Andre J Fanthome on Photos
I have been watching Chandan Gomes work from the time when he was a second-year student at St Stephen’s College, Delhi. His work has been divided between documentary, fine art and experimental photography. His style has constantly been evolving over the past few years. He once brought me a photograph of some sound frequency that was mapped by a cathode ray oscilloscope that is invisible to the naked eye! A photograph he took of the horizon through the wheel of a cycle has been one of my favourites. He needs a few more years for his photography to mature and forge a style of his own. The boldness in his work has been something that I have long admired. He explores photography whereas most of us begin shooting in keeping with the usual rules that one associates with the field. Ever since I have seen his work I have noticed that he has had the courage to break away from the set norms to create striking images. He is always keen to experiment.
Fanthome is a Delhi-based photographer
ANIL MENON ON BOOKS
I’ve been reading Canadian Cory Doctorow‘s The Makers recently. It’s a fiction about these fascinating new objects and things that people are making with off-the-shelf items. People tinker with these things and entrepreneurs put it all together. It’s great because, in a way, all of us become and are becoming ‘makers’. Objects of Worship by Claude Lalumière is another book I’ve been reading. It’s a collection of short stories about people who collect objects, like comic books. There’s a lot of variety in both the stories and the medium. One of the books I keep revisiting is JM Barrie‘s Peter Pan. It’s a children’s story and written for kids, but I think it’s great reading for adults too. It has a lot to say about longevity and immortality. I also go back to read Raja Rao’s Kanthapura. His voice and approach, especially towards new political action and technologies coming to the village, are definitely a high water mark for Indian literature.
Menon is a Pune-based writer and author of The Beast With Nine Billion Feet
CHANDRAKANT ON FOOD
Post 91 in Koregaon Park is my favourite Pune joint. It is a multi-cuisine restaurant with a variety of menus from Chinese to European. The bar is well stocked and they serve the best wines in town in their open-air wine garden section, Grappa Garden. The restaurant features a lot of buffets and dedicates each floor to a particular cuisine, like Oriental, Asian and Indian. Post 91 also holds food festivals from time to time, bringing in the best kinds of foods from all around the world.
Chandrakant is the general manager at Malaka Spice, a Pune-based restaurant
ADAM AVIL ON MUSIC
Lately I have been listening to One Republic‘s latest album Waking Up. They have come up with some very catchy tracks. I have two favourites: It’s a Good Life and Everybody Loves Me. My all-time favourite band continues to be Metallica. I admire the way they have evolved. Even after 30 years, they continue to have a loyal fan following. I often keep humming Nothing Else Matters. Since we have gotten into Bollywood music composition — we’re currently putting together the music for two Hindi films — I have been listening to a lot of filmi music. I love AR Rahman‘s music for Blue. It is so refreshing, especially compared to the usual Bollywood standards. I also really like the way Rahman treated the Fiqrana track. The effects on the vocals in that song are amazing.
Avil is the lead vocalist and guitarist of Mumbai-based band, Pralay
ANIRUDDHA ROY CHOWDHURY ON FILM
Kaalpurush (Memories in the Mist) by the Bengali filmmaker Buddhadev Dasgupta is my all-time favourite. I connected to it at an emotional level. The film won the National Award for best film in 2006. The film is about the relationship between a father and a son, played by Mithun Chakraborty and Rahul Bose respectively. It shows a son’s struggle with the memory of his father who influenced his life considerably. Buddhadev has portrayed this struggle very well. In terms of acting, this is one of Mithun Chakraborty’s best performances and Rahul Bose does a great job. Visually, cinematographer, Sudeep Chatterjee has handled the camera very well.
Chowdhury is a filmmaker based in Kolkata. His work includes Anuranan