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entertainment Updated: Apr 10, 2011 15:05 IST
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Sahil Parikh
Author, The SaaS Edge

I recently finished reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. This true touching story makes you rethink life that can take unexpected turns and the only thing we actually are in control of is living, well, in the present that is.

1 Open: An Autobiography: Andre Agassi’s biography is one of the most candid ones I have ever read. It is extremely easy to read and actually opens up Andre Agassi's career and life. An avid tennis player like me would find it interesting.

2 Mavericks at Work: This book is written by William C Taylor and Polly LaBarre. I love the energy that dissipates from examples in this book on how startups used original ideas and challenged the status quo to become better than their competitors. It’s an all-time favourite.

3 A Prisoner of Birth: I love reading Jeffrey Archer’s books when I’m on holiday. A Prisoner of Birth is powerful and nail biting, and also shows a person’s relentless determination for justice - come what may.

4 The E-Myth: I always recommend this book by Michael Gerber to other entrepreneurs. It is somewhat of a business bible to me. It helps me think like a businessman and initially got me all fired up to want my own business.

— Manali Shah

Sanjeev Aguiar
Guitarist, Devoid, Sceptre, The Hoodwink Circle
My current favourite is Rain by Vinnie Moore. Even though it has a very simple melody, I can listen to it back to back all day. I also have the minus one track, so I play along with that regularly! He is an insane guitarist.

1 Wonderful Slippery Thing (Guthrie Govan): I love Govan’s approach to jazz and jazz-funk. He’s one of the best three-piece composers and I really look up to him. Apart from his extraordinary skills, he has some very creative ideas and is a great composer.

2 Shutterspeed (Karnivool): I love this band’s sound, especially on this track. I love how the guitar layers complement each other. Everything blends in well. The bass and drums fit in beautifully and although a lot is happening, no one is overplaying. Also, Karnivool’s vocalist, Ian Kenny is one of my favourites.

3 Walk With Me In Hell (Lamb of God): Lamb of God’s drummer, Chris Adler, is definitely of my favourites. I love the unbridled energy in this song. It has some fantastic guitar parts and tones!

4 Marticus/Nauticus II (Pain of Salvation): This song is a must listen for anyone with any sort of taste in music, especially those who appreciate melody. I love the feel of this song, and how they combine so many different genres in one composition.

– Manali Shah

Rashmi Mehta
Owner, Ray’s Café and Pizzeria
The last place I ate was at Royal China in Bandra. I had the Garlic chicken. The food there is very good and is coupled with amazing ambience.

1 Sanchos (Bandra): My love for Mexican food drives me to this popular Mexican restaurant very frequently. This is perhaps one of the few restaurants in the city that serve authentic Mexican food. The ambience only spruces up your meal.

2 Ray’s Café and Pizzeria (Bandra): My favourite restaurant happens to be my own. Why not? Considering that I cook and eat there five times a week. Also, Ray’s is one of the few pizzerias in Mumbai that serves authentic pizzas with freshly made dough and sauces. It only adds to the eating experience.

3 Café Basilico (Bandra): This well-known bistro serves great desserts and amazing food. It’s been a while since I’ve eaten there, but the great food always leaves me in reminiscence.

4 Candies (Bandra): This celebrated restaurant is also in perfect sync with my taste as they offer great food with an amazing value for money. The apple-pie order of the restaurant only makes your eating more

— Meher Manda

Madhur Bhandarkar
I was very impressed with what Rajnikanth did in Robot. You can’t deny the fact that the film has superb special effects. Besides that, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan too plays her part perfectly. It was quite a ride.

1 Pyaasa (1957): Guru Dutt is, undoubtedly, at his best in this film. The way he has shot the sequences makes it a classic. The songs take the storytelling on a different high. Dutt’s direction and acting is perfect.

2 Guide (1965): This film, which was much ahead of its time, is a milestone. The classic storytelling and Dev Anand’s acting will make sure that it is remembered for eternity.

3 The Godfather (1972): This film shows the power of cinema. It’s not everyday that all actors in a film deliver such performances. Where else will you see actors like Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan like this? The sheer drama and Coppola’s grip over the screenplay is amazing.

4 Amar Akbar Anthony (1979): Manmohan Desai knew the pulse of popular filmmaking like no one else did. And Amar Akbar Anthony is a perfect example because it has all the masala elements in the right measures, not even one element is over-the-top. You feel you’ve been on a roller-coaster ride, after watching it.

— Prashant Singh