Best Hindi Albums/Tracks of 2011


 

Okay,I did a smiliar piece for 2010.I love doing lists.I love collecting memories,dont I?! So,2011 might not have been a year of Bollywood blockbusters.But music was grand.From good movies and average.A small list to register the same!

  •  Soundtrack – I have heard the movie too,is good.But music – There is rock,there is trance,there is classical,there is remix! More than just the variety in genre,the music possesses you.The lyrics connect with the conscience.Direct!
  • Shaitan – Firstly,whattay movie! And secondly,they didnt make the movie and music separately! They entagled the two beautifully.Tracks like ‘Shaitan theme’ are cool ,yet sensible. ‘Fareeda’ is an absolute masterpiece. I reach a different level of nothingness when I listen to that track.Puts right in your face,what you actually are! ‘Pintya’ – enhanced folk music! Superb! ‘Khoya Khoya Chand (Remix)’ was outstaning.
  • Rockstar – This album is a natural entrant to this list. AR Rehman has outdone himself.Also,Mohit Chauhan.Versatile is the word for him.Some really beautiful tracks.’Dichotomy of Fame’ is a brilliant music fusion.Shehnai in it is just great.’ ‘Tango for Taj ‘ is a great compose. ‘Katiya Karoon’ just lifts you off your seat and puts you into some dance mood! ‘Hawa Hawa’ is such a brilliant way of telling a story.Also,awesome music.The way ‘Sheher Mein’ is composed is sheer creative genius.Offcourse,brilliant lyrics all around.
  • Delhi Belly – ‘New India’s Different Music’. This is what I would term this album.Creative Brilliance nevertheless.Makes you smirk.Every song!
  • Mere Brother Ki Dulhan – From the sufi ‘Ishq Risk’ to the rocking ‘Dhunki’ to the cool ‘Choomantar’ and peppy ‘Madhubala’ and ‘Do Dhaari Talwar’,this has been a great album.
  • 7 Khoon Maaf – Again,every song a gem.’Daarling’ was superb.So was ‘Bekaraan’.’O Mama’ is another song that pushes me into the Nothingness zone.
  • Shor in the City – Brave movie and complementing good music.Saibo has to be the romantic song of the year.Loved the way Tochi Raina called Karma,a total bitch! ‘Deem Deem tana’ is special.Well composed.
  • Matargashtiya – Chalo Dilli.
  • Saj Dhaj Ke, Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya,Mallo Malli – Mausam
  • Love Breakups Zindagi – ‘Rozaana’, ‘Rab Rakha’ and ‘Chhayi Hai Tanhaayi’.You would want to wake up to Rozaana,daily. Sweet album altogether.
  • ‘Bhare Naina’ – Ra.One – What a brilliant track.Classic! This song just grew on me.
  • ‘Subha Hone Na De’ and ‘Tu Mera Hero’ are two very sweet tracks from Desi Boyz.
  • Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl – Nice,happening album to end the year with.Full foot tapping tracks.

This is as far as my list goes.I might have missed a few obvious ones.Please be kind enough to remind me of the same.

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I Miss Indi-pop


I have grown up in the era, whent the society migrated from Chitrahaar to Philips Top -10. From the Indian music to the fusion of Indo-Pop music.

Baba Sehgal’s Aaja Meri Gaadi Main Baith Ja, Alisha’s Made In India, etc where it all started for me. Foot-tapping music with lyrics that had a tinge of the West and that could connect instantly with the hope and aspirations of an emerging,young India.

There are so many tracks,albums,artists I can talk about. A few of them are :

