Sunday, February 21, 2010

Phew!! What a week it has been. If one did not know me better, I would be called the social butterfly :P Occasional perks of being a media person entails free passes to events. And thats what most of last week turned out to be. Caught James Taylor Quartet and The Brand New Heavies as part of the Skywards Dubai Jazz Fest. Nibbling on yummy finger food and sipping on one's poison of choice, enjoying the music and all in the comfort on your company's special enclosure makes for a enjoyable musical experience. Or not. Feeling exclusive must be great but not when it is coupled with a live concert which is all about engaging and interacting with the audience for the performers. Having said that, most people eventually went down closer to the stage to enjoy their music better. After the jazz fest, it was the women's quarter final matches for the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship. Ramila and I watched the Zvonerova- Azarenka and the Pavlyunchenkova- Willliams matches from a great vantage point. Besides the thrill of watching Venus Williams in action, what made the evening memorable indeed for me were these two 7 or 8 year olds who were relentless in their enthusiasm to get everyone to make Mexican waves!! Weekend was movie time - Precious, The Blind Side and The Book of Eli (for the second time). I cried loads while watching both Precious and The Blind Side. Must say the short list of movies for the Best Picture is a fantastic one with each one giving the other a serious run for its money. I sure as hell hope that it's not Avatar beating the rest of the movies to the trophy.
Also over this weekend, I have finally acquired a T.V. for myself. So some part of my Saturday was spent buying it and then installing it. Felt great hooking the T.V. and the D.V.D player all by myself. When all this wasn't happening, Kruti invited me to a rehearsal of Malhaar - Dubai's first and only Indian choir. Malhaar is performing at the India Club on the occasion of Holi. Found the experience very interesting and listening to great music -both classical and folk just made me very happy!!! It's already Sunday morning and I feel like I have done everythingbut relax this weekend. Maybe I'll do that while watching a movie this evening on my brand new T.V. :P
LOL!! Laters...
P.S.:- Saptak, the latest offering by Mekaal Hasan Band is an absolute delight and a fitting follow up to Sampooran. Get Coke Studio also if you haven't already

Monday, February 1, 2010

Songs... They are always objects of associations especially memories- childhood, pranks, the first love, a stolen kiss, a moment of rapture,heartbreak, longing, fights, reconciliation or even comfort. A favourite song - a friend in need, a constant companion, earworm for an hour, a day or even a week. And a song is what I am going to blog about today. Actually make it two.. The first one is Miles Away by Madonna that a dear friend mailed to me saying that it personified our relationship. The lyrics to the song go something like this...

I just woke up from a fuzzy dream
You never would believe the things that I have seen
I looked to the mirror and I saw your face
You looked right through me, you were miles away

All my dreams, they fade away
I'll never be the same
If you could see me the way you see yourself
I can't pretend to be someone else

Always love me more, miles away
I hear it in your voice, we're miles away
You're not afraid to tell me, miles away
I guess we're at our best we're miles away
So far away, so far away, so far away, so far away
So far away, so far away, so far away, so far away

When no one is around then I have you here
I begin to see the picture, it becomes so clear
You always have the biggest heart
When we're 6.000 miles appart

Too much of no sound
Uncomfortable silence can be so loud
Those three words are never enough
When it's long distance love

Always love me more, miles away
I hear it in your voice, we're miles away
You're not afraid to tell me, miles away
I guess we're at our best, we're miles away
So far away, so far away, so far away, so far away
So far away, so far away, so far away, so far away

I'm all right
Don't be sorry, but it's true
When I'm gone, you realize
That I'm the best thing that happened to you

You always love me more, miles away
I hear it in your voice, we're miles away
You're not afraid to tell me, miles away
I guess we're at our best we're miles away

You always love me more, miles away
I hear it in your voice, we're miles away
You're not afraid to tell me, miles away
I guess we're at our best when we're miles away
So far away, so far away, so far away, so far away
So far away, so far away, so far away, so far away

So far away, so far away, so far away, so far away
So far away, so far away, so far away, so far away
So far away, so far away, so far away, so far away

The second song that I laid my hands on (besides many many more) today was the Bombay Theme by A R Rahman. I had been looking forward to getting this one for a long time since this piece of music always always overwhelms me. Found it as part of the maestro's compilation album Connections. So quite a few earworms for days to come... :)

Oh by the way, my Rajma turned out quite yummy. Hopefully the gobi mutter I am cooking while I am blogging will also turn out quite edible.. Laters..