What a long, strange trip it’s been!

Today, it will have been seven years since I started this WordPress blog. And I only have 219 posts to show for it. This will be the 220th post. That’s a bit more than 31 posts per year. Or about two posts per month. Or one post every fifteen days. I am not the most active of bloggers. This is sad. But what can one do when one is hamstrung by forces too obdurate to overcome? But I did not come here because it’s been seven years. I didn’t even know it had been seven years until I logged in and saw the notification. Well done, WordPress. You’re one of the best blogging platforms ever!

But let us move on to the blog post I composed in my head on my way back from work.

I’ve recently been on a Grateful Dead trip and it shows no signs of letting up. I’ve hardly listened to anything else. Even now, “Row Jimmy” from 5/8/77 is playing on Youtube. It might not be the best concert of theirs, but it’s definitely in my top five. I’ve spent the past two weeks or more listening to Dead concerts, JGB concerts, Garcia and Kahn, Garcia and Grisman, and other related stuff. I’ve been listening to them on youtube, archive.org and listentothedead.com (which is an awesome site which everyone should check out!)

I’ve figured there seems to be a general trend when becoming a Deadhead. You first hear a couple of songs, usually studio versions, maybe a live version or two. Maybe you hear “Box of Rain” or “Casey Jones.” Then you decide to check them out a bit more. You consciously start listening to more of their stuff. You check out stuff like “Terrapin Station.” You listen to Live/Dead. And there it stays for some time.

Maybe this phase stays for a day. Maybe a week. Maybe forever. I don’t know. But then, quite often, you will be prompted to check out a few of the Dead’s live shows. You hear everywhere that their studio albums just aren’t the same thing. Even if American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead are beautiful albums. And so you start off to find concerts. And here’s where things can go one of two ways. You could either not like their live shows and decide to stick with the albums. This is all right, I suppose. It’s one facet of the Dead and to each his own. But the other way… that way lies rapture.

This is the highway with rainbows at the end, where ocean breezes blow. This is the cornucopia that awaits you. This is when you get the sinking feeling that you should have started a long time ago. This is when you wonder if you’ll manage to listen to all the recorded material available if you listen to nothing else. This is when you start talking in terms of dates and transitions. This is when you debate if 5/8/77’s Scarlet Fire is really overrated or just overexposed. (There are better versions of Scarlet Fire, no doubt. But this one is damn smooth. And Phil’s bass!) You feverishly devour every thing you can find about the Dead and their music. And you post links everywhere and try to play their songs everywhere. You try to get your friends to appreciate this phenomenon. You basically become that annoying person who insists on playing a twenty-six minute track at parties — if they’re lucky.

I suppose after this stage comes a cooling down, where you manage to listen to other bands and music for extended periods of time. Where you’re able to contain your enthusiasm amongst other people. Where you limit yourself to internet fora and sites. I don’t know. I’m still at the previous stage.

I should point out that I’m talking completely out of my hat. I’m merely taking what happened to me and turning it into a post. Why am I doing it? Well, because I wanted to post a bunch of Grateful Dead links and this seemed a good way to do it. Maybe this way more people will get into the Dead. And I really want to talk about the Dead with people. Their songs are brilliantly meaningful while elliptic (A lot of the credit should go to Hunter and Barlow for this) and the music is, at their best, transcendental. I’m hoping all my friends will read this, click on the links and, by some mysterious alchemy, become as fevered as I am. There’s so much to listen to!

Also, if I happen to be at the same party as you, I’ll crave your indulgence for twenty-six minutes.

Stop That!

I’m sure everyone remembers this song. If you don’t… Well, then you’re one of those people born after this song went out of fashion(Which would be around 2000 CE)

It was released in 1995 so it had a good run.

I remember Devang Patel had a lot of other funny stuff.

I couldn’t find the lyrics online so I sat down and took them down

Stop That….

Maen Apne sar pe haath rakhke kasam khata hoon ki maen jo kuch bhi kahunga sach kahonga aur sach ke siva aur kuch bhi nahin kahoonga

lekin maen jabhi kisi se kuch kehene jaata hoon to woh log mujhe bol deten hain…

Stop That!

