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Gigs

BASS CAMP Festival 2016 - Shillong

17/12/2016

Venue: Golcha Cinema, Near Ajmeri Gate, Jaipur

BASS CAMP Festival 2016 - Kolkata

16/12/2016

Venue: Golcha Cinema, Near Ajmeri Gate, Jaipur

The World of Music

10/12/2016

Venue: Golcha Cinema, Near Ajmeri Gate, Jaipur

Marcello Nardis (Tenor), Roberto Prosseda (Piano)

07/12/2016

Venue: Golcha Cinema, Near Ajmeri Gate, Jaipur

LURM Festival 2016

23/12/2016

Venue: Golcha Cinema, Near Ajmeri Gate, Jaipur

Swaranubhuti

15/12/2016

Venue: Golcha Cinema, Near Ajmeri Gate, Jaipur

Indian Music Festival

09/12/2016

Venue: Golcha Cinema, Near Ajmeri Gate, Jaipur

Jazz It Up! Feat Vinay Kaushal Collective

16/12/2016

Venue: Golcha Cinema, Near Ajmeri Gate, Jaipur

The Manohar Monologues

12/12/2016

Venue: Golcha Cinema, Near Ajmeri Gate, Jaipur

Features

Music Therapy

“I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." Billy Joel. Allopathy, (the most commonly used system of medicine) is fast on the wane, with most people wanting to try something new. And the good news is that today people can choose from more than a 100 alternative medicines, ranging from traditional Ayurveda to Naturopathy to Aromatherapy to Music Therapy.

Music therapy however, is not a new therapy and has been around for centuries. In the Bible in 1: Samuel: 16:23 we read: “Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him”

So how does Music therapy work? Experts say it does two things:
1. It acts as an alternative for a sedative, drug or tranquillizers which would be prescribed in allopathy.
2. It is believed to increase the metabolic properties of the human body. It is also said to accelerate our breathing and improve the body’s muscular activities, soothe the Central Nervous System and Circulatory System of the listener as well as of the performer. Music therapy is believed to heal both physical as well as psychosomatic disorders.

Music therapy can be divided into two broad categories: “Active” and “Receptive”. In active music therapy, the therapist and patient (after discussing the problem) get together, and the patients are actually encouraged to create their own music, using their voices, musical instruments, or even everyday objects like, spoons, bottles, pans and pots etc. Therapists say this allows patients to explore their creativity, shed their inhibitions and express themselves through the music they create. This therapy is said to work well for people who are introverted, facing mental blocks, personality disorders or those who have problems expressing themselves. 

It has also been said to have achieved good results with autistic children. Receptive therapy on the other hand, needs a more controlled environment and normally takes place in a more relaxed, soothing setting. It is said to work best when the patient is lying down in a dimly lit room and relaxed. Then the therapist plays pre chosen music, to which the patient is asked to listen to with eyes closed, or if they like they can doodle or imagine happy scenes in their mind.
The music used in receptive music therapy could range from calming ragas, classical western music or nature sounds (like waterfalls, wind in the trees etc) for people who are hyperactive, to peppy, happy, feel good uplifting music for people who are depressed or feeling low. Later, once the therapist determines which receptive music works best for them, patients are given recorded CD’s which they can listen to at home. 

Corinne Heline (1882-1975) once prophetically quoted: “…man is a musical being. One day he will recognize music as a vital factor in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth of the whole human race.”

I personally feel that the day has arrived.

- Noel Keymer

Trump Thanks Baba

The President elect of America in his speech on winning the elections after thanking his family, his team, the people of America, the only person non American he thanked was our very own Desi Rapper, Baba Sehgal.

Baba of course had been glued to the TV and when he heard Trump say out His name, among the people he wished to thank for his victory, he was totally trumped sorry stumped. So thrilled was he that he did a jig around the room ecstatically rapping Trump Ka Mania, at the top of his voice.

He was still at it when his phone rang and some was yelling at the other end, Baba you did it! Baba you did it. Baba said, Hullo who is this? This is Trump, shit man, the new President of the United States of America, thanks to you man thanks to you…remember we met at the golf course…your song did it man...Aakhir USA ne bol hi diya, Trump pam pam pam. Baba couldn’t believe his ears, Donald J Trump?, he stuttered, momentarily lost for words (imagine that). Yes man this is Trump, and Baba said, man this is a great honour, shit,  sorry…sir I knew there was something about you, I always have…but man well not US President material. Shit man, I know, Trump screamed, neither do I, but f*** who cares, we did it…you did it, you glorious rapper…Yes! Together we will make America great again.

