Compiled by Neel Sood & Naina Manjrekar
Sonia Khurana On Art
Some of my favourites are from the dOCUMENTA (13) Festival of Art.Amar Kanwar’s film/installation is on the forcible displacements of indigenous communities in Odisha. The Otolith Group’s film The Radiant explores Japan’s ill-fated encounter with the unstable atom that culminated in the Fukushima reactor meltdown. William Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time invokes, through panoramic sound and image, the history of the control of world time, relativity, black holes, and string theory. Wael Shawky’s films Cabaret Crusadesuse 200 years old marionettes to replay the 11th century Crusades, and the schism between the East and the West.
Khurana is a Delhi-based artist
Samina Mishra on Books
Battle for No. 19, by Ranjit Lal, is about a group of schoolgirls who get caught in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Siddhartha Sarma’sThe Grasshopper’s Run is the story of an Assamese boy out to avenge the death of his Naga friend by psychopathic Japanese officer during WWII. Both are children’s books on the complex narratives of modern India, and realities lost in the cacophony of ‘us and them’.
Mishra is the author of Hina In The Old City
‘Two children’s books that talk about modern India’s complex narratives’
Abhishek Ray on Music
Carlos Santana is the original guru of Latin rock. He established a new genre of sound by blending African percussion (like timbale, congas, thumba) with Latin melody lines and rock grooves. Santana’s shift from Latin rock to jazz fusion is evident from albums likeCaravanserai. He forayed into Indian spirituality with Love, Devotion, Surrender with John Mclaughlin. Black Magic Woman is a dark, ethereal track marking the brilliance of a free spirited artist that cuts across continents.
Ray is the music composer for Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster
Manak Matiyani on Film
Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), Belgian director Alain Berliner’s seminal film, is about a seven-year-old boy, Ludovik, who feels that he is a girl. The audience shares the confusions, embarrassment, prejudice and the hostility faced by his family, which increase after he is found enacting a pretend marriage with the son of his father’s boss. The film is a must watch for its sensitive portrayal of a young child searching for an identity, and the gender norms that negate his thoughts and experience.
Matiyani is a Delhi-based independent filmmaker
Rupali Dean On Food
The Olive Garden has an effortless bohemian vibe. You feel as if you could be dining anywhere in the world, although there’s an unmistakeably Indian service dynamic, as well as the sense of balance, which comes from being located in a city like Delhi. The architecture is organic, constructed around a beautiful Mediterranean courtyard with an olive tree, soothingly lit up at night. It’s well-organised, and runs like smooth, well-oiled machinery, with friendly, intelligent service and great value for money. I would recommend the delicious homemade beetroot pasta.
Dean is a Gurgaon-based travel and food writer