Change

Glancing at my debit card, i began to take notice of my photo on the card. The photo was taken nearly 6 years back. A volley of thoughts began to run through my head. One of the most prominent one being that if i were to go back in time, what would i tell myself. What would be the advise i have in store? Would i look back and change anything? There would be a lot, i could try to do better. Maybe prudence would have helped me at some stages.

But then, i reckoned that no matter what i had in mind, life would have taken its own course anyways. We go about planning, scheduling and over-thinking simple things in life. Only to make them more complicated. Maybe the key is to focus on the journey. We get so clouded by our own set of aspirations that we focus on the destination instead.

Change is always in store. Just when you think that you’re in a comfortable zone, there you’re going to get a jolt. Overtime, we are mended and bent over by consistent bickering like stones that turn to pebbles along the course of a river. But, the important part is that its always going to be for the good. As Andy Warhol said:

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” 

 

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Rewinding the mixtape

Papa sure loves mambo. Here is a list of tracks that used to play more than often at home. I’m picking up the international tracks as a lot of indian music was played too. Here are the ones i recall vividly:

Who can not love the Gypsy Kings?

Throw in a little bit of Harry Belafonte!

And who could have got by the 80’s without listening to Foreigner?

Of course not to forget one of the coolest tracks by Pet Shop Boys that came out the year i was born!

By the time we hit the 90’s yes there was more of Bon Jovi but this 80’s song was played more often 🙂

Towards the mid 90’s my musical taste was evolving and gradually i had a few favorites of my own. Here are just a couple of tracks i listened to a lot at the time:

Of course my preferences have evolved a lot more from then. These were just some of the songs i heard lot play back in time.

Summer Rock

I absolutely dig music from the 60’s and the sound that defined tracks from that time. So it’s even better when i discover music by new bands that are inspired by the same style of music. There’s something about those California sun driven beats that makes me feel at ease and calm instantly. Here are two bands that hit that mark spot on:

1. Summer Twins: This sister duo belts out dreampop songs that make for easy listening and make summer more enjoyable.

2. Allah-Las: This 4 member band based out of LA is what i came across on public radio (streaming internet radio). Their sounds are more rock and roll and totally based on the 60’s garage sound. What more could you want with a sound that’s mixed with The Kinks and Lo-fi ?

Heavenly, isn’t it?

Angel of the morning

While watching True Detective (a series you absolutely must check out), there is a scene where the two lead characters are talking in a bar. There is a jukebox in the background and the song that’s selected is Juice Newton’s Angel of the Morning:

The song rang a bell and i just couldn’t figure where i’d heard it before. It did come to me later and figured out that there were many renditions of the same song. What’s remarkable is that my husband recalled a version by The Pretenders, which was featured in the popular sitcom Friends. Here is their version:

And here is the cheesy hip hop version i recalled:

Cheesy and pretty sell out too. Now i have to seek redemption for this.

Easy Friday: Calm

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Calm. The feeling we eternally seek. Hold on, one sec. Breathe, slow down. Countless moments revolve around everyone through the day. Yet we find it so hard to center down on ourselves to feel that we’re in control. We constantly want to feel in control, in the know and able to deal with uncertainty. I feel its always better to look for specific times through the day when you’re most likely to loose grip. Counter that time with something that helps.

It could be doodling on your notepad or listening to music. Something as simple as a walk to soak in the sunshine. After all situations really play out on the way you respond rather than react. As this week winds up (been slightly sick through this one) i found my moment of calm in the early morning drizzle today. Looking outside the window, i caught a brilliant glimpse of the sky and that’s captured in the photo above. All in all, as eventful as the weekend will promise to be the mantra is to keep calm & bask in the gentle winter vibe around. Literally.

I think this track by Aphex Twin will go well with it.

Quitting Your Job. In Style.

