Its a wonderful morning here in Coimbatore.. cool and dewy!
I went yesterday to PSGR Krishnammal college and the reception I got there was none less than amazing. I went there to be the 'Chief Guest' at their veldictory function. I must add there is excellent talent here in these parts and unfortunately they dont get as much exposure as we living in metropolitan cities do. There was one event that was interesting. It was called 'Best of Karishma' since their event was called Karishma. There was this kinda stress round where the judges shoot different questions to the contestants, with idea of well, stressing them out, and the one who shines out is the winner. It looked very interesting and I expressed a wish to take part also. He he... it was a lot of fun. But then the judges maybe were taken off guard and they really didnt know what to ask me. I expected some more.. but it was fun nonetheless. I was not competing with the others though!!!
Finally a law student won, small wonder! This is her second time of winning this award in succession..I sang for sometime, and then I had to deliver the valedictory address.. it was slightly funny, everytime they called me on stage it was like "we now request the chief guest to do this, do that, receive this, receive that..." But it was awesome fun and I have always had the feeling that I have not sung the usual fast paced peppy numbers, and have always wondered whether people like what I sing. But yesterday they named almost all my songs and it felt nice that a singer like me is also recognised. And then its a very emotional experience in toto when they cheer. I least expected it.
All the flights that Jet Airways was plying were delayed and I met a friend of mine from Salsa class.. sometimes the wait is irritating. And in the aircraft, like I mentioned before I was given the same stinky bedsheet to cover myself. God knows how the gut - churning stink happens. But beggars cant be choosers and even after a full sleeve shirt and trousers, I was freeezing in the near sub-zero temperatures in the cabin. Food was so - so. And the landing wow..... he landed like damaal.. These Jet people must have mastered the art of plonking into the runway.
Later in the evening we went to party hosted by Mr. Jaishankar who has received the Arjuna Award for Adventure Sports.. He also apparently organises them and it was a fun party only that I was very tired. There was a lot of dancing and merry making. And of course I had to sing, and though I protested, I eventually sang Dhoom.
I have got a lot of mails from different people who have had told me about my singing but there is this one mail that I got today from someone in Finland. He apparently does not understand what I sing and has heard only two Indian songs in his entire life and one of them are mine. And he says it gives him nice feelings when he hears my singing.. One of the best gifts I have ever received.. and it proves time and again that music is sans barriers.
So far very good.