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Stephanie’s Blog

October 17, 2009

Princeton, Lost Souls and John Bose

Filed under: Cassini's Division, India, crazy crap, funny stuff — steph @ 1:32 pm

Thursday night, my all time favorite band, Cassini’s Division, played at Princeton. Total good time, you know, except for the fact that they started like 45 minutes late…or maybe they had already started, and were on their first cigarette break? I really dunno. :-) Well…it was fun, hung out with some friends, listened to some totally awesome music. I had arrived with Arjun Ghosh, and *EVENTUALLY* choto Indranil Dasgupta, Brandon (an american from my Bengali class), and Indra showed up (although only to pick me up!).  Also got to meet a friend for the first time, Urmi! It was fun! Little did I know…this was just the beginning of the fun.

Well…so, fast forward to the end of the show…all of us (Arjun, choto Indranil, Indra and I) went out to the street…and they started talking, and talking. And talking some more ;-)!

All of a sudden John comes out to the street with this old guy. The old guy was totally wasted. We were waiting for a taxi, and none were going our way…and the ones that were coming were getting picked up as fast as they came! Well…this guy keeps spouting out, “Am I a bad person?”, “Did I do something wrong?” and (my personal favorite ;-) sorry John!) “You are my god!”. Also, my other personal favorite outburst from the old man was, “Who are these white people standing around?!”. I had to turn away to stifle a giggle, and so John explained that I was a friend of his (the funniest part being the old man used refered to me as “people” when I was the only white person standing there!). John had asked us if we could take a detour on our way home and drop the old guy at Ballygunge Phari where he said he lived.

We finally found a taxi that was going our way, Indra, choto Indranil, and I all got in the back seat. First he wouldn’t get in the taxi because he was busy pissing on the gates of The Princeton Club. Then he had a bit of a fit about getting into the taxi. He finally got in after John reassured him that we were his friends and that we would get him safely to where he needed to go, he finally got into the front seat, with a little help.

Off we went! The old guy was muttering to himself when he was not falling asleep and falling over the front seat, at one point even leaning on the driver! Shortly we were at Ballygunge Phari and it was time to unload our “passenger”. Which proved to be tougher than getting the dude *inside* the taxi!!! Choto Indranil and Indra got out and helped the old guy out of the front seat. He at first refused to get out of the taxi and wished us good night. Finally he was standing on the sidewalk holding choto Indranil’s hand in both of his hands while bending over and touching choto’s hand to his forehead with utmost reverence. After all this time choto Indranil was his “god” and that he was “indebted to us forever”. Choto was concerned about whether or not this drunk old guy would be able to remember his house and get inside safely. On his repeated assurance that he was gonna do just fine, we left, after choto managed to “recover” his right hand.

We took a U-turn from the crossing ahead, and as we doubled back we saw the old guy still standing on the pavement where we had left him. We wondered who he was and hoped that he would get home safely. We then went home, and sent choto home in the same taxi. Yes, the taxi driver got a decent tip for this ride!

BTW, John, I know you are reading this, and you owe us 40 rupees! =P

May 24, 2009

Finally!!!

Filed under: Cassini's Division, India, Music, wedding — steph @ 3:51 am
Well…Friday night, I got to attend the one thing I had been looking forward to for a very *LONG* time. I got to see Cassini’s Division play Live at Princeton. Photos here. It was awesome!!! =D
Also, yesterday, we visited the Marriage Registrar and applied to get married. Now…we wait for 30 days =D We have planned it for June 25, 2009. Location: Unknown =P We’re not really sure what we’re doing…the reception is postponed until my mom can attend, sometime next year. Sorry guys if you were looking forward to a party =P

May 20, 2009

updates

Filed under: Cassini's Division, India, every day life — steph @ 2:43 am

Sorry its been a while since I’ve really posted anything significant. It’s been almost 2 weeks, and I’m still enjoying Kolkata and learning my way around. I’ve been left at home with Maa, Baba, and Sujata a few times this week while Indra goes to meetings for work. It’s not as bad as I had imagined, Maa makes sure I’m doing okay and that I’ve got what I need. I prefer to keep to myself, and always have, always when I lived on my own, so I spend the majority of my time online browsing the net, or reading books. Indra has taken me to work with him a few times, to Barasat, a college where he is setting up some servers and things. That’s always an adventure to be sure. =D

Yes, things have been tough, we’re still making adjustments and learning to live with the other, because neither of us have had to live with someone for quite sometime (besides the family & roommates).

