Second Chance


“Second Chance”

Out from the dark
My journey alone
The demons in my head
That twist and entwine
Curled up and shaken
With the ice in my spine
I broke it all
I am here for you to hold
You are my only chance
My only hope
Could you please set me free
Could you guide and let me see
Could you please please please please let me be
And let me be

Out from the dark, again
With a story untold
Dont ask me too many questions
I m weary, I fought too long
You found me and I m here again
Will you give me a second chance
Will you give me a second chance
and let me be
Will you give me a second chance
and set me free
Will you give me a second chance
and let me see
See it all again, again through your eyes
See it all again, again with a smile
See it all again, again from the start
Please Please Please
Give me a chance again
I need a second chance
Let me be


We are born eyes shut tight, arms closed, bodies curled up

Then we are received with smiles and made to forget

But the darkness lingers, all through

Everyone’s asking what happened and I say this in a song
(If you know what I mean)

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Posted by on February 1, 2017 in Uncategorized


Dhrupad by Gundecha Brothers – Spiritual Morning – Review


Today‘s program was so divine from the moment it started. It was dark and cold and beautifully landscaped with Gateway of India as the backdrop. Both Padmashri Umakant ji and Padmashri Ramakant ji started with ‘Jai Shiva Shankar’ a Dhruvapad in Raag Lalit. Ramakant ji deftly touching ati kharaj (mandra saptak ) notes in his powerful baritone voice in the initial alap and Umakant ji merging it with mandra and taar saptak with equal strength with nom tom and suddenly #SukhadMunde ji joining in with Pakhawaj in 3/4th rhythm cycle suddenly connected us to the divine in the very beginning even before the Dhruvapad started. The Dhruvapad was in Sooltal and sounded like lord Shiva’s tandav in the heavens. With the drut improvisations of dugun, tigun, chaugun, tihais (mathematical fractions of double, third, fourth, triplets), the audience simply couldn’t stop vowing. Wah! wah! wah! went on throughout the performance.
Next they presented a poem by Jaishankar prasad dwivedi – Ashok ki Chinta. It is a description of King Asoka’s feelings just after the Kalinga war. We did study about it in our literature and history class as kids but never thought of poetry in Dhruvapad in this way. This was again composed in Raag Lalit. With pakhawaj in 16 beats was a treat to the music lovers present in this morning who deeply could connect to lyrics

‘ जलता है यह जीवन पतंग जीवन कितना?
अति लघु क्षण,
ये शलभ पुंज-से कण-कण,
तृष्णा वह अनलशिखा बन
दिखलाती रक्तिम यौवन।
जलने की क्यों न उठे उमंग?

We were so mesmerised when suddenly Umakant ji said ‘5 aur minute aapka lenge, ek gurjari todi me choti si prastuti’. The audience was so dissapointed to hear it is about to end. With the sun rising on the horizon, this composition in drut Teevra taal Dhruvapad suddenly paced up our energies with its divine lyrics.
Katat vikar naam uchhar
Jo nar sumire naam

Jagatido pe sab sansar
Dharm adhar vidya par.

It was indeed a Spiritual Morning in every way. #ShashiVyas ji gave a vote of thanks to the artists and couldn’t stop himself in reciting these verses of a poet manish
“Suraj ki tapan asman me hoti hai
Tadapna dharti ko padta hai
Pyar ankho se hota hai
Tadapna dil ko padta hai ” leaving the audience in peals of laughter as the sun was now getting hotter. He rightly said that Gundecha brothers kept the pace very well “Dhrupad ki gati Shant se drut”, just the way it should be. “Is Behtareen mehfil ke liye shukriya”. Mangala ji and amol accompanied on tanpura.

Gundecha brothers, Padmashri Umakant Gundecha ji and Padmashri Ramakant Gundecha , are one of the leading exponents of Dagarhani Dhruvapad gharana. For those who don’t know, just like Khayal Gayaki, Dhruvapad Gayan is an ancient traditional form of Hindustani singing. It was prevalent even during the vedanta era. The Samagana system of Samaveda (verses with tunes ) evolved into Chanda-Prabandha which had verses with a specific oragnisation(taal). This later came to improvise as the Dhruvapad.

