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One of the simplest pleasures known to man is the one we often take for granted. I talk of our ability to transcend into the amazing world of music by plugging in two earbuds connected by wires to a chip. Like quite a few of you, I have no qualms admitting that all said and done, music is my love eternal! If by now you are scratching your head and wondering why I am spewing out this philosophical verbiage out of the blue, the answer is fairly simple.

I was happily listening to pop music when I heard the song “Breakin’ a sweat” by Skrillex for the first time. I had heard about Dubstep sub-genre of electronic music before, but never paid much attention to it because it was too “acid-like” for my taste. However, this particular song created in collaboration with the members of The Doors (only one of the most epic rock bands of all time), appeared to be like nectar to my soul! I heard it once, couldn’t believe my ears, and then kept going.

A few days and about a hundred replays later, I now wonder if the God(s) above are rockin’ out to this one as well. What this song did for me was much beyond a simple eargasm (yes, this word does exist, no matter what my editor says!) This song opened my eyes to the whole world of diverse, beautiful, and tightly-knit dubstep music. I have been a hard-core Electronica-nut, from before mainstream artists (and Justin Beiber unfortunately) started using it in their creations. From small gigs in lesser-known clubs and home-based music studios of my friends, to a few of the biggest concerts on planet earth, I’ve seen Electronica grow and transform. I think the process has come full circle with Skrillex’s insanely popular Bangarang (all links below), the song that made more than 50 million views on the tube.

I hope that Skrillex, and other incredibly talented Dubstep artists will further the cause of electronic music, and that I will continue to have many more eargasms! :)

Adios!

BREAKIN’ A SWEAT by SKRILLEX: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83UEnLOV1oE

BANGARANG by SKRILLEX: http://youtu.be/YJVmu6yttiw

DUBSTEP 101 by Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubstep

Doctor, Death and Superstitions!

I work night shifts this month. That means, I walk into a nearly empty hospital at 7PM and leave at 7AM when everyone else is coming in yawning and puffy-eyed! So far, I’ve been able to leave in a fairly decent mood in part because of the high that 6AM coffee gives to my sleep-deprived brain. But, last night was different.

I was finishing my shift and it was almost 6AM.¬†I was carrying, along-with my regular pager, what we call the “Code Pager” which is a dreadful gadget that only rings when someone in the hospital “codes”, meaning comes very close to or is on their way to death. We got paged for a new patient who had just rolled in from one of the hospitals nearby. Of course he was sick. But we didn’t know just how much, and that caught us off-guard.

He had come in unconscious, breathing heavy and in that moment, for all that I knew, with a very little chance of survival over the next few hours. We gave him all that we could, but he wouldn’t improve. It was twenty minutes to 7AM. View full article »

One of my friends passed me this screengrab! I am sure that it is unintentional but yes, Mr. Gillani (Pak PM), we agree, your country’s economy couldn’t do without “chemicals” ::cough:: and billions of $$$ of US aid ::cough::

Enjoy the light moment!
- A

Pakistani govt plays pun on itself!

One of the sad things about being away from India is that you miss the spectacle of news channels trying to make the most unimportant and tasteless news into a delicacy that promises to change your life forever! Don’t the nostalgic flashbacks of news anchors shouting at the top of their voice never fail to bring warmth to your heart too?

So, what do all you NRIs who want to stay connected to the “pulse” of your mother India do? You type in timesofindia(dot)com. (I am deliberately avoiding a direct link to the site as I don’t want to be cursed for 3days when you will be in bed with that headache that just won’t go away!)

In a brief moment, as your life flashes before you, Times Of India website loads up. In it, you see a bunch of naked women, a few outright adult articles, a whole section of news on who killed who, who kissed who, who got naked, who didn’t get naked but is shouting foul etc etc. Somewhere in that pile of words, you will find, and I don’t promise this, a few actual “news” articles. The kind which, apart from getting you some great bedroom ideas, have the potential of changing your life.

In essence, in Times Of India world, Manmohan Singh takes a backseat; wars are boring too; and Anna Hazaare and his chums playing kabaddi with Mr. Sibal are “too routine” to make the cut. So what if world is at the brink of another financial meltdown, for the editors of Times of India, why “Mrs. Australia bares all” is just as important a news.

It is indeed saddening to see how Times Of India website which started out as an authentic source of news a few years ago has been reduced a mere tabloid in a race to garner more page views. But, I don’t blame them entirely, for we, the readers also have contributed to a large extent to its fate. I mean, Times Of India is just showing what we want to see!

I don’t have the official numbers but I can bet my dog’s food that Katrina Kaif’s sexy pics View full article »

Bringing the sexy on! :)

It’s the beginning of summer season here in India. Most of you around the world wouldn’t care, but for the 1 billion people who live in this part of the planet, it means just one thing – run for shelter! The temperature will easily soar above 100 degrees (Fahrenheit¬†ofcourse!) and unless you are really unlucky, you will find yourself waiting somewhere inside for the sun to set.

For me though, there could not be a better time for change. Not some “look he’s put on a few pounds” kind; more like “omg so this is what puberty is all about” kind of change. I am revamping everything about Naam-to-batao. Yes Sir! Old wrinkled skin will be shed to reveal a brand new (botoxed actually!) silky-smooth sensuous beauty.

Why should you bother reading?
For the same reason you watch the same news over and over during the entire day and then mumble ridiculously through the night much to the annoyance of your (gay?) partner! Ok, that was under the belt! But the point is, some of the things on N-tee-Bee can be worth your time, and if I can be arrogant enough to say so, actually interesting!

What is the change that you keep blabbing about?
So I admit! I hired ‘Image Consultants’ to trim the flab and make this thing look good! View full article »

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