Meri batein sun kar dekho hasna nahin
Usse jhoot maan kar kahin phasna nahin
Maen sab sach kehata hoon, Aap ki kasam
Maene piya nahin whiskey, beer ya rum

Madhuri Dixit mili raste mein
Khaye chane humne sazte mein
Usne kaha tere sang shaadi rachaoon
Ghar tere aake mein parathe pakoon

Madhuri ko kaha maene, Ghar na aana
Sridevi ko bol diya, Na baba na

Chahe Dahej mein de mujhe
sone ki car
Ya aake koi dede mujhe
heeron ka haar

par shaadi ke liye
maen to kaccha hoon
Abhi sau saal ka
Chotta baccha hoon

Mere daddu, pehen diaper
chasme pur unke Wiper
Daddy ki, tooti haddi
Jab khele woh kabbadi

Maene Everest pe football khela hae
Maene haathon se train ko dhakela haen
kushtand Daara Singh mera chela haen
Mere ghodon ka Chaand pe tabela haen


Dhirubai Ambanai leke aaye Cycle
Chaye peegaye toh dena para mujhe bill
Harshad Mehta mila mujhe Mandir ke dwaar
Paanch rupaye maange usne mujhse udhaar

Blank Cheque deke maene Sign kar di
Harshad ne usme se suit case kharidi

Ab Income pe koi tax nahin hoga
aur Sau ke note pe mera photo hoga

Rishwat compulsory karne bara abhiyaye hoga
Sab Mantriyon ka dress chaddi baniyan hoga

Neta Jo chunav haara
Sar mundwa lega saara
Jo dega jhoote bhashan
na milega use rashun (*ration)

gharwaali milegi sabko goongi
Police pehanenge ab sirf lungi
Doctor mufat mein operation karenge
Sarkari karmachari ab kaam karenge


Andhe ne kaha chalo film dekhe
Langda bola nahin aaja football sikhe
ganja puche kahan gaya mera kangha
loole ne mara mukka to hua danga

Supari khake buddha mare pichkari
Sale(?) maene dekha use ek aankh maari

Goonga bina sur taal gaane laga gaan
suna behere ne band kiye apne kaan

Kabhi ek tingu ped se giraye nariyal
ab se zyada bache walon ko to ho jayegi jail

Pagal bhi chess khele
Cirket khelega Pele
Ms. India rakkhe Daaddi
Rambo pehenega Saari

Big(?) hone par sabke height kategi
Shuddh hawa pe sarkar tax rakhegi
sikke boune se paison ki bel kheligi
Cycle ke liye permit milegi


Aa raha hain mera ek picture nayan
Bachchan hai villian aur heroine jaya
Subhash Ghai ne jab mujhe sign kiya
Saath baithe hum donon ne wine piya

Jackie Chan ko sikhayi maene fight action
Mere gaanon ko churaye Michael Jackson

Actor nahin Maen Cricketer bhi hoon
Maen to Kapil se badhiya hard-hitter bhi hoon
Tabhi ghabrakar Kambli naen shout kiya
Jab Sachin ko maene bowled out kiya

Maen aur Ratan Tata
Jab lene gaye atta
Chakki pe baithe Tyson
Sabko bech raha tha Besan

P.T.usha ne mujhe drink cold diya tha
Jab Olympic ke daud mein maene Gold liya tha
Ek jyotish ne jab mera hath dekha tha
naun hathon ko hi mere jaisa aisa kaha tha

Meri batein sun kar dekho hasna nahin
Usse jhoot maan kar kahin phasna nahin
Maen sab sach kehata hoon, Aap ki kasam
Maene piya nahin whiskey, beer ya rum

Stop That…

My aim is to memorize this song.

I’ll post later about this song and Devang Patel

Maybe we should analyse this song. It would be a lot of fun.

Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye (Heed the title)


1. Put your MP3 player on shuffle

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. You must write the name of the song no matter what. No cheating!

This tag never bores me. This time I shall use only Leonard Cohen songs.

If someone says “Is this okay?” You say?
You have loved enough :: Ten New Songs (I don’t know how that makes sense, but it does)

What would best describe your personality?
Our lady of solitude :: Recent Songs (Ha ha. This is a nice one)

What do you like in a Guy/Girl?
Hallelujah :: I’m your fan (This is brilliant. πŸ˜€ )

How do you feel today?
I can’t forget :: I’m your man (The lines go “I can’t forget but I don’t remember what. Perfect, I tell you)

What is your life’s purpose?
The old revolution :: Songs from a room (Ha ha. What a violent purpose)

What is your motto?
Waiting for the miracle :: The Future ( Leonard Cohen, you have given me my new motto)

What do your friends think of you?
The land of plenty :: Ten New Songs (Freeloading bastards. 😑 )

What do you think of your parents?
One of us cannot be wrong :: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (Ha ha. You betcha)

What do you think about very often?
A thousand kisses deep :: Ten New Songs (Really? What lustful thoughts)

What is 2+2?
Closing time :: The Future ( If you’re drunk enough to ask that question, it’s certainly closing time)

What do you think of your best friend?
True love leaves no traces :: Death of a Ladies Man (Shit!!!)

