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Masters choice

Check out the choice of experts in literature, music, food and cinema.

entertainment Updated: Apr 24, 2011 14:08 IST


Prakash Iyer
Author, The Habit of Winning

1 The Leader’s Guide to Story Telling: Stephen Denning, a World Bank employee-turned-storytelling evangelist shares how to make the ancient tradition of storytelling work in the modern workplace. The best way to communicate with people you are trying to lead is through a story. Stories help build trust, increase collaboration, inspire and move people to action.

2 Presentation Zen: We are all guilty of making boring presentations and subjecting colleagues to death by PowerPoint. Garr Reynolds, a communications expert and presentation design guru, tells you how to think visually and make your slides tell a more compelling story by combining design principles with Zen thinking.

3 Predictably Irrational: For an economist’s take on human psychology, check out this absolutely riveting book by Dan Ariely. Using research, Dan comes up with surprising insights on human behavior – including why we buy stuff we don’t really need, why we keep pushing off that diet plan and even why we cheat. Turns out that what really
influences our behavior is different from what we might think influences it.

4 Maximum Achievement: If there’s only one book on self-help you’ll ever read, this old Brian Tracy classic should be it. It’s full of tools and advice to help make your life a masterpiece. It tells you how to program your mind for success, manage relationships – and how you could, have and do everything you’ve always wanted.

- Manali Shah


Wajid Ali
Music Director

1 Lag jaa gale – Woh Kaun Thi? (1964): Lata Mangeshkar has sung this beautiful song and I just love the composition by Madan Mohan. The lyrics penned by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan are very good. This song has played an important role in my life. Whenever I listen to it, I feel life that is too short, so we should just be happy and love everyone.

2 Dhoondo re sajna - Ganga Jamuna (1961): I love the way the eminent Naushad Ali would make use of folk songs in his compositions. Few people are able to do that so well. As a matter of fact, I love the other songs in the album too.

3 Waqt ne kiya kya haseen situm - Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959): It is difficult to pick and name one particular song out of so many favourites but this song definitely needs a mention. Kaifi Azmi penned these wonderful lyrics. He is a legendary poet. This song is quite innovative too.

4 Tere mast mast do nain - Dabangg (2010): I love the newness in this song. It’s simple, and at the same time, different. I love how folk and ragas are used here. In fact, I also like the entire album.

- Manali Shah


Sunil Mattoo Proprietor, KongPoush – Kashmiri Cuisine, Goregaon (W)

1 Pratap’s – The Dhaba (Oshiwara): The atmosphere helps you relax and the food is almost always good. While the chicken adraki and paneer adraki are all-time favourites, it is also the perfect wintry evening place to enjoy some very yummy makke di roti with sarson ka saag.

2 Indigo (Andheri): It is a cool place to hang out at. Also, the decent crowd attracts me to Indigo. From fresh juices, salads, sandwiches and burgers to the bewitching desserts – the food range is appetising while the service impeccable. Makes us go back more often for all that good food.

3 Diva Maharastracha (Matunga): Since it is a theme restaurant, I like the way the entire Marathi ambience is presented here. I like the sol kadi and since I am a fish lover, the bombil fry gets full marks from me. The xanzanit mutton soup has a spicy flavour and tang and so does the chicken in coconut gravy. My wife, who is a vegetarian, loves the vaal bhirde and tondli with kaju bhaji with bhakri.

4 The Village (Kandivli) An ultimate experience for family get-togethers, it makes you forget that you are right in the middle of a busy mall, instead making you feel like it’s a mela gathering in a village setting with ‘khatiyas’ and trucks. Cuisines like Punjabi, Gujarati, Rajasthani and South Indian are delectable. The non-stop supply of sugarcane juice, chaas, lassi and fruit juice keeps you hydrated if you decide to join in the dance.

–Meher Manda


Arbaaz Khan

1 Sholay (1975): It has to be my all-time favourite film. It’s very difficult for me to point out why I like Ramesh Sippy’s classic. But I think it had a very deep impact on me because I watched the film as a 10-12- year-old boy. And watching such a well-made film on the 70 mm screen was a new experience for me. That film, in fact, never left my psyche.

2 Deewar (1975): It has to be probably the best emotional drama I have ever come across in Indian cinema. Plus, the kind of characters and
dialogues were written for it, which made it a cult film, which it richly deserved. The best part about the film is that everything — characters, story, dialogues and songs — was present in the right quantity. Nothing was over-the-top.

3 Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989): Obviously, this is one of my favouritefilms because it had my brother, Salman Khan, as the lead hero. Plus, Sooraj Barjatya had a tremendous grip on the script and emotional graph of characters. And of course, we were very proud to see our brother making a huge splash on the big screen for the first time. It will always be special.

4 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995): Like all Indians, I too love the film because it’s one of the most adorable romantic comedies in Indian films, which makes it an all-time classic. Again, the performances of all the cast members plus the sharpness of the script made it a memorable piece of work. I think it will always be ranked among the top romantic comedies in India.

-Prashant Singh