And screw the Hispanics and the Muslim terrorists, the African-Americans and Beyonce and Jay Z and screw the IT Indians stealing American jobs and all the people who call me an imbecile and a bigot. You think I am huh? My IQ is one of the highest, you know it and I am now the President of the U S of America. I will build a bigger wall across the USA than the Great Wall of China and throw millions out over that wall. Taken aback Baba thought, I did say there was something about this guy, but I didn’t know it was maniacal.

As for you Baba, you are going to be my Chief White House Spokesman and Rapper and you are going to rap at my swearing in…Live to the world, from Mumbai to Kenya to Calif***infornia…and man we’ll grab some beautiful p**sy while you’re here, hey…so be seeing you soon. There, Baba said, he’s not such a bad guy after all.

Of course the news of Trump’s statement in which he thanked Baba, sent shock waves around the world. What did you expect? Even his closest friend Boris Putin sorry Vladimir and the Russian Parliament was dumb struck for a complete minute. India PM Narendra Modi was scratching his head, wondering how Baba beat him to it and Xi Jinping the Chinese President was brooding on whether to takeover Trump’s Business Empire or learn to play golf.

This news was a bigger shock than Donald Trump winning the election. There was consternation within political circles and government agencies, wondering, who is this Baba. This was something that needed to be investigated pronto and the Head of True Lies Department was called to immediately get to the bottom of the matter. And so, the chief investigative reporter of TLD was packed off to meet with our Baba Sehgal and this is what unfolded.

TLD: It was a scoop to the world to know that you knew Donald Trump? 
BS:
Yo, it was some time ago, I had gone to play golf and this guy comes up to me and tells me he is a big fan and kept singing Ba ba Ba ba Ba ba and he would love to rap like Baba and win over his Afro-American audience which Beyonce and Jay Z have mesmerized and gone over to that H bitch.
So I asked him, is he standing for Mayor, Senator, or what??? He tells me that he is he standing for the President of the US of A.

In my mind I was thinking what this old man with a weird hairstyle, can he possibly win? Ha. He seemed like a nice guy so I said I will help you out. He was so thankful that he flew me back in his private jet back to India. I told him I can't teach him to rap my style (which even those black dudes can’t do) but  I would make a monster hit video for him.

TLD: So you traveled in Donald Trump's jet?
BS:
Yes, he was so happy he opened the best champagne and invited me to grab some pussy. I looked over at Melania but then thought better of it. He promised me when he wins the election he would thank me and would also invite me to the White House.

TLD: Tell us about this monster HIT video you made?
BS: I told him when I make the song and video, there will be a Maniacal craze for Donald J Trump. He would be bigger than the biggest RockStars, bigger than the Beatles, Michael Jackson and Elvis put together. So I did the song and it was titled Trump ka Mania, and it rapped like this.

Just like I said, the Americans just couldn’t sit at home enjoying my rape music, Trump mania gripped them  and they came out and voted for him, it had an unbelievable effect, it changed the world .
My song…Changed the World.

TLD: Now that you have changed the world what's you next plans?
BS:
I am going to be his Chief White House spokesman and rapper, God, ah Trump willing and I will be advising him on when to rap and when not to rap. But, it hardly matters if he raps when I tell him not to and doesn’t when I tell him to, either way he’s gonna do his thing and the whole world is gonna get screwed. 
 Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to make preparations for the President's swearing in ceremony…get a new jump suit made in time for my performance and a tuxedo for the President’s Ball at the White House.
(These were the last words of the poet/rapper whose song, changed the World. Maybe we should nominate him for the next Nobel Prize for Literature).

- Stanley Paul

 

'American Idol' Winner Trent Harmon Defends Country Cred

Trent Harmon rewrites the ending to a real-life heartbreak story with his first country single, "There's a Girl." The American Idol winner once did just what the song says, going to great lengths – including driving hundreds of miles – to impress a woman, only to be rejected. But when hit songwriters Laura Veltz and Jimmy Robbins helped him put the story to music, their creative juices flowed a different direction.

"We were gonna write more like a sad country song and it just didn't work out," Harmon tells Rolling Stone Country. "I was dating this girl and did all these things that just didn't matter, it didn't work out. But the song took its own life and ended up being a happy song — which is even better."

