Monday, December 31, 2007

English songs and music

As we go into a new calendar year, I am forced to admit that although I enjoy English music immensely, often buying music CD's and so on, I am a complete noob when it comes to writing intelligently on them. I have music by Shakira, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and a few others. When Michael Jackson was at his peak, I must have purchased several of his cassettes (we had no CD's back then) including "We are the World", "Beat It" and "Thriller". Madonna's songs are exciting as well, and as Indians,we can understand her singing easily.

Among movie songs and music, my favourites are Grease, Saturday Night Fever, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain, Woman in Red, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jungle Book and a few others.

Recently, with my daughters, I have started listening to more recent singers like Shakira, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, 50 cent, and a few others. I am trying, at the same time, to also fine-tune my ears to Western Classical Music.

It remains to be seen how successful my endeavour will be.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Death by a gun - Benazir Bhutto

Certainly, this end was one that Benazir Bhutto must not have foreseen after returning to Pakistan a few months ago after spending several years in political wilderness! On the 27th, she was murdered, allegedly by al-Qaeda terrorists, but quite possibly by other, more national, anti-establishment forces, in the open, as she was returning from an election rally, in Rawalpindi.

My take: She did not deserve this! If anyone did, it would have been some of the other top political leaders of Pakistan. However, and this is a moot point, she was as unfriendly to India as Pervez Musharraf's regime is, so why should we grieve as Indians?

We should, as Pakistan is our immediate neighbour, and with Benazir's removal from the opposition, the elections to be held in January 2008, have lost meaning. As it is, Nawaz Sharif, the other returned ex-Prime Minister has already been barred from contesting. Hence, it seems that Parvez Musharraf will continue to hold sway over the fortunes of this beleaguered country. With access to the nuclear button, God forbid if the nuclear weapons were to fall into the wrong hands!