Songs that remind you of rain!

Rain in Mumbai is associated with a beautiful feeling very difficult to put in words.

We hate the problems it brings with it, but we still can’t ever say we hate the rain.

We will smile a small smile, put a status update, click exotic pictures the moment there’s an unexpected or a very much expected shower.

We Mumbaikars go to the extend of planning a trip nearby just to thoroughly get wet and enjoy the bliss pouring from the sky.

As far as I am concerned, the onset of monsoon relates to one word for me: Love!

No kidding, I act like someone just in love when it rains. Everything seems bright and happy for me. I actually hop, skip and jump under my umbrella, even if I’m just walking to my office. No exaggeration, honestly.

Even though I had fallen in love during December-February. I remember the feeling had felt just like the onset of monsoon 🙂

The feeling is much more than mere bliss. It is something that can’t be put in words, but many artists have successfully put it in music!

The song that comes to my mind when you say rain is

The song is simplicity personified. Maybe this is the song I most relate with rain is because it is kinda on ‘falling in love.’ The simple tune throughout the song complemented by the pitter-patter of rain in background stirs those feelings in me and makes me visualise a beautiful beautiful rain!

There’s a thing about first love and monsoon that Bollywood almost always captures best. There were many competitors for this post, but I’ve zeroed down to

The rain at the beginning, Akshaye Khanna going nuts and enjoying the rain, is so relatable. Then the song slowly takes you over with the consistent beats, melodious tune and beautiful meaningful lyrics. There are moments when it rains and I unknowingly start humming it’s tune, out of nowhere. It is one of those songs that never get old.

Another song that reminds me rain and falling in love combined is more of a tune than a song.

It’s the most unrealistically beautiful way of portraying ‘love at first sight.’ (took me years to figure out that it is unrealistic :P)

My last suggestion is a song that did not remind of rain originally. But then, I saw this particular performance by the band. You have to watch this video to know what I’m talking about.

Goo Goo Dolls is not my favourite band, but this performance has blown me away. Imagine the conditions of heavy rain, blowing winds and the band still performs. The audience still enjoys in the downpour. Needless to say, the sound of rain in the background has added so much to the song, which makes it even better than the original song.

I had also asked a few people for their suggestions. I’ve selected one from each language as my favourites.

English:

My words won’t ever do justice to this song. Right from the sound of thunder in the melodious intro, the wispy tunes through the song, the amazing solo by Slash, or the strong vocals by Axl. GnR takes you on a walk through the song. It’s one of the longest song, I can never ever get tired of!!

Hindi:

Following the longest song, this is one of the few short songs. It starts with melodious tune that reminds me of l the start of the pitter-patter of the rain. Then slowly the tempo increases, just like rain, it results into a thunderous shower by the end of it. That coupled by simple meaningful lyrics, makes it one of the best songs.

Marathi

This song resonates with the feeling of ‘falling in love’. The delicate tune, coupled with the intricate lyrics and a humble melodious voice relates to the soft-beautiful feeling the rain brings with it.

Bengali:

Bengali is one of the sweetest language ever, the melodious tunes complemented by the

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Where have the colours gone?

So if you’ve been following me, or my blog, you would know I had started ‘a suggest a song – music’ column for fellow music lovers.

My first theme was about songs with the word ‘Summer’ in the title. You can read it here.

Next, I was looking for songs with a colour in the title. I asked people for their suggestions, had my list ready…

But, where did the colours go?

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I made a list of the suggestions, but never a full-fledged post about it. There’s still the post lying half-done in my drafts.

Sometimes, I really didn’t find the time. Sometimes, I honestly, just procrastinated.

Procrastination, you know that uneasy feeling when you know you should be doing something, but conveniently overlook it and do something unproductive. You also make up silly excuses in your mind to pacify yourself. But deep down, even you know it’s just an excuse.

I was hit with some good new theme-ideas but felt ashamed to go ahead with it.

That went wrong!

Not only did it make me feel bad about myself, it also made me doubt myself. It made me feel lost, uninspired.