"There's a Girl" is the first taste of the 25-year-old singer's upcoming album for Nashville's Big Machine Label Group, whose founder Scott Borchetta (also an Idol mentor) describes the project as what a Justin Timberlake country album would sound like. While Harmon admits that's a daunting description, he's also quite flattered and hopes to prove his boss right, as he continues writing and recording for the upcoming LP.

On Idol, Harmon proved an exceptionally versatile singer, tackling jazz, pop, R&B, soul and, yes, country. In fact, Harmon sang "Tennessee Whiskey" on the show and says that George Jones' version — and not Chris Stapleton's — was on his set-list long before trying out for the show. (He also sang Stapleton's "What Are You Listening To.") But standout, game-changing performances like his cover of Timberlake's "Drink You Away" and Sia's "Chandelier" have a lot of fans now asking, "Why country music?" Harmon, who grew up on a farm in Mississippi and got his musical start singing in church, goes back to his upbringing to defend his album's direction.

"Country has always been what I was most comfortable doing, because it's what I sang the most of when I was home," he explains. "You're kinda playing the game when you're on one of these shows. It was so expected of me to sing country, especially for the very first audition. . . When I walked in, they were playing "Green Acres." So I thought, OK, let's flip it. So I sang a jazz song."

Harmon is still working on his debut album and says that in addition to highlighting his country roots, it will introduce a side of himself that most fans haven't seen yet: his songwriting side. He's well aware of the importance of striking while the iron is hot, as the end of American Idolmakes its way out of the headlines. But he's also adamant about taking whatever time is needed to create surefire hits — and to make friends in the country music world.

"I want to get it out as fast as possible, but I also want a quality product," he says. "I don't want to get it out just to get a product on the shelf. With country music, you have to maintain and create close-knit relationships with radio stations. If I were to just put an album out, there's no one to play it! You have to pay your dues."

Watch Trent Harmon's "There's a Girl" video here. The fun-loving clip, which made its world premiere on Rolling Stone Country Monday, features the singer on a multi-vehicle road trip to see a woman — and meeting several other lovely ladies along the way.

D-Boy shares some Beats from his Heart

The year jumped to a great start for D-Boy with spins on the BBC Asian Network playlist for 'Dhadkan' without an official release or label. It is also currently the editor's choice on Hungama, one of India's largest music distribution networks. The song now has a new music video plus an official release with India's strongest independent label 'Artist Aloud'. D-Boy's 2nd Hindi/RnB fuelled track 'Dhadkan' uses heavy 808 drums with a soulful synth feel and vocal harmonies best described as a continuation of 'U-Desi' (Urban Desi). His last single and music video with Artist Aloud, 'Chain' was nominated as 'Best Video' in the Top 5 for the Artist Aloud Music Awards, missing the top place only by a whisker but included a highly reputable panel of judges from Universal Music, Song Music and Times Music India. The 2nd single hopes to achieve the same amount of noise and publicity, raising more attention to D-Boy's inventive soulful take on Hindi/RnB. He adds 'I'm just creating music from all my influences, I love Chaka Khan just as much as I love Ankit Tiwari, it's all a U-Desi journey for me'.

Inspired by the film 'Wall Street-Money Never Sleeps' The black and white music video was shot exclusively inside a city slick law firm in downtown Toronto , Canada and is a story based on the power struggle between two colleagues, one who happens to be the underdog and in love with his boss. The song performances by D-Boy were also filmed in downtown Toronto, featuring some scenic night time shots including the famous CN Tower.

Reviews

Speedy Ortiz: Demo 123

"I'm not bossy, I'm the boss," commands frontwoman Sadie Dupuis on the first cut off New England pop-punk outfit Speedy Ortiz's upcomingFoil Deer. While she's not the first alpha female to echo the sentiment, her confrontational enunciation and ironic cooing over the track's grungy, dizzying guitars are Dupuis' own distinct brand of chaos. ?

Laura Marling:

Sleepless, lonely Laura Marling paints a bleak picture: Women go crazy, her neighbors beg for help through the walls and she hears animals dying — it's like a folk-rock Walking Dead, right down to the chilling strings that swell around the song. By the time she reaches the final verse, she asks, "Is it still okay that I don’t know how to be at all?" But even if the world is crashing down around her, Marling can at least take some comfort in the fact that she has the sweetest singing voice in the whole apocalypse.

