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Poets of the Fall ‘Temple of Thought’ India Tour – Hyderabad

After their second visit to India, Poets of the Fall, a band that I closely follow and whose music I’m quite fond of, were here in India again. This time around it was a whole tour that comprised of 5 cities – Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi and Kolkata as part of their newly released album ‘Temple of Thought’. I just had to go, of course, to see them for the second time. The concerts at Bangalore, Pune, New Delhi and Kolkata were all part of Kingfisher and VH1’s efforts, except for the sole concert at Hyderabad which was organized by the guys at Leonia resorts. The Bangalore concert was on the 22nd of August, and I happened to have three consecutive exams the next two days, as always with my college. So the Bangalore concert was out of the question. Pune was close by and the next choice, but the concert there was happening on the same day as BarCamp Bangalore XII. That ruled Pune out. Hyderabad was the next logical choice where the concert was happening on Sunday at Leonia Holistic Destination, a resort about 40kms away from the main city. So at the last moment, tickets were booked and off I went to Hyderabad with Prashanth. We booked a bus to Hyderabad, which is around 700kms or 12 hours from Bangalore. The bus was scheduled to leave at 10.45pm and we were still at SAP Labs (where BarCamp Bangalore was hosted, somewhere about 30kms from the centre of the city) at 6pm! To top it off, I had to go to the south of the city to Jayanagar to pickup a digital camera, all while the city was experiencing heavy rainfall. It took me around 4 hours from SAP Labs to Jayanagar and back home to Rajajinagar where Prashanth was waiting anxiously with an autorickshaw. Hah! I packed in a couple of minutes (I travel often, so my travelling kit is always ready) and we reached Majestic in less than 10 minutes, only to find out that the bus was delayed by an hour because of rain. Err! Part One As a Bangalorean, the first thing you start to worry about a new city is how the weather will be. To our surprise though, the weather was pleasant and when we reached our stop in Hyderabad, it was actually raining very lightly. We hadn’t made any hotel reservations thinking that the place we got off would be something like Bangalore’s Majestic, a place that caters to every need of a tourist just coming into the city. To our dismay, we were dropped off at a Ring Road! There was not a hotel in sight, not even a place to eat. We made our way to Banjara Hills where we were going to meet a friend for lunch thinking we could get a hotel there at least. We couldn’t have been any more wrong. There wasn’t a single hotel in sight, and the one that we did come across after walking a couple of kilometers had no vacancy. At this point you might be wondering why we didn’t use Google Maps. We did. And that’s what got us into this trouble in the first place. Maps was wrong about almost everything we searched for! (In fact, it was because of Maps that we ended up so fscked in the first place.) When we finally came across a busy area that happened to have a run down shabby hotel, we decided it was enough for our requirements. We went in expecting a room to be a few hundred bucks but were shocked when the manager asked 1.2k for each room, plus a security deposit of two thousand! WTH?! Having no choice we ended up paying that ridiculous amount. We just wanted to freshen up, charge our phones and get the hell out of there anyway. Little did we know that we were far from being done. The room so pathetically small, aesthetically unpleasant, and dingy that we just wanted to freshen up and get out. We were in for another shock though – the bathroom was worse than a public urinal, with an unusable loo, a dirty slippery bucket, and a shower that sprayed water more like how a garden hose would. WE. WERE. SCREWED. Charging our phones and managing to just barely bathe, we were out of the hotel even before photocopies of our IDs were done. Part Two We were to meet a friend of mine at Hyatt Park, but eventually ended up at Taj Vivanta, Begumpet. It was a little past noon, very early for a lunch buffet, but we were famished. Taj’s hospitality and the food was such a pleasant experience, one that made us completely forget about the prior Hyderabad hotel experience. In just the couple of hours that we were in Hyderabad, we had already experienced the best and the worst the city could offer. We reached Leonia at exactly 6pm, the time that was mentioned on our concert tickets. We heard that the opening performance by a local band had been cancelled and that POTF would be taking to stage directly. At close to 7pm the gates were opened, and that’s when we figured out that the e-tickets were to be redeemed for paper tickets. So from the front of the queue, I watched as dozens of people went past me and into the resort. The front row had been lost. Sigh. Nearly two hours after being allowed into the venue, two hours of standing amid a bunch of overly enthusiastic and noisy teenage girls, the guys from Finland took to the stage opening with Kamikaze Love to an audience of a thousand teenagers. Ouch! Not the usual crowd that you’d expect at a POTF concert. Blame the law school next door to the venue. Set list:
  • Kamikaze Love
  • Temple of thought
  • Cradle in love
  • Lie eternal
  • Dreaming Wide Awake
  • War
  • Stay
  • Diamonds for Tears
  • Sorry Go Round (Acoustic)
  • Locking Up The Sun (Acoustic)
  • Gravity (Acoustic)
  • Roses (Acoustic)
  • Desire (Acoustic)
  • Late goodbye
  • Lift
  • Carnival of Rust
The crowd apart, the Poets played for nearly two and a half hours, one of their longest gigs ever as they pointed out, to make up for the fact that they were late. By the end, my voice was all but non-existent and my legs felt like they were going to give way anytime. I can’t even imagine how the band must have felt playing for that long. Kudos to them. Poets of the Fall - Hyderabad

