The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer. - Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Post-Oxford, new blog

For anyone interested, my new blog is here. There are too many interesting books, movies, plays, people happening around to keep quiet for too long a time!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


This blog was begun in Oxford, and now that I am finally saying goodbye to the place, I don't want to carry on with it any longer. In a few week's time I will be back in India, and it will be another world altogether. I don't know if I would begin another blog. But I shall be posting in the Lit Blog in the mean time. Thank you readers for reading me all this while!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Bengali Music Videos

This came to my attention thanks to Buchu. I am speechless. Please watch this.
Update: Errm, I don't know what's got into me (or rather, my friends), but here's another one, thanks to another friend.

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Bought this wonderful collection by Ella, which was recorded in the 1970s and then lost into obscurity. The Amazon reviewer says this:
This release presents two complete Ella Fitzgerald albums, Ella and Things Ain't What They Used To Be, made respectively in 1969 and 1971. The 1960s saw many former stars struggling as rock swept the popular music scene, and having been one of the greatest of all jazz singers for three decades, Fitzgerald did as so many others did: depending your on point of view, she either sold out or made a brave attempt to move with the times. These two sets, and the second is much stronger than the first, are very much of their era--a mix of pop, soul, R&B and MOR infused with as much jazz as Ella could squeeze into the sessions. It's a sometimes infectious brew, as on the rousing version of Randy Newman's "I Wonder Why", though "Black Coffee" finds Fitzgerald on much more rewarding territory, her voice as fine as ever when the music really allows her to shine. "Willow Weep For Me" is one of several gems from the second album, and though Ella gives her all throughout, when she belts out Duke Ellington's "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" you know she's singing from the heart.

I simply adore Ella, and have many of her recordings - which must be in thousands! - but this one is unique, because she sings such a wide range of songs - R&B, soul, jazz, pop - you name it! My favourite song in this collection is, of course, the much-renowned 'Black Coffee'.

Friday, May 26, 2006

I feel like a pig shat in my head

I can fully appreciate how Withnail must have felt in those hours of chronic hangover. I have been having one since 6 o' clock this morning. Yesterday I consumed gallons of alcohol, followed by the raunchiest mirth-making, lost many pieces of sub-fusc from my body, and felt incredibly sick at the end. All this to commemorate the ending of final exams. Now with a splitting headache, and a perpetual limbo of sickness in my guts, I wonder if I should have shown some moderation, after all.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Measure for Measure

Somebody upstairs has got a piano these days; or at least, some sort of instrument that sounds like one. And Somebody(s) keep on pounding upon it all evening. I have tried telling my neighbours to show little more consideration, but failed to spur their humanitarian interests. Now I have taken to using the missives that I have in my sleeves. I play Wagner at full blast early in the morning. I have just begun with 'milder' ones - Wesendonck Lieder and Parsifal - but will soon graduate to The Ring des Niebelungens if these gentler tunes don't work. Hee hee.

Monday, May 22, 2006

La Vie En Rose

Ladies and Gents, meet the divine In-grid.

Apparently, she is the queen of Euro-dance nowadays. I have been listening to previews of her tracks, and can't deny that she is good. She is more of a visual delight to me actually :). But that apart, she sings a wonderful, wonderful 'La vie en rose'. I think hers is the best cover I have heard recently after the one by Madeleine Peyroux. And odd as it might sound, I find the original Edith Piaf version quite hideous. I have been scheming ways of ripping this track, legally or otherwise, from www. But the only site where I could buy it from requires a $20 account balance to be able to buy a song which costs $0.10! I have i-Tunes, but I don't have an aol account and I am not, to my regret, a mac user. So I can't avail myself of the offers which are on Apple! This is very distressing. Especially, when you need loads of jazzy music, sung by androgynous-looking ladies, to sooth your Milton-ravaged nerves ...