Speedy Ortiz: "Raising the Skate"

"I'm not bossy, I'm the boss," commands frontwoman Sadie Dupuis on the first cut off New England pop-punk outfit Speedy Ortiz's upcomingFoil Deer. While she's not the first alpha female to echo the sentiment, her confrontational enunciation and ironic cooing over the track's grungy, dizzying guitars are Dupuis' own distinct brand of chaos. ?

Fever

The soundtrack of 'Fever' is nothing short of a surprise package. Ranjit Barot's music is not path-breaking but his curious sense of melody will impress you. The album opens with 'Bas Ek Baar' sung by Arijit Singh. The heavy use of violin in this intrinsically rock number is interesting and Arijit renders it beautifully. Next song, 'Teri Yaad' is a highly disjointed number. It impresses you immensely in places and yet, the balance of lyrics and orchestration seems out of sync sometimes, which doesn't allow the song to soar. The reprise version is slightly better but the fact that the same singer defeats the idea of a separate track. Singer Rahul Jain is adequate but his singing lacks an inherent style of his own. Shalmali Kholgade with her jazz experience nails the track 'Mujhme Kabhi'. Her voice is perfect for the song and adds sultriness to it. Neha Kakkar shows her versatile vein with 'Miley Ho Tum'. Her brother Tony Kakkarmanages to support her well. She keeps her voice subtle and sticks to the mellow meter. Tony's version is equally good but the instrumentation fails him. Alisha Pais and Alisha Baithe are superlative in 'Nahi Nahi'. Their voices complement beautifully and the catchy beats will be an instant hit with you. The next song, Besambhale, lacks depth. The very fact that Arijit literally sleepwalks through the number doesn't make it enticing.

Hardware

Sound Impression Series of Roadshows

The German audio giant, Sennheiser, took perfect audio solutions to Lucknow this year – The succesful Sound Impression series. The exclusive roadshow put up an exciting and intriguing session on sound systems. The showcase included Sennheiser’s range of wired and wireless microphones that’are designed to give you an experience you can never forget.

Editors Gyan

Music Movies Masti and Mauj

It was way back in 1998 that we established, RagatoRock, India's first all genre music magazine. After a spectacular run of almost three years, the print edition was discontinued in favour of an online version. The online version quickly established itself as the leading online music magazine for everything in music.

Through the years, we had our share of good times and down times but we have learnt and adapted and are still here unlike so many of our contemporaries and raring to go. The passion that started it all is still burning bright and today we are ready to once again reinvent ourselves with the same fire and undiminished passion.

Venues

Hard Rock Cafe

Located in a former mill, the Mumbai outpost of the US chain of resto-bars has a mixed reputation among the city's musicians. In the first couple of years after opening, in 2006, indie rock acts were often asked to include a stipulated number of cover songs in their set lists. These days, Hard Rock Café, which hosts gigs every Tuesday and Thursday night, sticks mostly to cover bands, with a couple of dates a month spared for indie groups. Skip these gigs, and come here only for the ticketed events, when one of the seating areas is cleared to make room for a larger stage, for performances by Indian indie icons (folk-fusion veterans Indian Ocean, electro-rock superstars Pentagram), international chart toppers (Wyclef Jean, Jay Sean) or club-packing DJs (Bob Sinclair, Paul van Dyk). Be warned, though: the waiters break into a synchronised jig every time the Village People's "YMCA" comes on.


Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, + 91 22 2438 2888, Hardrockindiablog.com. Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary

Games

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Last year's Wolfenstein: The New Order came out at a time we really needed it. The next generation consoles were less than a year old and were in dire need of games. New Order (the game, not the eighties post-punk/electronic dance band) was an old school twitch shooter that returned to the style we loved from the past. It took inspiration from first person shooters like DoomQuake and of course the first originalWolfenstein 3D from way back in 1992. The critics loved it, but for some reason it was unloved and unnoticed by the gamers.

 

Well, now we are all getting a second chance to show the love in the form of its prequelWolfenstein: The Old blood. This stand-alone expansion is set right before the events of last year's game and promises eight-plus hours of gameplay at a budget price tag. What's not to love... well, the fact that there is no online multiplayer but let's just forget that and move on.