Dhrupad music is spiritual and divine while Khayal gayaki is more of demonstration of a dialogue between the notes, interval and mood of the raag. Dhruvapad is performed with Pakhawaj as percussion as opposed to tabla in Khayal gayaki. Besides this, Dhruvapad instruments are the Surbahar and Rudraveena. This renders even more depth and fuller tonality to the ambience of Dhruvpad performance. A Dhruvpad has four sections –
Sthayi- That ranges from Kharaj to Mandra Saptak ( lower octaves to the middle octave)
Antara- That ranges from Mandra to taar Saptak (Middle to higher octaves)
Sanchari- The third part (absent in Khayal Gayaki) improvises upon the first section and second section ranging from kharaj to taar saptak.
Abhog-The concluding part( absent in Khayal Gayaki) that winds up the whole presentation.

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Posted by on January 29, 2017 in Uncategorized


Raees Movie Review

#Review #Raees
26th morning 2017
What a way to start … Raees, Kaabil and xXx
Someone recently asked me what is the biggest sacrifice as parent I have made and my answer is missing a #Shahrukh movie #firstdayfirstshow‘ because it’s always a schoolday and the kids too want to watch it so we wait for the nearest holiday. So this time it was 26th January, our 68th Republic day this year.
In the days of inspiring biopics like #ChakDeIndia (Negi ), #BhagMilkhaBhag, #MaryKom, #Airlift (Mathunny Mathews), #MSDhoni, #Sully, here we have Raees, the biopic on an Inglorious Liquor Mafia Don (while the disclaimers say its fiction)
Raees is a very tightly packed storyline, with shahrukh’s sharp dialogues, quick witted calculating kohl eyes and crisp storytelling.
While #shahrukh does promotions with full shiddat for his movies but he never talks of his physical transformation so much as other actors be it his intro sequence in #HappyNewYear as Charlie, or his derriere in #OmShantiOm body, or the very plain Gaurav in Fan, or the Blood-Matam-Moharram-intro sequence in this movie. I won’t know how much of it is CGI but it’s very well done.
I was especially impressed by the casting (minus Mahira) where all other actors/artists too did a very good job. #Nawazuddin is very sleek as a police inspector but mostly his role was of a bechara police officer who kept planning but losing his war against the mafia don. Even at the end when he gets his kill the don is made to look bigger than him. But that’s Indian cinema. Reminded me of #ManojBajpai in #Special26. #AtulKulkarni is very convincing as the as Jairaj seth but may be the negative shades of his character could have been accentuated with some strong memorable background score. But the movie is about Shahrukh aka Raees so no one is superior to him. #NarendraJha as Musa is also very subtle and impressive actor. I am not sure if Mahira had very little to offer as an actor or was her role cut so short to being so insignificant. In fact Shahrukh’s mother played by #SheebaChaddha had very small but very impactful role.
Story is gripping in the first half, but suddenly loses plot towards the end and again picks up. Mumbai Blast involvement somewhere brings in horrific memories but they are not trying to gain any sympathy for the character. It’s just a movie. The dialogue that stays is with me is “Ammi Jaan kehti hai Koi Dhandha Chota nahi hota aur Dhande se bada koi Dharm Nahi Hota”
Songs like Zalima, Udi Udi Jaye and Laila main Laila are already chart toppers but my personal favorite is “Sanson Ke” by KK.
I never reveal stories in my reviews aur aap abhi tak review padh rahe ho. Jao movie dekho bhai.
Must Watch. Even for Shahrukh Haters, because he is not playing Shahrukh.
Technical Rating – 4.5*
Fan Rating:- LeLoJitneStarsChahiye
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Posted by on January 26, 2017 in Amchi Mumbai, Movie, Review, Songs, Uncategorized


