September 9, 2013

Moryaaa!

After spending over six years in Maharashtra, the festival of the beloved Elephant God has almost become a part of me. I remember being told to stay away from the maddening crowds that Ganesh Chaturthi brings, because there is a certain level of craziness involved that not all of us can digest. But I recollect being a part of a visarjan party in Pune and even observing one from a distance in Bombay during the festival, and I know what it means to the people there. An equivalent would be Pujo in Calcutta. Only those who feel it, can ever know the meaning of an idol coming home, and with…

November 18, 2012

Turn Up The Music

Is there anyone who hasn’t seen the Jill & Kevin wedding video yet?  Now is the time, then. The story will continue afterwards. I was introduced to it during my MBA at SIMC.  I cannot remember what class or who the teacher was, or what was the point of showing it to a bunch of post graduating students. But the song was a revelation! Everyone was nuts over it for a while and I made it a point to download the song, and become a fan of bad-boy Chris Brown. I have this to-do. One day. At some friends’ wedding, I’ll find some people as crazy as I am, and we’ll…

November 17, 2012

An Evening With The Arts

The benefits of being born in an extremely culturally inclined family are manifold. I’ve been educated in Indian classical vocals since I was six and Baba’s love for western classical has ensured that I know a little about the subject. When other parents would be taking their children to parks and amusement centres, my father was booking tickets for three to listen to the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra at the majestic Al Bustan Palace Hotel. Even though it was quite out of budget. Ever since I left Muscat, I have been yearning to listen to a concerto, a hint of an opera or even a solo performance. Perhaps I didnt…