 

You return to the shoes of American brick sh*thouse William "B.J." Blazkowicz as he infiltrates the Third Reich and escapes the infamous Castle Wolfenstein. It is a giant love letter to the originalWolfenstein 3D right down to the main character remaining shirtless for the first half of the game. It's a little camp, but a cool nod to the box art from the '80s original.

 

It's gory AF as you blow giant chunks out of soldiers and dismember wave after wave of Nazis. The speed is break-neck and your reflexes are the only real difference between life or death. At times, it tries to change up the gameplay by introducing stealth tactical sections. The option to take out radio operators to stop alarms being tripped is a welcome mechanic to keep enemy numbers down, but more often than not it's just more fun to Rambo kamikaze it and hope for the best.

The recent Wolfenstein series continues its trend of having some of the best villains in the business and the supporting cast is incredibly well written. You can feel the game is trying to lend a helping hand of seriousness to the proceedings and to place a human face to the horrors of war.

Unfortunately all of this is washed away with the introduction of giant mechanised robots, dinosaur sized killer K9s and one hell of a "jump the shark" moment that happens later in the game, which I'm not going to spoil here. This is as dumb as science fiction gets and makes the game infinitely better for it.

The only real down side I can see is the first half of the game suffers from "haven't I been in this room several times already?" symptom, with the first few chapters feeling like carbon copies of each other and showing a true lack of diversity. Thankfully by Chapter 4, things start opening up and the pace picks up to a satisfying finale.

I just wished Wolfenstein: The Old Blood embraced the grandeur of its big brother and had more set pieces to bring the wow factor, but if you consider the budget price and the fun to be found here it's well worth your time, just remember to turn off your brain first.

 

Demo 4

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Demo 4

Last year's Wolfenstein: The New Order came out at a time we really needed it. The next generation consoles were less than a year old and were in dire need of games. New Order (the game, not the eighties post-punk/electronic dance band) was an old school twitch shooter that returned to the style we loved from the past. It took inspiration from first person shooters like DoomQuake and of course the first originalWolfenstein 3D from way back in 1992. The critics loved it, but for some reason it was unloved and unnoticed by the gamers.

Well, now we are all getting a second chance to show the love in the form of its prequelWolfenstein: The Old blood. This stand-alone expansion is set right before the events of last year's game and promises eight-plus hours of gameplay at a budget price tag. What's not to love... well, the fact that there is no online multiplayer but let's just forget that and move on.

You return to the shoes of American brick sh*thouse William "B.J." Blazkowicz as he infiltrates the Third Reich and escapes the infamous Castle Wolfenstein. It is a giant love letter to the originalWolfenstein 3D right down to the main character remaining shirtless for the first half of the game. It's a little camp, but a cool nod to the box art from the '80s original.

It's gory AF as you blow giant chunks out of soldiers and dismember wave after wave of Nazis. The speed is break-neck and your reflexes are the only real difference between life or death. At times, it tries to change up the gameplay by introducing stealth tactical sections. The option to take out radio operators to stop alarms being tripped is a welcome mechanic to keep enemy numbers down, but more often than not it's just more fun to Rambo kamikaze it and hope for the best.

The recent Wolfenstein series continues its trend of having some of the best villains in the business and the supporting cast is incredibly well written. You can feel the game is trying to lend a helping hand of seriousness to the proceedings and to place a human face to the horrors of war.

Unfortunately all of this is washed away with the introduction of giant mechanised robots, dinosaur sized killer K9s and one hell of a "jump the shark" moment that happens later in the game, which I'm not going to spoil here. This is as dumb as science fiction gets and makes the game infinitely better for it.

The only real down side I can see is the first half of the game suffers from "haven't I been in this room several times already?" symptom, with the first few chapters feeling like carbon copies of each other and showing a true lack of diversity. Thankfully by Chapter 4, things start opening up and the pace picks up to a satisfying finale.

I just wished Wolfenstein: The Old Blood embraced the grandeur of its big brother and had more set pieces to bring the wow factor, but if you consider the budget price and the fun to be found here it's well worth your time, just remember to turn off your brain first.