What do you think of the person you like?
Love itself :: Ten New Songs ( I knew it! Cohen is in my head)

What is your life story?
Passing Through :: Live Songs (Again! This is so damn spot on)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
The Future :: The Future (Whoa! A bit too ambitious, No?)

What do you think when you see the person that you like?
Ain’t no cure for love :: I’m your man (What a soppy thought)

What do your parents think of you?
Death of a Ladies Man :: Death of a Ladies Man (Umm… What?)

What will you dance to at your wedding?
Tonight will be fine :: Live Songs (You bet? πŸ˜‰ Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink)

What will they play at your funeral?
Undertow :: Dear Heather (Am I going to die of drowning)

What is your hobby/interest?
In my secret life :: Ten New Songs (Shh.. Don’t tell anyone)

What is your biggest secret?
Fingerprints :: Death of a Ladies Man (Yes. It’s true. *Sobs hysterically*)

What do you think of your friends?
Teachers :: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (Ha ha. Nice answer though this may be… It’s not true)

What should you post this as?
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye :: I’m Your Fan (Ha ha. I guess that’s what my blog is saying)

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Just to show I’m alive…

I shall just quote random song lyrics and disappear again. Everyone seems to be doing it. It can’t be a bad thing.

Insanity is smashing up against my soul
You can say I was on anything but a roll
If I had a conscience, well I just might blow my top
What would I do with it anyway
Maybe take it to the pawn shop

~Highlands :: Bob Dylan :: Time Out of Mind

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Because I got high (Becaue I wanted to do this again)


1. Put your MP3 player on shuffle

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. You must write the name of the song no matter what. No cheating!

I was going through my Facebook notes and I found this tag. I decided to do it again, coz last time I used Winamp whose shuffle function is not the best. My creative has a better shuffle function. So here goes.

If someone says “Is this okay?” You say?
Sweet Mercy :: Erik Truffaz (Okay…take the hint )

What would best describe your personality?
When did you leave heaven :: Bob Marley. (Mwahaha…see I am an angel…or God)

What do you like in a Guy/Girl?
Nebraska :: Bruce Springsteen (Eh? What is that supposed to mean)

How do you feel today?
Absolutely Sweet Marie :: Bob Dylan (What the hell?)

What is your life’s purpose?
Wind of change :: Scorpions (Mondo Cool :D)

What is your motto?
Merry Fucking Christmas :: Southpark (Wakakaka…That will be my motto from now.)

What do your friends think of you?
Don’t rock my boat :: Bob Marley and Peter Tosh (They do? Do I rock boats?)

What do you think of your parents?
Your latest trick :: Dire Straits (Ummm…No)

What do you think about very often?
Death is not the end :: Bob Dylan (I must confess that my thoughts are nowhere that philosophical)

What is 2+2?
Cheap Sunglasses :: ZZ Top (You can get sunglasses for 4 bucks? That is cheap)

What do you think of your best friend?
Jokerman :: Bob Dylan (Well…Allright iz true)

What do you think of the person you like?
I am the sea :: Quadrophenia (???)

What is your life story?
Ain’t no telling :: The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Heh heh… too troo)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Stoned :: Dido (Well, Not very ambitious)

What do you think when you see the person that you like?
I just died in your arms tonight :: Whitesnake (Morbid :P)

What do your parents think of you?
Mantis :: Erik Truffaz (They think I’m a mantis? How cool. 😎 )

What will you dance to at your wedding?
Nothing else matters :: Metallica (How can anyone dance to that?)

What will they play at your funeral?
Going to Acapulco :: Bob Dylan (Umm no…I’m going to hell. Is Acapulco hell?)

