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March 31, 2010

#IndianMoviesTaught - A Choice Collection

I can't do justice to them all but the meme #IndianMoviesTaught on twitter is a hoot and a half. I put together a quick collection. Had to leave creds out to make it more readable (but thanks to bhalomanush for staying on top of most of 'em). Enjoy!

#IndianMoviesTaught me that God listens to your prayers when u go to the mandir and yell at Him

#indianMoviesTaught me that the thing I am missing in my real life is the background score!

#indianmoviestaught that every christian guy is mostly named peter or michael and d dialogs suffixed with a "man"..tum kya karta hai man!

#IndianMoviesTaught me that ma ke haath ke gajjar ka halwa is the best!!

#IndianMoviesTaught that if you are a famous south Indian hero, you will become the CM of your state soon.

#indianmoviestaught me that I should address my husband by saying "Aji Sunte Ho?"

#IndianMoviesTaught me that the Indian villain is always the host & chairperson of the International Gangster Meet

#IndianMoviesTaught me that putting a fake mole on ur cheek leaves u unrecognisable & is an efficient way of disguise...

#IndianMoviesTaught that everything can be blamed on daru consumption (liquor) http://bit.ly/99rfx7
#IndianMoviesTaught The bomb won't explode even if you cut ANY one of the wires (blue / red).

#IndianMoviesTaught me that if you say a sentence in english, it has to repeated in hindi immediately after

#indianmoviestaught when judge gives a wrong decision against hero, the scales in the hand of blindfold statue go down one side

#IndianMoviesTaught mere paas maaaaaaaa hai ...

#IndianMoviesTaught me that when a bee pollinates a flower, a human child is born.

#indianmoviestaught me that a Harward MBA writes his diary in Hindi

#IndianMoviesTaught me ladies much prefer throat nuzzling to kissing.

#indianmoviestaught that kanoon ke haath bahut lambe hote hain

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- March 31, 2010 1:10 PM // Bollywood , Diaspora

March 26, 2010

The Enchantment - A Yoga Playlist

This particular playlist is a near and dear one. It originally started off as something I made for my Yoga class. By all accounts, it went down really well. Diane, my wonderful instructor, did me the honor of playing it all the way through in class. She did this several times, so I know it wasn't just a pity play. In addition, several other class members were intrigued enough to ask the names of the artists. Now, if you're in the middle of a dandayamana dhanurasana, I don't care how advanced you are, you'll be doing your best not to topple and ruin the mojo of the yogi panting next to you. Hence, it was good to know the music was in sync enough with other folks as well.

By all accounts, that should have been that and all of us would have moved on to newer music after a while. However, my better half hit the brilliant idea of using this playlist as something to soothe Virj to sleep. Since then, it has been on regular rotation since he responded to it (or not) so well. I worry about hard disk burn in on both our iPods for the sectors that contain these tracks as they get played so darn often.

Suffice it to say, I am working on a new one. In the meantime, here's the tracklist with my thoughts and the widgets thereafter.

It's been a while since I've shared a playlist and the part of the problem is finding the right tool as to how best to do it. In the past, I'd tried stuff like Webjay which seemed to work well but relied on you actually uploading the track somewhere accessible. Anyway, Yahoo bought Webjay and then proceeded to retire it. So much for that. Soundcloud is better but you still have to upload the music yourself or hope someone else has done it already. This is problematic for copyrighted music. Consequently, I am trying two new options this time around. The first is Rhapsody, a music subscription service I use. I am continually impressed by the breadth of their library but their sharing tools still need some work. Plus, it's best if you're signed up. Nonetheless, I've included a "rhaplink" - supposedly non-subscribers have 25 free plays a month. I am also including iLike since I like their playlist widget better - but you only get 30 seconds or so, I think.

1. Dance Of The Wind - Shweta Javeri
2. Ras Rang (Vol. 1) / Thumri - Shobha Gurtu

Both are taken from a collection, "Passage To India - Traditional" and feature a cornucupia of styles. These two are meditative in nature and provide a calm start.

3. Prayer For The Four Directions - David and Steve Gordon
From Indians to American Indians. Picking up the pace a tad.

4. Magnetic - Tabla Beat Science
The nearest thing we have to a South Asian supergroup! I was fortunate enough to attend their Stern Grove concert in San Francisco a couple of years ago. This is a slow workout building in anticipation of bigger things.

5. Taking The Dust - Jai Uttal
The first of two Jai Uttal tracks. This one has a distinct Baul feel. Lovely and lilting.

6. M'Beddemi - Cheikh Lo
A personal favorite, this track is the opening salvo in Cheikh's 1999 album Bambay Gueej. Cheikh is a Senegalese musician and this truck is a mid tempo funk workout with liquid drums that remind you of the tabla and shimmering guitars.

7. Kothbiro - Ayub Ogada
From the album African Voices, this is the most beautiful track on the playlist. I first heard it on the soundtrack to The Constant Guardian and it has stayed with me ever since. I defy any parent to listen to this song while their child is sleeping and not be moved.

8. Deep - Citizen Cope
A change of pace but that's what makes playlists so much fun! A slow, stately jam with organs leading the way.

9. Gaze - Sweetback
Sweetback is the side project of Stewart Matthewman, Sade's sonic maestro. This is from their first album and is a typical understated ambient masterpiece.

10. Traveller (Kid Loco's Once Upon A Time In The East mix) - Talvin Singh
Originally featured on the Talvinremixsingh remix collection, this Kid Loco remix more than holds its own compared to the original.

11. Shalom - Jai Uttal
Jai's second appearance. Should raise good vibes in everyone except the most cynical.

12. Mountain Path - Badmarsh & Shri
Lilting uptempo piece by the pioneering UK duo.

13. Journey To Arnhemland - Jamiroquai
Another personal favorite (both this track and the band). I have no idea where they are going but they are the pied pipers of modern day groovedom.

14. Somebody Up There Likes You - Simple Minds
Bet you didn't think you'd find Simple Minds here now, did you? This is from their New Gold Dream '81 '82 '83 album, an early '80s masterpiece, way before "Don't You Forget About Me," "Alive and Kicking" and all that. An uplifting funky instrumental.

15. The Enchantment - Sheila Chandra
Closing out and returning back to chilldom with this vocal exploration by the UK singer.

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- March 26, 2010 6:18 PM // Music

March 7, 2010

A Desi Filmmaker's Manifesto Part I

If I ever get around to finishing something creative, its title will not have the words karma, masala, chutney, chai, namaste or curry in it.

It will not star Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Nandana Sen, Rahul Bose or any of the Jaffrey clan. I will make an exception for Tabu and Irrfan Khan, however.

It will not be about identity crisis.

It will not be a Fish Out Of Water film.

It will not feature well off programmers yearning for meaning beyond Atherton mansions.

There will not be any straight up Bollywood dance pastiches in the film.

There won't be fake Gurus taking advantage of gullible Westerners. Tempting, I know.

There's more to be added. Let me know of some of the things you'd like to see and some you'd rather never ever see again.

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- March 7, 2010 10:45 PM // Diaspora , Film