Today, you can take eight! A random selection of excerpts from Take Two columns...

‘Applause is music to my ears’

Sudharani Raghupathy These days, artistes are under constant pressure to present something new. There’s overkill when it comes to ’innovation and experimentation’.

U. Shrinivas I don’t think I can ever get bogged down by such demands. There’s ample space to give play to your imagination within the classical realm.

October 12, 2004

’Expectations scare me’

Reema Sen ‘Dhool’ is the only film you have done with me...

Dharani That’s because you work with precious people only once (laughs uncontrollably).

July 1, 2004

‘Dancing takes me places’

Alarmel Valli I’m an old Madras person. (sighs) I see concrete where trees grew, and huge supermarkets on the open grounds where we played cricket.

Santosh Sivan Cricket? Thought you were dancing from childhood

April 13, 2004

‘We’re two of a kind’

Amit Heri Did you have your own set of drums?

Ranjit Barot Oh! No. I would borrow it from anyone who had a set. And, I kept my passion for drums a secret from my academics-loving mother.

March 22, 2005

‘Competition shouldn’t hurt anyone’

Bala Balachandran You still organise the Chairman’s Tea?

Adi Godrej Yes. I invite about a dozen managers, young and old, and discuss ideas that could help improve our performance. I never report this outside. I also get anonymous feedback about my performance once a year.

May 2, 2006

’Laugh at your own flaws’

Pearl What do you look for in your woman?

Nikhil Good DJing abilities (both laugh)... and glossy lipstick.

October 19, 2004

‘Go back to simplifying our lives’

Lakshmi Narayanan Tell me, not many youngsters are interested in Medicine these days.

Preetha Reddy (Smiles) That’s because of IT.

March 7, 2006

‘Time we tuned into culture’

Feroze Gujral I feel the younger generation is proud to be Indian. When asked to wear formal attire, my son, who is studying in England, insisted he wanted a bandh gala!

Sunita Kohli We have to instil that ‘Indianness’ in our youngsters. For example, I am in the process of writing a book, with my grandchildren, on Delhi’s monuments.

February 20, 2007