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Kishore Kumar: Childhood and first wedding photos

Childhood and first wedding photos of Kishore Kumar

Who is the greatest playback singer of Hindi cinema? The debate was raging from much before I was born (and is still on) and as soon as I could comprehend a little music (can’t sing though) I was also pulled into the ring. Kishore Kumar versus Mohammed Rafi. Much like millions of others on this [Read more]

Bhupen Hazarika (1926-2011). North-East India loses a star

The legendary Bhupen Hazarika died of multiple organ failure in a Bombay hospital today. He was one of the few stars of North East India that the rest of the country widely accepted and applauded. For someone from that part of the country his departure hurts a little more. This Star Cement advertising hoarding photographed [Read more]

Guruji.com Gives up on Music Search

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Guruji.com is giving up on its USP – music search. Not sure whether it is because of the piracy allegations that led to the arrest of its CEO or the emerging competition in the form of Google Music and the still in private beta Indiatimes’ Gaana.com. Indications are, it is more of the former. The [Read more]

Mahalaya: The Advent of Autumn

Today is Mahalaya, the day of invocation of goddess Durga in her Mahisasurmardini form (the slayer of the demon Mahisasur). The beginning of the ten days of festivity.

Homeward Bound

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The sun plays hide and seek with the nimbus clouds, the moss between the toes is cold, damp. The acidic smell of pine leaves lends freshness to the air. It’s getting colder. The winds of November whistle through the bamboo groves. Winter is almost here. She reminded the British of their Scottish highlands. 1496 metres [Read more]