Throwback to 1994. The first time I saw an international act live.

The month of February in Madras, India is a time when the sun doesn’t flog its might on its lovely citizens. Yet. The air is still balmy. ‘Hot,’ the word used to describe the charming coastal city’s usual weather pattern, was still a month or two away.

On February 20, 1994 though, Jethro Tull landed in Madras and turned on the heat for over two hours with a blistering performance. It was the last leg of their 25th Anniversary India Tour, after playing in Bombay and Bangalore. And what a show it was!

The concert ambiance was something that was…

1987 was an epochal year for rock fans. For, it was the genesis of Guns N’ Roses and their swashbuckling slinger of an album, Appetite For Destruction.

It was nothing like I had ever heard before. Appetite For Destruction was such an evocative melange of punk, hard rock, and balladry that came at you hard and fast, stripped of all the glam-bam rock of Motley Crue, Poison, or Great White. These L.A.-based bands were becoming jaded by the late 80s. And who knew an incredibly feral bunch of blokes from their own neighbourhood would take the world by storm in just over a year.

Just as soon as the album came out and the enigma of Guns N’ Roses was starting to unravel, they earned an epithet…

“What’s in a band name?,” you may ask. “A lot,” I’d say, with due respect to the infinite wisdom of the venerable Willy S.

Arriving at a band’s name that sticks is easier said than done. Especially when it involves mammoth egos and strongly opinionated thought processes — traits that aren’t uncommon amongst talented, soon-to-be-famous band members. Often, the inertia to look for a snappier, sub-mundane band name is also precipitated by small snatches of initial success, enjoyed by the band with their original name.

Having said that, some like The Rolling Stones got it right the first time. While many like Pink Floyd, with one of their earlier names being The Tea Set, figured out that they could do with some much-needed introspection.

They are a rare species. So rare that you can actually count the cream of the crop on your fingers. Ever wondered why?

If we go back in time, we know that ancient humans communicated with signs. Later, voice and percussion became a creative amalgam in the rituals of yorea fact recorded across various civilizations. This combination of using voice and striking objects with tools, in many ways, was so primal and a surprisingly natural outlet to create chants, poetry, and the first known forms of music.

Yet, modern rock music is not flushed with artists who drum and sing with sublime elan. Compared to myriads of guitar-vocalists, only a few classy drummer-vocalists occupy the pride of place in the annals…

Admittedly, it’s not a question that can be answered easily.

We are talking about the wildest wizards of the Fender, and each of them have carved a significant and unique niche amongst the pantheon of blues axemen. Next, they are from different erasBeck and Clapton broke into the scene in the ’60s and Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV) came in later. And lastly, each of them matured very differently; Clapton, in particular, even poked around with a bit of mushy slow rock and pop in his later years.

That said, it’s a question worth pondering. Let me give you…

Heavy Metal, as a musical genre to many listeners, is low brow, satanic and replete with imagery that derives its influences from an unholy quagmire of occult, blood, gore, drugs and sex.

Vocalists bellowing like banshees, guitarists and drummers duelling with raging venom, ghoulish face paints of bands and scenes of mayhem in the mosh pits — none of these associations have made it any easier for heavy metal, as a genre, to deserve a look-in from the erudite connoisseurs of western music.

Until, that is, Iron Maiden broke into the scene.

The boys from East London infused a breath…

While Science, Engineering, Technology and Medicine have been enshrined as the topmost tickets to make a stable living in our country, allow me to shift your focus to a stream of academia that has been relegated to the pits. I’m referring to the humble Humanities.

Wikipedia describes humanities as a branch of study that includes ‘ancient and modern languages, literature, history, philosophy, religion, visual arts, performing arts, music, theatre and social sciences’. …

That question today is as commonplace as someone asking, “What’s your name?” This is hardly surprising, as the Internet has become the official real estate from where entrepreneurs, startups, and technology specialists run their businesses. Simply put, a domain name is the address that characterises a business in the virtual world.

Having said that, here’s a logical question: How easy is it to get a credible, brand-value-pumping domain name? The answer is not hard to guess. If one were to add up all the words of all the languages in the world, the count stops at less than 10 million…

Shane Warne was every bit a quickie.

That grease paint on his face, cold and mesmerizing eyes, deliciously brazen demeanour and a fetish to sledge — all traits of a nasty fast bowler.

Not the body language of a gentle spinner, you would reckon.

Having said all that, you will forget his adolescent antics once he starts to approach the wicket to bowl.

That moment is akin to Miles Davis swallowing his saliva to prepare for a trumpet solo.

Something epic is on the anvil.

When the red cherry leaves Warne’s hand, time stands still.

The loop is picture perfect…

Well she’s fashionably lean

And she’s fashionably late


She won’t waste time on elementary talk

She’s a Twentieth Century Fox.

From Twentieth Century Fox, a song by The Doors.

The Doors were trying to talk of the 60s archetype of the American woman in this song. But to me, these lines strangely epitomize a character straight out of our lives: the ubiquitous maid.

Families, who have been subjected to the many moods of a maid, will readily accept my theory that she’s no ordinary human being. She is of a higher calibre who has mastered the ‘Navarasas’ as explained…

Muralidharan PC

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