Friday, January 29, 2021

3093 : Vengeful nihilism

From NYT today

The result, Mr. Gurri writes, is a kind of vengeful nihilism, an urge to burn down the establishment without a clear sense of what’s supposed to replace it.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

3092: Multitudes

Martin Heidegger said, " every man is born as many men and dies as a single one."

Monday, January 25, 2021

3090: Bravery by Bjork

 "Bravery is this gut feeling to not

coagulate or crystalize but to stay liquid." - Björk

(came in via twitter)

Sunday, January 24, 2021

3089: Anamolies

The water that homes in to thrist

From a Ranjit Hoskote poem

3088 : Ranjish hi Sahi

aa phir se mujhe chod ke jaane ke liye aa


What poetry !!

3087 : How do I tell my son about magic?

How do I convey to my son, that when he grows up and does not have familiarity with Faridda Khannum's Dil Jalane Ki Baat Karte Ho.......he is missing the simplest example of what human greatness looks like.

The voice, the lyrics, and just the complete immersion.....and the tabla in the background :-).

3086 : Run like Hell by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Pink Floyd)

Listening to Run Like Hell, by Royal Philharmonic at full blast is as much fun as we adults are allowed to have :-).


Saturday, January 23, 2021

3085 : Cheri Cheri Lady by Modern Talking

Of course, I am from the 80s and I love this song.

But modern versions of this song (covers) play a slightly faster tempo, and I cannot ever get used to it.

As a child when I first heard this, I realized that the chord tempo is actually a tad bit slow (there must a reason for it), but now that tempo is baked into my brain. The new faster tempo (probably the correct tempo), but just jars.

Amazing how the brain works :-). Even rationalizes slightly wrong art.

3084 : Simply the best by Tina Turner

I call you when I need you, my heart's on fire

You come to me, come to me wild and wild

This song never fails to move me. It has a lovely larger than life feel to it. Like this song could fit any greatness. E.g India's win over Australia recently.
Imagine playing this as the title credits roll, and the commentators shut shop. See the effect? Agree with me? 

Its a bit like "Everyone wants to rule the world" by Tears for Fears. I can never listen to the song, without thinking of Wayne Rainey. Posted on that earlier 

3083 : Its not me.

 It's very easy to confuse an author with her book. Actually not "confuse" but "conflate". 

And yet, it happens all the time. Individuals are conflated with their work. As an example, (and I know I will get trolled for it), but there is a good chance, that Amit Shah is a good family man, maybe a very warm family man.....and not the hardnosed strategist that we see of him every day.

I get my posts in my blog often leading to assumptions of how I am. This blog is my journal. Its a window to my self, but just a sliver of it. Essentially written so that my daughter can use this as a growing up guide when she reaches her twenties.

I want her to know that her dad was fallible and yet keen-minded. 

And yet, at least 3-4 times in a month - I correct someone about an assumption they made about me.

This is me, but this is not "all of me". I am much much more than this blog. Much more layered than this unidimensional blog can ever be.

Final words. Learn more about me from here. Do bring it up, especially if we have common interests (Jazz, classical, whatever :-)). Make some assumptions about me, that is fine too....But.....Totally conflating this (blog) with me assures me that you are inherently either lazy or quick to judge or both. 

Don't be lazy :-). Grab for me a drink. I shall show you the real me, make it worth your while. Always open.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

3082 : When the demons dance

When the demons come out and dance, it's kind of weird. It feels like you are bottled in, when actually you have lots of company (demons), who you have been indoctrinated to not touch with a barge pole (as if they fking care!!).

Open you arms, play Erik Satie, and waltz with the winter. They like to play. Toss the coin for them. Help them have fun. Be the umpire. 

It will never be Brisbaine, but it sure reduces the pain :-).

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

3081 : Reading list 2021 : #1 : Sum by David Eagleman

What a cracking start to reading in 2021. I finished Sum by David Eagleman, easily one of the best books I have read in my life.

