Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Disco songs from the '80s

Nothing gets me zinging like hearing a disco song from the eighties, and children of the '60s, '70s and '80s will remember them well. My favorite '80s disco song has Parveen Babi (I think), a smitten Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachhan as Kapoor's keeper:
Jawaani jaaneman, haseen dilruba
Mile jo dil jawaan, nisaar ho gaya
here it is
The song has suitable strobe sounds (the 'dhishkaeoon' type), a garish stage, Babi wearing much too much make-up, and covering a whole lot of dance floor. The song is better heard than seen though.
Then there's this by Nazia Hasan, featured on a hot Zeenat Amaan.
Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi mein aaye
to baat ban jaaye, a-ha baat ban jaaye
here There's another version with super-hot Vinod Khanna but I've lost the link.
Nazia's voice is dreamy in this, and I can do a fair Nazia version with loud music and Nazia in the background.
The following lines are especially noteworthy:
Phool ko bahaar, bahaar ko chaman
dil ko dil, badan ko badan
har kisi ko chaahiye tan-man ka milan
kaash mujh par aisa dil aapka bhi aaye
to baat ban jaaye...
Very characteristic of the spunky sexuality of the '80s. (The nineties alas were a nightmare.)
And silbil and sudophish are tagged.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Winged creatures

Did you know that butterflies were originally called flutter-by's? A much prettier word than the former, and far more accurate.
E calls them 'pupperfly' . Should be easier to get him to say 'flutterbies'than butterflies.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Music Genome Project

I discovered Pandora (thanks to my new roommate), free online music by the Music Genome Project, which classifies music by tone, vocals, rythm, acousitcs and other distinctive characteristics to typify various artistes' sounds. Type in the name of an artiste you like, and Pandora plays that artiste and others who sing music like hers. You can type in different artistes' names and it creates their 'stations'- music that typifies their sound, at

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Henry Green's works

One of my favorite writers is Henry Green who wrote from the 1930s to 1950s. I read three of his novels in a collected volume- Loving, Living, Party Going.

Green has an amazing sense of dialogue. His characters go off on tangents, break off sentences, cut into each other, and mix the important with the mundane and the really mindless.

Then there's class which he brings in naturally and endearingly, not in the searing way Manto describes lower-class lives, but by giving agency to both his lower-class and upper-class characters. Loving's characters include a butler, maids and guests in a manor, and Party Going involves upper-class British men and women, and taxi drivers and railway porters.

His novels deliberately never have endings (which is maybe why they're not filmed), making the sense of walking into a day of someone's life and walking out again even sharper. But his books leave you feeling like you just watched a brilliant play, were a part of someone's life, and want the novel to go on.

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