ANNIVERSARIES:

! Boz Burrell (Bad Company) 1-Aug ! Chuck D (Public Enemy) 1-Aug ! Coolio 1-Aug ! Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) 1-Aug ! Robert Cray (1953) 1-Aug ! Tiger Varadachariar 1-Aug ! Prema Hariharan (Chennai) 2-Aug ! Sushama Reddy 2-Aug ! Zelma Davis (C+C Music Factory) 2-Aug ! Chhannulal Mishra 3-Aug ! James Hetfield (Metallica) 3-Aug ! Tony Bennett (1926) 3-Aug ! Sharon Prabhakar 4-Aug ! Vellore Ramabhadran 4-Aug ! Vishal Bhardwaj 4-Aug ! Ganesh Jain 5-Aug ! Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai 5-Aug ! Pat Smear (formerly of Foo Fighters) 5-Aug ! Aditya Narayan 6-Aug ! Cyrus Sahukar 6-Aug ! Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice of Spice Girls) 6-Aug ! Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden) 7-Aug ! Cyrus Broacha 7-Aug ! Suresh Wadkar 7-Aug ! JC Chasez ('N Sync) 8-Aug ! Raza Ali Khan 8-Aug ! Shawn Mendes 8-Aug ! Asgari Bai 9-Aug ! Sawan Kumar Tak 9-Aug ! Sulkshana Pandit 9-Aug ! Trichur V.Ramachandran (Chennai) 9-Aug ! Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) 10-Aug ! Ustad Alladiya Khan 10-Aug ! Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande 10-Aug ! Ramashreya Jha 11-Aug ! T.H.Vinayakram 11-Aug ! V. Doreswamy Iyengar 11-Aug ! Kid Creole 12-Aug ! Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) 12-Aug ! Pat Metheny 12-Aug ! Nalin Shah 13-Aug ! T.K.Murthy 13-Aug ! Dash Crofts (Seals & Crofts) 14-Aug ! David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash) 14-Aug ! Manohar Iyer 14-Aug ! Michael Graham (Boyzone) 14-Aug ! Sunidhi Chauhan 14-Aug ! Amir Khan 15-Aug ! Bharati Pradhan 15-Aug ! Pandit Prasun Banerjee 15-Aug ! Prof. T.Viswanathan 15-Aug ! R.Durga Prasad 15-Aug ! Srimushnam V.Raja Rao 15-Aug ! Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) 16-Aug ! Hemlata 16-Aug ! Kishan Bhutani 16-Aug ! Madonna 16-Aug ! Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar 16-Aug ! Belinda Carlisle 17-Aug ! Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids On The Block) 17-Aug ! Daler Mehndi 18-Aug ! Dennis Elliot (Foreigner) 18-Aug ! Gulzar 18-Aug ! Jon Higgins 18-Aug ! Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar 18-Aug ! T.S.Balakrishna Sastrigal 18-Aug ! Abdul Rashid Khan 19-Aug ! Ginger Baker (Cream) 19-Aug ! Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) 19-Aug ! John Deacon (Queen) 19-Aug ! Ken Gosh 19-Aug ! Demi Lovato 20-Aug ! Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) 20-Aug ! Naresh(Mahesh Brother) 20-Aug ! Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) 20-Aug ! Uday Tara Nayar 20-Aug ! Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) 21-Aug ! Kenny Rogers 21-Aug ! Liam Howlett (Prodigy) 21-Aug ! Melissa Schuman (Dream) 21-Aug ! Sriram Brahmanandam 21-Aug ! Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) 22-Aug ! James DeBarge (DeBarge) 22-Aug ! Paul Douchette (Matchbox 20) 22-Aug ! Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) 22-Aug ! Tori Amos 22-Aug ! Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 23-Aug ! SkyBlu (LMFAO) 23-Aug ! Basavaraj Rajguru 24-Aug ! Billy Ray Cyrus 25-Aug ! DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy)25-Aug ! Elvis Costello 25-Aug ! Gene Simmons 25-Aug ! Rekha Chinniprakash 25-Aug ! Rob Halford (Judas Priest) 25-Aug ! Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) 25-Aug ! Adrian Young (No Doubt) 26-Aug ! M.S.Anantaraman 26-Aug ! Shirley Manson (Garbage) 26-Aug ! Rajarathnam Pillai 27-Aug ! Shania Twain 27-Aug ! Tony Kanal (No Doubt) 27-Aug ! Voletti Venkateswarulu 27-Aug ! Chris Copping (Procol Harum) 29-Aug ! Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20) 29-Aug ! Micky Moody (Whitesnake) 30-Aug ! Debbie Gibson 31-Aug ! Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) 31-Aug

