High School Music

Okay, so I write this post at the risk of completely changing the image most of my friends and blog readers have had about me!

I have always been into music- played the synthesizer for about 5-6 years, dabbled in singing a bit, was in a “band” in school and engineering college. I do not have any particular influences as such because my interests have ranged from Indian and Western classical to hard rock and somehow, I still have favorites in each of these categories! What happened was that at different stages of my (rather short, but memorable) musical journey, I met people with such different interests, and each of them introduced a new dimension to my awareness. Like, my very first music teacher was into hardcore Carnatic music. My mom has always been more into Hindustani and was the one who introduced me to Marathi classics too! Chirag- who is one of my very good friends and the most amazing musician I know- is a huge fan of Yanni and I was addicted to his music at one point of time, thanks to Chiggy! The music class I went to in Pune focused more on Bollywood music and stuff.. Then, in my first few years of engineering- I got introduced to all kinds of rock music because of Nish- he also taught me to play a bit of drums! But the biggest constant through all these years has been my sister. She doesn’t really sing or play any instrument- but she has always been into music of all kinds. Sometimes I’d wonder where she found out about all these songs! So my tastes in music have probably been concurrent with what her current favorites were. Of course, then- it is no surprise that there was a point of time when all we used to listen to was Britney Spears! I mean, she was a big thing when my sister was in her pre-teens !! Then, I remember this time when she was obsessed with High School Musical- when it released- like a zillion years ago!

So we had this ritual okay- my mom, sis and I would have lunch every afternoon (on holidays and weekends)- and then mom would go off to work and she and I would be “allowed” an hour of break time (Well, if you have a teacher mom, you understand what I mean! :P). So in that one hour, we’d watch either some serial episodes or part of a movie on the computer. Most of the time, my sis would decide what we watch. So she’d download some stuff on Limewire and Napster (it was free then!). She was the one who introduced me to Friends- I used to think it was cliched and sexist before she had me hooked! She also made me see movies like Bend it like Beckham and of course, High School Musical!

So what’s the point of all this?! Well, so turns out I haven’t updated my iPod playlist in yeeaaarrrsss… So even though it is the end of 2010, I still have some HSM songs on there, which happened to come up this morning in the shuffle list thingy! I couldn’t help but smile when I heard some of those songs- remembered all those times when we used to actually learn the lyrics and try to imitate the scenes and stuff !! Yeahhh well, we still do that sometimes- what’s life without a little goofiness eh! 😛

So this goes out to my lil’ sis who is unfortunately not so lil’ any more! 🙂

Remember the days when we believed with all our heart and honesty that we’d grow up and do something so “different” from what everyone else was doing and believed that the guy who was our “best friend”, would end up becoming the love of our life !! Ahhh…the good times! :D:D

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Music that binds

It is often, very difficult to describe the connection between two people. More often than not, ties that bind people go through a constant metamorphosis until that stability, a comfort zone, is reached. This is true even for people integral to your life’s fabric, people you interact with on a day to day basis. In this case, I am referring to my mother.

There are, of course, a gazillion things that bind us together- we have, after all, spent 24 years in each others’ company !! 🙂 But there a few things that I have and always will associate with “us”- things that have defined our relationship over the years. And one of them is Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. And before you shriek out in horror, let me clarify that I am NOT referring to the Himesss and Bappi da version (Aap ne ye jo gayi hai, bahut badhiya gayi hai !! LOL !!) I am talking about the more authentic, real, Marathi version that airs on Alpha TV. And though I do hate the channel for dishing out “creations” like Asambhav and Ya Sukhanno Ya, I do sincerely believe that it has done the Television and the Music industry proud by managing to maintain the sanctity of the show over the past so many years.

So anyway, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa has always been this one show we both saw together. We stayed up till late at night to see it, saw the repeat telecasts over and over again, much to the chagrin of my dad and sister, and invariably sang along in our loud, slightly-out-of-tune voices !! Let’s just say that it was our two nights of bliss- where music took over studies and work! So as was inevitable, this is the part of our daily routine I miss the most in the US. She does keep giving me updates over the telephone- who is competing, who the judges are, who sang what, who got voted out etc etc. But it’s not the real thing!

