2006 Concerts

Rock the Mic

shekhar usually rents a car and drives to toronto whenever he visits but this time he decided to carpool with some people. shweta is in india pursuing her singing career and no one else was coming with shekhar so it would be quite inefficient to rent a car for the weekend. so we decided that he’ll carpool and i would rent a car here in mississauga for the weekend.

he was visiting toronto because he wanted to meet his cousins before he went to india later this month and also because there was a concert he wanted to attend. raghav, juggy d, veronica, and thara were playing a gig in brampton. i had never heard these names before but i decided to tag along. better than staying home again for the weekend and playing counterstrike.

shekhar’s cousin, priyanka, was already at the concert along with some of her friends. we joined them and had a good time. i didnt particularly like the artists. their songs were all in punjabi and i barely understood what they were saying. the one song that i did enjoy was performed by one of the backup guitarists. she sang while playing her acoustic guitar and i thought it was wonderful. but the crowd was a desi crowd, here to listen to bhangra and punjabi songs. so half the people left the hall for a breather outside while she played. too bad. i liked it!

later on when raghav, supposedly the main attraction, started singing his backstreet boy’s oh-baby-i-love-you-dont-leave-me-whaaaaaaaa songs shekhar and i went outside. the girls were enjoying his sappy songs so they wanted to stay. in the meantime there were some indian sikh guys inside the hall who had drank more than they could handle, and had started pushing and shoving. this led to the cops escorting them outside the premises and telling them to leave.. now.

it was past 1 am by that time and the cops decided it was too late to let anyone back inside. so shekhar and i were locked outside and had to call priyanka and tell her what had happened. she came outside and tried to ask the cops to let us in but they were adamant and stood their ground. “leave, now.” i took a picture of shekhar and his cousin talking on the phone while standing on opposite sides of a glass door.. funny.

afterwar the show we went to tim hortons, won some donuts and coffee from the Roll up the rim contest, and finally everyone went home. shekhar took the car and slept at his cousins after dropping me at home. long long day but an enjoyable one.

i recorded some videos as well. juggy d is the singer in the black leather jacket and he kept making that “rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr” sound.. the one thats used in “roll up the rim to win” ads. lunato has a really hard time when trying to make the continuous r sound with her tongue while it is very very easy for me to do. i think it is a special desi super power :P

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0 replies on “Rock the Mic”

tell lunato she needs to practice.
when i was a kid i couldnt do it either. at all. not even un-continous. so when i spoke spanish i sounded like….. well quite frankly i sounded liek madeline (cartoon)
so when i was 14 my mom wanted to send me to argentina ya? and i was ashamed to go and be made fun of as i had been at 11 when i went with my parents. i a practiced every single day and it took me a year but i got it (with difficulty). and now after practicing for all thsoe years, i can now do it just fine.
so its all about practice.
no special desi power. u just practice more than we did cuz you were born exposed to it.

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