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entertainment Updated: Mar 11, 2012 14:39 IST
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Saaz Aggarwal, Author, The Songbird On My Shoulder
Deadeye Dick Kurt Vonnegut Deadeye Dick is the sad story of a child who commits a terrible crime in complete innocence, and he tells it as a middle-aged man looking back. It makes you think about the ways in which you might be hurting others without intending to.

I am David Anne Holm A young David escapes from a concentration camp and goes through a series of compelling adventures. The story ends with a beautiful surprise. The language is very simple, but elegant and strikingly effective.

Love of Seven Dolls Paul Gallico Marelle, an orphan, is about to throw herself into the Seine when a saviour rescues her. Gallico’s novels have widely varying themes and settings, but each one delves into emotional depths. This lovely story about dolls enters psychological and spiritual spaces in an unassuming way.

On Chesil Beach Ian McEwan A spellbinder that explores the intricacies of an intimate relationship, it shows how lack of maturity and unrealistic expectations can change the course of a life.

Serious Men Manu Joseph Ayyan Mani is a clerk who lives in a Mumbai chawl, an ordinary guy with extraordinary aspects that nobody expects ordinary guys to have. He exposes us to a ludicrous, incongruous, world – a familiar one that we have previously taken quite seriously and never bothered to question.
—Manali Shah

Arfaaz Moochwala, Slow Down Clown
Pretty Lights Passing by Behind Your Eyes An interesting combination of hip hop beats and electro synths tied together with melodies created by stuttering samples of old school soul and RnB tunes.

Beats Antique Beauty Beats A crazy fusion of Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies with groovy new age electro sounds. Makes for great listening while travelling.

Bonobo Black Sands This is one of my all-time favourite albums — electronic world music with live instrumentation and beautiful orchestration. A must hear for anyone, whether musically inclined or not.

Frou Frou Details This album has had a lasting impact on me. Imogen Heap’s brilliant songwriting and characteristic voice blends beautifully with the production genius of Guy Sigsworth to create pieces of music that will stand the test of time.

Chemical Brothers Surrender This pathbreaking album by the pioneers of the Big Beat movement is the one that turned me from rocker to electro buff. It opened my eyes to the limitless sonic possibilities of electronic music. It’s guaranteed to take you on the trip of a lifetime.
—Nikhil Hemrajani

Chef Tanai Shirali, of Out Of The Blue
Café Bean Garu, Powai The contemporary twist on south Indian food is very interesting. The filter coffee is also very close to the original brew one would get on Marina Beach in Chennai!

Sahiba, Bandra A quaint little seafood joint, this place has been one I’ve frequented since I was a kid. The bombil fry is one of the best I’ve had in the city. The sol curry brings back old memories.

Khanekhas, Bandra Once again, another no-frills restaurant. The warmth can be felt right from placing the order till the last morsel of food is relished.

Royal China, Fort Whilst this has your run-of-the-mill Chinese dishes, it also has some truly delectable ones. The Whole Peking Duck is to die for. Some of the seafood preparations like the steamed scallops and flaming fish in superior sauce are definitely worth a try. It has a good selection of pork and beef too.

Ray’s Café And Pizzeria, Bandra Tucked away behind a Nature’s Basket store, this eatery has a good selection of pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs. Some of my favourites are the pepperoni pizza, and Ray’s “the works” sandwich.
—Shalvi Mangaokar

Tanushree Dutta, actor
Silk (2007) The scenery and cinematography is one of few things I liked about this film. I love the poem from the film and the acting.

Pearl Harbour (2001) This movie takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. It has a solid cast, the special effects are first-rate, and the subject is inherently compelling.

The Notebook (2004) The Notebook is an overwhelmingly romantic love story exemplifying the marriage vow to love your spouse in sickness and health, ‘till death do us part.’ I really liked James Garner’s acting. He’s such a pleasure to watch that he elevates the quality of the entire film.

Asoka (2001) Shah Rukh Khan was simply unbelievable. No actor could have portrayed Asoka with such enthusiasm or charisma. His look in the movie is amazing. The cinematography was beautiful and the choreography of the battle was also well done. It’s a great film about war and transformation.

Kung Fu Hustle (2004) The most striking feature of this movie is its cartoon style, accompanied by traditional Chinese music. The film is a special-effects-laden, humourous, action-packed martial arts piece set in early ’40s China. It’s one of the most entertaining movies I have ever seen.
—Priyanka Jain

First Published: Mar 11, 2012 14:35 IST