Easily. As I always rate good books (with a false flourish) 18/10. About 40 small stories. Each story made me think, made me smile and made me realise how little I know. These are all stories of the afterlife.

Very Buddhist or so I thought. One of the keeps. I would probably read this book again very often. 

Read it and be mildly enlightened. Almost in a Zen way. Its bit like Zen Koans.

At 130 pages brings my 2021 total to 130 pages.

BTW, by the same author I love Incognito and am currently reading Livewired.

Images from Tumblr

3081 : What makes us (and hence breaks us) - I mean "us" in plural

Trust. Respect. Understanding. Space. Compassion

Just that. In no order.

Love and care are natural fallouts of this continuum. Applies to our dog, spouses, children and parents.

Just that. And yet, none of it ever seems to be easy or work.

3080 : Intoxicated by NFAK

 One of my all time fav songs.....lyrics from hindgeetmala

jhumta aa raha hai kyu baadal
jhumta aa raha hai kyu baadal
jhumta aa raha hai kyu baadal
ye bhi shayad koi sharabi hai
chaal mastana, chaal mastana
najar gulabi hai
chaal mastana najar gulabi hai

jaam jisne utha liya hai fana
jaam jisne utha liya hai fana
jaam jisne utha liya hai fana
uski kismat me kaamyabi hai
chaal mastana, chaal mastana
najar gulabi hai
chaal mastana najar gulabi hai

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

3079: What if ?

Instead of loving and then marrying, we married and then loved.
Instead of being born, and then dying, we died and then were born.
Instead of fighting and making up, we make up and then fought.
Instead of being happy young, and grumpy old, we were grumpy old first and then happy young.

Most of life is a cycle if you examine it this way. Just that it's taken me a full life to see it that way.

3078: My fish has a tumor

 A 3-year-old goldfish has a large tumor for the past 3 months and is dying. Have been taking extra care of it.......but....

Not a complaint.

No existential decadence.

No chemotherapy.

No escaping the pain.

No jumping off the edge.

No self-pity.

There is so much I can learn from this tiny fish. And that means karma is a regressive cycle. The most devolved become humans and not the other way around.

3077 : Dil Jalane ki Baat karto ko by Ali Sethi (Farida ji we still love you immensely) from "The Reluctant Fundamentalist"

 Smoldering song :-)

Listen to the film version, even better.

3076 : Taking the edge off

When you drink to take the edge off (more and more often), you know something is in a spiral :-).

These are the days, the best days of our life :-)

3075 : Listening to Yaariyaran (by Hari and Sukhmani)

 Sets the mood for the day and it's funny how music knows exactly how you are feeling inside.

A fab Sufi song, I am also searching for my infinite. Esp on a day like today.

This is what I want to do when I grow up :-). I want to jam :-)

The joy in the video is so infectious :-)

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

3073 : Arturo Sandoval with Ariane Grande and Will Pharell

I am sure I have posted on this before.

But one listen to this song is enough keep your grooving all through the night. Hippest funky music you might have ever heard.

3072 : Mana ke hum pyaar nahin....(from meri Pyari Bindu) by Parineeti Chopra

Am I the only one who loves this song, and esp Parineeti's voice?

I love this song. She has such an authentic ring. Give me her anyday over a trained singer for a song like this.

3071 : Tu chal by Amitabh Bachchan (from Pink)

I have posted about this recently. Listening to this on repeat.

Something in Amitabh's voice moves me immensely. Almost as if he were an opera singer.

I want to be like him if I live to be 78.

Lots of respect. Its easy to hate him, but I see him for what he is - a flawed fighter.

My namesake !!

Sunday, January 03, 2021

3069 : 2021 will be a long year

I know that 2021 will be a very long year. A part of me is overwhelmed by that prospect, while another is looking fwd to taking it on the chin.

I now have a double chin :-)

3068 : Reading Room Summary 2020

I struggled to read in 2020. I have over 30 books unfinished at a reading % of 20-50%.

