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Tuesday , October 16, 2012

Why 50 years on, the Rolling Stones are greater than The Beatles


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Just a few days ago, people doffed their proverbial caps and pagdis to mark 50 years since the Beatles' had cut their first record, the single 'Love Me Do'. The mood was that of a jolly good afternoon tea party with some champagne thrown in, a celebration to mark what would be the beginning of a musical space-time crunched incredibly into the years starting from 1962 and ending at 1970. It was a re-re-re-confirmation of the Beatles as the greatest -- and the most popular as well as lasting -- musical force in pop music since the decline of classical music pop idols such as Mozart and later Schubert. But what it really was, in the 50th year since the continuing existence of another band, this one from London, was a genteel but politely forceful way of concluding that the Beatles is a greater musical force....


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Spanking the monkey


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Not too long ago, I met an old friend of mine at that Great Pub in the Ether called Facebook and apropos some gibberish, he reminded me of the 'scratchy monkey' impression I once was known for in Kolkata's lice-ridden circles. One thing led to another and after I reminded him that monkeys were not apes and vice versa, I returned to the real world and that was that. But that can never just be that, can it? 'Monkey' was lodged firmly in my brain and I needed to do something about it. Would writing about it help? As is the case for the bulk of what I write, journalism or otherwise (read: FB status updates), things boil down to catharsis and word-vomit therapy. But who would want to read about my thoughts on monkeys? I was not David Attenborough's organ-grinder. In any case, I was not harbouring thoughts....


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Indrajit Hazra is an author and journalist. He writes Red Herring for Hindustan Times every Sunday and Last Laugh for Khaleej Times every Friday. He is a decommissioned Jedi and a BlackBerry addict. He lives in New Delhi, which is a good thing.

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