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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Palbasha Siddiqui Singing Praan

Here is a beautiful Bengali song sung by the lovely and talented Palbasha Siddiqui. It was used in the making of the dance video "Where the Hell is Matt", featuring Matt Harding dancing around the world with the people of each locale he visited.


The lyrics are based on the poem Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

“Stream of Life”

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves
and flowers.

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth
and of death, in ebb and in flow.

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.

Bhulbona ar shohojete
Shei praan e mon uthbe mete
Mrittu majhe dhaka ache
je ontohin praan

Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
Shei shurete jagbo ami
(Repeat 2X)

Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
dao more shei gaan

Shei jhor jeno shoi anonde
Chittobinar taare
Shotto-shundu dosh digonto
Nachao je jhonkare!

Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
Shei shurete jagbo ami
(Repeat 3X)

Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
Shei shurete jagbo ami

Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
dao more shei gaan

Friday, November 07, 2008

Interview with Mukesh Asopa

I was fortunate enough to conduct another interview with Indian actor Mukesh Asopa about his new film 'Aisha and Rahul'. Venture HERE to read all of the exciting news and get the first look at on of the featured posters.

If you would like to read the first interview I did with Mukesh, please go HERE.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Beautiful Music from Goa

Check this out please:
Music from Goa

These songs are amazing. If you are or know of a musician from Goa who wants to be featured on this site, please contact - the creator of the Facebook application - Fredrick.

Featured Songs

Rui Lobo: The mando goes guitar (featured)
Rui Lobo: The guitar goes Konkani (featured
Rui Lobo: A fado from Goa (featured)
Rui Lobo: Classical (featured)
Rui Lobo: Adeus Korchea Vellar
Rui Lobo: The Freedom Song (Catarina's Song) (featured)
Rui Lobo: Konkani, and the twanging strings
Roaque Lazarus: The Spirited Konkani Medley (featured)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Dancing A Dream

It might not be on a professional level but I am finally realizing a dream - performing as a dancer. It was a just over two years ago that I covered an Indian dance event for Bollyvista, not knowing then that I would ever be joining them down the road.

With only two of the original dancers under choreographer Sheetal Kochavara, namely Roderigo Fernandes and Michael Olson, we've added five girls and three guys into the mix. They are: Sandy Lugo, Lisa Eden, Fidel Flores, Lary Bou, Bruno, Margie Nickeson, Breanna Park and myself.

We have performed dances from Aaja Nachle (title song), Jab We Met (Mauja Hi Mauja) and Mission Kashmir (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom). We've had so much fun, while learning at the same time.

Here are the links to the videos. Hope you enjoy them.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

India has lost a beautiful voice.

The music of India has lost a very special and beautiful voice. 19-year-old Ishmeet Singh, winner of 'Voice of India' will be heard no more. The tragic news of his death has been covered throughout the media as many websites such as Youtube, Orkut and Facebook create tributes to the young, sweet and talented singer with a lovely personality.

Please enjoy this video of him in the Voice of India show.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Book Promotion Idea

In this age of ever-changing technology there is a new way for authors to promote their books. They are not the traditional but rather a creative outlet called book trailers. Similar to movie trailers, they can be found on sites like youtube. Here is the one for Shobhan Bantwal's debut novel, The Dowry Bride.

Shobhan is already looking forward to the release of her new book The Forbidden Daughter. For more information on both, please check out her website here.

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Age of Shiva Book Review

My review of Manil Suri's The Age of Shiva is now online for you to read. You will find it here.

If you get a chance to come back and leave me a comment on it, I wold appreciate it. Thanks. Dhanyavad.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Life Between Cultures

Life between cultures can be both an exciting and difficult thing at the same time. Author Mitali Perkins knows this well and shares it with her young readers through her books. I will be adding my review of The Rickshaw Girl here soon. In the meantime, enjoy the video of Mitali and please visit her website where you can read about her and her books. There is also a writing contest for young writers.