1)  Usha Utthup’s Hari Om Hari(I remember the spoof – Hari Om Hari,Sridevi Mari :D)
2)  Daler Mehndi’s Tunak Tunak tun (Remember dancing to it in Std.6).Also, the video is worth a rewatch. :D.
Also,Bolo Tara Ra Ra – The Marriage Band’s favourite.
3)  Soul reaping music by the Colonial Brothers
4)  Euphoria’s brilliant romantic music. “Tum Ho Meri Main Tumhara”, “Kaise Bhulegi mera Naam”, “Kabhi aana tu meri gali” and Offcourse, “Maaeri”.
I remember my elder brother pointing out to parents. “He is a doctor and makes music. I can do that too” (And so he did).
5)  There was Shubha Mudgal’s Abke Sawaan. Perfect fusion.
6)  Oh,and how can I forget a zorbing ball Adnan Sami, rocking the nation with his classic Lift Karadey. Followed by some really sweet romantic and fun songs.The one with Sr. Bachchan.And the World Cup song, “Aaaye O… Aye O Aaa”
7)  Falguni Pathak’s amzing girlie love numbers. “Maine Paayal Hai Chhankayi”. At school,we did a small performace of this song for Annual day.Remember being an infinitesimally small part of it.
8)  Lucky Ali’s hypotic voice really shook my soul with “Gori teri aankhein”.
9)  Aghosh’s “Mil jo jaaye thoda paisa”. A beautiful comment on life in a struggling,growing India.
10)  Band of Boys – “Tu hi mera Pyaar Gori”. Amazing Song
11)  Aryans – “Ankhon mein tera hi chehra”, “Dekha hai teri ankhon mein”. Sigh!
12)  “Chui Mui Si tum lagti ho”. Sweetest song. Dad used to listen to it every morning.
12)  And then, the remix gen songs. “Mere Naseeb Mein”, “Bheegi Beegi Raaton Mein”, “Kehdoon Tumhein”. I studied my 9th and 10th listening to these over FM.So,so fresh!
13)  Rageshwari – “Kahin karta hoga,woh mera…..”. She was a heartthrob once.
14)  Bombay Vikings – “Chhod Do Aanchal”, “Woh Chali”.
15)  Babul Supriyo – “Sochta Hoon uska dil…” …. Grew up listening to this song and feeling.My school bestie’s then favorite song.
16)  Shan’s “Tanha Dil” and “Bhool Jaa” are amongst my all time favourites.
17)  Bombay Rockers,Zeus,Juggy d,Jay Sean,Veronica,Raghav Mathur gave me my junior college playlist.
18)  Alka Yagnik’s “Dil tha yahaan abhi abhi” and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab’s some magical numbers.

And the list could go on and on and on….

But where is Indi-pop now? Disappeared? Died? Why? :O

P.S. – Don’t know if Kailash Kher and Kailasa’s music can be included into Indi-pop. They are just too divine for that.

Diwali


Like most festivals around the world,Diwali too has a misleading mythological belief. Return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya. Maybe something like this actually did happen. However,the actual reason, like behind most festivals around the world, is life. Cleanliness. Celebration of being alive. Of remembering family,friends. Of forgetting problems,fights,etc. Of cleaning up – soul, mind and surroundings. Reminder to reduce the toxic in our lives. Lifestyle.Hearts. Of lighting up our world. With lights of sense,respect,knowledge and hard work. Using oil lamps to light a dark night is also good. It not just signifies optimism,but also spreads and makes you feel it.

Well,someone explain to me how  fireworks/crackers fit in this situation. Agreed it is a by-product of evolution of the celebration of Diwali in India. However, aren’t we over doing it?

I am not saying I never lit crackers. Like every child,I was crazy about them. But somewhere in Std. 10,I realized, enough! I no more need to fire up noise to feel happy or festive. Now I not just avoid it completely myself, but ensure I regulate how much my siblings light. Or good people I know. I am trying to reduce its usage.Yes. Zillions are trying.Maybe we will be unable to make even an iota of difference to you. But I want to tell a lot of you,who are just under peer pressure,or feel it is uncool to avoid crackers,that you are not alone.

So, this Diwali, light up diyas. Clean your house and mind. Spread,feel and honor love,family and life.Existence. Celebrate,but cut the fireworks. Least reduce the usage. Tell your younger ones to reduce the same.

With the money saved, you may light up someone’s life with a solar lantern. How? Here!

Or, after your annual cleaning, you might find a few old/new clothes which are in usable conditions. You can help millions of not-so-fortunate brethren by sharing them with Ek Jodi Kapda.

