Ghazal Maestro Jagjit Singh 1941-2011

The man who did everything straight from his heart, be it singing or talking politics.. Jagjit Singh will always be remembered not only for his gazals but also as an incredible human being.

Badi nazuk hai yeh manzil

Baat Niklegi To Phir Live

Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi – Mirza Ghalib

Tumko Dekha To Ye Khayal Aaya –  Saath Saath

Tum itna jo muskura rahe ho – Arth

Tera Chehra – Live

Hoshwalon Ko Khabar kya

On Ganeshotsava 2009

Today is the 7th day, of the festivities and a popular day when some choose to immerse their idols. As i was returning from  my friends house after seeing his Ganpati, i decided to walk it down, due to the road blocks and the creeping traffic and poor BEST frequency.  I saw  a few people who went about doing the whole thing without the noise but with a lot of dignity. They stood out from the crowd, though they neither had nashik dhols nor bands with keyboards, but had the passion,  zeal and that true spirit of bhakti as they carried their idol in their hands and chanted Ganpati Bappa Moraya!   Somehow it reminded me of a bygone era when i accompanied my uncles for immersion puja. What comes close,  are the barefoot bhakts who are known to walk miles to offer prayers to Siddhivinayak and the dignity with which the Lalbaugs mandals go about their activities .

The zeal shown by many of the pandals and their bhakts especially  in collecting donations and in the immersion procession with the nasik dhols and the organ, the tamasha and the noise making,  along with the drinking and the likes, of course violating the 12pm deadline rather than attending/doing a proper puja of the deity during the 7/10 days,  makes me wonder about their true motives.

When i was discussing with my friend about the Ganpati at my uncles and friends house , the first question he asked was – so what was their choice Nasik dhol or band? just reinforces my belief that humans are very social animals.

Image courtsey Lalbaugcharaja

Hope the good lord Ganesh blesses us all.

Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream – Britain’s Got Talent 2009

I was just youtube surfing and caught this video

She is a simple, funny, sweet and confident 47 yr old Scottish woman, who decided to come out of a quaint town and Sing and wow Britain  and did just that and a lot more ! She has become a you tube singing sensation!

Will we have such shows shows rather than the over the top scripted emotion filled soap opera styled talent shows here in India?

On and Off

Im out of Mumbai, out of my comfort zone and discovering strange new things, in a strange new land, some of which i might post about later. I havent been getting any time to blog or comment, and will be blogging on and off and till then im leaving u with an interesting video (from dido) i saw on ultrabrown… enjoy