bad guy

Today is Thursday.

And on Thursdays, I don’t watch “normal.”

What about you?

“bad guy” by Billie Eilish

Track: “bad guy”

Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)


“Breathless” Shubhi

Kathak dance performance by Shubhi Arora

Watch her graceful movements,
especially her hand gestures,
she paints the lyrics – with her hands
Watch the way she twirls,
again and again,
she almost sets off a little cyclone.
The bun on her head is ready to take off,
or maybe, it is the bun that is keeping her pinned to the ground.

More Info

Dance performance (Kathak): Shubhi Arora
Original 1998 song: Breathless by Shankar Mahadevan

First Crush

Do you remember your first crush and all the weird stuff accompanying it? Watch this video, and you will be pining to travel to that place again.

Pehli Baar – Dhadak

Both Ishaan Khattar and Janhvi Kapoor are natural actors. Watch when she does a “Get out!” on him, but her stare tells a different story.

One can learn a lot from this video. For example, how to hug a concrete pillar with deep affection. How to spray perfume head-to-toe. How red a “red shirt” ought to be. And other life-saving techniques.

The deft video production, uplifting music, heavenly flute, beautiful singing, and convincing acting – make for one brilliant presentation and a good workout for the heart.

Song: Pehli Baar
Singer: Ajay Gogavale
Movie: Dhadak (2018)
Music: Ajay-Atul

My Life is Pretty Plain

I love the lyrics of this song. Sample a few lines:

All I can say is that my life is pretty plain
I like watching the puddles gather rain
And all I can do
Is just pour some tea for two

The music by Blind Melon is simple but certainly not “plain.”

Song: No Rain
Artist: Blind Melon
Album: No Rain (1993)

Dhola by Bina Mistry

This video was released on MTV just before Diwali, during the 90s. It was my morning cup of tea.

In Hindi (and Punjabi), Dhola means husband, beloved, or lover. Then there is a shorter version of the word, ‘Dhol,’ which refers to a particular Indian drum (Dhol @ Wikipedia). But dhol is usually used for both, the beloved and the drum – because both make your heart go “Boom!”

Listen to the song and let the deep raw grunt of dhol work its magic on your sluggish mind.

Dhola by Bina Mistry
Song: Dhola
Album: Reason To Smile (1997)
Artist: Bina Mistry

Honey by Moby

The featured music video is weirdly funny, or funnily weird, depending on what you had for breakfast.

Please ignore my clunky phrases and just watch the video, or listen to the music, but I strongly recommend doing both simultaneously.

Also, looping the video is not advisable – you may end up on the other side of the globe. Or galaxy.

“Honey” by Moby

More Info:

Artist: Moby
Song: Honey
Album: Play (1999)
Sampled from: Sometimes by Bessie Jones (1960)

For this song, Moby sampled from a 1960 recording of Sometimes by Bessie Jones. So, what we hear has the vocals of Bessie Jones and the techno music by Moby.


Dewdrops are falling

On a winter morning, have you seen dewdrops on a blade of grass, balanced so delicately? It is this tenderness that Jonita Gandhi brings forth while singing Piya Tose Naina Laage Re, ever so careful with each word.

The musicians – well, there are just the two of them, one strumming a guitar and other snapping his fingers. Thankfully, they don’t overwhelm Jonita’s singing.

Together, they create a very soft soundscape – shut your eyes, and you would be transported to a moonlit night.

Jonita, keep the tenderness in your singing alive.

Piya Tose Naina Laage Re (Cover) – Jonita Gandhi feat. Keba Jeremiah & Sanket Naik

Download audio (MP3 or HD) at the music store.



The traditional Punjabi folk song “Challa” has been given a twist (and a twang) in this performance by Sukhmani and Hari.

The original rendition of “Challa” by Gurdas Maan is like a bright star in the sky – absolutely brilliant, performed with passion.

Now, ਪਾਜੀ (dude), if you don’t draw comparisons between the two versions, then you may as well enjoy Sukhmani’s rendition of Challa.

I think Sukhmani and Hari are passionate musicians, and I loved their performance. Watch out for the Sarangi (Esraj) player too.

Chhalla by Hari & Sukhmani, Coke Studio

Take a Deep breath, and Let Go

A mere dip won’t do. It has to be a leap.
Throw yourself off – into the deep, dark, blue ocean.
Take a deep breath, and let go.

Tips: Good headphones are essential. Shutting your eyes would help too.

The Ocean by Richard Hawley

More Info:

Artist: Richard Hawley
Song: The Ocean
Album: Coles Corner

Hunter by Björk

Hunter by Björk

Beware! A beast is on the prowl.

But, don’t panic – it won’t hurt. It is just doing its own thing, as animals (or children) do because they are motivated by instincts rather than any hidden agenda.

Ok! One more time. En-cha-le-li. En-cha-le…