SV Rama Rao on Art
Prem Singh is a New Delhi-based abstract artist, who is famous for his intangible and mysterious style of painting. His canvases are a panorama of mosaic art, a contrasting amalgamation of colours with varying textures. Like a candle flame in a darkened room, his paintings light up the room as the colours traverse across the canvas, changing from dark to light. His paintings have the ability to make you get lost in the beauty and finesse of his brush strokes. It is fascinating to note that he seldom uses people or structures in his work, as most of it is unidentifiable and open-ended.
Rao is a Padma Shri-winning Indian artist
Though The KingKiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss is a fantasy series, he has thankfully let the vampires rest in their coffins and allowed the werewolves to go undetected. His first book The Name of the Wind is filled with science and magic. He skilfully combines an old world charm with the enigmatic lure of fiction through his fantastical descriptions. He makes you fall in love with his characters, both good and bad.
Deshpande is the author of Horseshoe Garage
Nitin Garg on Music
Jacaszek is a Polish electro-acoustic musician who blends electronic textures, scraps of field recordings and strange fragments of bleeps and bells. There is an intriguing mix of raw ambient textures with baroque melodies and classical instrumentation with pure acoustic qualities. The track Goldengrove feels like you have been dropped into an 18th century dreamscape. Jacaszek’s work is the perfect music for that strange space between consciousness and dreaming.
Garg is a Mumbai-based musician
Jalaj Saxena on Film
Michael Moore’s Sicko brings out one of the most intriguing powers of cinema — information. It is a disturbing description of the American Healthcare System and how insurance companies make record-breaking profits leaving thousands in financial and medical disarray. After hearing that detainees in Guantanamo have access to free health care, Moore assembles a group of World Trade Center rescue workers to travel to Cuba to get the medical help they need for ailments they incurred in 2001. Moore’s narration carries his trademark mocking tone.
Saxena is a Mumbai-based Assistant Director
Joy Dasgupta on Food
Tarami is a Kashmiri fine dining restaurant in New Delhi’s Hauz KhasVillage. It has chefs from the Valley who prepare authentic Kashmiri cuisine, including the wazwan and kusht kebabs. However, a lot of fusion with vegetable-based food has been done in order to serve vegetarians. An example is their tamatar chaman. The kum ki galouti, a mushroom based dish, is a must try. They even get their rajma from Jammu, to maintain the authenticity. The interiors are earthy, yet modern, with Kashmiri screens and lamps called kangris.
Dasgupta is the owner of Raasta, New Delhi