 

Polls

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Mobiles

Oppo A57 With 16-Mp Selfie Camera Launched

Oppo  unveiled its new smartphone – Oppo A57 – a mid-range smartphone that will become available on December 12 at a price of  Rs. 16,000. It will be available in two colour variants – Rose Gold and Gold. The dual-SIM Oppo A57 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow It is powered by an octa-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 505 GPU for graphics. The smartphone packs a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280) LCD display with 2.5D curved glass.The Oppo A57 houses a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. The rear camera is a 13-megapixel shooter with an aperture of f/2.2, and PDAF, along with an LED flash module. The smartphone also has a fingerprint scanner mounted on the physical home button on the front.

For storage, Oppo A57 has an inbuilt storage of 32GB that can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options in the smartphone include 4G LTE, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB, and 3.5mm audio jack. The smartphone is powered by a 2900mAh battery. The Oppo A57 measures 149.1×72.9×7.65mm and weighs in at 147 grams.

Moto M smartphone will be launched soon

Lenovo-owned Motorola confirmed that the Moto M smartphone will soon be launched in India. The company took to Twitter and teased an image of the Moto M metal-clad smartphone. In its tweet, Motorola India said, “Something different is coming your way. Stay tuned to know more,” accompanied by the hashtag. Motorola’s first all metal smartphone, the Moto M, was unveiled earlier this month in China. It was launched at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 19,700). We can expect the pricing of the Moto M to remain around this range in India. Apart from sporting an all-metal body, the Moto M features antenna bands running on the top and bottom edges at the back. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels). It packs 32GB inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB).
The Moto M sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, an f/2.0 aperture, and supports PDAF (phase detection autofocus). The smartphone is backed by a 3050mAh battery, and also comes with support for fast charging The handset supports 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C (B 3.1), NFC, and 3.5mm connectivity

 

Coolpad to Launch

Coolpad India is all set to launch two new – the Note 3S and Mega 3 – however, details are scarce about their features and specifications. We can expect the Coolpad Note 3S to be launched as the successor to the Coolpad Note 3 and Coolpad Mega 2.5D that was launched earlier..For now, no pricing or availability details are known about the new Coolpad smartphonesbut expected to be below the Rs 10,000/- range. It can also be expected that Coolpad, like most of its previous launches, will launch the phones exclusively on Amazon India. The Coolpad Note 3S and Coolpad Mega 3 are expected to feature 5.5-inch displays, and offer dual-SIM and 4G VoLTE support.Of course, in the sub-Rs. 10,000 range, the new Coolpad smartphones will face tough competition from the likes of Xiaomi, LeEco, and Lenovo .

HTC Desire 650 to be launched soon

HTC will launch a new Desire-range smartphone, the Desire 650 , reports are that the launch price of roughly Rs.12,000/- in early December . The HTC Desire 650’s biggest attraction is its “double back” which means the smartphone sports half plain rubber rear back while the other half sports what HTC calls sculptured design or engraved pattern. The company promotes that the “double back” on the Desire 650 will offer better grip to users.

For specifications, the HTC Desire 650 features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) TFT LCD display with a pixel density of 294ppi.. It packs 2GB of RAM and features 16GB of inbuilt storage. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, BSI sensor, LED flash, and f/2.2 aperture. There is also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor, f/1.8 aperture, and auto-self timer. The Desire 650 support single Nano-SIM and packs BoomSound tech on earphones.The handset is backed by a 2200mAh battery which is claimed to offer up to 17 hours of talk time and up to 672 hours of standby time. It measures 146.9×70.9×8.4mm and weighs 140 grams.

Poets Corner

Jehar Bhi Hua Be

Pilaho mujhe iss adha se pilaho
Phi janth bhi aaye nazar pithe pithe

Mila zakham aisa batana hai mushkil
Kate ambh tho shayad amar pithe pithe

Kissi ne kushi chin li jab se meri
Gujarthe hai - shamo-shaher pithe pithe

Ye sara shaher math kuda lag raha hai
Hua mujhpe aisa asar pithe pithe

Uss jab se rakh sat woh pe loon semere
kate mere aton pahr pithe pithe

Agar maut bhi aaye thohai ye mumkin
Atral ki bane hum safar pithe pithe

S.S Sajid P Udhas (13.12.97)

 

Music Psychic

Aries3 (March 21-April 20)

This week, Control your temper and keep patience, Wait for right time before taking any step. Even though you are doing well at work, you may feel dissatisfied with the results. You are perhaps becoming overly ambitious. There is no harm in starting a new carrier in film or music industry in this week provided you are certain that you will be able to enough resources to conclude the same. Happiness is love is assured this week.

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