Friday, March 02, 2007

Australia Mate!!

Currently in Australia for a few shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Came here after a pretty tiresome journey.
Two things connected to airports. While in Chennai, there was unclaimed baggage, and in no time there were sniffer dogs, police personnel and the bomb squad. And a lot of worried people wondering whether something is gonna blow.
Transit at KLIA for almost 4 hours. It was boring and cold. And I llove technology. We forgot the Malaysian currency at home. And were wondering how to have a cup of coffee since they didnt have credit cards. And I see an ATM in front of me. Turns out mom noticed it earlier. Pushed my card in, and out come the awesome looking money I have ever seen in my life :) All for a cup of coffee. Small pleasures sometimes turn out to be pretty importnat :)

Once at Sydney, we saw the airport officials refused to let the Tabla inside the country because they said it is animal skin, and it has to be quarantined. He says he is doing his job. And after a struggle of more than an hour, we had to forego the instrument. And we can take it back from Syndey when we go back. I found this saddening that a musical instrument can't make through such regulatory problems.

Have a fairly long stay in Australia and intend to look around quite a bit and for super shows with Janaki Amma, Mano ji and Mr. Mukesh.

Rehearsals start in a while gotta go hit the note~

3 comments:

saras said...

ALL THE BEST FOR UR SUCCESS WE MISS U A LOT IN 91.9 COME SOON WISH U A PLEASANT STAY

Dawn....सेहर said...

Good to hear your ups and down journey! I remember once Pt. Jasraj ji also had a prob getting his instruments and he had to borrow someone else's! He was not happy though!
I guess world is changing with all the activities thats taking place!
I am glad to see ur like me who look for happiness in small things :)

Good luck for your program!
Cheers

Shafa'ath said...

Hye.I just read your blog which I got to know by accidently browsing wikipedia indian singers' stub.Good work done by yourself and also which im proud of.Im from Tamil Nadu(Ramanathapuram).But I was schooled in Malaysia and till now working here. It's a beatiful country and if you got down here and have time get a cab at KLIA and go to Kuala Lumpur..especially Bukit Bintang and Bangsar ok..Try the Malaysian Food which you wont get the original taste although you may have eaten at Pelita Restaurant Chennai...do some shopping at Lot 10 and Midvalley Megamall..Take Care...God Bless...