here. I can go to this place any time of the day or night. It’s got a great setting that allows you to hang out and unwind with your friends. And the food is just top notch.
3. Olive (Khar) : I love everything about Olive, especially their Sunday brunches. The apertifs and cocktails are a must try, and they have classics on the menu, which are made with elan. I loved the drinks here. Their duck dish has made me a duck fan. There’s lots to choose from in the desert menu. Though the chocolate duo looks weird, it tastes brilliant.
4. Kadi Patta (Andheri West): I own this place and am always there, so I end up eating my meals here. It’s become a second home to me. Though, I am a Sindhi, I love the Gujrati /Marwari cuisine here. The Handvo, Undhiyo, Panki, Dahi Puri and Jalebi are my favourite.
Director of Kaalo
1. Number 23 (2007): I really like Jim Carrey in this film. Other than that the film has a fantastic script and is full of twists and turns. Carrey, who is normally associated with comedy roles, is seen in such a different avatar. The film never lets you predict the situation.
2. Reincarnation (2005): I watch a lot of Japanese horror films, also called J horror. This one busts the theory that one person can’t be living a reincarnated life and be a ghost at the same time. Everyone should make it a point to watch this film.
3. The Shining (1980): Jack Nicholson is at his best in this film. It has a superb ending, something that no one could have thought of. It was made at a time when we didn’t know much about the horror genre. Even the best writers will find it hard to think of such an ending.
4. Unbreakable (2000): Though most will argue that Sixth Sense is M Night Shyamalan’s best, I think this was better. He had two characters in a setting balanced by the rude shock given in the end. It was a lovely and entertaining film.