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Moon blues
A photograph from the series Chand Mahal

Jasmer Sarna On Photo

I really admire Nirupama Lohtia’s photographs — her work has been shown at my gallery as well as the Hungarian Cultural Centre. She shoots images based on the expression of certain themes, for instance she shot a series of photographs based on lost colonial India which captured a series of structures and buildings built by the British which had been lost over time to Indian habitation. Another series I loved was called Chand Mahal, in which the moon featured prominently over a selection of photographs

Sarna is a Delhi-based art collector

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‘Deeply moving short stories concerned with survival in an uncertain world’
Jahnavi Barua

Jahnavi Barua On Books

I loved The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville. A 2001 Orange Fiction winner, this is an insightful, funny yet unexpectedly touching story of two unlikely characters who fall in love, against the backdrop of a small town in Australia. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer is a collection of deeply moving short stories concerned with survival in an uncertain world. Making a Mango Whistle by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, the English translation of Pather Panchali’s adaptation for children, is a moving and evocative account of the siblings, Durga and Apu, and their family, set in rural Bengal. The Point of Return by Siddhartha Deb is a tender exploration of a son’s relationship with his father and a poignant depiction of loss. Arzee the Dwarf, by Chandrahas Choudhury is a delightful story of a small man battling life in the big bad world of Mumbai.

Barua is a Bengaluru-based writer

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Mind-bending music
British rock band Pink Floyd

Subir Malik On Music

Most of the music I hear is on the road. I’ve been tripping on the Them Crooked Vultures album. Their bassist is John Paul Jones and I really like his work. I especially dig their track Elephants. A great rendition of Pink Floyd’s classic album Dark Side of the Moon that I’ve heard is by Mary Fahl, although it’s hard to better their music! I have been listening to Floyd for three decades now and can listen to them till I die. I really dig classic rock so I’m always listening to bands like Led Zeppelin, The Who, Iron Maiden, and AC/DC.

Malik is the manager and keyboardist for Delhi-based band Parikrama

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Beyond memories
A still from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Ankur Tewari On Films

I am very impatient and notorious for walking out of movies that don’t sweep me off my feet.Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one movie that left me dumbfounded. I felt a lump in my throat, a tear in my eye and my heart skipped more than a beat as I experienced a near complete piece of art. As a screenwriter-songwriter, I have become a bit jaded when it comes to critically analysing the moving picture and sound. But this movie, not even for a single moment, let me venture away from the world it created.Charlie Kaufman’s flawless writing, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet’s poignant performance, Jon Brion’s minimalist music score and Michel Gondry’s sensitive treatment makes it my favourite love story with a resolve that people are mere memories but love reaches beyond.

Tewari is Mumbai based singer and screenwriter

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Shamsulwahid On Food

I don’t get much time to go out, but I love discovering new flavours. When in a mood for Mughlai food in Delhi I love Marut Sikka’s restaurant Kainoosh. For Kashmiri food I like Zafran at Malcha Marg. Fujiya at Chanakyapuri serves great Chinese food. I also like the European food at Tonino. I usually prefer to eat meat when going out — the Chettinad I ate at Kovil was one of the most delicious south Indian non-vegetarian meals I have eaten in a long time.

Wahid is the Executive Chef of Smokehouse Grill, a Delhi restaurant

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