Its been hard to focus on reading or knowing more about the world around me when the first thing in 2020 was boredom, tiredness, and just a general sense of lethargy. It did not help that work continued to clock 50-60 hrs on a consistent basis.

I finished 2020 with 22 books spanning 7166 pages 

Vs 2019 with 29 books and 5177 pages. 

Vs 2018 was 35 books with 10816 pages. 

This year 2021 hope to hit 10000 pages again.

3067 : Reading list 2020: #23: A crown of thorns (about Coronavirus) by Kalpish Ratna

Ishrat Syed and Kalpana Swaminathan (as a duo) became Kalpish Ratna. I quite admire their books and their style of writing. 

I especially liked their latest book on Coronavirus (A crown of thorns), it does get quite technical - but it's a lovely read - involving common sense, science, ecology, and just the future of humanity.

About 8/10. Do read :-)

Images from BusinessLine and Manorama

 At 279 pages brings my 2020 reading to 7166 pages. And that ends my 2020 reading journey.

3066 : From Killer

Tainted hearts, heal with time

Shoot bad love, so we can
Stop the bleeding, yeah...

3065 : Eric Clapton

 I am an avowed Eric Clapton fan.

And then this happens. Link here.

I am torn. In all transactions I believe, neither he is right nor I am wrong.....but something seems amiss.

Mr. Clapton just probably lost a fan. But to him, and his legend, it wont matter at all.

Something in my is stifled. Some voice, which is neither spoken nor heard.

3064 : Weight and TM by Jerry Seinfeld

I do one half of this. The other half I HAVE to start in 2021 :-).


Snippet From

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld believes there are just two healthy habits that “could solve just about anyone’s life”: Transcendental Meditation and weight training, he said during a recent episode of the podcast, “The Tim Ferriss Show.”

Seinfeld, 66, explained that incorporating these techniques into his routine have helped him stay productive, focused and creative throughout his career. Here’s what you need to know about weight training and Transcendental Meditation

3063 : What is design?

Loved this quote. 

Design is not artDesign is utilitarian. Art is useful, but not utilitarian.” “If you can design one thing, you can design everything.”

By Massimo Vignelli

Saturday, January 02, 2021

3062 : Sexism @ Netflix

 On the poster of Heroes - of the lead 4 actors. One of them is missing. And its a "she".

She is one of the best rally drivers the world has ever seen.

Michele Mouton's name is missing :-)

So much for an equalist society :-).

3061 : Background score masterclass (from Criminal series on Netflix)

 The background score on the Netflix series Criminal is a masterclass of how simple (surreal) sounds can help setup the complete mood.

Love it completely. Totally awed by it.

I someday really want to be part of such a creative process. The person(s) including the director who worked on the framing of the music, must be inspired.

I yearn for that intellectual sparring. For that fun and the process of building something together.

3060: Heroes (racing veterans) on netflix.

Easily one of the most watchable series on Netflix. 
Humane. And adorable for fans of racing. Each one of the four racers is so endearing. (Formula 1 world champion Mika Häkkinen, former Ferrari F1 driver – Felipe Massa, nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and World Rally Championship runner-up Michèle Mouton.)
Definitely worth a watch.
Shows us personal greatness is human and if we don't chase it, it's us, each of us that is the loser.
Watch it and be humbled by four of the greatest racers in the world.
We all have cracks. Embrace them.

Debuts near the bottom on my overall list.

3059: Loved Ak Vs Ak on netflix

Anurag Kashyap is such a fine actor. My second movie with him as an actor. Saw a Tamil movie where he is the villain. (Imaikkaa nodigal)
I love TV when it is well written. This is full of references and self goals 😀
Loved it totally. Absolutely worth a watch.
Harshvardhan Kapoor is someone to watch out for. I loved his cameo. 

Debuts well on my overall list

3058: Recency bias Criminal series on Netflix

Finished my second run (of watching the entire series).
I love this series. Have seen all 3 (country versions) and two seasons for UK. 
Just love the writing. Easily one of the best writing and acting on television.