Prarthana Modi on Art
I love Dayanita Singh’s work. It’s not gimmicky and I feel that her photographs convey a message that is inspirational. She uses film and usually takes her photos in black and white. Of late, she has gone digital and started using colours, but her work in film is truly magical. Henri Cartier-Bresson is another iconic photographer whose works have left a lasting impact on me. He caught some amazing moments on his film camera. These photos were exceptional. I enjoyed his work tremendously and recommend upcoming artists to look at them, for inspiration.
Modi is a Delhi-based photographer
Surjit S Bhalla on books
I like both fiction and non-fiction. I recently read The Bankers’ New Clothes by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig. It examines the risks bankers take and how it affects the economic crisis. Being an economist, I found myself interested in the book’s depiction of the 2008 economic crisis. As for fiction, I’d recommend Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. A murder mystery, it’s the writing that appealed to me.
Bhalla is the author of devaluing to prosperity
Sonam Kalra on Music
Internationally, I like Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse and Adele. Each of them has a unique voice. Fitzgerald’s is like an instrument; it is a voice that is powerful, and has emotions. Winehouse carved an identity for herself with her laid-back style and soulful voice. Adele, again, has an incredible voice. I think what appeals to me is that each of these singers tells a story through their songs. This is what a singer should do — sing yes, but also speak and tell the audiences a story.
Kalra is the vocalist of The Sufi Gospel Project
[/box]Anurag Ram Gopal on Film
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, is a beautiful film. It was a much acclaimed film of late ’80s, but is often left out of any conversation on cinema these days. The story revolves around a filmmaker and his childhood friendship with the projectionist at his local theatre. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso brilliantly interweaves fiction with reality. It shows how this connection itself can be a relief and help us grow as individuals. It’s not a complex story; the film portrays the ambiguities of life in a subtle and beautiful way.
Ram Gopal is a Pune-based filmmaker
Anuradha Sawhney on Food
One place I would highly recommend is Dario’s in Pune, an Italian restaurant owned by its head chef Dario Dezio, a native of Sicily. It has a pleasant outdoor garden seating and trees overhead that are usually inhabited by peacocks at night. If I had to pick only one thing from their menu, I’d probably choose the Funghi Dario’s. It’s a delicious, fairly simple dish: whole mushrooms roasted with lemon, garlic, parsley and olive oil. They also make really nice thin-crust pizzas with a lot of great, vegan, cheese-less options.
Sawhney is the author of The Vegan Kitchen: Bollywood Style