Compiled by Neel Sood
Abhishek Hazra On Art
In one of her performance interventions from the 1970s, Adrian Piper, a pioneering conceptual artist and a philosopher, went shopping wearing clothes covered with sticky white paint with a sign attached that said “Wet Paint”. What I find fascinating is how the presence of wet paint activates the space around itself, but in a way that is silent and uneventful. Recently, while reading her reworking of Kantian ethics, I found myself thinking of other possible performances that could be extended from her philosophical work. How could one move away from the strictures of identity politics towards a reimagination of ethics?
Hazra is a Bengaluru-based artist
Nirpal Dhaliwal on Books
Atomised by Michel Houellebecq is engaging, insightful, provocative and outrageously offensive. It explodes all the prevailing myths that underpin our lazy assumptions about the world — be it capitalism, liberalism or humanism. It tells the story of two French brothers and their painful search for happiness amid the complexities of contemporary sexual and social mores.
‘An insightful and provocative story of two brothers looking for happiness’
Dhaliwal is the author of Tourism
Subir Malik on Music
Advaita are probably one of the most underrated bands in India. Just listen to the Grounded in Space album; it is out of this world. Each and every musician on the album is creative and technically brilliant. Their second album too is a great piece of work. These guys don’t cut corners or compromise on quality at all; both albums have been recorded in Mumbai, at the Yash Raj Studios, and that does not come cheap.
Malik plays the keyboard with Parikrama
Sanjay Chauhan on Film
Sudhir Mishra is a director who tells new stories with vigour. His first film, Yeh Woh Manzil Toh Nahin, explored the bonds of friendship, the guilt of betrayal and ultimate redemption. It demonstrated a stroke of black humour that became Mishra’s trademark as seen inHazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, a movie well ahead of its time. Its honest portrayals took me back to the romantic age of youth movement, where urban, privileged college-goers were fascinated by ultra-left politics.
Chauhan is the screenwriter of Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster
Imtiaz Alam On Food
I’d recommend Pind Balluchi restaurant in Connaught Place. It serves deliciously simple north Indian fare. I like the fact that the chefs don’t try to emulate the slightly pretentious fine-dining, haute-cuisine places that have been springing up all over Delhi. You come for tandoors and curries and that’s what you get, with great value for money too. The ambience is soothing and tasteful. You’ll find beautiful antique Indian paintings on the wall, and authentic glassware and silverware on the tables. All that plus great service too.
Alam is a chef and executive at Devyani International, Gurgaon