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It made me give up, but I won’t.

I didn’t post about songs with the colour in its title, but it’s not the end. Hopefully, someday I will get to it and finish it off. But I won’t let that stop me. I decide to stand up and take my lack of time and/or procrastination in my stride.

I stumbled, a small tumble. But I will walk past it. And do what I can think of next. And maybe get back to finishing what I had started halfway, later.

Maybe it’s the right way, maybe it is not, but I’m done beating myself about it.

I know many of my friends who have different hobbies apart from their mainstream jobs. Maybe you too, like me have something in mind and haven’t moved further because you want to finish that first. I would say, walk past, do something else if that is catching your interest right now or whatever is creating a spark in you right now.

That spark, that’s all that matters really.

So a big, energetic, sparky, bro-fist to all my friends who started blogging, sketching, dancing, cooking, crafting etc to encouraging them to pursue their hobby.

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Yes, life weighs you down, responsibilities weigh you down.

Believe me, doing what you love will take most of the weight off and doing it consistently will make you better at it! Life is too short to wait for the ‘right time’ or the ‘next time.’

Now is the time! Good luck!

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Songs with the word ‘SUMMER’ in it!

Just a few days back, the rain made a sneak-peak! It’s gone somewhere again, but, it’s still out there, lurking around waiting for the right time, or maybe the wrong one to make a comeback!

In either case, we are just happy that we are done getting roasted outdoors for at least a couple months now.

As an adios to the scorching summer, I thought of listing down songs which have the word summer in it.

As my friend once said, the westerners are on-and-on about the summers. So, it was easy to find a few songs. Apart from that I also asked few of my friends to suggest. This helped in having a more comprehensive list. Many people got back to me with their cool suggestions. I’ve made a list of almost all of them.

Hope you guys enjoy it, I’ve also listed my favourites.

My suggestions:

Summertime Rocks – Smoke Signals

This is my most favourite amongst the ‘Summer collection.’

Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra

Sit back and drift into the old-times and let this song make your heart swing and lips smile 🙂

Was that too old-school for you? Maybe, you will like the next one.

Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey

This one truly gets you grooving!

How did you like my suggestions?

Yes, there are so many many others! Following are the songs suggested to me by many of my friends and acquaintances.

Out of the ones suggested my most favourite was the following one:

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

I could dance to this through the day or night, through the summer, the monsoon or the winter!

This one sure took a place in my heart!

Summertime – Willie Nelson

The most suggested song was :

Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams

Go, check it out for some much needed nostalgic dose. Weren’t those the best days of our life?

Other suggested songs were:

Summer – Calvin Harris

This summer is gonna hurt – Maroon V

Cool for the Summer – Demi Lovato

Summer overture – Clint Mansell

Have a ‘Summer-y’ time!

Let me know which one of these is your favourite. Or, if you have another song to suggest, that is missed here, do let me know!

 

Are you getting old? Everyone is!

So, today I let an older man take a seat in the metro. He offered it back to me. I rejected with disbelief, with the usual expression of ‘how could I’ -tone.

He was an elderly person with a head full of white hair. However, very fit and surely didn’t look like a senior citizen.

I wonder how he must’ve felt. Maybe, the same as I feel when a 14-18-year-old calls me a “Kaku” (aunty)! At times, we forget that we are ageing. We forget that an 18year old is someone who was just born in 2000!

Yes, 2000! I mean wasn’t I there just yesterday inviting the new millennium!

Well, from a glass half full perspective, I guess this also means that we feel so young at heart, that we can’t believe 18 years have passed. Lol!

I guess 18 years down the line my daughter would be like, wow! 18 years just flew by, I feel like I was born yesterday! Well, only time will tell!

Have any of you had such a moment? Does it have a name? Shall we give it one?

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Hello November!

It is that time of the year again!

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This month always puts into motion something for my upcoming year. I wonder what it will be this year! Even if it doesn’t it is the start of a pleasant climate in Mumbai, my birthday, my best friend’s wedding, her birthday and the 3rd-month birthday of my dear daughter, Sarah!

