Feel The Music In Your Life

Sometimes just watching the horizon feels so peaceful. Putting all the cares in the world aside and just gazing at the setting sun, or just observing the sparrows and pigeons encircling in the sky, feels so relaxing. Listening to the rain, or feeling the evening cool breeze on your face while sipping a hot cup of coffee and having a close companion to chat with is all one needs. And life becomes easy for that moment.

Making soup for a dear one or baking your favorite chocolate cake to pamper yourself are some of the simple pleasures in life. Collecting trinkets and sovereigns for preserving memories, cherishing a trip, or remembering a person- life is contained in these bits and pieces. And Music- yes, music acts like a bookmark in every memorable moment. The rhythms, the chimes, the heartbeats, the jingles -all take us back to those bygone days.

We had traveled to Madurai about nine years back. The temple architectures and rituals had been so foreign to our eyes. The very atmosphere was so full of new vibes and fresh senses. Once we were having lunch at a local restaurant and a Tamil version of ‘Barso Re Megha’ was crooning in the background. I didn’t know that the AR Rehman’s composed song was popular in languages other than Hindi too. Since then whenever I listen to it I am reminded of our Madurai trip- of jasmine flowers and delicious South Indian dishes. The very note of the music is enough to bring back those memories.

Some may not feel the same way, but I love Korean Music- not the pop and raps but the slow and soulful ones. Though I don’t understand a word without lyrics translators, I play them in a loop. In every world music emotions can be understood by the listener even without understanding the language. Pain feels like pain, grief feels like grief and happiness feels like happiness. Emotions do have a voice of their own in music.

We associate music around us with every situation, every experience and every story worth remembering. Putting a conch to our ears, we feel the sound of the sea waves and miss our escapades to the beaches. The eerie calm of the night reminds us of our fears or that of watching a horror movie with friends in the hostel. Morning bells and choirs make us reminiscence our school days at the convent and some peppy music take us back to our carefree college days.

I love attending any music fest. The band performs, the crowd cheers, and I gaze and imbibe the energy around- it feels so soulful and out of the world. Music is everywhere around us. We just need to feel it. Music heals and somehow elevates us, mortals to the higher realms. It’s the magic that we can afford. It’s the instant escape that we look for. Music- it’s every escapist’s sojourn.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.


Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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