But today was different. I happened to call her at the same time the episode was being aired and though she usually refuses to talk to me during such “critical” times, today she decided she could speak to me while watching (note the order of importance :P). And that’s when one of our favorite all time classics by Asha Bhosale came on. My mom immediately put the phone near the TV’s speakers, all conversation came to a halt and for the next three minutes, we simply listened to this wonderful classic. And then out of nowhere, we started singing along too! (Now this was okay for my mom coz she was within the confines of our home, but I was sitting in my Grad Assistant’s office- thank God no professor walked in! :P)

It was just like old times !!

Hats off to the maestro whose voice still manages to bind hearts that are 8000 miles away!

Song and Tag

I’ve been wanting to get back to blogging since ages. But most of the times, there were either too many things to write about, or absolutely nothing I could think of!

So when I finally couldn’t take it any more, I did the next best thing a person who hasn’t blogged for more than 5 months does- tagged myself !!! 😀 Well, I saw this really interesting tag on a blog I frequent quite often and thought it was an interesting idea… So here goes-

Here are the rules:
1. Put your music player on Shuffle mode.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. Write the song name no matter what it is.
4. After you’ve answered all of the questions, tag 5 other people and let them know they’ve been tagged.

1. If someone says “Is this okay?”, you say:
Ae kaash ke hum hosh mein ab
Ane na payein…

2. What would best describe your personality?
Ek Haseena Thi….. (From Karzzzz no less… :D:D)

3. What do you like in a guy/girl?
C’mon c’mom c’mon,
We’re gonna make it home tonight…

4. How do you feel today?
Don’t wanna be an American Idiot,
Don’t want a nation under the new media,
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mind f*** America
(Dear US Visa people, It’s just a tag, I really don’t mean this !! Sincerely, Suparna :P)

5. What is your life’s purpose?
Ashayein khile dil ki
Ummedein hasein dil ki
Ab mushkil nahin kuch bhi… (Waah waah !!!)

6. What do your friends think of you?
Someday, somehow
I’m gonna make it all right but not right now
I know you’re wondering when

7. What do you think of your parents?
Teri aakhon ke
Chipe dard mein,
Aasoon ki tarah
Mehfuz hoon… (Oh man…. noooooo !!)

8. What do you think about very often?
Mitwaaaa…. Kahein dhadkanein tujh se kya !!!

9. What is 2+2?
Urvashi !!! (Hahahaha… )

10. What do you think of your best friend?
Dil Chahta hai…
Kabhi na beetein chamkile din..
Dil Chahta hai…
Hum na rahein kabhi yaaron ke bin.. (Yayyyy…)

11. What do you think of the person you like?
Forever, we will be
Together, you and me
Oh n when I hold ya, nothing can compare
With all of my heart, you know Ill always be, right there..
(Oh I so mean this !! :))

12. What is your life story?
So don’t, don’t, don’t mess my hair
If all you do is fake it
Don’t, don’t, don’t say you care,
Coz I could never shake it
Don’t, don’t, don’t mess with me
(Oooo I like this… :))

13. What do you want to be when you grow up?
What’s going on?!?! (Seriously, what IS going on!?)

14. What do you think of when you see the person you like?
Hey Shona !!!! (Ha! Too much ho raha hai ab !!)

15. What do your parents think of you?
Tanha Dil,
Tanha safar,
Dhunde tujhe,
Phir kyon nazar…

16. What will you dance to at your wedding?
Rangeela re !!! (Now this is the best one !!! :D)

17. What will they play at your funeral?
Why’d you have to go and make things so complicated?
I see the way you’re acting like you’re somebody else
Gets me frustrated
Life’s like this you
You fall and you crawl and you break
And you take what you get, and you turn it into
Honestly, you promised me
I’m never gonna find you fake it
No no no

18. What is your hobby/interest?
Hum jo chal ne lage
Chal ne lage hai yeh raaste
Aahha manzil se behatar
Lagne lage hai yeh raaste

19. What is your biggest secret?
You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen
Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen
(Haila!)

