Category Archives: music

Western Classical Music: The Landscape

The encour­ag­ing response to my teas­er post has pro­pelled me towards think­ing of an out­line for how to struc­ture this series. Here is the first draft of my pro­posed out­line. Intro­duc­tion What is Clas­si­cal Music? Brief His­to­ry. Dif­fer­ences between Hin­dus­tani … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Western Classical Music Appreciation: Are You Interested?

I have been tweet­ing on week­ends about West­ern Clas­si­cal Music and learn­ing to appre­ci­ate it. Some folks have right­ly point­ed out that Twit­ter is a very dif­fi­cult medi­um to impart as well as imbibe any­thing use­ful and last­ing, and that … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Majida-El-Roumi “Kalimat” (Words)

In the ear­ly 1990’s I was intro­duced to Maji­da El Rou­mi. I call her the “Nightin­gale of the Mid­­dle-East” in def­er­ence to the “Nightin­gale of India”. I present to you her most pop­u­lar and beloved song (which is, unfor­tu­nate­ly, in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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What The Hell Is Divinity?

A few blog posts and con­ver­sa­tions with friends have made me unqui­et about the con­cept of Divin­i­ty: What is Divin­i­ty and what does it mean? Back­ground My friend Asuph wrote about Divin­i­ty in 2004, when I had not even start­ed … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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A to Z of Films Meme (F)

As I con­tin­ue this series, I am get­ting exhaust­ed. 🙂 A writer has only so many words in his vocab­u­lary, and I am just an ama­teur film view­er and writer. It is dif­fi­cult to go on and on writ­ing about … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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A to Z of Films Meme (A)

Some peo­ple watch films only for feel-good enter­tain­ment. “Going to the movies” is often a syn­onym of “hav­ing a nice time”. I respect their wish to avoid seri­ous, dark, or depress­ing films. Some­how, I was able to nur­ture an open-mind­ed­­ness … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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A to Z of Films Meme (0–9)

I have been com­­ment-tagged by Dev to take on his excit­ing A to Z of Films Meme. You can get many more nice rec­om­men­da­tions from oth­ers who have done this: La Vie Quo­ti­di­enne (She­faly), Vis­cer­al Obser­va­tions (Poon­am), My Ran­dom Thoughts … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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