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Buy an “Apple iPod Shuffle” for just Rs.180

No, the title isn’t misleading or wrong. Thanks to the Chinese, it now takes only 180 bucks to be the proud owner of an “Apple” iPod Shuffle. But that isn’t the best part. Get this, you can add your own memory card to it! Cheap iPod ShuffleWhen I visited Chennai recently (more on that later), @the100rabh and @daaku showed me an mp3 player that they said they bought for just Rs.180! This little Chinese bastard of an iPod Shuffle and Chinese preeminence comes with a pair of earphones and a microUSB cable (for charging purposes) too. Plug in your micro memory card and you’re good to go. You can even use your own 3.5mm headphones. The sound quality really isn’t that bad if you’re only going to listen to Hindi music, Pop and Hip-Hop genres. Just don’t expect your Metal songs to sound good because this iPod can crank up the treble to insane levels. Available at Saravana Selvarathnam Textiles, T.Nagar, Chennai. In Red, Black, Silver, and Purple(!!) colours.

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Adrian Sutil: I love Chicken Tikka and Metallica!

To begin with, a very happy new year to all of you. I’m late, but it’s better late than never. Coming to the topic, I have never rooted for the under dog in Formula One before, that is, until Adrian Sutil came along. The Force India driver is one of the few drivers I like in the politics rocked sport. A professional racing driver who wants to be a stuntman sometime in the future, Adrian Sutil is a big fan of Metallica and Indian food. Quote, “I love Indian food especially chicken tikka and chicken jalfrezi. I absolutely love gulab jamuns and yes, naan is yummy”. And even though he hasn’t actually won a race yet, the mere fact that he took the VJM02, a much inferior car compared to the McLaren and Brawn cars that dominated 2009, and raced it to 4th position in the Italian Grand Prix; or the second place in the German Grand Prix (that was eventually lost to Raikonnen thanks to a crash the Finn caused), definitely proves that he has potential. The simple, yet outspoken guy that he is, I haven’t ever read an interview of Sutil like this one that the Times of India published yesterday. I thought it required a mention on my blog, given that Sutil has spoken so candidly about his life and his thoughts about almost everything. Give it a read. If you’re short of time, you might want to skip to the second page. Come 2010, I’m sure things will turn around better for the German. An exciting season ahead with all the new teams, regulations, and of course, the return of the F1 Legend – Michael Schumacher. I can’t wait for it to start.

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Randomness FTW!

norly Completely random post written at 2.30 in the middle of an awesome night.
  • My English writing skills are terrible.
  • People who tweet ads and enter contests on Twitter are jackasses. Period.
  • KFC Krushers belong to #foodporn.
  • I need a haircut.
  • And a shave. I look like a baboon.
  • Pissing off autorickshaw drivers is fun!
  • Pissing off girls is not.
  • But you know what, I don’t care!
  • 3 Doors Down are GODs. Nothing short.
  • Flickr sucks donkey balls.
  • The exact words of this post exist as a category on Priya’s blog. TOTAL coincidence. NO, RLY!

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Metallica’s Death Magnetic Album Leaked

Heavy Metal band Metallica‘s heavily anticipated new Death Magnetic album has been leaked on to the Internet. The album was scheduled for official release on the 12th of September. The leak was identified to a store in France, where the album was released nearly two weeks ahead of the scheduled release. [link] Check out a photo posted by one of those fans lucky enough to have gotten their hands on the new album.
Death Magnetic CD Image

Death Magnetic CD Image

Death Magnetic track listing:
  1. That Was Just Your Life
  2. The End Of The Line
  3. Broken, Beat & Scarred
  4. The Day That Never Comes
  5. All Nightmare Long
  6. Cyanide
  7. The Unforgiven III
  8. The Judas Kiss
  9. Suicide & Redemption
  10. My Apocalypse
Cyanide has been available on Metallica.com for listening from some time now, but of course, the leaked album is already available on BitTorrent, and I must add, ALL of the songs are good! :P

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