Posts Tagged ‘western’

Cough Syrup

January 10, 2013

Things haven’t been going well for me, and not only on LJ. Well, I suppose it’s really my fault. But that doesn’t make it easier to bear, and today, I felt pressurized and sick…and suicidal. But I posted a message on FB, and immediately, friends reached out, with messages and emails….and my friend Arun sent me this link:

What a lovely song! Anyone else out there, with the megrims….do listen, and cheer up!

A wonderful short video from a friend…

January 5, 2013

Ravi Srinivasan has been my friend for a while now, but he had no way of knowing that I knew Karaikudi Mani well for a long time, before losing touch; he did not know that he was my late brother’s mAnasIka (mentally accepted as ) guru….and yet, he chose a composition by him, performed by the string quarter…and he chose my photographs for the visual part!

I am deeply honoured…and yes, Ravi, the rAgam IS behAg….

One of my favourites…

October 29, 2012

“Hello” is a song by Lionel Richie. Taken as the third single from Richie’s multi-platinum album Can’t Slow Down, the song was released in 1984 and reached number one on three Billboard music chart. The song also went to number one in the United Kingdom. It is considered by some to be Richie’s signature song.

The song is particularly memorable for the line “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?”. In an interview broadcast in the UK on Channel 4’s Top 100 Number One Hits, Richie said he had been thanked by a large number of normally tongue-tied men who had proposed marriage after a slow dance to the song.


I’ve been alone with you inside my mind
And in my dreams I’ve kissed your lips a thousand times
I sometimes see you pass outside my door
Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your smile
You’re all I’ve ever wanted, (and) my arms are open wide
‘Cause you know just what to say
And you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much, I love you

I long to see the sunlight in your hair
And tell you time and time again how much I care
Sometimes I feel my heart will overflow
Hello, I’ve just got to let you know

‘Cause I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely, or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart
For I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying, I love you

Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
‘Cause I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart
For I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying I love you


September 27, 2012

I posted on Facebook just now, “With so many interesting YouTube clips today, I am that ancient Chinese lady, Wat Ching.”

Here’s one of the nicest I watched:

How would one tune that…and could one program that instrument to produce music that was fed into it in the right format?

Intrigues me!

Swan Lake

April 22, 2012

I’ve watched Swan Lake being performed at Chowdiah Memorial Hall in Bangalore, performed by the Kiev Ballet, many years ago, under the aegis of ICCR, Indian Council for Cultural Relations(which seems to be a moribund organization now.)

I just watched this acrobatic version from China.

Of course, those of you who are new here may not know that I already have

a ballerina in the family

One day, I’ll go to Moscow and watch the ballet…one day…one day….

Two, no, three of my favourites…

March 15, 2012

Franz Lizst is a composer whose works (I mean, those that I know of!)I like…and one of my great favourites is this wonderful cartoon of Tom and Jerry, which uses Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S.244/2, the second in a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies…the others are, alas, not very well-known.

Imagine the creativity that lets animation and all those visual gags, be set to the strict time-frame of the rhapsody…..

Many Tom’n’Jerry cartoons won Academy Awards, and they deserved them….these cartoons date back to the 40’s, I think.

The Eagles…

February 1, 2009

Spent a lovely afternoon playing board games, and then a very pleasant evening with VV …and learnt a lot more about him, and about the Eagles.

VV is both a guitarist and flautist (no, that doesn’t mean he flauts the rules) and seems to straddle eastern and western music with ease…and when we got to talking about difficulties with the guitar, I mentioned how AM had been very frustrated, trying to reproduce what the Eagles played in the song, “Hotel California”, he instantly put on the song for us…and we all enjoyed that marvellous piece of guitar-playing. He told us that there were 6 box guitars and one bass guitar playing….and that when the Eagles broke up, and someone asked, when they would get back together again, the reply had been, “When hell freezes over.”

So when they got back…just once…., they made an album which was called “Hell Freezes Over”….my favourites in that album are Tequila Sunrise and, of course…Hotel California…quite literally, “haunting” lyrics, and music that makes me lose myself!

Want to hear it?

Here it is:

Oh…that guitar-playing….

Agumbe….Dodda Mane

December 5, 2008

I just realized that I have not, so far (two months have elapsed!) posted about the heritage house at Agumbe, Dodda Mane (Big House), which still stands proudly, and is used as a family residence, too, by the very hospitable Kasturi Akka and her family. That’s Kasturi Akka on the left, and her mother on the right…

all about, and around, Dodda ManEy

The flora of Agumbe

October 8, 2008

The flowers of Agumbe were varied and each was more beautiful than the others….as usual, there were only some I could id, and others remained mysterious; let me start with this exquisite three-petal wildflower that I spotted:

These purple flowers, too, smiled up in their hundreds on the hillsides:

You can see many more flowers if you want to, here

Toilet Culture

October 25, 2005

I recently received pictures of a new public toilet abroad, the walls of which are totally transparent from inside (for the user) but which looks as if it has mirror walls from the outside. The thought-provoking question was, “Would you use it?” My American architect friend responded, “I would hate to use it at night when it would have to be lighted up.” This had not occurred to me…but what I noticed in the picture was a drinking fountain set just above the toilet bowl…and that got me thinking about cultural differences. In the East, we always associate toilet with uncleanliness, and we would never dream of drinking out of a water fountain set above a water closet. When our toilets are usually dirty, and indeed, are often open fields, the association with lack of cleanliness and hygiene is too deeply ingrained. Even my own friends, who know rationally that the same water comes out of the taps in their kitchen as well as their bathroom, would hesitate to drink the water in the latter location.

Water v. paper is another major cultural difference between the East and West. “How on earth can anyone clean themselves with these pieces of paper?” yelled a relative who went to live with her daughter in Toronto. I personally cannot do without water,either…I usually make do with one of the plastic yogurt tubs! Wet wipes seem to be a compromise that may still leave many unsatisfied (and perhaps unwiped!)

One habit which I would like my compatriots to learn from the West is the practice of washing hands after using the toilet…I am sure there will be much less disease if this were adopted. But this, alas, also requires a lot of water, which we have very little of…I dream of the day when my country will have clean public toilets…. and when we will stop having open toilets on trains, too….!

But as long as I live, I am destined never to get used to ONLY toilet paper, and will always be…”Little Lota”!