Sonu Nigam Live in Concert at Pune

Sonu Nigam enthralled the audience on 11th September 2014 at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch , Pune on the occasion of  Dajikaka Gadgil Centenary Celebration with a LIVE musical concert.

The event was also graced by Bollywood hearth throb Madhuri Dixit Nene (Brand Ambassador -PNG)

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Here is the list of songs that had the audience grooving..

  • Shukran Allah
  • Deewana
  • Yeh Dil ( Pardes)
  • Sandese aate hai ( Border)
  • Mai agar kahoo tumsa haseen ( Om Shanti Om)
  • Kal ho na ho
  • Zoobie Doobie ( 3 Idiots)
  • Tik Tik vajte dokyat ( Duniyadari)
  • Hirwa Nisarga ha ( Navra maza navsacha)
  • Saathiya ( Title song – Saathiya)
  • Mujko pehchan lo mai hu Don ( Don)
  • Tuje lage na najariya – Bhijuriya
  • Phir milenge chalte chalte (Rab ne bana di jodi)
  • Abhi mujh me kahi (Agneepath)
  • Nach le ve ( Tara rum pum)
  • Mahi Ve ( Kal ho na ho)
  • Aaja Soniye ( mujse shaadi karogi)
  • Aaj ki raat ( Don)
  • Aal is Well ( 3 idiots)

A big salute to the man for his unending energy , enthusiasm and passion. Truly, a master entertainer!!!!


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Saturday night ‘Euphoria’ !! – Dhoom Pichak Dhoom

The sheer energy, the bright throbbing lights, the pulsating songs, the beats, the rhythm, the madness, the crowd screaming and singing along… Saturday night fever had gripped Pune with the band Euphoria performing at the Shaniwarwada for the Times Pune Festival and we were thrilled to be at the second row enjoying this fiesta, thanks to our dear friend Nikhil, who arranged for the VIP Passes.

A large number of people had converged to watch the show which included Pune’s young college crowd, Army personnel with their families as well as ToI well wishers. And the band, with its 10 members, was ready to rock the crowd.

Dressed in black, but donning a red Puneri pheta, the lead vocalist Palash sen infused an energy that kept building till it reached a crescendo. It was so infectious that nobody from the audience was left untouched,  in fact all those present were transfixed by the musical magic unfolding in front their eyes, with even the elder people standing all the time.

Shaniwarwada, the centre of all the action, reverberated with mind-numbing applause. The anthem of the heroic Rok Sako Toh Rok Lo’ enveloped the audience with in its burning and bold intensity. Then followed, ‘Sab Bhoola’, a vibrant number on love’s bitter partings, followed and the crowd could be seen dancing in the aisles and waving their hands in glee.


“Euphoria has completed 12 years of its journey. We began in 1998 with a strange little song,” said Sen and before he could even complete his sentence, the crowd shouted out the name of the track that had propelled this wonderful band to stardom. As Dhoom Pichak Dhoom’ began, the audience clapped to keep the rhythm and sang along with Sen.

But it was the poetic song Mayari with its Urdu cum Punjabi overtones that lent an inimitable sufi touch to the proceedings. Sen said, “This song is dedicated to my beloved.”

As for me Mayari is one of my favorite songs,its depth and meaning is what got me hooked to Euphoria!

‘Kabhi Aana Tu Meri Gully’, replete with the intoxicating beats of the dholak’ and playful lyrics had the audience dancing vigorously.

To end it i would like to say that Euphoria’s energy took us all to a state of euphoric ecstasy!!!

Shilpa Shetty + Big Brother + YouTube Clip + Reactions

The Shilpa Shetty + Big Brother has escalated into a hot topic button in India and between the Indian and Briitsh government.

Since last evening (Monday) various TV channels in India have been closely monitoring and updating every little movement on the Shilpa Shetty + Big Brother issue. The Indian Government has thrown its weight behind Shilpa, Bollywood starts have thrown their weight behind Shilpa and so have countless Indians and NRIs across the world. The question is about the alleged racism towards Shilpa by some of her house-mates.

