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  • Aniruddh 9:46 am on October 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: joe strummer, the clash   

    Bankrobber – The Clash 

  • Aniruddh 3:54 pm on August 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Music and Lyrics 



    I must confess, things turned mundane as soon as I settled into a job and now it has been around a year since have been working in this company (I don’t find it good to post facebook statuses about it). Past year has been thick and thin, more thin than thick actually but music and books are the only loyal friends I’ve had during these times.

    “Without music, life would be a mistake” ~ Nietzsche

    So, I’ve been exploring a great deal of western music during the last one year, most of which is from 60’s and 70’s. It brings with it the forgetfulness of the world and sorrows because the only thing music can bring about is happiness. These days, anything musical instantly grabs my attention. I should mention the flutists (flute players) at one of the local railway stations here which cause a massive obstruction everyday because they play it so well that I am forced to sit there for 10-15 minutes to just listen to them, and I don’t believe that anyone would ever mind arriving a little late in the office if he gets to hear that kind of music everyday. So beautiful and pleasing to the ears it is that it easily makes you forget the massive crowd surrounding the railway station and you get the feeling that no one on this planet exists between that flutist and yourself.

    Besides, I think most of the modern music these days is absolute trash, of course there are a few exceptions but still my opinion applies to the majority. I saw this joke about this modern fascination “Pitbull”, the joke says that the only thing good about his music is that he mentions his name at the start of every song so that people can turn off the radio, the guy who made this joke deserves a medal. I’ve always believed in seeing things in black and white i.e. right and wrong and I feel that it is very important for people to hear truthful music rather than listening to the kind of music in which they bang all the utensils in the kitchen together, lyrics which depict realities of life, which one can easily relate to himself. One of Bob Dylan’s song “Mr. Tambourine Man” has the end lyrics as -

    “Then take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind
    Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves
    The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach
    Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow
    Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
    Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
    With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
    Let me forget about today until tomorrow.”

    This creates a beautiful image in the head every time you listen to it and I suggest that one should listen to this song by concentrating entirely on the lyrics. It is definitely one of the greatest songs ever written.

    Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Simon and Garfunkel, The Who, Radiohead, Coldplay, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Neil Young, Mumford and Sons are some of the music artists that I’m into and I love their songs.

    I’m sure most of you might not have heard about “Sixto Rodriguez” before the documentary “Searching for sugar man” (Neither did I). It was rather unbelievable that an individual with that amount of talent was sidelined for so many years. Due to this growing fascination towards music I’m even thinking buying an iPod touch soon. :)

    So, I just wanna leave you guys with a few songs that I keep humming throughout the day, I hope you guys keenly follow my suggestions.





  • Aniruddh 10:59 am on June 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: atticus finch, to kill a mockingbird   

    Mr. Finch 


    Finished reading Harper Lee’s only novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” a couple of months back, though I had already seen the film but as a wise man once said “Never judge a book by it’s movie” and perhaps that quote works both ways. I must say I am totally astonished by the brilliance with which the author has penned down and integrated different themes of prejudice, innocence and human dignity. It makes you explore the dark side of living in within the social standards, the standards which unknowingly take the form of prejudice in human behaviour.
    Also, one cannot help but respect Atticus Finch’s remarkable belief in righteousness, even though it is against the society. Mr. Finch is a character to look up to.

    Although, I don’t wanna reveal the plot if you haven’t read the novel yet but there is one particular scene that I loved the most and it was extremely well-written. The scene is when Bob Ewell, the culprit’s father spits on Atticus Finch’s face in the street, but Finch remains unruffled and doesn’t do anything. Bob Ewell than says – “To proud to fight you nigger lover”, and Mr.Finch replies – “No..Too Old”.

    So, if you haven’t read the novel yet do not waste your time reading this post and start reading it soon. Good Bye for now.

  • Aniruddh 2:38 pm on August 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Way of the World 

    Another one of those regular working days in Mumbai with all the slaves with white collars clinging to the edges of the doors of the local trains just to get to their respective workplaces in time. Tough job being an employee in a city like Mumbai and it’s even worse if you don’t have a job that pays you around 15 to 20 K per month because then you have to find an accommodation on the suburbs of Mumbai because those are the only places where you can find flats on rent at a cheaper cost. The reason why I say it’s tough is because if you have a flat in the suburbs of Mumbai and you are working in some other place then you have to experience the crowded local trains everyday, especially during office time (morning 8-10 am) and evening (evening 6-10 pm) they are most crowded and during that time you get a place to put both your feet on the ground only if you’re lucky.

    In spite of this city being so crowded I get the feeling that everyone is so alone in this city. Maybe I am wrong because I am deprived of any kind of company here in my stay in Mumbai and I am all alone and by myself but still you can’t help but wonder whether these people (including myself) who are working their asses out everyday, are they really happy with what they are doing ? I don’t think so because that’s written all over their faces that they are not happy with whatever they are today. Though it’s none of my business to point fingers at people so I will speak for myself.

    NO, I am not happy with whatever I am doing. Maybe it’s the initial time during the job that I am finding it hard and will get used to it after some time because that’s the way humans are, they start adjusting with things rather than fighting  them, maybe I will do the same but to be honest I think I am much more capable than what I am deserving right now. There are times when I think about doing something else but then I am not able to move forward not because I can’t find any options but because I am faced with a problem of plenty, I know I sound like a smartass but that’s true, or maybe I should say that I am just too lazy to do anything so I prefer sitting on my ass and wait for things to happen for me.

    As Gregory Peck said in Roman Holiday that “Life is not what you always like!” so maybe that’s the way of the world. Sacrificing your dreams so that your future generations come good but the matter seems to be a financial one in my case. I recall the last lines from my one of my favorite hindi poems in school which perfectly describes my present scenario..

    एक दिखने वाली मेरी इस देह में
    दो “मै” है |
    एक मै और एक मेरा पिट्ठू |
    मै तो खैर एक मामूली  सा क्लर्क हू
    पर मेरा पिट्ठू
    वह जीनियस है |

    • Rahul Pandey 5:04 pm on August 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I would keep telling and annoying you until you’d give up. Write movie reviews to stay busy in your free time.

      Enjoy YOUR time, some years down the line you would miss being alone.

      PS. I wanted to say more but I forgot. Damn! :/

  • Aniruddh 12:22 pm on July 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    “Folsom Prison Blues” – Johnny Cash 

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