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

entertainment Updated: Dec 26, 2010 16:30 IST
Hindustan Times

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

Abhay Narayan Sapru
Author, In the Valley of Shadows

Flashman Papers: A series of books covering the escapades of the hero Harry Flashman the caddish bully of Tom Brown’s school days. He grows up to be the swaggering cowardly toad, worshipped as a Victorian hero, but a complete scoundrel. George Macdonald Fraser writes with great humour. He has a sense of period and dialogue that few writers can achieve for a fictional hero.

The Last Mughal: This book by William Dalrymple is about the siege of Delhi, but unlike all other accounts, which cover events outside the city. It gets into the tragedy that is enfolding within the besieged city.

The Great Game: Peter Hopkirk takes us through the exciting period of covert and overt operations between the British and the Russians that became coined as the Great Game in his book. Its eccentric, colourful characters on both sides and the highly romantic rugged terrain, the lonely passes, privation, the savage people and too often the lonely brutal death make the book immensely readable.

Touching The Void: Joe Simpson's book is a classic in terms of a high altitude mountaineering set in a saga of human survival. It documents not only the physical aspect of the adventure, but also psychological and philosophical nuances. A compelling account of great suffering and human achievement against fearful odds.
Priyanka Jain

Swanand Kirkire
Lyricist and Singer

Aa chal ke tujhe (Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein): Written and sung by Kishore Kumar, this song is picturised on him and a little boy who is playing a flute in the background. There is a very earthy feel and promise of a better future. Along with Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi, he dominated Indian film playback music from the 1950s till the 1970s.

Kisi ki muskurahaton (Anari): Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra’s lyrics touch the chords of my heart. Both the lyricists, and music director Shankar Jaikishan were regulars in Raj Kapoor’s films and have given a lot of hits. This song talks about the essence of doing something for others.

Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam (Kagaz Ke Phool): Rendered by Geeta Dutt to SD Burman’s tunes, this song is deeply emotional. Again, the lyrics are simply beautiful and bring a tear to your eye every time you listen to it.

Allah tero naam (Hum Dono): This song was penned by my favourite lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi. The words just bowl you over and connect you to the divine. From the 1961 movie Hum Dono, It is one of my all-time favourites.
Priyanka Jain

Rajesh Ratna
Chef, Escobar

Global Fusion, Bandra (W): I really like this place. They have a large variety and plenty of options in their buffet. I am very fond of dim sums, and they serve almost 25-30 types. I consider it great value for money because there is so much to choose from, and at a very reasonable price.

Basilico, Pali Hill: This is a restaurant that I dine at quite often. I love their desserts. They serve a really good cheesecake. Their pecan pie is also worth mention.

Mabruk, Sahara Star: They serve great Mediterranean and grilled food, and their Lebanese food has won them several awards. I particularly like their mezze platter.

Peshawari, ITC Grand Maratha: This is one restaurant that everybody loves! Their dal makhni is awesome. They have several varieties of kebabs as well – there are 17-18 types and they are all really good.
Shweta Mehta

Akshay Oberoi
Actor, Isi Life Mein

Inception (2010): Directed by Christopher Nolan, the concept of this film is simply incredible. I love the script. The performances are great too.

Rebel Without A Cause (1955): Nicholas Ray has directed the movie, and it is one of my favourites. It made an impact on me and is one of the reasons that made me want to become an actor. The performances are fantastic.

Trishul (1978): The film has been directed by Yash Chopra and is simply one of my favourites. I just love the way Amitabh Bachchan has portrayed the character of Vijay. I admire the confidence with which he walks with throughout this movie.

Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994): This movie is directed by Sooraj Barjatya and is a complete entertainer. I am a huge fan of Salman Khan. I love the performances and the gripping screenplay.
Manali Shah

First Published: Dec 26, 2010 15:14 IST