Monday, May 30, 2011

What It Is

Mark Knopfler has enthralled millions since the inception of his iconic band, Dire Straits, which he co-founded along with his brother, David, in 1977. His signature style and supreme dexterity on the guitar need no introduction and those passionately belted out wonders transport any listener from the midst of moody blues to an instant state of unequivocal ecstasy.

Now, there are many wonderful tracks that could easily be picked up and named as Kopfler's best, but this one, titled 'What it is' stands out for a very exuberantly telling message it conveys.

Master craftsman, par excellence, on the guitar, Knopfler is indeed a legendary entertainer.

Part of the celebrated album, Sailing to Philadelphia, released in 2000 on September 26, this track is definitely an outstanding super single!

Friday, May 27, 2011

5 Years Later

Its been quite a journey since I made my first post on this blog on 27 May 2006, a journey that has taken me through time, places, rich emotion and a very fortunate one that has connected me with some of the finest people life can offer!

Today, 5 years since the inception of Redefining Oblivion and almost 7 years since I made my first blog post, there is a wonderful feeling of reflection, contentment and happiness, all of which I could never have attained through another avenue!

So, this post is not really about me, my blog or my blogging experience, it is about you, the motivator, the friend, the ever-positive unconditional pillar of support that has kept me going forward in my quest for bliss and joy.

I must say that it is truly a privilege to be associated with each one of you, and I sincerely wish this association furthers in depth and proportion with the coming times.

And as for me, there's no stopping the 'underdog's desire to reach out to the world in an effort to learn and experience the many wonders that are!'

Thank you very much!

Monday, May 23, 2011

People Outside Time

Imagine living in a realm without the effect of time. Thats precisely what a tribe in Amazon has been doing all along.

A team of researchers from the University of Portsmouth has found a tribe, known as the Amondawa people, in Brazil, where nobody has an age, and words such as 'month' and 'year' have no meaning. This definitively proves that time, after all, is not such a deeply entrenched universal human concept, as was previously thought.

I'm overjoyed beyond description having read this, as I firmly believe that time and languages really are limiting factors than the enablers that they are thought to be!

Must be absolutely blissful to be living so naturally without the influence of the elements!

The world never ceases to amaze me.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Back to Basics

For the first time in three years, I've missed three consecutive posts over a week and a half, and that I guess should say quite a bit of how I relished my homeward trip, considering that I enjoy blogging equally well, or so!

Ooty is a pleasure of many lifetimes layered upon one and cannot quite be described in words to the heart's content and any little time spent there does well to rejuvenate the soul in a very vivid proportion.

Much seems to have happened during the past week, particularly on the political front, across 5 Indian states as a result of the exercise of 14 crore voters who finally decided that the left wasn't right in Kerala and West Bengal and most pertinently voiced their sentiments against corrupt forces in Tamil Nadu, a much needed move that one hopes would change the innards of this now dilapidated state!

I guess this is the beginning of some much needed change that we have all longed for, and that it hopefully proves to be so.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Blue Mountains Calling

Endless expanses of plummeting rich green, shouldered by soulful mighty blue mountains where clouds come calling for the hand to feel, the air is rich with the calling of birds, bees and beetles and the smells of pine, tea and eucalyptus linger ever-fresh for the senses to indulgently savour.

Blue skies dotted with puffy moist lingering clouds, which make way for warm and soothing sunshine, reflect in awe as if in appreciation of nature's dexterously delightful artistry of the land below.

The inner self is rewarded with a state of perpetual bliss and there is little interference of time, allowing one to embrace unending measures of many bountiful offerings of this gifted land. The child in the self is awakened and an enchanting progression of natural invigoration envelopes the body, mind and soul.

One enters a sublime state of marvel, and realizes that there is no quest for material associations, which otherwise engulf the mind, perpetually dogging it to embark on a maddeningly never-ending journey of crazed pursuit.

There is only the quest to unite with nature, to be one with it - to be one of it!

The call of the blue mountains is all alluring, particularly when one's soul resides amidst those very enthralling wonders, and I'm ecstatic about my short vacation to Ooty.

Truly, going home, to Ooty, is a celebration of sorts! 

Monday, May 02, 2011

More than I can say

"More Than I Can Say" originally released in 1960, is a song written by Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison, former members of Buddy Holly's band The Crickets and was recorded by their band in 1959 soon after Holly's death. Their original version hit #42 on British Record Retailer Chart in December 1960. It has since been made iconic following the performances by Bobby Vee and Leo Sayer.

British song-writer and singer Leo Sayer made this a cover version in the year 1980 and it almost earned him a spot on the charts, following his two singles reaching #1 in the U.S., "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" and "When I Need You", both in 1977.

This evergreen hit is part of my list of all time favourites, and will remain so for all time to come.