2016 was an average year music wise with not many great songs to choose from. A.R.Rahman was at his standard 2 albums a year, Anirudh was much out of sorts and D.Imman was churning out albums like an assembly line(think he had 11-12 releases this year). Harris Jayaraj is still searching for his missing omakaziya and Santhosh Narayanan is moving further away from his brand of music with his recent releases(read Bairavaa). There were some bright sparks though coming in from young upcoming composers like Nivas K. Prasanna, Leon James, Sean Roldan and K. So here goes my best 10 of 2016, songs that I loved and listened to on repeat this whole year.
June 22. A fateful date in my life.
7 years ago, on the same day after finding out that my name was in a list on the notice board, I was running along the college corridors with a group of friends shouting at the top of our lungs. The reason, all of us(who were shouting) got placed in a major IT company. To top it off, it was the first company that came in for placements and we were just completing our third year. It was a sense of overjoyed excitement compounded with an achievement. Continue reading
2013 saw a new music scene in kollywood. Last years debutantes made a mark for themselves in 2013. The liked of Santhosh Narayanan & M Ghibran went from strength to strength this year while the liked of D. Imman proved that he belongs to the elite class. Overall music buffs had a great year as far as music was concerned. I have not considered recently released Thirumanam Ennum Nikaah, Jilla & Veeram. They will be considered for next year.
Top 10 Playlist:
1. Enga Pona Raasa- Maryan
2. Anandha Yaazhai- Thanga Meengal
3. Koodamela Koodavechu- Rummy
4. Paakadha Paakadha- Varutha Padadha Valibar Sangam
5. Osaka Osaka (Theni Kaathoda)- Vanakkam Chennai
6. Yeley Marudhu/Othakadai- Pandiyanaadu
7. Kaasu Panam Dhuddu Money- Soodhu Kavvum
8. Boomiyil- Pizza 2: The Villa
9. Kanna Kanna/Ari Unnai- Vathikuchi
Unakaaga Piranthene- Pannayarum Padminiyum
10. Mannavane en Mannavane- Irandam Ulagam
Songs that just missed the list:
En Veetula- Idharkudhaane Aasaipattai Balakumara
Inika Inika- Naiyaandi
Aavatha Paiyaa- Paradesi
Yaaro Ivan- Udhayam NH4
Aruvakaara- Kutty Puli
Album of the year: Maryan by AR Rahman
Top 3 Albums of 2013:
1. Maryan- A.R Rahman
2. Vanakkam Chennai- Anirudh
3. Thanga Meengal- Yuvan Shankar Raja
Music Director of the year: D. Imman (VVS, Desingu Raja, Rummy, Pandiyanaadu)
Best Debut album of the year: Pannayarum Padminiyum by Justin Prabakaran
2012 hit me so hard by the end of the year I was down and out. 2013, in that aspect has been kind. It has been a whirlwind year with it’s ups and downs(more ups ;)). It has been that kind of a year where everything seemed to fall in place and then it was all in shambles in a matter of days. One day I was the bird & then the very next day I was the statue.
People getting married. Friends, best friends, cousins. Study, study, study. Just pass :P. Job hunt. Best Friend’s bachelor party in Indonesia. Club surfing. Midnight walks in alien land. Got an iPhone 5. Short trip to India. Travelling a lot. Meeting friends. Eat. Get fat. Try to reduce. Get an internship. Travel 3 hrs plus everyday to get to work. Change in residence. Watch movies. Eat, eat, eat. Get fat. Try to reduce. Watch movies again. Friend getting posted in the armed forces. A friend’s death. Boom! Birthday. Boom Boom! End of internship. Boom Boom Boom!!! Master’s degree biatches!
As i said it’s been that kind of year. I’ve almost given up of trying to reduce. I’ve watched like almost all the movies that have released this year (the most prominent ones at least). I’ve rekindled the interest to read and have successfully completed reading a couple of books. Manchester United are now 6th on the table. DM is doing a good job considering the fact he had big boots to fill. Team India did well in South Africa when everyone expected them to fail miserably. All said and done 2013 was a mixed year for me.
The biggest lesson of 2013 has been the learning that the struggle we are in today is developing the strength we need for tomorrow.
2014 as usual holds new promises. Priorities galore. Hoping to have a better one. Happy new year to everyone. Cheers 🙂
5 years ago, just out of college, jobless and utterly bored being in Kuwait, I decided to do one thing. Start Blogging. It was something which was started to pass some time and nothing serious. Eventually, it was fun after a point of time.
Since the inception of this blog, I took to writing what people would like to read. It was mostly movies and I kind of loved writing movie reviews. And since I was in Kuwait, I had the chance to get some reviews on board before the movie was even out in India (the movie released on Thursday in Kuwait while it released on Friday in India). Then came politics, it was quite easy to mock our politicians but soon enough i led to boredom and the entire topic was out of question. Sports got it’s due here and there. Yet I kept the reviews flowing, both music & movies.
But soon enough, a job came, the time I spent on the blog dwindled and yet sometimes I still found time to update a few reviews of movies I felt were really important. After a point of time even that stopped. At that point, I felt I should turn it into a private blog. But, who apart from friends (numbers counted using fingers) would read about my boring life. After all, it’s not Life of Pi. I still have a couple of private posts which, believe me, most of u would laugh your socks off reading those posts.
But I wanted to keep this going, so most of my free time I would always be reading up on how to get the blog moving forward, so with those ideas came the random posts, sometimes ramblings, things heard and said about, things that interested me. And then there was a time when it became tough, and that is when this very blog came to my rescue. I could write anything, absolutely utter bollocks and I didn’t care if anyone read it or not. All I wanted was a place to put out those feelings which couldn’t be expressed (Disclaimer: Do not mistake these ‘feelings’ it for love! :D). When at a time I was lonely among friends, my only companion was this very blog.
3 years on, 4 years on and now it’s been 5. I did not even have the slightest of ideas that I would still manage a blog for five years. But here we are stepping into the sixth, I would like to thank all those kind souls who still follow my blog and the few who interact and provide feedback. To the wonderous people who constantly ‘Like’ my posts, your likes are a boost to me and keeps me going. To the thousands of you who prefer to be silent viewers & the thousands who come to this place in search of something or the other. Thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙂
That time of the year where i usually wish myself! A year has whizzed past and i have become a year wiser, experienced and also a year younger(I age backwards like Benjamin Button). And so to 26 years of total madness, here’s Happy Birthday to me.
Also, a very Merry X’mas to all! May this festive season be a summoner of joy and happiness! God Bless!!! Cheers 🙂
Though miles may lie between us, we are never far apart,
for friendship doesn’t count miles, it’s measured by the heart.
Thank you all my dear friends back in India, Kuwait and all over the world who have been with me during thick and thin and kept me going always. Thank you all so very much! Happy Friendship Day!!!