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Of CommonWealth and other not-so-common stuffs

It’s Day 3 of the CWG here in India, and I’m thrilled at the fact that the Indian contingent has done amazingly well. The contingent WRESTLED, SHOT and LIFTED their opponents outta the way, and have brought home 6 Golds, 6 Silvers and 2 Bronzes. Kudos to all the sportspersons who have performed exceedingly well, despite the rather negative cloud that was surrounding this event. For those who haven’t already heard, the event was completely surrounded by bad luck from the word go. When charges of corruption were just being refuted, bridges and ceilings collapsed, and people looked around frantically for the splendour that should have been an integral part of this event. Thankfully, the opening ceremony went off quite well, and India’s run in this event has been quite successful too. So here’s to the hope that we do much better in the days to come, and keep or improve our Second spot on the leaderboard.

About a week ago, the Ayodhya verdict came out. For those who are unaware, this is a highly sensitive title suit, for claimants are laying claim on a piece of land that one party claims to the birthplace of Hindu God Ram, and another party says is the spot where a Mosque once stood and was brutally demolished. So tense was the situation that many major business entities in the country allowed employees to leave home early, in a bid to escape from any violence that could arise from an unfavourable verdict. In a rather expected judgement, the State High Court asked the claimants to share the land among themselves, and do what they deemed fit with it. While one party was left with 2/3 of the land, another had to settle with the remaining. Needless to say, both parties are filing petitions with the Supreme Court with claim to the entire land. In a country like India where the judicial system is already backlogged with many many cases, this one is going to hog the limelight for all the wrong reasons. (Sigh) Yeh to India hai. (This is India)

US President Barack Obama recently decided to schedule a visit to Mumbai, no doubt in the hopes of buying us out with a UN seat (we’ll take that, thank you…). While we are more than happy that he is taking this step to give India this much deserved seat in the UNSC, I wonder why it’s being hyped as much. After all, he isn’t the first US President to visit us, nor is his agenda too stark. What may have changed since Clinton and Bush last visited the Indian soils is how the world has perceived India, and how India has projected itself. From being just another trade partner, we’ve become quite critical to the American economy. From just an outsourcing hub, we’ve transformed into a key element in the businees chain, and THAT is what has changed their attitude towards us. But, for some strange reason, we haven’t been able to leverage anything from the Indo-US relationship (other than the nuclear pact). Let’s hope that when he arrives around Diwali, we’re in a better stage to strike a deal, and in better spirits to enjoy them.

Only last week my favouritest (I know that isn’t a word) actor Ranbir Kapoor starred in a rather lack-lustre movie. A million reviews have been written and I will not repeat the fact that the movie was not at all inspiring. I loved the fellow from his first movie Saawariya (an adaption of an Arabian Nights story) to his last release Rajneeti (a take on the mythological epic Mahabharat). While his innocent looks and impish smile are a definite reason for me to fall flat, his acting skills are far more responsible for me respecting him as an actor. While I am quite confused on why he would agree to such a uninspiring project, I (and a certain friend) certainly lay blame on the director for not using this fellow much better. (Sigh) If only I could direct him…

I had a chance to listen to Rahman’s latest Bollywood album Jhootha Hi Sahi, and boy was I disappointed. Seems like Rahman has been too busy with his Jai Ho tour and other committments that he wasn’t able to devote much time to his stable professional committments. I dont blame him… he is a musical genius and overworking a genius is never a good idea (case in point: me). But I wonder if Rahman were better off NOT releasing such albums (his previous releases include other not-so-inspiring soundtracks for Blue and Raavan) and would take the Aamir Khan funda of one album a year. (Sigh) Even good music is being watered down by this evil world…

Elsewhere, I was busy getting mowed by an SUV. Note that the idiot was taking a blind turn at a speed I reckon was at least 50. Yet he claims it couldn’t have been more than 50. He was mighty lucky I dint get injured or he’d have had more than a black eye to deal with. And luckier still that his girlfriend kept me from doing any more damage. On the bright side, he now has a shiny black eye to match his shiny black SUV. (pats self on back)


10 songs I was busy listening to this week

I spent a large part of the last week listening to a lot of music, courtesy my 3 hour journey time in Mumbai’s local trains. While some of it was stuff that I had heard for a long time and was pre-loaded on my phone, there were some new additions courtesy the radio. I spent a lot of time talking to my friends and posting status updates on em, so a friend suggested I may as well blog about em. So here’s a list of 10 songs that I got addicted to last week, and that a lot of my friends agree are definitely worth a hear. They’re in no particular order, other than that in which I chose to write them 😉

