Suddenly the month of June looks shorter than what it really is and I have my calendars full for the rest of the month. Have been doing some good reading of late – Finally, got around to read “An Equal Music”, a book which I purchased in 2000. Every time, I walked past this book shelf in my library that held this book, I invariably picked another one – call it some kind of block for Seth’s heavy writing. But once I forced my way through the first few pages and got myself into the characters and the backdrop of the story, I was longing for more. Vikram Seth is a true master craftsman.
That has brought me to flipping the pages of another serious book – Kiran Desai’s “Inheritance of Loss”. Another book that has been urging me to be picked from the book store for a few months now, but somehow I couldn’t do it till I had Vikram Seth slap me on my face for being ignorant.
Saw AR Rahman on stage for the fourth time – in Chicago last week. I feel terrible for all the performers and most importantly the sound engineers who are being put through this rigamarole of doing 3 contiguous concerts over a 48 hour period in 3 different cities. That showed in the sporadic buzzing of the sound system, which gave some spots of gray for the otherwise musically drenched minds to mulch over that night. A very good concert with well packed songs and handsomely arranged numbers. Well, in a world tour like this – you can always do better. I am sure they will, the next time.
The movie scene has been pretty good too – Spiderman 3, Ocean’s Thirteen, Babel, Secret Window, The Holiday and a few that are waiting to be seen. To top it all, there is Sivaji palying this weekend in Detroit.