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jazz evening

as i walked out of the car in noisy traffic for office, he said he had passes for a jazz show, before waving good day…

unusually for us, at 5 in the evening we decided to leave work in an hour… and reach the place before 7… and really unusually for us, we actually managed to do that!

it was steve smith and his vital information group comprising tom coster (of santana fame), vinny valentino and baron browne.

we were already excited due to the celebrity names and the fact that we would be able to interact with them as it was a small auditorium, and some decent jazz loving crowd.

as the auditorium slowly filled up and they closed the lights, all the four musicians, walked in assumingly, and just picked up their respective instruments and just started playing… almost instantly…

for the uninformed, jazz is a type of music which is free flowing. in a jazz group, any of the musicians, sometimes piano, sometimes guitar sometimes drums, take the lead one by one…. when one takes lead  and plays his piece, others accompany him and provide supportive/background music.

steve, who plays the drums, is just god when he does it… everyone in the auditorium actually just gaped at him, and we gave him a standing ovation too… i mean with that kind of energy, coordinating both hands and legs (which is really difficult as while playing drums each of the four has to do different tasks) and his blend of drums with carnatic classical notes was nothing less than fantabulous !!!

vinny who played guitar, wore a chirpy smile and did some sweeter pieces. tom who was on sysnthesizer did a santana number, ‘europa’.. 

each of them had their different identity and still they were coordinated perfectly…

 

after the show… we got to exchange greetings and got dvds with autographs personally signed for us…

 

some information on vital information picked up from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vital_Information    

 

vital information was formed by steve smith in 1983 with friends tim landers, dave wilczewski, dean brown, and mike stern. years later and after several personnel changes, vital information has become a formidable fusion juggernaut whose longevity surpasses the zawinul syndicate, tribal tech and even weather report.

the current all-star lineup of tom coster (keyboards), vinny valentino (guitar), baron browne (bass) and steve smith (drums) serve up a veritable banquet of sounds, from slamming funk and syncopated second line grooves to seriously swinging, uptempo b-3 burners, south indian carnatic inspired jams and sizzling fuzoid romps. vital information continues to hone its “u.s. music” direction while staking out some adventurous new territory..

..and of course you have.. http://www.vitalinformation.com/

                                                           

                                                  

i deleted my orkut account

theres something unusual that’s happened to me off late… i donot know how to react to it…

i was unable to access internet, as in personal email id, orkut account, messenger etc for quite some time, in the last more than 6 months… due to different work situations, shifting to different cities (i have settled and unsettled in 3 cities this year) also the additional responsibility of looking after home, took their toll in each different ways…

i love my friends, i love to talk to them, i love to chat on messengers, i love the feeling that i am one of them….

but when i logged into orkut particularly, i started feeling not so nice about it, the profile was soo old soo old, that i didn even know what all n how to update it, and last couple of times when i visited orkut, i felt as if everyone else out there is so well connected and i am the only one left out, there are so many ppl whom i want to talk to, but i cant reach out to them… only because i am not hanging around where everyone else is… it was a depressing feeling, really… even if today i update my profile, i donot know when next i will login,  it was like everyone there can see how irregular i am and what they must be thinking about me…some people have umpteen fans to boast about, and though i never wanted to get into any competition of sorts, it hurts, when it comes to friends its heart above head for me..

 

so i just deleted my profile.. now i amnt there, and i thought it was better than an inactive stale profile…

 

but a moment later i thought about those couple of really really close friends who had written out testimonials for me, and i had always valued that so much…oh now it was gone!!

 

i am feeling a li’ll sensitive about the whole episode,

 

yet. 

hangout in chennai : rhapsody

Venue : Mariott Courtyard, chennai

Place : an exclusive restaurant as well as a pub..

Ambience : perfectly Hollywood .. translucent purple hanging tapestry… very comfortable seating… great flooring, its larger than life, it’s a perfect pub ambience… Food : mocktails are really well made… worth the value… quite some quantity.. they have well groomed bartenders… friendly young men and women who wait on you, they make very good mushroom starters… didn’t have much though as we had been there on work (I am just trying to sound important J, hubby was there to strike a deal) Recommended : when you are fed up of the city (Chennai city in particular ) and want a break, please go… otherwise also, please visit…

 

  

puducherry

writing long posts is boring, and reading them too is not a very different feeling..so i have decided that all posts hence should be shorter..

a rare long weekend in a long time, this time we decided to go to pondicherry , now called puducherry…

drive on the ECR at early hours.. what do i describe… packed food.. good music… occasional stop for snaps, there are so many trees all around and by the way since ECR is an “ east coast road ”, so we have the calm morning sea and fresh clean white n fluffy waves for company… so almost every wind down the road makes for a picture perfect stop…

puducherry is serenity personified… have you observed that some places have this soothing thing in them , and a degree of honesty, and many of them happen to be in the vicinity of holy temples or churches or like puducherry, the aurobindo ashram ?

