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The Most Important Groupies of All Times

The Rock n Roll storm of the 60s was a much needed revolution in the music history which gave us many great bands and musicians the world segments as “legends” today. While we are all well aware of how much this time period was unequivocally the best time to “be discovered” in the music industry, I wonder how many of us truly notice what kind of opulence being discovered led to.Money – check, villa – check, vanity, private jets – check, fame – check, women – check oh check!

Women – as musicians were a small group compared to the behemoth group of male musicians in the 60s and the 70s. Pattie Smith, Stevie Nicks and a handful more made their mark in the male dominated music industry. Also behind the veil were the groupie clan that slowly and steadily made their ways into the rainbow lives of artists – satisfying the egos and “other things” these men were “in need” of. Being a groupie was more than legitimate if these girls (also men, yes there were male groupies also ) were of the right…

Life is Like The Beatles

The Beatles have been a lesson to everybody in so many ways. Their music, their innovation, their creativity, their zeal, their timing, their loves, their passion, their loss - every aspect of them was like a lesson learnt in time. I am at a phase in life where I am so drawn to the god like band. To me there couldn't be a force superior to the band! On daily basis, there’s always some connection, some relation, some way to take it all to The Beatles. In this process, I have come to a conclusion - There is one almighty and then there are 4 kinds of people - 
1. John Lennon - Lennons are charismatic leaders by default (Pardon me for beginning this para like I am writing about a sun sign). They come, they see and they conquer. Lennons of the world are narcissistic and have highly inflated self-worth - rightly so. Without Lennon, the band wouldn't be formed. Without a leader what is team? Anarchy never leads to fame. Because it is a predicament where everyone is a hero, everyone is…

The Phantom - The most real fictional Hero

I have to start this post by thanking my dad for having got me and Susie develop comics reading habit very early in life. Before Tinkle, our most favorite books were The Phantom and Mandrake, the magician. While Mandrake's superhero powers included universally appealing magic, the Phantom relied on his body strength and intelligence to tackle the baddies ! That's why he was special. He didn't have super powers or fancy weapons. All he had was his masculine strength and the mysterious aura around him.



Now there are a number of reasons why the Phantom is my favorite fictional hero .Here are some -
1. He isn't immortal - Although jungle legends made him seem immortal, the Phantom was a human just like you and me. The present Kit Walker is the 21st in line of all the generations that dedicated their lives to the well-being of Denkali ( I read the Indian editions, so I aint gonna call it Bangala). Right from the first Christopher Walker who swore vengeance having lost his fat…

How I Watched a MOTHERload of Bullshit for 9 years (or How the Mother of All Craps ate us up part –by-part for 9 years, you pick)

(Before you read further, this is not an outrageous rant of a frustrated Fan! Please note that I am no longer a Fan and I have burnt all the DVDs in literal sense and not in the copying-the-data-to sense!)

Ok, Its official. The writers of HIMYM are the worst bunch of story tellers of all times. What a MOTHERload of crap! They should have named the finale "LOST forever" and not "Last forever"!This surpasses the supreme level of bullshit set by 2 Broke Girls and Anger Management! What were they thinking? Lets write about love and ruin it all in one blasphemous, sucking-at-multiple-levels, buttload of dinosaour crap of a stupid, stupid episode!

(This should have been the end of all of it  - http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/04/02/how-i-met-your-mother-alternate-ending-fanmade-video-watch/)

When they revealed the mom, I thought, Now there is something realistic. Whatever she looked like, how much ever she received flaks for not being Robin-isque, I still loved the sitcom for …

Counterculturism and Musical Revivalism - Need of The Hour!

Is Rock n Roll dead? Should anybody do anything about it? Are ideologies shifting? Can Philosophies change? Could one of the reasons why Rock n roll has taken a backseat be that the other genres are gaining more popularity? Experimental music has come down drastically with the Gen Y embracing the melodious, sweet songs that are restricted, clustered and congested. This being the scenario, we should look back on what happened in the 60s, what happened when the rock music geniuses without any apprehensions gave their music wings, when they reached horizons and beyond with their experiments. I am no music critic or a marvel, but as a layman in love with Rock n Roll, I think this is when we should all set aside some time and listen to the gems that were created eons ago. What was it that paved way for the rockstars to explore and use their whimsical, musical superpowers?

Counterculture - now that s something only courageous people can do .. Rebels, the ones that have confidence in their be…

Alice, a Surprise Muse of Psychedelic Rock Stars

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When I say, Alice in Wonderland, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Mad hatter? Queen of Hearts? Rabbit Hole? Hookah-smoker Caterpillar? Tea Party? And what else? A trippy trip down a kaleidoscopic world? It is exactly these elements that made Alice and her Wonderland a very familiar place for all the hipsters. Who would have thought Lewis Carroll’s innocent tale for children (the article here -http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/lewis-carrolls-shifting-reputation-9432378/- says otherwise, but let us delve into it some other day when we are in the mood for a “tea party”) would inspire so many psychedelic songs, the world he created would become a happy place for the drug snuffling musicians of the 60s, 70s and the 80s?
When I first listened to Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” from their 60’s album “Surrealistic Pillow”, I assumed that it could be a description of how Grace Slick’s mind imagine…

Things "Desperate Housewives" Taught Me:

In the wake of Eva Longoria being named Maxim's "Woman of the Year", I am teleported back to the era of "Desperate Housewives”. It’s been 2 years now since the show ended but the women of Wisteria lane still remain in our memories as the strongest women ever created on TV. Though it mostly belonged to a thriller-drama genre, it was considered a comedy too. There were some serious moments, some very funny ones, some absolutely deliriously painful moments and some emotional ones. Let’s relive some of those diverse moments now in the form of a list of life lessons each of these witty and glamorous housewives taught us:


1. Things Gabby taught us:
a. It’s okay to love oneself -
You know who I am talking about - the narcissistic yet affable Gabriel Solis. So what if she spent hours doing yoga, so what if she had a room full of clothes and shoes, so what if she cheated on her husband, so what if she lied occasionally? She did em all to keep herself happy. To consciously switc…