I haven't been blogging much and it's not because of journeys within or around the place (which I shall post about shortly!)
The thing is I am working on this book project and it takes a lot of energy, both mental and physical. Writing a book is different from writing a blog, or a magazine piece. A book has to have cohesion of thought and attitude.
It's taken quite a few drafts for me to reach a point where I feel satisfied with the way it's shaping up. And oh, that's just chapter one.
Result of all this maatha pachchi is: no blogging. Not because there weren't things I'd like to write about but because I need to take a break from the screen and keyboard...
And yes, since I am working from home for this month this break generally means I swicth on the television. Which is how I came across this incredible new song with a great beat: "Aye Hip Hopper". The video instantly catches your attention - there's a guy sitting in a bathtub while a girl who is a bit oddly dressed in a t-shirt and bindi is washing his hair.
The lyrics go like this:
Aye heep hopper mujhe pyaar to aye heep hopper
Meri pyaar ki duniya mein ... meri love ki duniya mein, ek pappi do na sir
Then the hip hopper goes..
Kya tu pak rahi hai
Kaise tap rahi hai
Khopdi pak rahi hai
Ruk ruk ruk
Baksheesh bhi diya hai
Bonus bhi diya hai
chahiye tujhko kya hai
Phut phut phut
In case you haven't guessed by now, the girl is a servant in the house ('tere ghar mein bartan shartan maanjti hu barabar') and I guess that bathtub scene is a censored version of the fantasies many guys play out in their minds.
The 'heep hopper' now despairs:
Maybe but she's hot like Rekha..
But she ain't gonna find my favour...
How can I'm a star hip hopper..
She's my bai, just a part time naukar
I think some folks will find the whole song, lyrics and especially the picturisation 'offensive'. But I think here's a very original and perceptive artist. And this is what hip-hop is all about isn't it? A class struggle.
Now had the guy been groping the girl it would really have been gross. But here it's the girl who's trying to seduce the guy. And that turns the maalik exploiting naukraani scenario totally on its head!
The 'heep hop' singer is Ishq Bector and I think he will go far. Listen to the song here. The female voice is Sunidhi Chauhan.
According to his website, Ishq is born & raised in Winnipeg, Canada, but has made Mumbai his second home. Certified in Chinese Medicine with his forte in Acupuncture, this multi-talented Gemini followed his first passion in life, music. And lots more blah blah blah.
I think he's talented and the music is spunky. Another single 'Daaku Daddy' is about a girl who is grounded by her dad because he finds out about her boyfriend. And so he's the 'daaku daddy', like Gabbar Singh.
The album 'Daaku Daddy' has been released in India by Times Music. I don't know how much it will sell in this age of free downloads but maybe he'll make money giving concerts and scoring Bollywood music!