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artRahuldev Seram on Art

Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles is an incredible work depicting his lifestyle and it has the combination of all colours in complete harmony. His intense involvement in the setting of his room brings alive every component of the painting. My admiration for this piece is rooted in Van Gogh’s powerful imagination which is reflected in an unusual relationship he forges with each of these elements. He befriends these objects, transforms them into his world and they in turn leave an indelible imprint on his mind. This painting is a testament to the unique perspective of this Post-Impressionist painter.

Seram is a Manipur-based painter 


bookNameirakpam Bobo Meitei on books

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy introduces the reader to the anguish of his dying hours, pity for the people he is going to leave behind and the hope that his death will set them free. Tolstoy’s manner of dealing with such a complex human narrative makes it a remarkable read.

Bobo is the author of Tales of Human Mischief 


musecJeet Singh on Music

Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist and producer from Iceland whose approach towards music is neo-classical. He is one of the foremost musicians exploring the ambient genre. I marvel at his dramatic song writing, which to me is almost like the background score of a movie. Ljósið is one such example of his genius. The serenity and pristine quality of the track helps you drift into a completely different zone.

Singh is a Bengaluru-based music composer and producer 


Samridhi Dewan on Film

filmI stumbled upon Vincent Ward’s What Dreams May Come a long time ago but it has managed to carve a niche in my mind owing to its aesthetic brilliance. Based on Richard Matheson’s novel by the same name, the film explores the theme of after-life with conviction and creativity. Robin Williams and Annabella Sciorra’s efficient delivery in the lead role embellishes the visually stimulating canvas of the director. This ’98 gem went on to pick an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. 

Dewan is a Mumbai-based theatre actor 


Ricky Teja on Food

Lazeez Affaire on Malcha Marg is one of the finest north Indian restaurants in Delhi. Located amidst the diplomatic lanes of Chanakyapuri, this gorgeously lit place is synchronised with highend interiors. I would recommend their dal makhni, butter chicken and kakori kebabs. The Flying Saucer Café at Nehru Place is another place I frequent. They have an impressive Italian and Mediterranean menu which can be enjoyed on a night out – the lamb moussaka topped with cheese is worth a try. They also offer a spectacular range of cocktails to complement your meal.

Teja is the director of Fork You and Out of The Box 

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