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Naad Global Music

I started this idea called ‘Naad’ for connecting more and more people and breaking cultural and social barriers through music. There are 5 ways in which our brand Naad consolidates on these ideas
Naad in education – Naad Arambh, Naad Alankaar
Naad in Indian Classical – Naad Sadhna
Naad in World Music – Naad Bhed
Naad in Workshop and Discourses – Naad Samvaad
For past few years I have been taking up personal goals to grow. Initially it was outside my work. I was into softwares, telecom product training and social media so started looking at music as a subject of growth.
First I picked up the tabla as it was easier as a classical singer to understand, then the guitar because it looked so cool and added a new dimension to a solo performance. Then it was the Recorder flute, the xylophone, the drums and the violin. Besides my growth, it was also keeping my girls connected to music in various forms.
But now music being my full time profession for few years, I am making my 2017 bucket list. Travelling and picking up a language tops the list. Being a people’s person, I also will connect to more people. So I will be curating more workshops, shows, seminars and gigs. Indian music lacks technology integration and innovation. I being a techie and educationist too, have been working on integrating 21st century education to Indian Music. This too would be one of the top body work of my musical journey this 2K17
My personal goals of travels and learning languages would also be connected to my journey into ‘Naad’ and reaching out to more people through music and technology.
Naad is a brand promise and we are working on spreading not just education of highest order but also performances, interactions and discourses of highest quality. We will be connecting more with the veterans and inviting them over for moderated and open discussions on music, technology and other pertinent topics to keep the music alive and going in its purest form.
I have enjoyed every bit of my journey connecting with you all and I am looking forward to your suggestions and participation. 2K17… MORE MUSIC YOUR WAY
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Posted by on January 5, 2017 in Review, Songs, Uncategorized


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Befikre Movie Review

Movie messages now a days
#AeDilHaiMushkil -Ek tarfa pyar ki kimat tum kya jano – Ramesh Babu abhi tak koshish kar rahe hai
#DearZindagi -Pyar Kursi Hai, aap do teen par ek sath baith sakte hai
#Befikre – Pyar Aloo Parantha Hai jo french bread se bhi ban sakta hai
Common thread between all of these Indian Masala Movies… they still plead younger generation to believe in the institution of marriage
Nice and fluffy movie
Watch it if u r Ranveer Singh madness fan
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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Rock U – naad Global Music at BeHappy – Review

In the daily hustle-bustle, Connecting Community is a huge task. Especially when the community is that of aware, conscious, educated, successful, adventurous, observant, fun loving, high-on-adrenaline citizens of one of mumbai’s suburbs – Andheri Lokhandwala
Arts and Entertainment has always been central to all social gatherings and a common thread that binds individuals but its proven fact that music helps you attain the highest level of conscience. Hence in a gathering if you are connected to ‘your music’ , you are connected to every soul on the floor with you.
Music is also very individualistic. For some it may be a groove that u play on the drum set, for some it may be a mata rani jagaran song, for some it may be a meditative sound of a drone (tanpura) or a Beethoven’s sonata or a #honeysingh rap or a #KLSaigal s ‘chah barbad karegi hame’ or #Mohdrafi s yahoo or #coldplay s viva la vida.
When I first saw a post on #BeHappy on Lokhandwala Oshiwara Citizens Association #loca ‘s page, I instantly could see myself as one of the contributors rather than being a mere participant. It just took me a line of text in #loca s fb page to jump in. Karan Jotwani of Team #Behappy instantly gave me concept brief and connected me to Vivek Golani and Dhaval Shah who helped me out with participation options. So now we had a Workshop Counter for music enthusiasts and a Stage Time for students.
While I joined in by doing what I know the best- MUSIC, my connection was not at the surface level. I connected with their philosophy. The philosophy of bringing joy to all. Ever since I made Music as my mainstream profession, I have been clear about My Mission -Connect to the Music of your Soul, every individual connected to music in some or the other form.
I sifted through my contacts and managed to speak to Raunaq Bhargava of one of India’s largest music stores #MusiciansMall. He instantly agreed to arrange for best of the equipment at the venue for a wonderful user-experience.
Our day started a night before, planning minutest details of placement, and ease of use of musical equipment. We left for set up at 5.30 in the morning and were ready to rock in a jiffy. One after the other, children, parents, grandparents, young and old, some aware some naive of musical instruments, everyone who came to the fun event #behappy , started visiting us. Many went back home and got family members and friends to explore the Indian and western instruments. We had the longest queue of visitors who wanted to try everything around. Parents wanting their kids to try the drums while the kids wanting to do the tanpura, children encouraging parents to try out guitars, moms singing mantras to their kids on harmonium, dads trying to act cool by playing drum set, mom and daughter jamming over songs, all these were the very small but significant realisations of my larger vision of “music to all” through Naad Alankaar Global Music School.
Our young learners also enjoyed jamming on the stage with few rock numbers from Rock-On, Cranberries, MJ, ABBA, Queen.
We had a great experience spreading joy of music and will be coming back again on 18th Dec. with more fun more instruments more workshops to offer.
#Neighbourhood #reporter #reviewer #observer #blogger #communityconnect #soulconnect #music #artsandentertainment #naadglobal #loca #behappy
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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Karvachauth – Stree Ujagar Kar – Nayi Soch