pondicherry-street_scene_3.jpg  afternoon was quiet and spent in the suite, they had tasty food…

evening we set off for the beach… the streets were full of simple locals who mostly use bicycles to travel… also quite some french locals unlike the rest of india… bargaining at vegetable vendors or traveling on the back seats in bicycles..etc

old houses..quite some with french name boards… it’s a different culture, and a classic example of fusion culture at that…

 

the beach is lovely… lots and lots of empty space, a wide enough road, official, old structured but newly painted buildings of pondicherry like the high court, all lined up neatly on one side, eateries serving chat and spiced sweetcorn and roasted bhuttas… the sea looks beautiful.. its strange, the same water body behaves with discretion with every beach it meets… i wonder if the have some things between them like friendship and love and maybe animosity…

pondicherry-ocean.jpg

well, everytime i look at the horizon behind the sea, the sky on the top of the beach, i get a feeling of how small i am and how magnificient they all are…

it was quite a good evening… and when it just started drizzling, we decided to make a move…

next day, we went to auroville… a city in itself, but a city with a mission… a place with a message…

auroville makes a subject in itself to write and talk about, don’t know where to start from, i think instead of disturbing its aura with my introduction, i recommend you strongly  to visit http://www.auroville.org/  

it all started when few people and governments came together and said, let us have a place which doesn’t belong to any one country or any one religion, and which is not a part of any one culture… and that’s how it was formed… there were more than 50 families coming from different parts of the world.. and staying here for more than 2 generations now.. they are partly funded by the contributing governments but also indulge in unconventional occupations, which give them happiness… auroville products include aroma candles, zari, embroidered, hand painted kurtis etc,  and lot of such tiny but useful things…  there are a couple of boutiques near the matri mandir, that sell all these… oh! so,  there existed this li’ll part of the world too.. thank god i did explore it 🙂  

some things are just meant to give happiness…

did i tell you what we did last weekend ?

ok then, it was a small group of 7-8 friends who went to this tiny picturesque beach house.. it was a beach house, i think even we didn’t read that properly before going there, so mind you they wouldn’t have rooms and room service etc… as everyone in the group was together for the first time, though some had met, each thought, how do i manage over the weekend with a common drawing hall, n a single television n etc etc..

the plan was impromptu… so we decided on saturday morning… left  from work (yeah it was one of those days, when you have to work on saturday 😦 ) n reached the place before sunset… yeah to catch the sunset by the sea was the primary goal…

it was beautiful… we stood in the waves… someone had put on old bollywood melodies… kewl feeling… i think we had started liking each other together already…

the sun set..twilight.. then darkness, and the clean virgin beach  started glowing due to the waves…

the beach house was right by the sea (oh yeah ??)..a minute’s walk… the cook made some nice hot chai for us, it was already dinner time… vote went to mgm resort… somewhere in this blog in the “been there done that” section, you can find more about mgm…

night time, it looked perfectly and richly lit in the midst of the beach… i told you ambience was good…  and the ambience was good.. jj yeah but when you have a chirpy group of friends with you, it doesn’t really matter about the food… so forget it..

by the time we were back it was around 12 in the night… someone suggested, we should see the sunrise by the sea.. since it was already around 1am, no one could really bank on their early-rising skills… so here we were… fighting for leg space in a single bedroom… watching the movie “khosla ka ghosla” on dvd and playing cards, and we went on till 5 am !!

the sunrise was orange, then copper coloured,  then golden..

this time we were neck deep in water… jumping on waves… holding hands in a line…

i have seldom enjoyed water that much…

will never forget that morning….

should i complete the remaining details of the trip… or should i leave it at that ?

golfing…

i played golf on sunday…sorry i tried to.

the lifestyle award goes to my husband between us, as i am a typical virgo (and sometimes playing monica) in the house…

we should eat this at this time,some corner in the house isn’t clean.. now time to go for walk…etc etc…

so this was his idea…

i always thought it was really easy and for just hitting with a stick right…you get all those trophies and the hype…

but friend, i was wrong… you need to be strong and have stamina.. the golf stick is really heavy.. and it also depends on which one you pick out of all those in that stand, as each one is supposed to be for a different distance… 50 meters,100 meters and so on…

and that’s not where it stops… you have to get your swing right for different situations…

and yeah, sometimes there is slope on the ground.. sometimes theres wind… sometimes exactly when you are hitting, the sun comes up on your eyes…

so the 100 meter onwards flags were just colourful flags for me… i hit till 50 meter long and sometimes farther… they say its good for a start…

hubby dear outshone all the participants, who also played really professionally… clap clap clap….

watermelon juice.drive back home.breakfast on the way.