Mar 16

The Video featured in the Pune Blogger Meet on 15th March. The video is not about me or my blog. Its simply put, about the blogger in all of us and how our blogs tend to be more like us or perhaps even the other way around.

I would be talking about the meet however in another post. :)

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Oct 17

he second coming into my life. Don’t get confused with the album by Induscreed. Have been listening to this for the last two days; and I can’t stop listening to it. Uday Benegal and Jayesh Gandhi formed the band with some of the best musicians from India like Taufiq Qureshi, Rakesh Chaurasia. Mostly classical. Though this was the most popular track they came out with, there was another video ‘Super Bowl’. That did the rounds on the charts as well.

The band Induscreed though hugely successful, parted ways since each member wanted to pursue his own goals. Uday and Jayesh stuck on and came up with this. The sound can be best described as Indian rhythms and melodies melded with rock and funk grooves. The lyrics can be summed up in two words: cynical optimism.

Its been many years since they came up with an Album and I am really looking forward to one. Romour has it, that are working on a new album. But then again, I am just waiting. You can check their website but I reckon its not been updated for a long time now (Official Website).

This album, they are very vocal about one thing. Record companies may ask you sing shit but one must never compromise the quality for the sake of popularity. Released in 1999 during the peak of indipop, they stuck on. The album was produced with their own money. I really respect these guys for that.

 

Kashmakash (Hindi Version)

kashmakash hai talaash hai sadiyon purani yeh pyaas hai
chale us raste hum haste jab tak hai josh aur dum
chhal hai chal bola yeh man, doob jaane ka yeh jatan
jaana hai, paana hai, gehraiyon mein khone ki lagan

is parvaz mein hai kai raaz, rang, ras, reeti rivaj kuchh ujhle
kuchh dhundale kuchh simte kuchh bikhare se
chalne ko hai raah, hai chaah, yeh nadiyan, yeh dariyan
tez paani ka bahaav, moksh hai haath ke daav

kho gaya hai mera sapna
bharam toota mera
lut gaya jo thha apna
kadam behke zara

guru dakshina shant atma paisa diya mila parmatma
shraddha saiyyam door hua bhram, lambe kash se bas nikla dum
ab woh dhuan kahaan mit gaye sab nisha, kaisa yeh samaah
khali khali hai yeh jahaan

kho gaya hai mera sapna
bharam toota mera
lut gaya jo thha apna
kadam behke zara

dekho khatam hua yeh khel, pathhri par se uthri yeh rail
maro kaato aahein baaton ilzam do dharam ko
dharam tho hai sachchi neeyat, sachchi neeyat hai insaniyat
mutthhi mein hai apni kismat

kho gaya hai mera sapna
bharam toota mera
lut gaya jo thha apna
kadam behke zara

Varanasi Trail (English Version)

Wanderstruck, at sea without a sail, tokin’ guru on the varanasi trail,
renounce the world,
denounce the forces, courses that wend their ways to collision
subterfuge! cries the subconscious mind, i need to go, i need to seek and find the meaning,
the feeling of reaching deep into the heart divine

mystical misadventures in elixirs and blessed tinctures, rituals and frankincense in the pursuit of transcendence
walk the path, the line, the road, the riverbank, at every flank a godman with a handbook - “10 Quick Steps To Nirvana”

somebody’s been driving my karma
somebody ran over my schemes
someone took a piece of my dharma
and left me severed at the knees

guru-dakshina - salve for the soul, god for 3 pieces of gold
faith, patience, a vial of pills, the swami’s off on a delivery of thrills
oh, this emptiness inside, I need substance to feel alright, smoke the pipe, the peace pipe, boom shankar, BOOM!

somebody’s been driving my karma
somebody ran over my schemes
someone took a piece of my dharma
and left me severed at the knees

wonderlust, belief without a veil, ridin’ shotgun on the Varanasi trail, face the world, deface the girl - the churl, oh put it down to religion
sacred remains sacrosanct, to believe in god is to do good to man, your destiny’s in your own hands

somebody’s been driving my karma
somebody ran over my schemes
someone took a piece of my dharma
and left me severed at the knees

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Sep 19

 

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Heard it the first thing in the morning, and have not stopped listening to it since. My brother used to play it often and it used to be running on TV all day. This song was something. Was voted 9th in the best 100 videos of 1993, worldwide.There is something very nostalgic about this song. Make me remember my brother, my home in Delhi, the dhabha outside our house which played this song often, Doordarshan (MTV initially used to air for 2 hours in the evening on DD2).