These are reasons enough to celebrate! It is the little things in life, the memories, our people, the good times, that make life worthwhile. These little things can be missed if you blink, so be careful and cherish every minute of it! 🙂

I plan to make a note of these little things of my life on my blog. Hope I write regularly and you have a good time reading these experiences!

Till then, adios, make every little thing count! 🙂

Of Infinite Hope…

Someone is there,

Out somewhere…

Made truly just for you!

You depend on him,

He on you,

Making you feel the world is just for you two!!!

These are the tales,

I listen to,

These are the stories,

I still want to believe into!!

That is when my heart screams,

WAKE UP!!!

I will not be fooled by you!

I’ve learnt…

I’ve grown…

And this is something you have to accept too!

Secure these dreams,

In the pages of your mind,

But these are just dreams,

Dreams,that never come true!!!

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I just came across this little poem I had written back in 2011. It is not literary rich, neither deep, just something that reflected my state of mind. I never published it on my blog, because you know how it is with putting up something too close to your heart out there. You would just be judged and talked about! To avoid this, it had been in my personal folder, for longer than I remember.

The purpose I dug up this one, is because today it would be a year to our wedding and when I look back at that 5 year older self, I wish I could ask her to cheer up a bit and have faith.

Growing up it was mandatory to be in a relationship, everyone was. Today it is a little different; you can be free, independent and not a freak. But back then ( I know I sound too old :P) it wasn’t the case.

Fortunately I had my friends for me always, keeping me busy, giving me the idea, that I download (1)hardly had any time for a relationship. Yes, there used to be some lonely moments where I would type out something like this, but for the most part, I was doing good.

When people were planning to take things further in their relationship and getting married, I was busy thinking about plans for their bachelorette parties!

Completely losing the idea that I need to find someone too! That’s when he came along, won my heart with his humility and wins my heart over and over again even today.

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I wish us a Happy Married Life, it is just one year down, and there are so many more to go, which I look forward to! (I just wish I would’ve met him a little earlier.)

 

The only thing I realize and understand, is that, things may not work out as planned, things may not happen the way you want. But one shouldn’t be downed by disappointment. If falling in love is your dream, have faith you will, if travelling the world alone is your dream, have faith you will. Waiting for it to happen is the hardest part I know.

 

But recently I came across this beautiful quote;

We must accept finite disappointment but not lose infinite hope.

-Martin Luther King  Jr.

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The little foibles!!

Well, this little thing has been in my head for a few days now! Actually, since the day I saw or to be precise, noticed an interesting little thing! I won’t go into details, but someone had made his/her friend’s day special by writing notes on chart papers and posted it over a bridge of a railway station! And my immediate reaction was, wow! Who must have thought about that? Something, I would totally love to do for the special people in my life!

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Then I thought about it for a while, I discussed it with my friends, and their reaction was, wish someone does it for me!! Surprisingly, that is when I realized that this one thought never occurred to me. But, I always love to have such crazy ideas myself, so maybe that is why! It is so amusing to see how different people perceive the same thing!

That made me think even more, and as I pondered over it! (I know it wasn’t necessary, but what the hell! :P) So as I pondered over it and the whole idea of ‘perception’ actually intrigued me!

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Let us imagine a ‘what if’ situation!

I mean, yeah it is all exciting and amazing, if someone makes you feel that special, by doing crazy things for you! Now, here comes the “what if” – What if, the person who did something crazy for you isn’t someone you really ‘click with’!? In that case, the whole scenario changes, doesn’t it? I mean, suddenly, unnecessarily that person becomes creepy, crazy, or someone on those lines! You might even see and share some posts or videos (where you-tubers think they are really funny 😛 )where such people are stereotyped and made fun of!

