Runrig – The Final Mile

I am not sure how many have heard the band Runrig other than the UK and Europe, but Mr M is a huge fan of them. He has loads of their cassettes. They are doing their final tour now and since Mr M was keeping track of it, we managed to book two tickets for their performance in London which was held at Apollo, Hammersmith. It was a Friday night event and it was very well arranged. The entry, the bag checks etc.

I have never heard of them or their songs for that matter. Even though Mr M was playing some songs of theirs I was always doing something else (for example: reading my kindle) that I hardly bothered to listen. I had no clue how they would sound and what their songs were like. There was no intro music or anything. They started on time at 7.30 pm (maybe a couple of mins late) and by that time the event area was totally packed. You could see the hardcore fans wearing their T-Shirts and getting ready for the gig.

They started with a bang and I was taken by surprise. They sounded very very good. I totally enjoyed the whole performance. All kinds of songs, old and new. There were so many people who were joining in. They had very good stage presence and each one of them (total 6) were great on their own. They played a few Celtic songs. You could see some Scottish flags waving from time to time. The audience pitched in whenever they were asked to. Mr M was in his own world. Towards the final, they introduced themselves and told their story (short) and showcased a variety of instruments.

It was a very lovely evening and they performed until 11 pm, which wasn’t a small feat. They have so much energy, so much love for their music that you can’t but enjoy it and enjoy it well.

It was such an irony that it was my first time listening to them and their last time performing in London. Even though they have decided to call it quits, their songs will live on forever.


A fight is not always a Fight

“The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club” – Fight Club


“If you aren’t willing to fight for what you believe in, then don’t even enter the ring.” – Madonna


“Fight club wasn’t about winning or losing. It wasn’t about words. The hysterical shouting was in tongues”- Fight Club


“I have not yet begun to fight!” -John Paul Jones


“All things are ready, if our mind be so.” –  William Shakespeare


‘It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit – J.R.R. Tolkien


“Fifth rule: one fight at a time, fellas” – Fight Club


“Your body can stand up to almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.”- Anonymous


“The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.” – Swami Sivananda


“If this is your first night at Fight Club, you have to fight” – Fight Club


“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher


“Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” – Martha Graham


“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me” -Joshua Graham


“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” – Ferdinand Foch


We have a three day weekend because of the Ugadi festival, so I am visiting my folks. I am not sure if I will be able to blog over the weekend (I will try to, though) so I thought I will leave you guys with some photographs of the Kalaripayattu (Kerala’s age old martial arts…there is a discussion online as to which came first, Kung Fu or Kalaripayattu…but let us not get into that) performance we had the pleasure to attend during our stay in Munnar. This is my first visit to a Kalaripayattu and it was mind boggling. I was so much in awe of those people. It was an hour and a half performance. We were also able to go to the ring and take photographs with those warriors, posing like one (that is all I can afford to).  I had a tough time filtering out the photographs to showcase their talents, because there were too many of them. I made sure to take some video’s too, but that will take a lot of time to process. So you might have to enjoy the photographs for now. Until next time, Happy Blogging and Be Safe 🙂

If I should have a daughter

I like poetry but not so much as anything else I read. From time to time I read the ones in the blogs I follow and sometimes I understand and connect to, but sometimes I am a little dumb and can’t figure out what they are trying to say. But Sarah Kay‘s poem ‘If I should have a daughter’, I could connect very well. I loved it. If not anything else, check out her first poem and the last one (almost at the end of the video) about Hiroshma. And she tells them very passionately.

The transcript is here , in case you don’t want to listen to the whole stuff.