Here is the a video cllip link to one of the arguments between Shilpa and her housemates via YouTube.

Here is what the Reuters has to say about the names that Shilpa was called;

The actress has been called a “dog”, one housemate said “she makes my skin crawl”, people refused to learn her name, her accent has been mocked and she has been reduced to tears by a group of contestants ganging up on her.

The issue has acted as a catalyst of sorts and forced the treatment of South Asians in Britain to the forefront as the Reuters article describes it:

“What makes Big Brother uncomfortable viewing for some is the idea that its contestants reflect broader society.

Commentator Germaine Greer argued that Britons should not be surprised at Shetty’s treatment, in a country where bigotry was widespread.

“This is a racist country,” she said in the Guardian newspaper. “There is almost no inter-penetration of English and Indian cultures in Britain.”

In the same newspaper author Hari Kunzru said a contestant’s refusal to learn Shetty’s name was “straightforwardly racist”.

“This is what Big Brother is for. It holds a mirror up to national attitudes. If we don’t like what we see, we ought to change,” he said.

Finance Minister Gordon Brown, widely tipped to take over as prime minister from Tony Blair, was drawn into the debate on a trip to India on Wednesday.

“I understand that in the UK there have already been 10,000 complaints from viewers about these remarks which people rightly see as offensive,” he told reporters in Bangalore.”

Tony Blair has been drawn into this affair. Here is what the BBC has to say:

“…was drawn into the row when, responding to a question in parliament about the TV program, he agreed with former Labour minister Keith Vaz that “we should oppose racism in all its forms.”

British author Hari Kunzru had this to say about Shilpa Shetty and Big Brother in this Guardian piece.

In what is perhaps an unprecedented show of support, thousands of people from all over UK have sent in their complaints to Ofcom, a media watchdog. There is pressure on Channel Four to withdraw the show.

Initially billed as an underdog in the show, today Shilpa’s chances of emerging a winner in the show is ranked pretty high by the British bookies. Shilpa has no clue that her treatment in the show has become such a central issue in the UK and India.

Angelina + Brad + Autorickshaw + PR

Who knew that the Monday evening TV news will be filled with the Angelina and Brad rickshaw chase? Or the snafu/scuffle that a photographer got into at the hotel with Angelina’s bodyguard?

Extra Extra, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight ran the story, the local evening news folks talked about it….I found the story in every channel.  I suspect it was the second hottest news after the Google acquisition of YouTube.

If you have not seen the famous couple’s ride in the autorickshaw here are a couple of places where you can see them. Here is Brad peeking out of the auto, here is the couple smiling …notice the guy in the green shirt and blue jeans  astride a motorbike? Now, that is the person who will have really interesting stories about this whole auto chase. I bet you that will be one of his all time favorite stories.

Can you believe that there are over 500 news items on Angelina and Brad in India? You can Google it. I kind of feel bad for these folks here….they probably had no clue of what to expect. They probably thought it might be like Nambibia where they were able to cordon off  the hoi polloi. Not so in India folks. We love our movie stars…why, we even have temples built for them (Khushboo and NTR). The word darshan comes to mind…just a jhalak (a peek, a glimpse), a darshan (a sighting) will do.

The hotel they are staying is not tucked away in some remote corner of Pune.  It is on a pretty well-travelled road and you simply can’t miss the hotel when you drive into Pune.

I guess we have not heard the last of Angelina and Brad’s joyride in Pune. Who knows maybe somebody will espy them at the famous Poonawalla ranch? My bet is that we will see some pictures of the couple celebrating Diwali that is just round the corner. The bursting of crackers, the diyas etc. might just be the kind of thing that this family might enjoy….I wonder if they will catch a Hindi film…you know what I won’t be surprised if they do… Don? What do you think? Any ideas?

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