Most people think about it. Some talk of quirky ways they would resign. Those of you who have seen Jerry McGuire would recall the scene where he makes a speech and leaves with one lonely fish “flipper”. But, when you have had one too many coffees and pushed the gate beyond 1am to your office door (of course not when you choose to moonlight), there is a greater grit to display when you find the option to leave.

Now you could find quirky ways to do this, like sending a cake to your boss / writing a book / writing a poem / citing a funny inspiration as your trigger. But if you really want to make it viral? Make a video out of it. That’s exactly what Marina Shifrin did. On a much long night at work (Next Media Animation) she decided to do an interpretive dance to Kanye West’s “Gone”. Marina doesn’t say anything in the video, its just interlaced with dance steps and text. She’s dancing at every possible area she frequents in her previous work place in the short video. She’s edited it well too, since her job was to come up with viral videos that lacked quality but were high in quantity in her opinion. Here’s the video that actually did go viral and has more than 5 million hits:

But her ex-work organisation did not just leave it at that. They came up with an equally quirky video showing her boss and other work members dancing to the same song. They funnily are at the same work areas Marina dances in her video and look really happy (albeit we know why since its a video response). What’s more they show the swankier parts of the office and wish Marina all the best with a ‘We’re Hiring” message at the end. Here’s the video response:

This made me think about how easy it is becoming for individuals / organisations to put their perspectives out there. Take this case where an employee is making a video that could be brandishing for the company’s reputation. But, they choose to respond in a fashion that’s similar to the way Marina expressed her outrage. Countless people quit their jobs every year and some of them do rant about it on social media. In certain cases, former employees have started blogs / websites to portray their hatred for the work they did or the policies their former workplaces had. But rarely has an organisation responded back or clarified their stand. Now, there seems to be a change sweeping in. In my opinion this will not be a trend or an event to look out for. But, it does throw light on the power of social networks and how it is changing the hiring landscape. It also show how important it is to value the opinion of employees when it comes to organisations. You never know if they would choose to group up and make a quirky video about it so that the world at large gets to know. I think while the outrage may not be relevant to others, but in some aspect people tend to connect with it at some level and that’s what makes them share it. I’m sure Marina has become a viral celeb overnight and may have a lot of videos coming up where she could be more vocal than she was in the video she made. Whether this proves to be a win for Next Media Animation (her ex-employer), I doubt.

Delhi Gangrape: Do You really have an Opinion?

Pent up anger, rage and disgust. This is what i see when i overlook or overhear discussion on the gangrape in Delhi. What baffles me most that a lot of women keep saying that we need equal rights or freedom, stop blaming us for the clothes we wear or the way we carry ourselves. Considering that we live in the brightest of times, teeming with technology and reach, what makes us feel that we need to be equal?
My contention is that why do we even believe that we need equal rights? Aren’t we equal already? To fight for something is to believe that you were denied the right in the first place. Oppression is so not cool, what’s even more daft is to think that its best to listen or obey in order to avoid conflicts. From the ages when women were considered powerful and knowledgeable to the times when they were torched for knowing ‘too much’, what remains constant is that women were made to believe that the fairer sex is also the weaker one.
The recent surge in crimes across major metro’s like Mumbai and Delhi makes me think that however civilized or educated we might progress as a nation, we are still severely regressed in our beliefs. How would we ever reach the horizon if mindsets are trapped well below the roots? All we do is sit behind closed doors and root for silliest of causes!
All this deliberation is just plainly put: Frustrating. Cultural references being drawn, primal instincts, castration and grotesque forms of punishments are being talked of. But the next time you’re walking down the street what would You do to stop something? How many times would You go out of the way to make a difference? A popular murder in broad daylight to a brutal gangrape on moving bus, what would anyone do about it. We as a race are prone to pass the buck and wash hands off reality. I wonder how long would we be able to pretend being sane in the brutalities. How different would we be in a few years from third world countries known for horrendous torture inflicted on young girls along with trafficking? Worse yet, what are we doing to live in the false notion of safety within our own homes?
Too many questions, endless contemplation.