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What to read, listen, eat and watch this week

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

india Updated: Jul 08, 2012 14:59 IST
Shweta Mehta, Soumya Vajpayee, Rochelle Pinto, Priyanka Jain
Shweta Mehta, Soumya Vajpayee, Rochelle Pinto, Priyanka Jain
Hindustan Times

Read: Kamini Patel, Author of The Morning After

I’ll Take Manhattan, Judith Krantz

From its very first line, the book grips you, I finished reading it in one go. Excitement, ambition, fire and hunger run on high notes and you can’t help but fall in love with the protagonist. It’s a pleasant read with a story you’ll never forget.

The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
This book was my first brush with magical realism and the story sparked my interest in fantasy, magic, cultural and folklore aspects of writing. The incredible detail weaved into the story exposes a whole new world.

The Chairman, Stephen Frey
This financial thriller, though it has great detail, is easy to read and portrays the finance world aptly. The protagonist, Gillette, stands for the ideal man with the perfect set of ethics. The suspense in the book engrossed me well enough to continue reading its sequels. Merger Sanjay Sanghoee This is another beautifully written financial thriller by an Indian writer. It is fast paced, tech smart and has the perfect balance of raunchiness and spice. The book kept me reading all night until I finished it.

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
The prose is clearly well written and it integrates heavy symbolism and complex structures. The book can be funny as well as ironic sometimes and the characters just come alive on every page. I’ve never read a story on mental breakdown which is as gripping as this one.

Listen: Ehsaan Noorani, Music composer

Get Down Tonight, KC and The Sunshine band
This is a 70s funk / disco classic and I just cannot sit still when I hear it. It’s my favourite song when I am on the treadmill working out.

Rocket Man, Elton John
I got back to listening to this song when I heard it in the original sound track of the American TV series Californication. It’s an imaginative sad ballad about an astronaut who is going away. The composition is simple and capturing.

Knocked Up, Kings of Leon
Kings Of Leon are an alternative rock band and their songwriting is super. The song has an addictive guitar hook in the beginning, the whole song just gets into your system.

Right Down the Line,Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt has covered this Gerry Rafferty classic on her new album Slipstream. The laidback feel of the song along with Bonnie’s superlative guitar playing and characteristic drawl makes it a great song to listen to.

Blood of Eden Peter Gabriel
This song cannot be given a style or a genre as is the case with most of Peter’s music. It has an earthy beat with some pretty intense words.

Eat: Sanjay Shah, Business Dev. Head at Pure Sin Chocolates

Crystal, Chowpatty
The food is impeccable, you get the best Indian food here. The place has an old world charm with their Hindi music and simple decor. I recommend their butter phulka, paneer mutter, dal tadka and jeera rice. The place is just amazing.

China Garden, Kemps Corner
This place can have no comparison as it serves the best Chinese food. I love their sauces, the pepper chicken and their veg platter.

Pizzeria, Churchgate
The place is an absolute delight and I can just sit and enjoy its ambience for hours, drinking a chilled draft beer. The Bombay masala pizza they offer is to die for.

Spaghetti Kitchen, Nariman Point
They serve the most awesome pastas and their penne arrabiata pasta is spicy and tasty. They have wafer thin pizzas which are crispy and thin. Famous for its Italian cuisine, the ambience, culture and aroma of the food it offers truly lives up to its name.

Little Italy, Juhu
I love the white look that Little Italy has. The service they offer is warm and friendly and their staff is well-acquainted with the menu. One must definitely try the pesto pizza here. I have been a regular at this place for many years and have never had a bad experience.

Watch: Raqesh Vashisth, TV actor

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004
I wish that we, as lay people, had the power to erase things we do not like. Actor Jim Carrey has done a marvellous job and every time I watch this film, it brings a smile on my face. It is very well enacted and directed and its plot and storyline are superb.

Masoom, 1983
It is director Shekhar Kapur’s best till date. If the film had released now, it would have broken box office records. What I like about this film is that the story is so close to real life situations. I’ve cried through the film and even today, I still get a tear or two when I watch it.

Pearl Harbour, 2001
An extremely dramatic film that has the power to turn the nation around with the way the story is showcased. The special effects in the film are great and are a complete treat to the eyes and the ears.

The Godfather, 1972
This trilogy has brilliant direction, cinematography, production and an apt star cast. Though Al Pacino is one of the finest actors the film industry has seen, his work in this film is just superb. The film’s a must-watch and should be a must in everyone’s film

3 Idiots, 2009
The film speaks for itself. The story is ordinary, but the way it has been narrated is exceptional. The humour and the songs are brilliant and it’s a nice, feel-good film with a message that touches you deep within.

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