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

The X’th standard student wept, he got only 95 per cent
The cut off for college admissions is 96%, everywhere he went

The parents were inconsolable, contemplating suicide 
How can we face the neighbors, we have no place to hide

Their child got 96%, going to that same tuition class
Request for re-evaluation, the correction system is a farce

How can our child become a doctor or an engineer?
If he can’t get into a college to further his career?

We’ll have to buy a handcart, get him to deliver meals
Join the ‘dabbawalas’ union, that’s how his mother feels

Next year, I hear, the cut off will be around a 110%
Even people like ‘Einstein’ won’t get into college then

Make him a politician said his father scratching his belly,
Most of them are ‘8 std pass’, he'll do well in Delhi!

 -Ernest .J. Flanagan
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ROAD TO NO-WHERE

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ROAD TO NO-WHERE

Waterfalls all around

Makes my heart pound

To the rhythm of the waves of the sea

While mu memories jump in glee

A musical note in the air

A symphony here and there

Rustling leaves to the wind chime

Raindrops on my head they rhyme

No rules in the world to adhere

Untrodden paths explored sans fear

Eyes shut head on her shoulders resting

While the current of romance makes me without music sing

I wake up to see a wishing cloud

While I express my desire albeit too loud

I drive without distance in my mind

Don’t remember when I started, left my troubles far behind

Yogesh karikurve
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OLD FOLKS AT HOME

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OLD FOLKS AT HOME

Those of you who have old folks at home are blessed
Don’t think of them as a burden, this is a God given test

Appreciate the experience and wisdom that they bring
And the fact that they can advise you on almost anything

They are patient; they are peaceful, slow to anger and react
They have no guile or craftiness or cunning ways to act

They are not revengeful, boastful or devious in any way
They handle their own aches and pains with a smile each day

They are simple minded, not shrewd like you and me
The world they grew up in was not as complex as it can be

If we observe them with tolerance in their serenity 
We will also gain some measure of their tranquility

-Ernest .J. Flanagan
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JUST KIDDING!

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JUST KIDDING!

I was a kid someday

Felt so close to the moon

A ladder, a rope, a jump

Could reach there soon

Didn’t know how trees grew

But lusted for mulberries

Dirtied shirts and a few human chains later

Gobbled them up with ease

Fascinated with animals

And competing with dogs to bark

Admiring the colorful rainbows

Singing and tracing their arc

Reluctantly waking up early

Rushing to the morning school bell

Kicking a stone on the way

Getting up and running even I fell

Bags laden with heavy books

Yet never felt the pain

Injuries were cried over unhurt

And then treated with disdain

Homework was a big word

5 PM time to play

10PM back in bed

packing, praying for another good day

Was easy to love a woman

And lay my head on her breast

Forgetting the world around me

My troubles were at rest

For all the questions in life

God was to answer those

Now replaced by Google

We still need a net to browse

Friends were for playing

No trace of a mobile phone

The advent of the internet

Where is my childhood gone?

