Published by Aparna on 03 Aug 2014

Rahman’s ‘Never Give Up’!

This track from the movie ‘Million Dollar Arm’ couldn’t have been given a more apt name than this! This track of just 2 minutes and 21 seconds duration has so much music and emotion going on in it.

To me, the first minute symbolizes that internal contemplation and conversation which one goes through while mulling over a lot of things in life, the complexities and the uncertainties. And then as the tempo builds gradually and explodes at that 1:14th minute, its as though the mind has freed itself, broken free from the complexities and crossed over all the obstacles and has embraced the ‘Never Give up’ attitude!  From then on, even as things are only improving and it is only happiness knocking at the doors as depicted by the music, after that 1:39th minute, it is just happiness after happiness, celebration after celebration and success after success,  as the happy, happy music very aptly symbolizes! This song is just pure vintage Rahman’s music and has an immense motivating factor in it!  

Published by Aparna on 03 Aug 2014

Music

That awesome feeling which you get when you listen to music on your earphones after 7 long months! The blissful moments when it is just you and music with all the sounds of the external world completely blocked! Experiencing music - the most joyous and therapeutic thing in the world - is indeed the greatest motivator to me to get a lot of things done in a jiffy.

Published by Aparna on 20 Jul 2014

Prasadam at Singapore Temples

As I mentioned in my previous post, the best thing about the temples in Singapore is the prasadam. During my initial days in Singapore, I used to say that the Senthil episode in ‘Boys’ movie should have been featured here rather than in Madras because you’re sure to get an entire meal itself as a prasadam here if you time your visit to the temple correctly. Even otherwise, you’re sure to get some prasadam most of the times.
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Published by Aparna on 20 Jul 2014

The Temples of Singapore

The one thing that you’re not going to miss much if you’re in Singapore is the visits to temple. Though the temples here are no match to our ancient temples in terms of the architectural marvels, the divine atmosphere still remains the same. The moment you step inside a temple, many a times it still feels like you’re still in Tamil Nadu. The deities beautifully decorated, the sacred chants by the pusaaris/kurukkaLs/pattaacharis, the sounds of nadaswaram and tavil, the brisk sale of nei viLakkus and archanai tickets and the temples filled with a whole lot of South Indians barring a few North Indians and foreigners create the familiar atmosphere of our very own temples.

The best part about the temples here is that every temple has its own nadaswaram and tavil players, which, unfortunately, is not the case with the temples in Tamil Nadu. It feels great to see the musical rituals too being followed strictly at all the temples here with the nadaswaram and tavil players playing the mallaris and other pieces at all the stipulated timings all through the day. My daughter being a big fan of the music made by pee-pee dum-dum :) absolutely enjoys visiting the temples.

No post on the temples in Singapore will be complete without mentioning another best part about the temples here, which is, guess what, the prasadams! But that deserves a separate post in itself, so wait and watch out for that.

Published by Aparna on 20 Jul 2014

Miss you, Adi Sale

Stuck in Singapore, one thing that I miss now is the Adi sale. Driving in the chaotic T. Nagar traffic and braving the crowds of Usman Road and coming back with bags loaded with all the new clothes is an experience by itself indeed. The ‘Great Singapore Sale’ which is going on here from May 30th to July 27th is no match to that to a hardcore Chennaiite like me.

Published by Aparna on 20 Jul 2014

Ethanai Koti Inbam Vaitthai Engal Iraivaa

A lazy Sunday afternoon. Recording of Sanjay singing Bharathiar’s ‘Ethanai Koti Inbam Vaitthai Engal Iraivaa’ playing  on loop. The mind dwelling on how these very words, Bharathiar’s words, the Desh raagam on which it is tuned on, Sanjay’s singing and above all, music itself are themselves just a few of the crores of the joyful and beautiful creations of God. Indeed what’s life without music! 

    

Published by Aparna on 14 Jun 2014

Introducing Singapore

Since I never got around to writing about this place, my impressions and experiences of it, I have decided to finally start writing about Singapore, my life here and my favourite places here.

This photo pretty much summarizes what Singapore is all about - the city-country island with its high-rise buildings dominated by HDB (Housing Development Board) apartments everywhere followed by condominiums (private apartments), greenery - lush and wild in a few places, neat and trimmed at others, some construction activity or the other going on all the time everywhere with bulldozers, cranes and cement mixers being a common sight on the road, as common as buses and cars.

More to follow in the upcoming posts…

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