Guest Post: The Moo-slim Dilemma

When I first heard the news about the Dadri incident, I was too shocked to have an immediate reaction. I never really thought that I’d see a headline like it, not in my country and in my lifetime. At the time I reasoned it out. There are crazy people doing crazy things everywhere. This would…

Melodies: The Beatles/ We’d Love to Turn You On

Let me share a little anecdote about the day The Beatles went from being my favourite band to necessary life-support. It’s going to get a bit personal: It was a lonely train ride back home.     I had just represented my school in the Annual Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools Meet-Up Fest Thingy Or Whatever…

Melodies: The Sultan of Dire Straits

What does one write about a band which has stayed with him for a major part of his life, or an artiste whom one has grown to love in an affectionate way? Do I write about the guitar solo of “Sultans of Swing” or the bone-crushing opening riff to “Money For Nothing” or the touching…

Melodies: A Childhood at the Opera

I generally despise the small-talk question “So… what kind of music do you like?” because for the most part, I am inclined towards a large variety of things which, in addition to being stylistically worlds apart, tend to be fairly inaccessible, sometimes highbrow, to a casual listener. My fast-answer to this loathsome question is always…

Melodies: That Old Teen Spirit

“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous here we are now, entertain us I was stupid, and contagious here we are now, entertain us.” ~Smells Like Teen Spirit   Anybody who doesn’t recognize these lines must either be too young for this, or they have simply lived under a rock for too long. Sounds judgmental?…

Melodies: The Actor, the Architect, and the Australian

  My first tryst with “musi-sexual” beings, like the host of this blog, has been a delayed affair. Prior to this, I greatly admired female chanteuses who belted out those ballads like prima donnas but of a generation who sing of cigarettes and cocaine, aggressive monogamy and failed romances, club-hopping and threats to the man…

Melodies: The Vampires in the City

“My ears were blown to bits, from all the rifle hits, but still I craved that sound.” –from “Giving up the Gun” Music has always been, for me, a matter of survival. It’s really quite simple. I can’t execute easy day to day activities (walking my dogs, travelling in buses, doing Maths in a not-so-distant…