Was then in a hurry to grow up

Now I look back and pray

Waiting for the child in me

To jump in glee on CHILDREN’s DAY

-Yogesh karikurve
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THE ROCKING SADHUS

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THE ROCKING SADHUS

We went in search of them

They who lived bare

Survived on what they found

In places where no men dare

We went in search of them

We lived in tents so bare

Walked with blisters on feet

And rejoiced on things, earlier we would never dare

V graduated from rum to scotch

From boys we turned men

We spoke bot women, now bot daughters,

We r 40 now, we were 17 then

Running from hostels to classes proxied

Copying assignments, sipping tea

Whistling to windows, tracing GTs

Beating up profs n shouting in glee

Appearing for vivas or job interviews

Life was never easy but always fun

Then it was at the boss' beck n call

We enjoyed it seldom sitting, always on the run

We ran marathons,

We turned the tide

When troubles were knocking

We took them for a ride

Took a dip in the Kumbh

Happens once in a dozen years

We washed our sins

Allayed our fears

We went in search of them

But soon it dawned

We lived lives better

And inside us, THEM, we found!

Yogesh Karikurve
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SAVING WATER

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SAVING WATER

Years from now there won’t be water to wash your face
Every last drop saved for drinking, might be the case

Bathing once in six months as they do in extreme cold lands
I envision extreme situations so everyone understands

We have to change our habits, change our wasteful ways
If we want our fresh water to last for the rest of our days

No more letting the tap run, while you brush your teeth
Don’t let your overhead tanks overflow on to the street

You’ll remember how you wasted water and you will cry
Because in future, every drop of water, you will have to buy

The rivers flow with toxic waste, the lakes will all run dry
No longer will the govt pump our regular water supply

Hard times are ahead, so, from now on we must prepare
Only if we save water, will we have water to share

 -Ernest .J. Flanagan
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BLIND LOVE

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BLIND LOVE

Wind was cold, I could feel the heat. Heart was dead, but never missed a beat.
Love they say happens at first sight. But to call this love is right. But not quite right.
Looking for an answer when there is no question. Why can’t one just love the high of the emotion.
Holding hands and letting the soul free. A monkey jumping from a bush to a tree.
If marriages r made in heaven who breaks them? If lovers r forever who makes them?
If scientists only defined gravity, can I define love?
Wish I cud express it perfectly, but someone pls tell me how.
Flashing of an eyelid, stuttering of words. Dreaming of places n flying like birds.
Hope Indra doesn’t ask me nor kamsa forces me to tell. I will say I never loved a woman like heaven, but I
sure loved her like hell

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I REFUSE

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I REFUSE

I refuse to shout “Jai Shree Ram”, so will I be killed?
Will all the Hindu extremists be particularly thrilled?

Where is the freedom of religion our govt must ensure?
Not everyone wants to shout “Jai Shree Ram”, I’m sure!

Must we all be martyrs, and die for our respective Gods?
Are these ‘Bhakts’ real Hindus, or murderers and frauds?

Where is the peace and tolerance that all religions preach?
Where is the goal of secularism, governments should reach?

When did our beloved India divide itself on religious lines?
How can politicians decide how India prays or dines?

Are we heading straight for civil war? Will minorities revolt?
Do they expect all minorities to emigrate elsewhere and bolt?

Sad that more Indian people have begun to pick a side
Even those who are educated are not brave enough to decide

We are born here and we’ll die here, no matter what they say
We’re as Indian as any of them, and we’re here to stay!!!

-Ernest .J. Flanagan
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THE AGELESS STRUGGLE

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THE AGELESS STRUGGLE


Of all the battles fought

And wars waged for ages

Mankind’s immortal struggle

To win, never manages

This is the struggle

Of the head and heart

The former a genius

Latter inspiration of art

When heart is overpowering

It keeps thinking at day

But what a feeling it is

To be thus swept away!!!

