Interesting facts from Maestro Ilaiyaraaja

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What’s New: According to WordPress statistics, this post has garnered the most number of views (1800+) in my blog. I have added some more related postal materials.

Original Post – 2016

I recently read two books of Maestro Ilaiyaraaja. Having grown-up listening to his film music, I was all the more interested in his writings when I saw these books at the recent Chennai Book Fair.

The first book, “Ilaiyaraajavai Kelungal” (“Ask Ilaiyaraaja”), is a compilation of questions that were asked to him by readers of the Tamil weekly magazine, Kumudam. The second book, “Paal Nila Paathai” (“Milk Moon Path”), is another compilation of articles by him that were originally published in Kumudam. These articles are about his childhood, family, music career, and numerous interactions with various personalities in the world music and Indian film industry.

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Watching an Immortal Epic

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Original Post – 2014:

After so many years I went to the Music Academy to watch a play. Little did I realize that I will be immersed in the experience for days after watching it. My wife and I have never read the novel that the show was based on. We went to watch it with an open mind.

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Looking back at 2020

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First and foremost, let me wish all my readers a very happy, healthy, and safe new year 2021.

Happy new year 2021
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I am not going to delve into how 2020 was for me or my family. Rather, I will restrict this flashback post to the performance of my blog in 2020 and I will keep it short.

I had written just one post in 2020 and hence was not expecting much from the blog statistics. However, I was in for a big surprise. A decent number of visitors from several countries have visited the blog.

Visitors to the blog
Visitors to the blog

Another surprise was the large number of views to a post that I had published four years ago!

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Views per post

Based on these statistics, I have decided to update the popular posts with more information in addition to writing new posts.

I am looking forward to have more visitors and a better statistics for this year. Wish me good luck.

My Malta Story

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It was at my favourite book store in Chennai during my high school days that I first saw a stamp from Malta. Till then I never knew that such a country exists. I bought the stamp on impulse immediately. That was the only Malta stamp in my collection for several years.

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Get lost in the jungle

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As a kid who grew up watching Doordarshan TV during my school days, I have fond memories of my favorite shows. Though my Hindi is bad, I can still recite the song, “Jungle Jungle baat chali hai….”, the popular title track of Jungle Book cartoon series.

So, when the new movie adaptation by Disney, The Jungle Book, got released last week, I was all the more excited to watch it.

The movie is awesome. The CGI makes the jungle come alive. With great voiceovers for the animals, it is a delight to watch the characters of Sher Khan, Bagheera, and Baloo. Neel Sethi as Mowgli is cute, but looks more rehearsed.

Rudyard Kipling’s wonderful story of a kid lost in the Indian jungles has come out well in this movie. Go watch it and get lost in the jungle visually.

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