What is your hobby/interest?
Singing all day :: Jethro Tull (Ha Ha. I agree. Although most people around me would disagree :P)

What is your biggest secret?
Blue Suede Shoes :: Bob Dylan and Van Morrison (I swear I do not possess Blue Suede Shoes)

What do you think of your friends?
You angel you :: Bob Dylan (I’m afraid I do not think that. Sorry people.)

What should you post this as?
Because I got high :: Afroman (Ha ha. No just because I got bored)

Now I’m not tagging anyone. But if anyone wants to do this tag again… I like this tag. It’s fun. πŸ™‚

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Bangla Emo Metal

This was recorded at friend’s place.

Rapidshare Link to Download

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I think…

I should have done my L&OA term paper on a topic like “The Iliad in Metal”. Damn. Now I want to write something like this. 😦

Music and Myself.

Saturday I came home.

Today was Monday.

For past two days, I’ve been listening to music and watching TV.

It’s now that I appreciate my PMP. It is really great.

And also VH1.

VH1 has a couple of great programmes now. There’s one called Sunday Brunch on Sunday from 11:00 AM. It features a different artist every week. So far they’ve had Sting, Steven Tyler, Jim Morrison, Freddie Mercury, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson. This Sunday it’s gonna be Madonna so I’m happy to miss it. They talk about the artist, to the artist and show concerts and videos. Quite cool

They’re having a series called “Gods of Guitar” this month. They talk about great guitarists and play videos and concerts. They’ve had David Gilmour, Pink Floyd, John mayer and Eric Clapton. The Pink Floyd episode was cool because they showed a documentary on the making of The Dark Side of the Moon. They showed how they used synthesizers, multi-tracking, adt, flanging and other sound effects on it. I wish Big Al had set that in our course instead of Quadrophenia.

Quadrophenia is good, no denying that but still, The Dark Side of the Moon was released in March 1973 and Quadrophenia in October 1973. The Dark Side of the Moon was recorded at Abbey Road Studios just like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Dark Side of the Moon would have been perfect to show the progression of sonic experimentation that he showed us with The Beatles. The lyrics of both are cool, but The Dark Side of the Moon is a shade better in my opinion.

This week they’re going to show Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Mark Knopfler and someone else whose name I forget. The whole of this week, I think plus Saturday the whole show.

CNN has a show on Iron Maiden on Saturday at 2:00 PM, I think.Check your local listings. It’s called Behind the scenes with Iron Maiden and features backstage footage, concert videos and interviews.

Nat Geo’s Air Crash Investigations are great. The way they examine everything is so professional.

Animal Planet still rocks and so does Discovery.

The History Channel has this cool series called Biography. Today they showed Al Gore. Their Jumbo Movies are also nice.

Meow FM(104.08 FM) may call itself “India’s first just-for-women radio station” but Friday to Tuesday, after 10:00 PM they play cool english songs. Friday they play Old Classics, Saturday Hip-Hop Monday Soft rock and Tuesday Pop. Sunday, they play listener requests. Friday nights they also have a band playing unplugged. One of these played a song by Susheela Raman. Nice songs. A little bird(which is big and bald) informs me that her albums are there on rapidshare and other such sites. I did not tell you anything about where to get them, understand?

Coldplay released their latest single “Violet Hill” from their new album Vida la Vida or Death and All His Friends for free. It was free till May 6th. I have the song. I’ll pass it on, if you want it.

I have to read the Iliad, The Orestia, Book Six of the Aenid, A bunch of Horace’s Odes and two books(Genesis and The Gospel of St.Matthew) and a chapter(Chapter 5 of the Book of Daniel) from The Bible. I’m leaving out The Aenid.

I wonder if I would get marks if I handed in a CD with Manowar’s song Achilles,Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts, Blind Guardian’s song And then there was Silence and Led Zeppelin’s song Achilles’ Last Stand. Probably not. BTW, listen to the songs. Quite cool, if you like that sort of thing.

Also managed to find a video of Avial’s Nada Nada

That’s all for now. Chow

Update: Google search informs me that this week, the fourth is Led Zeppelin. Hendrix and Led Zep are going to be Video Shuffle shows. Knopfler and Deep Purple are gonna be Concerts(A Night in London – Knopler, Live in California ’74 – Deep Purple). Saturday 11:00 AM onwards.

If you were a song…

That’s one of VH1’s ads. I really love it.

I wonder what song I would be?

I suppose that would change according to my mood. But still…

Any suggestions?

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Aargh…Riff stuck in head.

The riff is stuck in my head.

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