During all the struggles

That head can’t comprehend

The heart gives you hope

“Don’t give up. fight to the end”

Many a time do we

Seek someone with our heart

But the head plays spoilsport

And keeps the twain apart

Or a long-term relation

That time hath taken its toll

We still drag the corpse

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TALKING EYE TO EYE

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TALKING EYE TO EYE

When my eyes meet your eyes

They love to greet each other

With lashes fluttering

And wanting to feel each other

When my eyes meet your eyes

They always check for a glint

That gives a hint

That all’s well with you

When my eyes meet your eyes

Sometimes they are just opened

To see a welcoming glance

And a bit romance

When my eyes meet your eyes

After something goes wrong

Fluttering for forgiveness

Heart beating a song

When my eyes meet your eyes

And we finished the fight

Looking for the familiar love

No matter how

When my eyes met your eyes

For the first time ever

Knew we are made for each other

Not to be distanced forever :)

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THE CITIZEN REPOTER

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THE CITIZEN REPORTER

The citizen reporter is always on the spot
With his smart phone camera he can capture a lot

The citizen reporter has the heart of an activist
His weapon is his smart phone held firmly in his fist

Garbage not removed or a drain that won’t close
Together with the TOI, keep the BMC on their toes

No longer can civic authorities be lethargic in their ways
TOI reports and pictures have already planned their days

A live video may be shot when a crime is taking place
The ‘perp’ gets arrested ‘cause the video shows his face

It’s getting more difficult for criminals by the day
Someone somewhere has a camera pointed their way

A bus stop that’s encroached upon or a public area blocked
Force the civic authorities into action before they are mocked

Thank you citizen reporter for contributing in your own way
Life in our city is certainly improving day by day.

-Ernest .J. Flanagan
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MINE AT NINE

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MINE AT NINE

On a breezy evening with romance in the air

My face turned and felt the breeze in her hair

We swayed to music and some good wine

Wishing and hoping she is mine

Her touch made my heart beat aloud

The moon was in full glow and azure was the cloud

She prayed to god ‘Please let it rain at this hour’

And the skies opened up for a welcome shower

She cuddled in my arms and I could feel my hopes soar

As if I had never been a teenager before

She opened her eyes and gazed

As in the sands we lazed

Precious moments are short-lived yet treasured lifelong

It lasted the whole evening yet it was short like a song

Our only witness- I prayed to the moon

With a hope in my heart that I will meet her soon

Now every time in the evening when the clock strikes NINE

I feel her in my arms…I feel that she is MINE!

- Yogesh karikurve
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THE ENVIRONMENTAL SONG

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL SONG
 

A is for the animals that will soon become extinct
B is the balance of nature we must preserve I think


C is for carbon footprint that we leave behind
D is for the damage caused by all mankind

E is for our eco system delicate and frail
F is for our forests that in protecting we fail

G is for global warming, the ice is melting fast
H is for our habitat, how long will it last?

I is for insecticides we spray on all we grow
J is for jungles with no wild animals any more

K is for kangaroo courts ineffective we can see
L is for legal recourse to punish the guilty

M is the mobilization of every woman and man
N is to nurture the planet and care as best we can

O is for oil slicks that spread upon the sea
P is for pollutants from which we’ll never be free

Q is a quantum leap in environmental protection
R is for rain water harvesting a necessary projection

S is for solar energy that we must collect and store
T is to tap and save it, not use fossil fuels any more

U is the urgent attention the environment needs today
V is vested interests politicians use their powers to sway

W is our watchdog, good work ‘Green Peace’ and others do
X is xenophobia, a distrust of political promises too

Y is you and me that must do our bit
Z is a zealous effort to save this planet

 

-Ernest .J. Flanagan
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WHAT IS A MUSICIAN?

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A person you can trust
A person not too concerned about his/her future
A person that lives and lets live
A person who’s found the secret to happiness
A person who’s content with not being rich
A person who wants to make others happy
A person that’s often taken advantage off
A person who can mix easily with royalty or poverty
A person with a likeable personality
A person with a fragile ego
A person who can love deeply
A person who lives only for the appreciation
A person who dies inside when he/she cannot perform
A free thinker 
A non violent person
A creative artist
A person who forgives easily
A person slow to anger
A person with many friends
A person who often overdoes his highs 
A person whom God loves more
………..my musician friends can add the rest
I can’t think of everything !!

-Ernest .J. Flanagan

Interviews

Venues

Best Jazz Venue in India

Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival  of live music.