Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
I am back from my recent-most visit to Calcutta (err...sorry it is Kolkata now). To my surprise it was my 5th visit there, 4th in eight years and 2nd in one year. Probably even after marrying a Bengali I hadn't imagined I would visit Cal' as much as this...things we don't think will happen - happen the most to us! But - since my in-laws are now in Cal', both me and my wife try to go and visit them as and when possible.
It isn't a challenge for me to meet my in-laws, having known them for most of my life - first as friends of my parents, then as parents of my friend - to my would-be in-laws and finally as my in-laws! The challenge is my inability to understand and keen disinterest in trying to learn the(e) language. It is as good as going on an overseas trip, where you land yourself on foreign soil and everyone but you understand the language spoken on that land.
I at times find myself in the middle of a conversation where I am the only one who has no clue of what is being talked about - and at times people around me don't bother to explain everything either. There are occasions when all four of us are in the car (me + my wife + MIL + FIL) and there is a conversation that starts, continues for sometime and ends with a laughter - and in all this I understand a few random words here and there. My wife tries to explain / translate such chit-chats most of the times...but I think I have, by now, become used to this and not worry about it.
There is pressure on me to learn the(e) language, not just from family - but from a restaurant that I really like to visit here in Delhi, Oh Calcutta! I love the food there, visit there often, know some faces there and am greeted warmly everytime I go there. On my last visit, I was firmly told by my friendly waiter that next time, if I do not place the order in bengali - he's not accepting my order...well, some incentive to learn and understand.
So far I don't see myself learning the(e) language - as I have this innate ability to not learn languages that I was not made to speak as a child - I think I will just have to learn to live without crossing over the language-barrier...
Posted by Mudit Aggarwal at 00:38
Monday, 3 August 2009
Lyrics of a song by Randy Stonehill
AND LATELY I'VE BEEN TAKING STOCK OF ALL THAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH OH TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY FEELS FUNNY BUT IT'S TRUE I'M TURNING THIRTY
NOW I'VE GOT A WIFE WHO REALLY LOVES ME SHE MAKES MY LIFE SO SWEET... ...AND MY WORLD IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM LOST LAZY BACHELOR YEARS BUT IF I HAD THE CHANCE TO GO BACK I'D RATHER STAY RIGHT HERE TURNING THIRTY
WELL, NOW THIRTY AIN'T LIKE FIFTEEN AND IT'S NOT LIKE TWENTY-FIVE MY BACK'S A LITTLE STIFF AND THERE'RE SOME LINES AROUND MY EYES BUT I'VE STILL GOT MY ENERGY AND I'VE GOT MOST OF MY HAIR AND I'M NOT TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL AND I'M NOT REALLY SCARED OF TURNING THIRTY
OH, THE NINETIES LOOK LIKE TOUGH TIMES THE WORLD IS TURNING SOUR SO I'LL KEEP ON SERVING JESUS AND AWAIT THE FINAL HOUR AND THOUGH I'VE OFTEN FAILED HIM IN THESE THIRTY ROCKY YEARS HIS MERCY BROUGHT ME THIS FAR AND HIS LOVE HAS DRIED MY YEARS I'M TURNING THIRTY I'LL TREASURE THESE YEARS I'M TURNING THIRTY I'LL TREASURE THESE YEARS TURNING THIRTY
It indeed is a big deal...it is indeed a milestone...it is indeed something that is much more fun than turning twenty...looking forward to years ahead!
Posted by Mudit Aggarwal at 11:42
Saturday, 1 August 2009
Another Indian group that has really made an impact on me with their music is Mrigya. It was yet again the year 2001, I had the opportunity to see them perform live and could not believe that a group play genres like rock, folk, jazz & sufiana and combine it all so effortlessly.
If you haven't heard their music - please do so here. Believe me this will make you feel enriched in experience.
Posted by Mudit Aggarwal at 12:24
As a child, I grew up on the music that dad had, which basically had the likes of Beatles, Capenters, Trini Lopez, Elvis Presley, Harry Belafonte, Jim Reeves... Other than this there were many Indian classical albums at our place...so, I was at best a non-rock kinda person. I lived with a few misconceptions about music...
Misconception 1: Rock is too heavy on ears...this was broken only in college when I was introduced to some Gods of Rock and it took me a while to stabilise from Rock-mania.
Misconception 2: In India, there were three kinds of musicians - bollywood, Indian classical and singers like Jagjit Singh / Pankaj Udhas. For someone who had recently fallen in love with Rock music...I was actually going back in time to find more and more of singers / albums that I hadn't heard.
In 2001, a friend lost one of my T-shirts and in lieu of that - he gave me an album of Indian Ocean...Kandisa. With reluctance I accepted the cassette and loved it from the first time I played it on my walkman. In all these years, I had the first opportunity to see Rahul and Amit on stage at a Parikrama & Friends concert in 2009. Though they didn't play any of their own compositions that evening, but seeing them in person - made me want even more to see one of their own shows.
This post is to let everyone know that I am big fan of Indian Ocean's music. Guys...listen to their music if you haven't...it is absolutly mind-blowing!
Posted by Mudit Aggarwal at 11:52