There is weird aura about the lyrics and it makes you remember your loved ones. It makes me remember well some of the people who came into my life and changed it forever. I don’t know what it is about this song..I’ll cry.

 

The lyrics for you to follow

pretty child, they’re cheering away
as you ride through your kingdom of sand
lovely child , you’re a hero today
you’re a magical mystery man

like a bird on the wing, you soar through your dreams
let your fantasies sweep the skies, but you know it’s unreal
the pain is so clear, like the tears in a baby’s eyes

holy child, you fly through the night
on your faithful and glorious steed
lonely child, wake up to the light
get back to your tatters, your home on the street

like a bird on the wing, you soar through your dreams
let your fantasies sweep the skies
but you know it’s unreal, the pain is so clear
like the tears in a baby’s eyes
like the tears in a baby’s eyes

like a bird on the wing, you soar through your dreams
let your fantasies sweep the skies
but you know it’s unreal, the pain is so clear
like the tears in a baby’s eyes
tears in a baby’s eyes
like the tears in a baby’s eyes

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Aug 22

For some strange I feel Ozzy is going soft. I don’t know if its me only. But when you listen to the song ‘Here for you’, its just a old rocker singing a love ballad. He’s always had a gift for writing memorable ballads like “Mama I’m Coming Home,” and “Here For You” is a great song that would have been a monster hit back in the day.

“i don’t wanna live in yesterday
cross my heart until i die

don’t wanna know just what tomorrow may bring

because today has just begun
no matter whatever else i’ve done
i’m here for you
i’m here for you”

But then he breaks into ‘Not going away’, totally nothing like a love ballad.

“Don’t tell me I’m wrong
Don’t tell me that you knew all along

I won’t roll over dead
Only I know what goes on in my head

I’ve got nothing to hide
I’m not guilty inside

I won’t give up
After all I’m still crazy”

I remember watching the video of ‘I Don’t wanna stop’ at WWE smack down. Boy! Was it the mother of all comebacks. It’s been six years since Ozzy’s last studio album Down To Earth. He also released a covers record a couple years that received lukewarm response (although I thought it was pretty good). Black Rain is the first album Ozzy has ever recorded sober (yeah! The first one!), and it is an excellent piece. The Prince Of Darkness is nearly 60 years old, but he proves he still has some gas left in the tank. Perhaps a lot of it.

Black Rain does a lot of justice as the title track. Ozzy also shows some anger and edge with lyrics that are politically charged, especially the title track that espouses his views on the Iraq war and ‘The almighty dollar’ on America’s foreign policies.

“burn into the air and atmosphere
watching the rain come down
turn your head away ignore the fear
watching the ice crash down
our father’s justice gets closer
how could you fuck us all over
rape, steal and murder
god bless the almighty dollar
death, doom and disaster
the point of no return
no earthly life ever after
is it too late to learn?”

The songs on Black Rain are very catchy and melodic with the usual outstanding guitar work by longtime band member Zakk Wylde.

The songs on Black Rain are very catchy and melodic with the usual outstanding guitar work by longtime band member Zakk Wylde.

Songs to watch out for:

Here for you
Black Rain
I don’t wanna stop
Lay your world on mine
The almighty dollar

What am I doing? Just buy the album, its worth it. An ozzy collection would be incomplete without it. Go go go!

My rating of the album would be 4.5/5. Must buy!

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