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The Asian Women's Blog Carnival, edited by [livejournal.com profile] ciderpress, is up.

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A few music reviews & mp3s:

A while back I listened to the soundtrack of Delhi-6, AR Rahman's latest project. It's better than the work he did in Slumdog Millionaire, but I don't think that's saying much. There are a couple of songs that I like, but there's nothing that blows my mind, and somehow after all this time of churning out soundtracks that are good rather than great, I still expect that of him, the absolute brilliance of another Dil Se or Roja. He's the one that singlehandedly got me interested in Bollywood pop, but now I wonder if gaining so much mainstream recognition has permanently hampered his ability to produce something that amazing again. And, even with the songs I liked in this soundtrack, such as Masakali - what I found great were the lyrics and the way they were sung, which had little to do with him and everything to do with Prasoon Joshi and Mohit Chauhan, while the production, which was all his, reminded me a lot of Uye Udi Udi Udi from Saathiya, which he had released years ago (and which I like more!), and all this time he couldn't come up with a new sound? I get the impression that he's got a stock of five or six formulas that he uses again and again, with a little tweaking here and there, and sometimes it's the tweaks I find jarring and questionable because they don't seem well thought out. Also, this album seems to be getting rave reviews everywhere, which just makes me dislike it all the more.

That said, I did adore Rehna Tu. It flowed so smoothly, seemed at once serious and whimsical and bemused. Also, I cannot believe that's AR Rahman singing, and I would not mind BW love songs so much if they all had lyrics such as this.


And now, the song that I'm currently head-over-heels in love with: Maan Bawra, sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, produced by Afsar-Sajid, written by Shahab Allahabadi, from the movie Aasma. It was the only song I liked in that movie soundtrack, but I liked it to a scary, scary degree. It has a somewhat conventional arrangement, though one that proves that conventional arrangements can be the best! Because the melody is beautiful, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is always amazing, and the lyrics make me go so starry-eyed. I would love BW love songs if they all had lyrics such as this. The first couple of verses translated (I think. my Urdu is not the best ^^;;):

my restless heart searches for you
the scales of gaining and losing
all my life's wishes
this sky this place
it all seems still

the innocent heart was lost
sometime it stopped beating
a madman sitting having lost his senses
life is crying
talking to myself and laughing
in a crowd, feeling alone
the beating of the waves sounding between my breaths

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I just caught up on all twenty scanlated volumes of Nana and I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED HAPPENED. ANY OF THEM BUT ESPECIALLY ONE. I want to review this because it's one of those manga that gets more and more compelling as it goes on, which shouldn't be possible after a while, but I am still dumbfounded and gaping and all that is coming out is incoherent caps.

(Also, Yazawa Ai has done a series with Courtney Love?? HOW SCARY.)

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