25th June, 2010 It’s hard to believe that Michael Jackson is no more. We have completed one year since he left us forever. But we know he shall continue to reside in millions of hearts till eternity. He was a legend who is born only once. No one before or after can ever replace the stature, the zenith, the pinnacle of creativity, talent, success that he touched through his inimitable mélange of music, songs, lyrics and dance. He was that magician when came on stage, we cried, we lost senses, we reached heavens. We thank God endlessly for having given MJ to us in our lifetime.
We don’t care what certain people think about you, we loved you for your music and will continue to do so. You had a bitter personal life, but you emerged stronger and larger than life out of all those turbulences. Till the last breath you fought trying to win over all the negativities surrounding you, not many can do so.
You will inspire generations. Music bows to you, is grateful to you. We thank you MJ, you will be missed. Forever.
I shall end my special tribute with one of my favorite videos ‘Dirty Diana’. Enjoy!
22nd May, 2010
Small joys of life, travelling by train is certainly one of them. If one hasn’t been on a Euro-rail even once after being in Germany for five years, it is a pity indeed. So when husband told me that we have travel to Wolfsburg by DB [Deutsche Bahn (railways)] and drive back with my new car from Volkswagen Autostadt, I was more than just thrilled. How different is it from a train in India? What a question?
We reached the Geilenkirchen station half an hour before time didn’t seem to be a good idea as it was extremely cold. 8.37 am and DB almost always arrives on time. We could sit anywhere as the trains are never crowded. That early it is usually the students going to universities who we find in there. Cosy. Neat. Spacious. This train was till Düsseldorf from where we had to change into the Intercity. This looked close to business class flight seats roomy, spick and span, each seat was reserved and on top of each was specified digitally from where the person is boarding and to where he is travelling. Therefore no confusion, no trespassing. We had to travel for three and a half hours with two children in a silent compartment was quite a task but kids were sort of sensing the muteness and imbibed it well. Both slept.
Was just the right time for breakfast, Raj got up to get some sandwiches and coffee from the pantry. And me as usual began checking tweets and the neighbours around us. Men in the backseat, one of them, have I seen somewhere? No, all three of them. Tcheh! Where have I seen them? Pondering is always a futile excercise for me. The one which I was very sure of was reading a book. Ok, just peek carefully and unpretentiously what is he reading? About some music band. Yes, They are a band. Which song? Bettina? Yes Yes..but which band? Blank. Oh No. My amnesia is at its peek. iphone, my savior. GOOOOOGLE. Bettina, the rap song. Enter. Images. Enter. Yes they are them seated right behind me. OMG!!! They are Fettes Brot!
The German Rap Star Band 'Fettes Brot'
Took out my pen and the train ticket and quietly slipped onto their table. Smile. No I still don’t know what their individual names are, but they seemed surprised to receive that piece of paper, as in the entire compartment, me, an English speaking Asian was the only one who had recognized them. Cutely he asked, ‘You want autograph?’ Me like a schoolgirl recited all that I did in that past five minutes to find out who they were and ‘Can I have a pic of you all?’ Obliged. They got down at Hannover and didn’t forget to say a goodbye. Smiles.
The journey so far. Super hit.
PS: Here’s for you the superhit video of their song ‘Bettina, zieh dir bitte etwas an’. Enjoy!