What to read, listen, eat and watch

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

entertainment Updated: Oct 16, 2011 14:09 IST
Hindustan Times

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

‘It’s worth discovering Muhammad through Chopra’

Read: Soumaiya Khan, author, Forgetting Forgiveness

Romeo And Juliet by Shakespeare

Shakespeare has combined romance, drama and thrill in this book like beautiful pearls in a necklace. This love story is the first book on my bookshelf and also the first one that comes to my mind the moment anyone asks me of my favorite novels.

TwilightNo Greater Love by Danielle Steel

It is about the maiden voyage of the Titanic, and a girl who becomes a woman as she mourns the death of her parents and her love. The plots of Steel’s novels unfold to the glee and delight of her readers.

Muhammad: A Story Of The Last Prophet by Deepak Chopra

The author takes us into the past of Prophet Muhammad and his journey of bringing wisdom and perspective to an often-misunderstood figure. It’s worth discovering Muhammad through Chopra.

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Though the author comes up with a sad ending, this book still remains with you for a long time after you’ve finished reading it.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

This love story couldn’t get better. If a nightmare is as dazzling as Twilight, then I’d like to have one every night.

—Manali Shah‘I believe by Joe Satriani is an introspective song’

Listen: Sebastian Andrade, music composer

‘I believe’ from Flying in a Blue Train by Joe Satriani Joe Satriani is an inspirational guitarist. I love this song because it is very introspective. It has lyrics that reflect my thoughts perfectly.

Eagles‘Unbreak my heart’ from Secrets by Toni Braxton

It’s amazing the way Toni Braxton has sung this song — wringing out every last bit of emotion in every word.

‘Take it easy’ by Eagles

Performed by one of my favourite bands, it is a very apt song for most of us, I suppose. It reminds me of situations that I have been through and the ones I come to face at times. Most importantly, it also also reminds me to ‘take it easy’.

‘My way’ by Frank Sintra

One of the greatest classics ever written, this is a song I would certainly want to be in a position to sing at the end of my life on this planet, besides every day. I love the soulful melody of this song.

‘Get over it’ by Eagles

I love this song because it is a good reminder of what we shouldn't be doing.

—Nirmika Singh

‘I love the huge selection of sushi at Shiro’
Eat: Milind Sovani, director, Gold Leaf Banquets
Hakkasan (Bandra)
This place has an amazing and very international décor. After eleven years in Singapore my taste buds are well tuned to fine Asian cuisine and hence Hakkasan. I love the dimsum basket, peking duck and stir fry sea bass.

Indigo (Apollo Bunder)
After so many years, it still holds its numero uno position due to its food. It has a good vibe and excellent service. I love the freshness of the salads (artichoke, lima beans salad), quail with morel rice, seared cod and the Italian dishes at Indigo are my favourites.

Gajalee (Vile Parle)
This is a surprise member in this group purely for it’s consistent good food at affordable prices. The decor is basic, but you go to Gajalee for its fried bombil and not anything else. The tandoori crab, sol kadhi and fried bombil are to die for.

Shiro (Worli) Fab décor and great service, that’s what Shiro is about. The live Teppanyaki counter is the highlight. I love the huge selection of sushi, the garoupa in Laksa broth too.

Aurus (Juhu)
This is one of the best lounges in town. It has an opulent feel and lots of young beautiful people around. The starters are good, but I mostly remember the place for great Mojitos, Margaritas and good wine selection.
— Rochelle Pinto

‘Border is the best war film Bollywood has produced’

Watch: Tanushree Dutta, Bollywood actor

Pearl HarbourPearl Harbor (2001)

I’ve watched this film over 15 times. It’s a beautiful story of love with war as the backdrop. I’m very fascinated by the World War, so this makes for a very interesting package for me.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

This is by far, the scariest film I have ever watched.

Asoka (2001)

This story of a man becoming powerful, causing destruction and then achieving redemption is an inspiring tale. My favourite part is the last five minutes of this movie, where Shah Rukh Khan, who plays the lead role in the film, gives it all up to walk the path.

The Notebook (2004)

This film is my all time favourite love story. It has been directed by Nick Cassavetes and stars Gena Rowlands, James Garner and Rachel McAdams.

Border (1971)

I love war films, and in my opinion, I consider this JP Dutta film to be the best that Bollywood has produced to date. It’s extremely inspiring and fills you with a sense of patriotism by the time you finish watching it.

–Shweta Mehta

First Published: Oct 16, 2011 13:45 IST