Or maybe you could spend sometime with the local orphan-age or old-age home. With a few sweets, maybe a few lights, some necessities and a lot of love. Go there with your family. Let it be a collective spread of love. All cannot do each of these. But atleast try. Smile to your watchmen, driver,maid,doctor (God forbid you need one on Diwali), police,newspaper boy,cleaner ,etc. It is their festival to. Let them know their service is beyond their payment. Beyond a job.

Basically, atleast for 4-5 days, lets do what we are supposed to be doing all life. Let this Diwali be the beginning.

Enjoy. Have a safe Diwali.

Movie Review : Real Steel [2011]


Went for Real Steel last night with a few friends. Here’s my take on the movie :

Real Steel is a movie that deals with fighter robots’ boxing. Stars Hugh Jackman.He is an ex-boxer and now deals in fighter robots and gets them fight and thus earns some money.He loses more often than he wins.His wife from a sour marriage dies,leaving behind his 11 year old kid.

Jackman makes a deal with the kid’s uncle to settle smoothly a court suit over  the custody of the child.He gets the kid for sometime.The kid is in a smart,energetic role. Story moves around their dealing in a world famous fighter bot and its demise and consequent fights with their new found Generation 2 robot, ‘Atom’, which leads them to beat the world champion later on.

The movie has cute moments,very smart action moments,nice sound effects and a very smart piece of acting by a young kid. The action sequences are intelligent and engaging. The arenas for the fights are massive and real-like. The chemistry of the robot with the kid is unmatched. The movie has light as well as engaging moments.

Any young kid would absolutely love the movie.The crowd at the screening I was at,was that of mature men and 75% of them  really appreciated the flick.(from the claps,cheers and smiles). A different movie to watch for sure.Women,go treat your eyes with Hugh Jackman.

Silicon India’s Startup City,Mumbai 2011


After registering for endless Silicon India events and attending none,I ensured to attend Startup City,2011 today.A small account of the event is as follows:

  • The address of the venue was incomplete and insufficient.Without any landmarks pointed out.Also,when I called them up asking for directions, but they still could not help me out with it.
  • We were requested to reach at 8.30 am for easy registration process. Reached them on time.There was nothing like registration process.Absolutely.
  • At 8.30 am,the auditorium had no Air Conditioning on.Tens of audience were left to get roasted in the auditorium till 9.15 am
  • However,from 9.00 am to 9.30 am, there was an exhibition of a few startups. This was a good experience. myCloudKey.com and LA Technologies were the most interesting stalls. Also,communicating with these startups,I could actually take away a lot of implicit knowledge from them about their domains and also starting up in general.
  • The session started at around 10.From 9.30 to 10.00,I was seated in the auditorium.The two gentlemen sitting to my either sides were both entrepreneurs with brilliant startups. Qwerty Labs and Sky kay Paar .
  • They introduced me to their ventures.Both are amazing. Then I pitched a very crude idea with them.That led us to a very interesting discussion.I understood why we always need a team to start up.Ideas multiply and clarify.
  • The keynote address by Mr.Mahesh Murthy of Pinstorm was amazing. Firstly,he is a brilliant and clear speaker.I was stumped. Next his entrepreneurial journey is totally interesting.If I find the transcripts of his talks somewhere,I shall upload the same.
  • This was followed by a Panel discussion on “Milestones to Startups”. It was strictly average.The panel were not able to connect with the audience and hence there was this info gap.
  • Soon,the next sessions by a few VCs started and it began to give a picture of how the rest of the day would be very gloomy.I decided to leave mid-way.
  • Conclusion: Avoid attending Silicon India events unless the speakers and the Agenda is brilliant and the venue is even slightly corporate.
  • Also,all the PPTs shared will be provided by Silicon India by Monday.So watch this space for the same.

Taglined


I don’t know of you,I am a tagline freak. A few advts/taglines, which I use in my day to day life:

  • When I open my lunch box,I don’t invite people to eat.I just yell “Samsung”. Because their tagline is/was “Everyone’s Invited
  • I stop myself from saying “Garnier” to people.Their tagline is “Take Care”.
  • When someone says “Anything Else?”, I follow it up with “is just a car”.This is the tagline of some car from the early 2000s
  • Whenever I see a “Ford Ikon”, I go “The Josh Machine”.

Will add more as and when I recollect