March 23, 2015

You would think that I would have heard all of the Coke Studio songs, being such an ardent fan. Today, I came across ‘Mujhe Baar Baar’ by Abbas Ali Khan from the series’ most recent episode and was mesmerised for the longest time. Among the languages that I know, there is no doubt that Urdu is the most beautiful. It is like art in words, emotions in writing –  no wonder it was the language of choice of the Sufi saints. If you cannot get lost in a thought, then whatever is the point of it. I spent a while transliterating my favourite stanza from the song (presently blessing my…

November 6, 2014

A Bohemian Rhapsody

Since I moved to Muscat two years ago and found a lot more time (i.e. earned leave) and funds to my disposal, it was a part of the agenda to ensure that I take an annual trip with the folk to places we have always talked about. Jet. Set. Go! We got our Schengen visas a day before we were to travel – so yeah, a couple of very tense weeks.. In 2013, we covered a lot of Western Europe in a rather rushed manner and this time around, I wanted to do it differently. Also because the agenda here was different; the trip was woven around my father’s wish…

March 26, 2014

R-O-F

Today, I was reminded of the little music group that I used to be a part of during graduation days in Pune.  Having lived my life in Muscat with Baba as my only musical conscience, it was pretty easy for me to tell the melody of a violin from a cello by the time I was eight – but I couldn’t define what rock or pop was for the life of me, and I had never heard of Coldplay, well into 17 years of age. I met the most delightful people in those years. They taught me so many things – introduced me to the world of Western soaps, rock…

December 24, 2013

Winter Wonderland

It’s Christmas!  I might be one of the few people on the planet at their work desks today, but I will let nothing dampen the spirit! I’m going to listen to the Christmas radio, sing along loudly, walk down to the bakery for some plum cake and go back home to watch Home Alone 1, 2, 3 and then Love Actually – in that order! For now, unable to contain the Christmas in the air, here are my top six favourite Christmas songs – that can cheer me up and get me thinking of a white Christmas, with peppermint striped candy and real snow.  “Let It Snow!” by Dean Martin …

December 20, 2013

Le nozze di Figaro

For someone who has been raised on western classical music, fed Mozart before baby food and seen their father polish the Beethoven bust every Friday morning, it is quite unnatural to have seen their first opera at the age of 26.  But the Royal Opera House in Muscat is a fairly new concept, and it wasn’t really opera season when we visited Austria so when I saw that ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ was opening this season presented by the Vienna State Opera, nothing could stop me from booking box seats.  ROH, Muscat Box seats, yay! The orchestra and the stage The absolutely stunning interiors It gives me gooseflesh to recall…

December 19, 2013

It started out as a feeling…

Now we’re back to the beginning It’s just a feeling and no one knows yet But just because they can’t feel it too Doesn’t mean that you have to forget Let your memories grow stronger and strongerTill they’re before your eyes I’ll come back when you call me… No need to say goodbye. “The Call” by Regina Spektor

November 21, 2013

Overexposed

It’s such a big world out there. But as different as we are, there are some things that remain the same no matter what we look like, or what language we speak. When Maroon 5 asked their fans to send in videos that they would create a montage from, for their new son – they called it the ‘Daylight Project’ . They asked them to share what was important to them – just anything. What do you love? What do you dislike? What are you afraid of? What gives your strength? What changed you? What change can you bring?  And much more. Answer these in your head and then watch what…

November 20, 2013

Imagine Dragons

I know several people who devote a substantial time of their lives to YouTube – watching the most diverse array of things. It really is a phenomenon. While I’m not among them, I scout for new music there at times. Click on random videos and sometimes discover some really stirring stuff. This Las Vegas group was among these chance discoveries. I was listening to some Snow Patrol favourites and one of the suggested videos was ‘Demons’ by a band called ‘Imagine Dragons’. I gave it a chance listen and was immediately gripped: A few days later, I Shazam-ed another really catchy number from the radio and found them again. This time…

November 15, 2013

Cloudburst

The sky is a shade of crimson The winds are so strong that people are running for cover The lightning cracking down like a whip And the thunder is growling back in response The calm before the storm has passed The rains are here. The once or twice a year ones. How can I not rejoice? Tried to not waste too much time today attempting to capture the perfect lightning strike shot Went up to the terrace and got soaked to the bone Ah, joy. 

November 3, 2013

Never Whole

Now he left a in hole in my heart A hole in a promise A hole on the side of my bed A hole that will never fill itself A sad, deep black hole A hole that I cannot mend Now we’ve got holes in our hearts, yeah we’ve got holes in our lives Where we’ve got holes, we’ve got holes but we carry on…