1. Hairat – Anjaana Anjaani OST
Vishal-Shekhar have racked up a home run on this album, and Lucky Ali’s rockstar vocals in this song are proof of that. The duo to justice to rock, keeping the music laced with heavy guitaring and drums, and take us back to when we were head-banging. And Lucky Ali rises to the occasion quite superbly. Dare you to NOT air-guitar or air-drum while u listen to this one…

2. Gal Mitthi Mitthi – Aisha OST
Normally, I dont like Punjabi music. But I’ll make an exception when Tochi Raina belts out this superbly peppy number. Awesome beats, a controlled voice, and foot-tapping rhythm. Its impossible not to react to the beats in this song, even when you’re quite uncomfortably seated in the fourth seat. For those who dint know, this album has been composed by the same guy who composed for the score of Dev D. So, rest assured, the music shall not disappoint you.

3. Aas Paas Khuda (Unplugged) – Anjaana Anjaani OST
Its unusual nowadays to release an album without a song by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan or Mohit Chauhan. Its simply because these 2 guys havent disappointed us yet, and now’s no time to start. Rahat shines in this song, the unplugged version of this song brings out his vocal brilliance even more. Shruti Pathak doesnt disappoint either… she keeps pace with the musical wonder that Rahat is. Kudos to Vishal and Shekhar for this one.

4. Anjaana Anjaani – Anjaana Anjaani OST
Yeah yeah… by now you’re thinking I’m way too hung up on this album. You’re right!! And this song is truly mt favourite on this album – for its sheer simplicity. For those who dint know, Vishal and Shekhar composed TWO title tracks for this album, and this is the one that hasn’t been publicised yet. Cant think of y not… Vishal moves away from his rockstar image and mesmerises us with his soft vocals. Shipla Rao makes an appearance in this song as well; and she does not disappoint us at all.

5. Suno Aisha – Aisha OST
The other song on that album that I’ve been completely bowled over by. Good beats, great rendering and, since I havent seen the movie, one that makes u wonder how it would look on the screen. It’s not particularly a brilliant song… but it’ll keep u entertained for sure.

6. Pehla Nasha – Jo Jeeta Woh Sikander OST
This one’s courtesy Radio City’s “Mumbai ka ultimate gaana” contest. Everyone I know has fallen in love with this song from the first time they heard it. I did too. For those that are looking for a slight twist to the original, look our for Bally Sagoo’s remix, spiced with some English lyrics and some more beats.

7. Hey Ya (unplugged)
This one’s from the Soundtrack of the TV series Scrubs. Televised when the Janitor was getting married, this song is an acoustic rendition of a hip-hop song. What I like most about this song is the fact that, while it sounded really good in the hip-hop version, the acoustic rendition brings a soulful feel to the song. Makes you think fondly about a certain somebody…

8. Weary Kind – Crazy Heart OST
This is one of em Oscar nominated movies that I watched a long time ago. And this song never left my mind ever since. A wonderful song, with very meaningful lyrics. For those who enjoy the guitar, this song’s quite a treat. And for those who dont, listen to the vocals and find some solace in some poor drunk guy’s repentance.

9. Bin Tere (Reprise) – I Hate Luv Storys
Another Vishal-Shekar dole-out. Apparently Shekhar was a music show reject, and I thank them guys for letting him take up composing music as a career. Not that he doesnt sing well…his voice has a raw yet trained feel to it that I havent heard in a very long time. And this song brings out the emotion that the plugged version dont. I wonder if I shud dig up more of these guys albums to look for some more surprises..

10. Des Mera (rock version)- Peepli Live
Indian Ocean renders a SUPERB one here. This album comes with two versions of the song and, while the other one has a rather rustic feel to it, the rock version makes u remember why Indian Ocean are such a brilliant band. They retain a lot of the instruments from the other version, but bring in Susmit on his guitar, and you have a track that’ll stay on ur mind longer than its playtime.
You’ll notice this list has a lot of Hindi songs on it… Apologies to my dear friends who were looking for some good rock. I’ll hopefully make it up to u next time. Or maybe next time it’ll be TV series. Or movies. hmm.

More till then.