We got a new bed yesterday. Its wrought iron and beautiful. Then we went to a store called Big Bazaar, reminds me a lot of Big Lots, and got some curtains that are blue, orange, and yellow and then some sheets which are different shades of orang, with yellow, pink and white. Its very pretty.

Everyone keeps asking me how I like India and *how* Indra really is. Well…India, its diverse, what can I say? Yes, its dirty and different. But the life here is so much simpler, there is no rush to get anything done (ok, somewhat =P) and so carefree, and the food, oh the food!!! It’s completely different than anything I am used to, but I love it too!! It’s just sooooooooo yummy. Indra…well…he’s amazing, he takes such good care of me and makes sure that I have everything I need. =D We get along great, so don’t worry!!

Take care, more adventures coming up soon…especially Friday, I’m going to see my all time favorite band, LIVE!!! Cassini’s Division I can’t wait!!!

May 18, 2009

if you love me…

Filed under: Cassini's Division — steph @ 2:17 am

go vote for Cassini’s Division here: http://www.sutasi.com/backstage/

April 23, 2009

Launchpad Episode 5

Filed under: Cassini's Division, India, Launchpad, Music — steph @ 6:27 pm

Okay…totally nothing to say about this episode, totally B-O-R-I-N-G…all they did was take photos, but damn was CD looking good in those photos :) keep on rocking!!!

April 12, 2009

Launchpad Episode 4

Filed under: Cassini's Division, India, Launchpad, Music, Prachir — steph @ 12:33 am

Okay, so I watched the 4th Episode of Launchpad today. Let me first say, Cassini’s Division totally ruled that episode. The fact that they almost walked out, gave them a good portion of the show. YEAH!!! =D And lets talk about the performances. This week they each picked a song which was performed by a famous singer at some time in the past.

Cassini’s Division: They sang ‘Bad’ by Micheal Jackson. OMG!!! They totally rocked that song!! I went back and listened to the Micheal Jackson version, and I was appalled. CD was totally much better. It was much better because I also had a phone conversation with the bassist, John Bose, love him!!! Awesome. They have been the most consistent so far. Sorry, I’m sorta biased towards them too. Told Jboi that if they didn’t win that I would totally boycott that channel for good. Lets see!! Damn the fact that I’m going to be traveling from Delhi to Kolkata on May 9th, Thank God for Jboi, and his promise for a text to tell me the results, we’ll see if he remembers or not. ;-) /me goes to call Tara to have her remember =D

Faridkot: As usual…BORING!!! Thats all I have to say

Prachir: Good, I don’t remember the song, but I still like them. I look forward to seeing them live. They got dealt a shit hand, stupid Ashu.

Circus: um, yeah, sure…I don’t remember the song…which speaks for itself..

Reverse Polarity: well…yeah…um…how were they 1st? I don’t think they are all that good. The screaming gives me a headache. Yeah, the lead singer is hot and all…but OMG, everytime he speaks in Hindi I want to point my finger and laugh at him!!!

Workshop: Madonna…OMG…ROFL…they did a shitty job on the song. Although I have to give them that the end was funny. But…yeah…one funny part at the end can’t make up for the bad song.

Blank Noize: um…yeah, They went home. Good riddance.

ROCK ON CASSINI’S DIVISION…LETS SHOW LAUNCHPAD AND INDIA THAT THE BEST BANDS COME FROM KOLKATA!!!!

April 6, 2009

Channel [V] Launchpad

Filed under: Cassini's Division, India, Launchpad, Music, Prachir, crazy crap, funny stuff, ranting — steph @ 2:30 am

channel [V] Launchpad is like Indian MTV (for those americans or others reading my blog) which gives bands a chance to get off the ground. They will get a cover on The Rolling Stones, if they win, as well as a contract and a international gig, and tour. Yeah! It totally rocks.

