JK sent an advertisement of a 'Two in One' (A Cassette Player and Radio for the uninitiated) last week. This ad about Bush Radio and Tape Recorder came in the late seventies and my uncle had one. This was our first exposure to songs on a tape and I have listened to Muqqadar Ka Sikandar... Continue Reading →
Nadha Vindhu – நாத விந்து – Tradition & Devotion at its best.
Renuka's aunt from Australia sent a WhatsApp clip in the morning and commented that her mother used to sing this song well. Renuka played the clip and I sang few lines along. It is probably few decades since I last listened to the song. The song was Nadha Vindhu, a hymn on Lord Muruga written... Continue Reading →
Three Songs that will put you on Steroids.
I think we should be happy that Covid-19 happened in 2020 and not in the seventies. At least we are still connected with the world, thanks to Netflix, Zoom calls and YouTube. Imagine passing time with All India radio and one state run TV Channel. You would have had endless replays of dreary dramas which... Continue Reading →
Khrushchev, Gagarin & Kraftwerk.
Khrushchev: I admire the optimism of our leaders of the left parties. They are in a kind of Time Warp and still think that they can somehow transport India to Marxism and Leninism. Mr. D. Raja, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India, wrote an article in Indian Express, a leading Newspaper in India... Continue Reading →
Rubber Head – Rajesh Khanna.
Rajesh Khanna was a very popular Actor, probably the first Super Star of Indian Cinema. He produced fifteen solo hit films in a span of three years. I don't think this record is matched by anyone. Young women adored him; his songs were hummed by everyone. He became a member of the parliament and won... Continue Reading →
Scintillating Sanjay – Kohlisque Feat.
Mohan Ram & I are in the midst of finalizing a place for relocating one of our business units and decided we will make the change once the month of Margazhi is over (generally the period between December 15th to January 14th) as Tamils generally don't conduct important affairs in this month (changing the house... Continue Reading →
Situation Song & Six Commandments.
I published a blog last year (What’s the Magic? You Asked Time to Stop!) where I have written about two great lyricists of Tamil Movies namely Kannadasan and Vali. I thought I would follow that up with couple of more songs from these great poets but never got around to it. You always need a... Continue Reading →
இரண்டு இனிய பாடல்கள்
1990களில் நான் BetzDearborn கம்பெனியில் பணிபுரிந்த கொண்டிருந்தபோது Tony Askew நிர்வாக மேலாளராக இருந்தார் (MD). சற்று கசப்பான நகைச்சுவைக்கு பெயர் போனவர். இங்கிலாந்தில் பிறந்தவர் என்றாலும் அமெரிக்காவில் பல வருடங்கள் வசித்தவர். அதனால்தான் சற்று மெலிதான பிரிட்டிஷ் நகைசுவையை அவரிடம் பார்க்க முடியவில்லை என நினைக்கிறேன். இந்தியாவில் சில காலம் அவர் பணிபுரிந்த காலத்தில் அவரிடம் பல விஷயங்களை கற்றுக் கொண்டோம். ஒரு நாள் காலையில் அவரது அலுவலகத்தில் நுழைந்தபோது, "ரமேஷ், இந்த bollywood (ஹிந்தி)... Continue Reading →
Two Songs For The Weekend.
Tony Askew, my super boss at BetzDearborn had an acerbic wit. Although he was British, he lived most of his life in America, and I guess, this was the reason, his humour was not the understated kind one normally sees with British people. He spent few years in India and we were fortunate to learn... Continue Reading →
Makhan Khayo – Songs for Krishna Jayanthi.
The Hindu festival season has begun which will run for about six months. The grand celebrations start in August for Nombu followed by Krsihna Jayanthi (aka Gokulashtami/Janmashtami) and ends in Pongal (mainly a harvest festival). Each festival is dedicated to a particular God and with 3000 or so Gods you can have ten festivals a... Continue Reading →