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Tuesday , June 21, 2011

Thank you for the music: World Music Day


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Music is said to soothe the savage beast, however, over the years music seems to have, in fact, created quite a beast within us all. Not a day goes by for anyone of us without listening to a song or humming a tune and if we are lucky enough shaking a leg too. Over the years, music has changed and how!! From the wonderful instrumental pieces from Bach and Mozart to the vivacious and sexy numbers from Beyonce and JLo! From the beautiful lyrics of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole to the loud and in-your-face rap numbers of Eminem and Snoop Dog! Music has definitely come a long way. June 21 is celebrated as 'World Music Day or as its famously called 'The Fête de la Musique', was first broached by American musician Joel Cohen in 1976. Cohen proposed an all-night music celebration on the year's longest....


Tuesday , May 24, 2011

May you stay 'forever young' Bob Dylan


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I think I was about two when I first heard Bob Dylan's 'Blowing in the wind' and till date that is one of my all-time favourite songs. Dylan was amongst my dad's favourite singers, and I guess mine too, since I have acquired most of my musical knowledge from him. Today, the legend is turning 70 and all I want to do is wish him a very, very happy birthday and thank him for the wonderful music he made and gave to all of us. Also it was another thing me and my dad could bond over. The Dylan before 1961 Robert Allen Zimmerman was born on May 24, 1941, in Minnesota and I am sure the day he was born he probably came out on a very musical note! Because Zimmerman would grow up to be the world famous songwriter, singer, poet and painter - Bob Dylan. ....


Thursday , May 05, 2011

Osama's death: conspiracy or co-incidence?


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US President Barack Obama announced on May 2 that the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, was killed in a pre-dawn helicopter-borne secret operation in a house just yards from Pakistan's Military Academy in Abbottabad town. Pakistani officials claim that members of Pakistan's intelligence service, the ISI, were on site in Abbottabad during the operation. However, a US senior administration officer said that the Obama administration did not share intelligence information gathered with any country including Pakistan for security reasons. Only a small group of people within the US government knew about the operation at the time. Osama's death seems to carry a lot of conspiracy theories, especially coming at a time when Obama's presidential approval ratings have dropped drastically and the ties between USA and Pakistan seemed to be strained. Could Osama's death be a coincidence or is it a conspiracy from either US or Pakistan? After all,....


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