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Agam, live at Hard Rock Cafe, Hyderabad

This post was written for Top Five Records. You can read the original here.

The Indian rock scene has, over the years, engendered numerous artists and acts - many of which have given us reason to feel proud of the music that our country produces today. From the pioneering works of Moheener Ghoraguli in the 1970s to the near-virtuosos like Baiju Dharmajan and Warren Mendonsa, Indian rock has indeed walked a long and meandering path. More importantly, they have established and re-established the fact that our musicians have often been able to step outside the mundane mediocrity of Bollywood and make refreshing music, by drawing heavily from Western rock while remaining faithful to their Indian roots.
Agam hail from Bangalore, and they call themselves a Carnatic-progressive rock band. Their music is thus a heady mix of Carnatic classical, set against an ambitious backdrop of technically challenging rock; this is not surprising, as they cite Indian Ocean, Dream Theater and Rush as thei…

Hello Haiku

This is my first attempt at Haiku.

I've followed the 5-7-5 syllables rule religiously; and I have tried to take a snapshot of nature with each set of three lines, complete with two distinct ideas in each set.

There's a big chance that they aren't very good. If you agree, don't hesitate to let me know. In the oft chance that you do like them, don't hesitate to let me know either.

palms in the wind sway
a twig snaps below my feet
my insides crumble

yon dusty highway
water droplets on the screen
parched soil all around

the dunes are yellow
lone beauty of a cactus
pricks the human soul

the sparkling white snow
rests the sun behind the peaks
the dawn rushes in

the calm of the green
the predator stalks the prey
the deer grazes on

crashing of the waves
a crab walks sideways in sand
all marks washed away

Top five stunning rock covers to shock and awe

This post was first published on Top Five Records. Read the original here.


This is an extremely ambitious list.

Not only does it try to select five out of all the good, the bad and ugly of rock covers that exist in the world, but it also tries to include a seemingly wide genre of musicians. As a result, you’ll find everything on this list: from an alternative metal band to a Spanish soprano singer, from an alt-rock super-group to a humble Indian indie band, and from a British metal icon to a classical pop pianist, all trying their level best to recreate some of the finest songs from rock music’s tumultuous past. Hope you enjoy it.

5. Tool cover Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter" “No Quarter” is one of those vintage rock songs that reek of Led Zeppelin from the moment they get underway. Yes, it is bereft of any of Jimmy Page’s textbook guitar solos, and yes, it’s not the first song that comes to your mind when you think of Robert Plant either. Yet, it always comes off as a ma…

This Easter Egg hidden in the terminal blew my mind

Linux users (specifically those who use Debian or its derivatives) would be aware of this particularly bovine Easter Egg that is hidden in the terminal.

So, if you attempt to apt-get moo, it shows you a cow and asks you "Have you mooed today?"

apt-get as you would know, is one of the widely used commands used to install software. A lesser known wrapper tool for apt-get is aptitude, which essentially does the same thing as what apt-get does. Technicalities aside, the big question is - what happens when you do aptitude moo?

When I did try it out, it yielded what is possibly one of the greatest Easter Eggs that I've ever come across. Here, see for yourself.