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Poets Corner is place where Songwriters can post their songs with the hope that their words can connect with Composers and be the place where Words meet a Tune, for some of the big hits in the future.
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
© -Ernest .J. Flanagan 2019
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.