I've been maintaining this blog (for better or for worse) over the last eight years. Over these years, its natural evolution has led it into becoming something of a niche place for discussion of music in general and Qawwali in particular. Rather than trying to return my existing blog to its pre-Qawwali eclectic roots, I decided I’d start anew on Tumblr. So if you’re interested in music, Qawwali and subcontinental culture, keep reading/listening/watching/commenting here. For all of the above and everything else under the sun, head on over to my Tumblr page .

Sunday, February 5, 2012

...Of Five Conversations

A window into the surreal place I currently call home .

Conversation 1:


W. Doctor sahab, yeh aap ke laptop ke wallpaper pe kis ki photo hai?
Me. Woody Guthrie.
W. Woh kaun hai?
Me. Singer tha ek.
W. Accha .. Doctor sahab, mere laptop pe bhi ek singer ka wallpaper hai.
Me. Accha, kaun ?
W. Justin Bieber.

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Conversation 2:

Katy Perry's 'Firework' is playing on the telly, as she sings "Boom boom boom!! / You're shining like a moon, moon, moon!!

Me. Aren't Katy Perry's lyrics awesome?
R. Exactly doctor saheb, itne beautiful lyrics haina. And so deep.
Me. Oh-kay....

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Conversation 3:

Rob Schneider's 'The Animal' is playing on the telly.

B. Yaar yeh banda kya zabardast actor hai.
W. Exactly sir, kya expressions hain iss ke.
B. Haan, tum ne iss ki 'The Hot Chick' dekhi hai? Pata nahi Oscar ke liye kyun nahi nominate hota yeh.
W. Waqai sir, uss Al Pacino se to bohat behtar acting hai iss ki, kyun Doctor saheb?
Me.  .........


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Conversation 4:

I'm watchin F.W Murnau's 'Faust' on my laptop.

W.  Doctor saheb, yeh footage kitni purani hai?
Me. 1926 ki hai.
W. Itni purani? Phir to iss main Quaid-e-Azam bhi hongay, haina ?
Me ............


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Conversation 5:

H. Doctor saheb, yeh saaray posters aap ke hain ?
Me. Ji sir.
H. Yeh chaar boorhay kaun hain?
Me. Sir yeh Rolling Stones hain, ek band hai kafi purana.
H. Yeh abhi bhi gaatay hain?
Me. Ji sir.
H. Hmm, Iss umer main to ghazlain hi gatay hongay. Haina doctor saheb?
Me. Bilkul sir.


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