#karvachauth #includeeveryone #singlemothers #comingoutofthecloset #lonelywomen #womantrappedinmansbody #divorcee #widow #solahsingar #suhagan #StreeUjagarKar #poem #katha
#nayisoch I have my mom and daughters names on my hand”
While my girls are rejoicing the end of 1st term exams in school, they are oblivious to the fact that being born woman in itself is big exam, which they will have to appear for time and again, year on year to prove their acceptability and existence in the community.
Like today is the day for the so awaited ‘Pativrata Pariksha’ of the hindu women-‘The Karva Chauth’. I jumped into the bandwagon about 5 years ago when I saw about 50 women, adorned with ‘solah singaar’ from newly weds to old suhagan aunties, exchanging thalis in a huge circle, praying for the well being of their husbands. Our culture has always fascinated me and I have tried to follow many cultures and religions from tambrahm rituals, to observing jain paryushan to singing and reading sufi to attending church mass, to shabad gaan in gurdwaras. So Karva chauth was one more of these rituals I started. When I heard the katha my memories took me back to the ‘solah somvar’ fasts I used to observe as a teenager. The stories were very similar. I went back further in my memories and remembered the Kanjak systems in dasera.
Seems every community has conspired to find ways to twist mythology, to keep women below a ‘lakshman rekha(code of conduct)’, beyond which we are told the wreath of ‘Ravan(the ill fate of hardships)’ will be cast upon us, such as ‘agni pariksha(virginity test)’, ‘vanvas me prasav vedna(seclusion by society in pregnancy)’, ‘bhugarbh me sama jana (separated from family forever)’ and our beloved ‘Ram’ will be forced to watch you go and still remain ‘Maryada Purushottam’ for ages and ages.
I have all the love and affection for Ram and his body of work. I sing and teach all the ballads and folklore written on him. ‘Ram ka Naam’ has such strong vibrations that draws me to some high source of positive energy.
Then why is such suppression on women propagated. They were written by learned ‘Rishi Munis’ and rewritten in so many languages for its widespread impact . Women were worshipped as Durga Lakshmi Saraswati.
It’s time to reinterpret these stories. We have to pass on a strong ecosystem if culture and tradition to the younger generation. Religion should be inclusive evolving and empowering. Just like Kanjak is celebrating ‘Girl child’, Karva Chauth is celebrating of Womanhood, inding love, being in love – with a man, woman, child, nature and life.
With so many Single Mothers fighting a lonely battle in this man’s world, with so many Men ‘coming out of the closet’ and fighting a lonely battle of acceptance as a woman, so many Women who love Women, let’s not make it more difficult for them. Facebook has 71 gender status and over a dozen marital status type.
A STREE-A Woman has a womb, symbolic of creation, containment, nurturing and delivering a strong, healthy and robust lifeform that takes ahead a value system for ages to come.
“Apne Andar Ki Stree Ujagar Kar”
Ek Karva mai bhi hu layi
Ek katha mujhe bhi hai sunani
Sadiyon se jakdi bediyon ne Sanhaar kiya Rani bankar
Dasi bani tum iss jagat me
Kab tak moond rakhogi ankhe, iss yug me bhi Gandhari bankar
Is Chandrama ki sheet kiran se aaj bedi todkar
Tu Stree Ujagar Kar, Tu Stree Ujagar Kar
Samman ka sringaar kar, abhimaan ka sringar kar
Gyan ka sringar kar,
Jeevandaan ka sringar kar
Tu hi Durga Parvati, tu Shakti ka sringar kar,
Tu hi Meera Rukmini, tu Bhakti ka sringar kar
Vatsalya, Karuna, Prem, Mamta, Dharm ka sringar kar
Sukh Samridhi Shanti aur Vishwas ka sringar kar
Sringar ka sukh har stree ko hai
Chahe tum stree ho Janm se
ya Stree hui Jeevan se
Deh ki vipada ko taj, tu srijan ka sringar kar
Maun ki vedna ko taj, abhivyakti ka sringar kar
Har Stree Ka Sringar Kar
Tu Stree Ujagar Kar, Tu Stree Ujagar Kar
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Posted by on October 19, 2016 in Uncategorized


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