Compiled By Nabilah Ibrahim
One of my all-time favourite artists is Bose Krishnamachari, for his deep Indian sensibilities that reflect in his body of work. I also admire Ravinder Reddy whose portraiture of south Indian women is marvellous. Among international names, I like British artist David Hockney, one of the big names of the pop art movement. I also have deep admiration for KG Subramanyanwho deals with myth and tradition. He is one of the most versatile artists our country has today. Among the new crop of artists, I find Farhad Hussain’s works refreshing. He is witty and his subjects are often unique.
Chintala is a Hyderabad-based sculptor
Since I am a great fan of Raymond Carver, I thoroughly enjoyed reading his first biography by Carol Sklenicka called Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life. It sheds light on the relationship he shared with his editor. I usually like reading short stories such as The Women in Cages by Vilas Sarang. I consider him the Indian master of short stories. I also like Robert Walser’s Masquerade and Other Stories. It is an unconventional read and I like the directness of its narrative. Another must read is Leonard Michaels’ Shuffle, an unusual autobiographical fiction andLogan Pearsall Smith’s All Trivia, a collection of aphorisms on human nature.
Mehrotra is a Delhi-based writer
Abhishek Chaudhary on Film
I really enjoyed Michelangelo Antonioni’s film The Passenger, as it deals with identity crisis. The filmmaker I respect the most isIngmar Bergman. He is a philosopher and depicts subjects like life, death and humanity beautifully. I am quite fond of westerns, especially Once Upon a Time in the West by Sergio Leone. Another film I would recommend any day is Punch-Drunk Love by Paul Thomas Anderson, a love story where the characters are depicted in a hilarious way. Among the Hindi films, I liked watching Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!. It deals with the Indian obsession about material things intelligently.
Chaubey is a Mumbai-based filmmaker
Irshad Kamil on Music
In India, a majority of people listen to film music. This is one reason why band music usually remains unrecognised. However,Pentagram and Agnee are two of my favourite Indian rock bands. They successfully mix both Indian and western influences and that is a good aspect of their music. I would also recommend Silk Route and its lead singer Mohit Chauhan, whose pop music is very original. Among the western ones, I quite like the American band Backstreet Boys. Theirs is a music that everyone can relate to. Ditto for their lyrics.
Kamil is a Mumbai-based lyricist
Yogesh Mokashi on food
Kanua in Bengaluru serves fresh sea food, besides authentic Konkani food. Their fish masala fry is a mouth-watering delicacy. Among other food joints in Bengaluru, I like Little Italy, where the Italian food is awesome. I also like the Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, where one can begin one’s day with a wonderful breakfast. Their upma is unmatched. The Gujarati thali in Rajdhani is yet another favourite. I also like that they are generous with quantity. Dakhani Degh in Jayanagar is a small place that has an awesome Hyderabadi cuisine. During Eid festivities, they prepare haleem that is delectable.
Mokashi is the owner of The Egg Factory in Bengaluru