Sahil Mane on Art
Photographer Kishor Parekh is widely regarded as the father of Indian photojournalism. Take a look at his iconic book Bangladesh: A Brutal Birth. This landmark work is based on the brutal violence inflicted on the Bangladeshis by the Pakistani forces in 1971. Each photo is a reflection of the despair, hopelessness and pain of the tragic times. Each one tells a story, and makes you feel like you were there at the heart of the war. The photos are powerful and evocative enough to stir an ocean of emotions inside the viewer. Photographers keep going back to his work to aspire to reach up to the standards he has set.
Mane is a Mumbai-based photographer
Samanth Subramanian’s Following Fish is an excellent read, as the author takes one along the Indian coast and paints a wonderful picture of places and people through lives connected to fish. He shows the magic in the various Indian cuisines based on fish. He details geography, cuisine, lifestyle, culture and economics through magical stories, recipes and anecdotes on the way we behave while we eat.
Menon is a Delhi-based author and journalist
Dhruv Goel on music
Aaron Parks is a jazz pianist based in Brooklyn, New York. His debut album Invisible Cinema is an acoustic jazz album at heart but with beautiful influences of pop, blues and rock. It has a brilliant use of the glockenspiel and mellotron, which attach an interesting sonic element to the album. My favourite tracks are Praise and Nemesis. Every song paints a picture. The experience is almost like watching a movie, hence the album title.
Goel is the vocalist of the Delhi-based band Jester
Kenny Sebastian on Film
The award-winning French film Monsieur Lazhar is the story of a school teacher who escapes from Algeria to Paris to take up the place of a much loved primary teacher who had committed suicide. It shows how difficult it is for him to fit in as an outsider. The storytelling is very honest. Mohamed Fellag plays the teacher Lazhar, who with his wit and sensitivity, tries to bridge the gap between him and the students. The editing, direction and acting all fall into place together in perfect balance making the film awe-inspiring.
Sebastian is a Bengaluru-based actor and filmmaker
Ramchandra Prajapati 0n Food
Open Oven in Delhi is one of the best bakeries in the city. My favourites are the American brownie and the honey almond pie. The cakes and pastries never disappoint you when it comes to taste and freshness. The bakery prepares new bread every day, which is why it always feels soft and tender. One must try the butter chicken croissant and the chicken quiche. The seating arrangement is nice and cosy and the huge variety of baked goods often confuses one about what to order.
Prajapati is the head chef at Whipped