20. What do you think of your friends?
You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me

Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ’cause you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me…
(Senti senti… sob sob… :(()

21. What should you post this as?
O Humdum suniyo re !!! 😀

22. What do you think about this tag?
Tak tana tana tandoori nights !!!!
(Ok, now THIS is has got to be the best one !!!)

And I tag all the people who haven’t blogged for months like me and need a comeback post !! 🙂 Sing away… 🙂

Go Knight Riders !!!

The million dollar question of the year is- Will IPL work?! People are talking about it all over, my dad and I have been discussing it for the past month…it’s created a frenzy even before it began! Anyway here’s why I think IPL will work this year- Pure beginner’s luck! See, the media hype over the event has crossed all boundaries- the auction, the filmstars/industrialists/other party people (That’s what you call Vijay Mallya right!? ;-)) bidding for players, which players end up together, the whole speculation about whether the event will even see the light of day etc etc… has definitely managed to grab more than the attention of the Indian audience. The adventurous ones are looking forward to it; the sceptics are waiting for the whole thing to fall on it’s face so that their bhavishyavani can be proved right…but either way, people are going to watch the matches!

Some will buy tickets because for them, live cricket is the real thing, hardly matters whether its India vs Pakistan or Chennai vs Mohali !! Added attraction, of course, is the Bollywood quotient! Another section of viewers will be curious to know how many people land up at the stadium, so they’ll go to see that. Same goes for the TV audience! And it’s a T-20 format, so you blink and it’s over…doesn’t disrupt the sanity of the house too !!

So basically, the team owners and sponsors earn their money, the cricketers get their money, the viewers get to see innovative cricket…everyone’s happy! Whether the trend will continue next year- now that’s something that can’t be predicted right now !! So enjoy it while it lasts…

Anyway, I’m supporting the Kolkata Knight Riders !! They’re easily the best team- Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting, Murali Karthik, Chris Gayle, Ishant Sharma…and of course Shah Rukh Khan…aur kya chahiye !! 😀

We’re too hot,
We’re too cool,
We are the King’s Men,
We rule !!!
Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo reeeee…!!!

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Check out this ad too. SRK is like the marketing God !! GO KOLKATA !! I’m lovin’ it already !!! :-D:-D

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So…which team are you rooting for ?!

Asli swaad zindagi ka !!

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This is probably the worst phase of the advertising industry !! Most of the ads we see nowadays are downright stupid (seen the ones for Axe deo, perfume etc? Yuck !!) and somehow today’s advertising “gurus” have forgotten have forgotten that an ad sells a product- not a celeb !!

Anyway, this is probably one of my all time favourite ads !! Came across this on a friend’s profile and it truly brought back fond memories of some really good (and may I add, simpler!) times !! 🙂 No jazz, no snazzy shots, no eardrum-bursting music and thankfully no stars! Just a yummy product and an easy concept- Eat Cadbury, enjoy life !! 🙂

And the girl’s impromptu jig when her guy makes a century…priceless !! 🙂

Current Mindset

Ok… so I suck at poetry n all….couldn’t compose a couplet even if I was held at gunpoint !! But this song by Wendy Matthews pretty much sums up my current mood…

The Day You Went Away- By Wendy Matthews

Hey, does it ever make you wonder

what’s on my mind

I, I was only ever running to your side

I never cried, I just watched my life go by

It’s just a pack of lies,

’cause you’re leaving me behind

Why, after this long is there nothing

I’ll keep, oh, I can shout

you’ll pretend you’re falling asleep

I live a lie, yeah, believing that you’re mine

It’s just a waste of time

’cause you’re leaving me behind

Hey, there’s not a cloud in the sky

It’s as blue as your goodbye

and I thought it would rain

on a day like today

Hey, there’s not a cloud in sight

it’s as blue as your blue goodbye

and I thought it would rain

the day you went away

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P.S.- Before your imaginative mind goes wild conjuring up some heartbreak crap, I state, for the record, that there’s nothing of the sort.. Lol.. Enjoy !! 🙂