Finally got my hands on Jagjit & Gulzar's latest release "Koi Baat Chale". It was a long wait after Marasim, but after just listening to it once, I can tell you it was definitely worth the wait. The best ghazal album of the year for me, without a doubt. I am no seasoned reviewer of ghazal albums or any other kinds of music for that matter, but I couldn't help writing a few words on this album. It starts with Gulzar reciting the following lines, and you immediately know you are up for some treat.

आदमी बुलबुला है पानी का
और पानी की बहती सतह पर
टूटता भी है डूबता भी है
ना समदर निगल सका इसको
ना तवारीख तोड पाई है
वक्त की मौज पर सदा बहता
आदमी बुलबुला है पानी का

...continue reading Jagjit and Gulzar's "Koi Baat Chale"


Strange it may sound but I really got a bluff call on my skype the other day...reminded me of the days when very few people in Nepal had telephone, and those who had one but didn't have a lot of contacts with a phone, just dialled a random 6-digit (what has now become 7-digit) number and chatted with unknowns...heard a lot about good-humoured as well as bad-tempered bluff conversations when I was still a high-school kid without a phone! Anyway, here I was writing-up yesterday's post on my blog, I get a ring on my skype. The name sounded familiarly unfamiliar. Familiarly unfamiliar?? Let me explain. The name was very common/familiar name, and some of my friends did probably use it as their ID on MSN and such, but I didn't have anyone with that name on my skype contact list - hence unfamiliar. So, I get this ring and ignore it for the first few calls. Then suddenly the chat window opens up:
...continue reading skype bluff call…