Mitali Perkins' Fire Escape

Indian Classical Music Event

The LearnQuest Academy of Music presents its third music conference featuring the very best of Indian classical music, both in Hindustani and Carnatic styles.

One of my favorite artisans Nitta Mitta, whom I've featured on this blog before will be there. I can't wait to go an experience this wonderful event.

For more information please visit Learnquest Conference 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

Another Fashion Video

Here is another video on how to wear a saree.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

A Dying Art In India

Check out this amazing article by Rajen Nair on the dying art of pottery in India in the Guardian Weekly

Friday, February 22, 2008

Intern: A Doctor's Initiation By Sandeep Jauhar

Here is the promised excerpt and link to my book review on Intern: A Doctor's Initiation By Sandeep Jauhar

"Humility is something one rarely finds among doctors. It was refreshing to find that in the recounting of Dr. Jauhar's story, he was very quick to admit the inadequacies and limitations he possessed. His candor was much appreciated. Every student entering the medical field and those already pursuing this profession should read his story as it will allow them to understand what lies ahead of them, assure them that they are not the only ones feeling the way they do, and comfort them with the fact that there is a light at the end of the tunnel (and no it's not a train coming in the opposite direction)."

My ICB Article on Heath Ledger

I was so surprised today when checking out something on The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) that the link to my article entitled Shekhar Kapoor Speaks About Heath Ledger was #1 out of the 77 listed. IMDB.

If you would like to read the article, please go to the above link and click on the I Crave Bollywood Article (Jan 29, 2008), hopefully it will stay in the #1 spot. Even if it doesn't, it's nice to know that it is for now.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Book Review - A Golden Age - Tahmima Anam

My recent book review A Golden Age By Tahmima Anam appeared on Lokvani this week. Here is an excerpt and the link to the rest of the article. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to my review of Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation By Sandeep Jauhar M.D.


Told through the eyes of the young widow Rehana Haque, A Golden Age recounts the events leading up to and including the Bangladesh War of Independence from East Pakistan in 1971. It is the story of Rehana's struggle to preserve alive herself and her children.

For those who have experienced the ravages of war, reading the story of the Haque family may take them back to relive a time they may either wish to forget or hold it's memories close to their hearts as they empathize with them. For those of us who have never experienced such atrocities or devastation, we cry in sympathy and try to wrap our minds around the events that are so vividly portrayed by the author; those of war and refugee camps alike.

Read the rest of the review here

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

How To Wear A Saree (Sari)

After many requests and much searching, I have found several videos on how to wear a saree (sari). The first video shows various ways to wear a saree. The direct link to the website is also available if you click on the title of this post. This one is Part A. You can find Part B here

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

My Hindi Class

As some of you already know I just started taking a Hindi class at a local university. We have about 40 people in the class and have had one class so far. I'm looking forward to the second class this Saturday. It's very exciting to be learning a new language and we're having a great time of it.

For those of you who what to experience learning Hindi online through podcasts, I just found a very helpful site - I Speak Hindi. It is free and you can learn at your own pace. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Taare Zameen Par - Movie Review

My review of Taare Zameen Par is up on the I Crave Bollywood site. If you get a moment please check it out and leave me your comments on it. Thanks

Thursday, January 03, 2008

NEW Kid's Library in Goa

Bookworm is a library and activity centre for kids in Goa, located in the Panjim suburb of Sant Inez. They've launched an online version of their monthly calendar, and you can request them to add you to their mailing list if you wish. Says Sujata: "We are delighted to finally be able to convert our monthly schedule of activities at Bookworm into a format that we can now send out to you. We hope that the attached schedule, allows you to plan trips to the Library for your children and that we see more of you in 2008!"

The January 2008 calendar includes All Things New (for various age groups, 4-6, 6-8, 9-11, craft, favourite tales, puppet play, and art attack... on different days of the month. To download a copy of the January 2008 calendar, click on