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MOOSA SADR ON ART

Captivating clay Daroz’s ceramics transform the mundane into magic
Captivating clay Daroz’s ceramics transform the mundane into magic

As a potter, I can only recommend the art of pottery. It is a mentally and physically fulfilling art. Through pottery, a person learns to create and shape his piece any way he wants. I enjoy Devi Prasad’s creations very much. There is an exhibition till May 21 at the Sahitya Kala Akademi featuring Prasad’s pieces from his Santiniketan days in 1938, to his later pieces. Prasad is from a pioneering generation of potters. He was a Gandhian and participated in the Quit India movement. Another studio potter I admire is Vinod Daroz, whose ceramic pottery is wonderful. Pottery is transforming slowly from an ordinary man’s work to a rich man’s hobby. I wish that more people would take interest in it.

Sadr is a Delhi-based potter


‘An absorbing biography by a renowned professor of history’
WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

WILLIAM DALRYMPLE ON BOOKS

My bedside has a myriad of interesting books, which include Cormac McCarthy’s semi-autobiographical 1979 novel Suttree and Michael H Fisher’s c — an absorbing biography of Anglo-Indian MP and ‘chancery lunatic’ Dyce Sombre. I also recommend Quarantine by Rahul Mehta and The Pleasure Seekers byTishani Doshi, award-winning poet and writer. I like reading new writers, and a great place to look out for talent is at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Dalrymple is a Delhi-based writer


GAUTAM KRISHNANKUTTY ON FOOD

When it comes to food, I love a nice home cooked meal of prawn and drumstick curry. When eating outside I prefer places that offer authentic food and value for money — Herbs and Spices in Indiranagar, Bengaluru is an excellent place for European food and it is not too expensive. Wild Spice on Residency Road is also a great place, mainly because it is one of the best among the few restaurants that offer authentic Coorgi food. Harima, on the same road is another one of my favourites for Japanese food because they serve really good Sushi.

Krishnankutty is the owner of Cafe Thulp in Bengaluru


SUNIL GANGOPADHYAY ON FILM

Long-distance love A still from Sen’s A Japanese Wife
Long-distance love A still from Sen’s A Japanese Wife

Recently I watched this film called The Japanese Wife directed by Aparna Sen. The story is about two pen friends, a Bengali schoolteacher and a Japanese girl who get married without seeing each other. It is a wellknit story which depicts the strange pain of lovers separated by distance. While the camera work conveys the soft and sober mood of the story, the lighting communicates the timeline of early sixties. The lead roles, played by Rahul Bose and Japanese actress Chigusa Takaku are brilliant. The climax of the film which shows the arrival of the Japanese wife to her husband’s native village is extremely poignant and really pulls at the audience’s heartstrings.

Gangopadhyay is a Kolkata-based poet and novelist


ROHIT CHATURVEDI ON MUSIC

Gothic glory Swedish death-metal band Dark Tranquility

Recently, I listened to the self-titled album by legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.The album is very interesting and features collaborations with Ozzy Osbourne and surprisingly, even Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas. Some of my old favourite bands are Judas Priest and Iron Maiden — I can never grow tired of listening to them. I also love the music of Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé — I don’t listen to just metal! A really amazing new album I want to recommend is We are the Void by Swedish death-metal band Dark Tranquility. I recently watched Mumbai-based musicians Floyd Fernandes and Naina Kundu perform live and they played some really good jazz. I think everyone should catch them whenever they can. The Indian rock scene is really opening up and international artists have started recognising and appreciating us.

Chaturvedi is the guitarist for Bengaluru-based band Kryptos