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That crazy person would just believe that he/she is going to be a lonely loser all his life! Maybe that’s how I was too! And more than once I’d felt in my life, I’m just too crazy or weird for people to understand! That is when slowly some of my now close friends came into my life, and really loved and accepted me for what I am! I think that’s the best kind of gift anyone can give you in a friendship! I might have scared people by over-doing things in a friendship, but those stayed back, who could see through it!

It is a blessing to be loved by someone who accepts you for what you are! Someone who knows your little flaws, can read your mind just by looking at your face (Even though you are trying to figure out what exactly is going on in that neuronal mess)! Some say this person should be your friend, I say, in my case a friend is a small word to describe that blessing! Yes, I’m talking about my husband! I can go on forever, so I will just reserve my thoughts, maybe for some other time!

To put it in the simplest words ever said,

“You’re not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you’ve met, she’s not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other.”

-“Good Will Hunting”

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Adios Amigos!

About Last Name

Many people ask me, what I want to be addressed as! And when I tell them it is Ms. Sameeta Golatkar! I get varied sets of expressions and questions! Well the most common reaction is; I had thought you are a feminist, how can you stand such redundant traditions! Well firstly I don’t call myself a hard-core feminist/feminazi! I just believe every individual should be treated as equal and his/her opinion should be respected! A person whether male or female is entitled to his or her opinion.

Well maybe people don’t get it and that is why they keep questioning and judging my opinions and decisions! The other most common question is! ‘Don’t you think you are losing your identity?’ Well, I still kept my first name, I didn’t get it changed and as far as I know my professional identity is as Sameeta ma’am and Personal identity as Sammy, none involve the surname! So well, no it doesn’t affect me as far as my identity is concerned! If my name was to be changed, I might have raised a little hell, maybe a lot! 😛

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So I totally understand when people don’t like their names to be changed, be it last or first! Judging any one of us based on our choices does more harm than good.

My reasons are a combination of ‘something silly’, conventional and something generally considered as immature. Haven’t we all as teenagers doodled our name with our crush’s last name! Those nostalgic innocent memories still bring a smile to my face and so does changing my name post marriage. Yes, like a true teenager from the 90s I feel cute as well as romantic about the change. In fact Mrs. Sameeta Golatkar has a nice ring to it! Not that it felt any bad earlier but this feels more complete, exactly the same as I feel with my other half! Call me silly, but who said I am not!

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Also, Sammy G sounds so cool something like Johnny G (a movie I enjoy any given time). And of course I can now happily gloat using the tag-line, ‘G mane Genius”.

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Then why not two surnames? That way I, rather my name, can have the best of both worlds. It is just something I can’t wrap my head around! Plus the child will take the father’s last name! And whether I keep just my maternal last name, or keeping them both. I would feel like a piece of puzzle that doesn’t fit, like  an outcast, ‘the one with the different last name’. Not a part of the team, and I don’t want it that way!!

Love it or hate it, I chose to take up the change! It wasn’t the easy way out in fact changing procedures officially are a headache! But I don’t mind!

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Each one his own!

Which one is yours?

4th December it is!

A Head Full of Dreams is on the way! Yes, the release date is 4th December 2015 and I’m looking to pre-book my copy at the earliest! But that is when in the back of my mind the music plays which plays at the beginning of the track, “Adventure of a Lifetime” and my head spins in confusion!

Confusion over thinking whether I like this song or not! At first go, not really! But now the music has grown on me. The vocals by Chris Martin still make me feel dreamy. Still hate the 70s popish “I’m Alive Again” part! The music stands true to old CP style from 3:24. So all in all it is not a bad song!

I like the song, but I like it because I’m a CP fan! But, if the band had started with such songs, I’m not sure if I’d liked the band to begin with!

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There’s no doubt whether I would still pre-book the album or not! I’m just going ahead anyway! But I silently wish we have more songs like “Amazing Day” than an “Adventure of a Lifetime”. I’m sure I would never regret that decision, never have! But, just a wish!~~

Do you agree with me? Tell me which one you like more in the comments section below!

Link for Amazing Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDEe8q9rnQ8

Link for Adventure of a Lifetime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsrpTrQ1x5Y

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