Sunday, October 01, 2006

What is the Drift?

A little about me: I was born in Vadodara, which used to be a small town with a fine University, its own Royal Family, a lot of cricket history and a bustling art community. The University still thrives, the Royal Family is still around, we still have cricketers playing in the National team and the art community has thrived to the point where almost every artist of note in India has passed through town in some capacity.

Here on the Drift, we don't take too many things seriously. Except probably music. Well, maybe not really. Most of the stuff written here is tongue-in-cheek. So take it easy when you pass by - if your blood pressure rises when you read the stuff here, you are probably not getting the Drift. In that case take a deep breath and go back to perusing Orkut for a while. (This last line was a test).

I've been watching Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Indian Idol on TV since 2008. So you'll find lots of reports here about those shows. Occasionally if a show grabs my attention, I'll watch it for a bit and post about it. I don't watch as much TV as the Drift might suggest - but I'm always open to suggestions from people.

Which leads me to this: I rely a lot on people who comment on the blog for a lot of my gyaan. Its amazing to me that inspite of the busy lives people lead and the reams of great reading material available to them, they still find time to stop by and read the Drift. And then find time to comment. I am always very appreciative of that.

A few areas on the Drift worth noting. The focus is loosely on Bollywood. That doesn't mean Drifters aren't into other stuff - but if you want to unleash your inner Bollywood junkie, this might be one of the places that might interest you.

There are a few people Drifters are very fond of: Himesh Reshammiya, Rakhi Sawant, Bappi Lahiri and Vishal-Shekhar. We make fun of all of them although we seem to be genuinely fond of Vishal and Shekhar. Some of them sometimes stop by and leave us funny comments - they are all fake!

Finally a word on the comments: I don't moderate comments nor do I have any spam filters. It's worked great so far because everyone who stops by here seems to be fun-loving and respectful of others. I like that a lot and would hate for it to change.

29 comments:

Ajit said...
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Pitu said...

Nice!

Bella said...

awww, so sweet!

JMLR!

Kanan said...

Cool intro, Aspi!

Oct 2006 - is that when you started the drift?

Aspi said...

I started with a post of Farhan's Don, which is appropriate since the old one is my favorite movie.

vishal said...

They're not all fake! This is Vishal, from Vishal and Shekhar. The real one, for whatever that's worth! :-)

Aspi said...

Vishal, thanks for reading the Drift.

Also wanted to take the opportunity to say that the last time I wrote about the music of Bachna, I wasn't able to figure out what you were trying to do with "Lucky Boy". I appreciate the song a whole lot more now.

As always, thanks for the music!

meena said...

Vishaal! we have huge fans of yours stopping by on the drift. ..Hope you do an interview with Aspi soon.

Congratulations on your success with the unforgettables tour! greatly enjoyed your turn on stage here in chicago.

Bella said...

Wooo Hooo!!!! Vishal is here :)

Aspi, looks like you do attract the famous :)

Hmmm, Vishal and I share the same birthday, does that make him my role model?

Aspi said...

bella, you might just be a Vishal-like personality. Not that I know what that is.

Also, it always amazes how many chicks dig Vishal. I'm constantly running into them. And I know Sidekick - who used to stop by here before - is a die hard Vishal fan.

girlie girl said...

I'm saying it again...you're climbing up that Fame ladder!! hehe

Vishal!!! We love you guys here and let me just say SRGMP isnt the same without you guys there! :(

Where has sidekick been, Aspi?!

j said...

Agree with you Aspi on the girls digging Vishal. I am one of them and was a little jealous as to how much attention Shekhar fanchic's were getting on SRGMP.

Deepa said...

Hi Aspi, I drop by your blog once in a while and really enjoy your 'drifts'. I knew I had seen your picture somewhere but I just couldn't figure out where.. Now I know..

Rock On!!!!!!! :o))))

ps: I hope your kids enjoyed the movie... The rating here in Australia, changed from M to G (General)..

Aspi said...

Deepa, welcome. Good to have you here.

Rock On!! Heh, heh. Reminds me I need to write my take on that flick in time for the DVD.

Deepa said...

He he he... Thanks.. You will see me often here but not to worry.. I will not go overboard and flood your wall as I am sometimes wont to do on other forums .. :D:D

Looking forward to your 'drift' on Rock On!!!!!!

Cheers!!!!

Miss Malini said...

Hello! So as I mentioned I like your drift.. blogged about it too :) http://missmalini.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/drifters-delight/

Aspi said...

Miss Malini, thanks for the post and all the nice things you had to say. I read everyone who stops by so I look forward to reading more of your stuff.

Love the name and blog design, by the way.

Miss Malini said...

Oh thanks much :) so I told another buddy about you (a fellow snarky blogger like yourself!) Check out http://www.whattothink.org/ good stuff!
P.S. The name I cannot take credit for (thanks mom) but then they unfortunately thought it would be oh-so-funny to name my sister "Shalini" and ruined it all (umm or the other way around since she's 12 years older than me.) Ah the quandry. Shall I be tormented by the inane naming or the face that I was a potential after thought?! Perhaps its time for you to drift onto the subject of desi names. Take for instance "Rahul" I pondered too some time ago... :) http://missmalini.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/the-rahul-syndrome/
I'll be back!

Sita said...
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bollywooddeewana said...

Hello i just discovered your blog recently and its always a pleasure reading your bollywood writings,i never tire from coming here

keep up the good work.....xx

bollywooddeewana said...

And yeah i'm fond of Bappi Lahiri and Vishal Shekhar as well

I would always love Bappi for his Indian disco contributions and for Nainon mein sapna
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jli5KTeGeSw

I love Vishal/Shekhar as well, they always have a very hip soundtrack. I wonder why they haven't had any releases so far this year

Aspi said...

bd, thanks for reading and welcome. When I have a slightly faster connection - I will watch that vid and reminisce.

ashwini said...
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Harish Krishnan said...

Hey,

I would like to get in touch with you. Can you send me your contact details to harishkrishnan at blogadda dot com.

parulmittal said...

Do you do book reviews? I have written a fiction book on IIT girls called Heartbreaks & Dreams! Would be nice to hear your comments on the book.

Indy said...

Q: Can Aspi please tell me what is the hairstyle that Akki wears in the song Paisa Paisa....movie De Dana Dan

Anonymous said...

Q: Aspi can you or someone from your blog please tell me what is the hairstyle that Akki wears in the song Paisa Paisa....movie De Dana Dan

Anonymous said...

Q: Aspi can you or someone in your blog please tell me what is the hairstyle that Akki wears in the song Paisa Paisa....movie De Dana Dan

Jacqueline said...

Hi: Last week I sent you a note about my BollyBrook remix video of "Bachna Ae Haseeno" http://bollybrook.com/
Did you get a chance to check it out?

The video went viral in USA and UK with over 40,000 views in only 1 week. It was mentioned in Wired Magazine's blog and featured as a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Thank you!! And Best wishes from New York City,

Nick Gray
-- Producer of http://bollybrook.com/
-- Personal home page http://nickgray.net/