An update about an update

I have updated the home page at my personal Web site [^]. It now even carries a latest photo of mine (taken right today).

Assignment for those of you who know me in person: Answer the following multiple-choice question and let me know the answer before the due date:

Question: I [meaning Ajit Jadhav] look[s] better in person than in photo:

  • Strongly agree
  • Agree somewhat
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Disagree somewhat
  • Strongly disagree

[Answer key: None of the above. Hence, all those who attempted the question do get full marks. Anyway, the choice closest to the correct answer was: “Strongly agree,” but the correct underlying fact is: I look infinitely better in person than in photo. [That’s right. No cough. [No cough-cough either.]]

But assignments and all? In a blog post?

Yes. The vacation is over.

Our new term begins on 15th of July. I will be teaching an undergraduate course on Heat Transfer this time round. Will keep you posted.

Bye for now (and, guess, for quite some time).

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A Song I Like:

[If this song feels like it came off RD (in my undergraduate days, I have seen people making absolutely super-confident bets that it did), the imagination is actually wrong, but not entirely without basis either: Basu Manohari, the actual composers for this song, had assisted RD for a long time.

... Exactly like how Sapan Jagmohan also often feel like RD (and they, too, assisted him)... Exactly like Jaydev's songs sometimes do feel like they came off SD (and, yes, Jaidev, a great composer in his own right, had assisted SD for a long time). ... And why, exactly like how "Guide" and "Aaraadhanaa"'s music---especially their orchestrations---do have a distinct feel as if it is a bit too innovative, fresh or upbeat even for SD. (Yes, RD assisted SD for many movies in those times, and definitely for these two).

... Makes you wonder what part of the total listening experience that is a song, comes from whom, but then, guess it's the composer who (at least supposedly) is the final integrator...

Anyway, coming back to this song, for this movie ("Sabse Bada Rupaiya"), Basu and Manohari gave the music on their own, as a separate brand. ...Just listen to this song: the fresh voices of Kishore and Lata, but infinitely more importantly: the basic tune itself, the (un-intrusive, actually complementary kind of) orchestration, that guitar beat in the "mukhaDa" and those skips in it... All in all, so confident but (for the lack of a better word) so un-ostentatious... so finely upbeat and joyous... Purely marvellous! (I had completely forgotten this song for so many years decades by now, and thank the person who had listed it as a favourite somewhere on the 'net.) ]

(Hindi): “waadaa karo jaanam…”
Music: Basu Manohari (i.e. Basu Deo Chakravarty and Manohari Singh—and I learnt only now that Basu Manohari was not one man but a duo)
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

[No, I am certain (at least) this time round that I won't come back and edit this post... ]



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