Ok, OMG, what the hell are the judges thinking?!?!?! The final 3 is Farikdot, Reverse Polarity, and Cassini’s Division (my personal fave). It started out with 20 bands, and the first day it was cut to 15, and then the next day was cut down to 7, those seven being: 1. Cassini’s Division, 2. Reverse Polarity, 3. Workshop, 4. Prachir, 5. Farikdot, 6. Blank Noize, and 7. Circus, well those last 2 were hard to remember, they must not have been very memorable for me. Farikdot and Workshop *so* should have gone home this week.

This week, they had to make a song in 10 minutes from a word drawn out of a fish bowl. Some were funny, like CD got waxing, and they made a hot cool song, and Reverse Polarity got the word ‘bra’ um, yeah…what the hell was the singer thinking???

My favorites are Cassini’s Division and Prachir. CD made it to the finals, but Prachir didn’t because of their stupid bassist, Ashu, leaving them. WTF is that all about?!?!?! That is just messed up in my mind. That is totally okay, because I intend to go see them live when I am in Kolkata. Thats my rant about them. You can find Cassini’s Division here: www.cassinisdivision.com or on Orkut here http://www.orkut.com/Main#Community.aspx?cmm=6806554 and on Facebook here http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=2372832859&ref=ts and Myspace here www.myspace.com/cassinisdivision . Prachir can be found here on Orkut http://www.orkut.com/Main#Community.aspx?rl=cpn&cmm=15104820 .

Now…for my opinions on the bands.

Cassini’s Division: These guys totally kick ass, plus they are good friends, so of course I’m totally rooting for them. They have a good taste of music and Rahul da has a nice voice, and his singing is the best. You can totally comptelely understand him when he sings in English. Jboi is just awesome on the bass and with his big puffy hair. Ludo, is fab on the drums. He’s awesome. Now, the other guitarist, Sukanti, I don’t know him very well…but he’s good too, even if all he does is stand around and walk around. Sorry, guys! But Jboi and Rahul love to dance around, even if Jboi does wear black polish and has this fondness for black and grey striped jackets…lol ;-).

Reverse Polarity: Well…first off…if I could really understand what the hell the guy was singing I’d be a lot happier, but they are pathetic, how the hell did they make it to the finals? And the guy when doing a commentary talks, he sounds really funny talking Hindi. I don’t like these guys at all.

Workshop: Well…these guys are funny, they like to sing about body parts, mainly the penis, in their songs, and so its sorta funny, but sorta gross. They wear the ugliest outfits on stage too, they wear these dark blue coveralls and yellow hard hats. WTF!!! Get rid of these guys!!! I don’t even know why they made it through to The House of Rock. They don’t even have their guitars tuned right! Come on now!!

Prachir: This band is hot. They are from Kolkata as well, just like CD. I *love* them. They are good, but got dealt a shitty hand, when their bassist left them in like the 3rd day, and said something about going to school and he would come back, but never came back. They rock!!! I totally intend to go see them live in Kolkata. Anybody up for it, I have to find someone else as Indra won’t go with. This is my favorite song from them currently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEonLHhaCow

Farikdot: They sing in Hindi, so I have no damn idea what they are saying. Their music so isn’t rock. Its more…slow? They are okay, but they aren’t a favorite by any means, or how they even managed to get to the finals, as they completely suck. I probably wouldn’t go see them by any means. They should have gotten eliminated this week.

Blank Noize: They suck too. I don’t really remember much about them, except their songs are slower, and I’m not sure they are ‘really’ rock. Yeah, not very memorable. *sigh*

Circus: They are good. The lead singer is sort of cute. LOL. Their music is good, I would probably go see them live. The only thing that I really remember about them is when they were going to the first audition they said ‘we are circus. the legal circus, the legal circus.’ over and over. But not very memorable either, no wonder why they didn’t make it to the finals.

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