Flying For Me

I have been teaching myself a few John Denver’s songs lately, which I’ll put up here shortly. As a tribute to John, I am putting up the video of a song he wrote in 1986 as a Tribute to the entire of the Challenger Space Shuttle that disintegrated shortly after take off on 28th January…

The Killing Fields

I watched “The Killing Fields” last night, which is based on the civil war that killed almost 3 million people in Cambodia in the 70s. Here is a clip from the end of the movie, which features the famous John Lennon optimistic number, “Imagine”. Haing S. Ngor, who played Dith Pran was a physician (obstetrics)…

Pyar Ka Pehla Khat

For a change, here is a live performance by Jagjit Singh of one of his older Ghazals from the early 90s, Pyar Ka Pehla Khat. I think the Guitar improv after the first verse really put some life into the Ghazal. Click on the Play button to start the video.

An Evening with Capt. Lal

This is another video from the same Sukhanfaham evening I spent with Capt. Lal during my Summer 2005 India trip. Click on the play button to start the video. You may want to pause it until the progress bar finishes streaming and reaches the end. He recites a beautiful Hindi Poem in the beginning and…

Beete Hue Din Kuch Aise Hain

This is Capt. Lal, our old time neighbor back in Rohtak, India, reciting a very old (may be as old as him) Urdu poem from his college days. The man is a World War II Veteran, a former All India Radio Director, a Lawyer, and a connoisseur of Urdu Poetry. I recorded this during my…

Kashmir – Paradise on Earth

I found a heartfelt slideshow on Kashmir today on the Kashmiri Overseas Association site, which I’m a member of. If you wish to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Great Himalayas, check out this presentation of music & images on Kashmir and its images – prepared by Arun Koul.

Ode to Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli

From My trip to Ballimaaran. 26th June 2005Gali Qaasim Jaan was wrapped in fading darkness. A few tattered curtains hung listlessly on some doors. Pigeons flew overhead and some kids fought over marbles. Somewhere a goat tethered to a threshold, bleated timidly.This was Ballimaaran in the walled city of Delhi more than 150 years ago…

Maine Poocha Chand Se Karaoke

Maine Poocha Chaand Se – Movie: Abdullah Original Artist: Mohammad Rafi I sang this Hindi song on my Aunt’s music group’s request. My first time ever singing no a mic. Much before I picked up Guitar 🙂 Recorded: April 2005, Haslett MI.

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