Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 16

Its Tuesday, time for another Metal photo Tuesday. For this week, its 'Ann' from 'Moments I Will Cherish'. Ann is an awesome blogger, and a hard core classic rock fan. Here it goes.









Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday- Artillerie

What comes to you mind when you hear, ‘Indian Music Scene’. I know what you are thinking. Well, beneath the mindless and cheezy music scene produced by the copy paste fraternity of Bollywood lays a whole different world where heavy metal is worshiped more than any god or goddess. Indian Metal Scene is the black sheep of the Indian music family and though we might never be accepted by the mainstream, but who gives a damn. Any day I would choose to be a part of the incognito scene rather than associate with the glitzy Mainstream. Would you?

Indian metal scene is pretty small and young compared to other western countries but the scene has managed to give birth to some really awesome acts and among one of them is ‘Artillerie’. One of the most extreme acts in the scene at the moment, Some call Artillerie as a death core band, while some term their sound as trash core but to me it’s just pure Heavy Freaking Metal. Brutal guitar riffs backed by wicked bass lines and driven by a vocalist whose energy, enthusiasm and aggression can be compared to King Leonidas, the King of Sparta in the movie 300, Artillerie is a band worth seeing. With their debut album, ‘Eradefiled’ which was released last Sunday, Artillerie without a shadow of a doubt has earned their position as one of the torch bearer of the Indian Metal Scene. Eradefiled is a brutal album with an epic feel and the best part about Eradefiled is, Artillerie did not forget to blend the chaotic ambiance where they breed.

Visit their website http://www.artillerie.in to buy their latest album. You can also download the entire Album for free at their website.










Thursday, October 21, 2010

Death Comes to Everyone

Warning: The contents in Red Font contents stuffs about death. If can't take stuff on death and dying, in short if you cannot accept life universal truth, please avoid it.

Death is a universal truth. None can escape death. With every second we move closer to our grave and its freaks the living shit out of me. This was the first thing that came to my mind today the moment I opened my eyes. Now I can’t even look at my freaking watch because every time I look at the cheap watch of mine it reminds me of Death, how and when I’ll meet my ultimate truth, how I’ll be buried. The scariest part is what if I come back to life after I am buried. With all these I mind, am going to let everyone in my family know that I want my body to be burned and the ashes buries, this way at least if I come back to life when they burn me, at least there is chances of surviving with third degree burns. The best way would be to cremate in those top notch facilities where the whole process is just a matter of a minute. These are some crazy thought that’s haunting me right at the moment.

Guys so sorry for not updating my blog as well as for not visiting your blogs, been very busy with lots of stuff! Besides my regular job, am also working on something (trying to start my own show) plus we (the band) got some college festivals to cover in the coming week so all the free time that I have is spend on mindless jamming, trying to create brutal riffs and weird time signatures to make ourselves sound complicated. But isn’t metal always better if it’s straight forward, because if a song has too much complications and unusual time signature it would be progressive rock instead of pure Heavy Freaking Metal. I am not a huge fan of Progressive Rock and progressive rock bands such as Dream Theater. Even these progressive rock musicians are super talented and their music super creative and I know that it would take decades or even centuries for me to play like these guys but I want my music to be heavy, fast and something that I can head bang. Not those songs full of off beats where you cant even head bang and ten minutes lead solo.

In Short, my kind of songs should be like any songs from bands such as Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, over Kill, Anvil, Sepultura, Iron Maiden, Testament (Going to see them this October in Bangalore), Death (the band, not my crazy thought), Dio and of course Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. When am getting all romantic with my girl I want something like ‘Angel Eyes by Steel Heart’, ‘Forever by Kiss’, ‘To be With you by Mr. Big’ and Still Got the Blues For You (This is a great love making song, the beat and the tempo is so consistent, simply perfect for that special moment)… Hey am getting a bit out of control, someone please stop me….
P.s: Remember how pissed off I was with my salary hike, well a miracle happened last week. My boss handed me an envelope with a re-revised salary structure and it was exactly the same amount that I wanted. As for now, job hunt will be suspended from my list of things to do every weekend.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 14

Testament playing in Bangalore on 30th of October, strong rumors in the Indian metal scene that Ensiferum might headline IIT Kanpur annual fest, Meshuggah and Enslaved confirmed for 2010 Great Indian Rock and chances of Anthrax coming to Mumbia by the end of this year.. If all these come true, Indian Metal Heads are in for a treat.

Its Tuesday and time for another metal photo Tuesday.......








P.s: Busy as an ant, can't even squeeze out enough time to visit all my blogger buddies.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 13


Its Tuesday, time for another ‘Metal Photo Tuesday’... I have a friend who lives in Kasol, which is consider by many as the tripper paradise in India. I asked him to send me a picture for this week’s metal photo and this was what he sent me. Enjoy!!





I know its something different from what we do here every Tuesday but it does speak volume. Am pretty sure most metal heads will be able to relate to this picture, even though the horn is missing. By the Way these are Wild marijuana Plants and these plants grow in abundance up there. Its not a mystery why Kasol is called the Trippers Paradise. Even If you are broke you need not worry about getting high...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

WTF Situations

I am a self justified person with a three track mind as I can’t think beyond Heavy Metal, getting wasted and getting laid. Whenever someone tries to inject religious views by force, I just can’t stand it. I am a very open minded person with my heart in my forehead; anyone can see what I feel. Religion is a very sacred thing, no matter whatever the religion is and I would really appreciate if you keep your religious views to yourself. Its not that I don’t believe in God, I too believe in a supreme being because the world is too amazing, way too complicated and so perfect for just Mama Nature alone to create without the intervention of a supreme being. But it really pisses me off when someone tells me that the gates of heaven are closed for me just because I don’t frequent the Church, as if he gets daily updates straight from St. Peters. It even pisses me more when they call me a sinner for drinking alcoholic beverages on weekends and the worst part is they always bring this verse from the bible ‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelled in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are’. What these religious fanatics don’t get is the junk food and the spicy food that they love so much is also not doing any good to their Temple of God.

Lately am pissed off with so many things, because my life is full of WTF situations. First my landlord’s son got married and they want to stay in my Apartment, which I don’t have any problem if they would have told me a month earlier not a week before the end of the month. I have full right to stand for this but I can’t stand their begging anymore. They are using all the super cheezy Bollywood dialogues to convenience me like ‘his newly married bride might not sleep with him, which he is been dreaming off since the first day of puberty, if I don’t move out, her parent won’t give enough dowry if they don’t have a separate apartment for themselves. I just can’t stand all these, so I have to find a place or else their cheezy Bollywood dialogues will drive me mad. Secondly my work place is infested with grasshopper, just like in Egypt during Moses times and to top it, I killed a grasshopper because that bastard wanted a sip from my cup and unfortunately one of those super fanatic Animal lovers, or should I say Grasshopper fans saw me squashing a grasshopper. He gave me a full course on the feelings and sentiments of grasshopper. Now I feel as if I have a master degree on the feeling of Grasshopper. Well, it was not a one way mouth war, am not sure but I guess I called him an unreasonable, unrealistic pussy, which I believe suits him. The sad part is though they show so much emotion towards grasshoppers but these same people won’t even spare a single penny if they met a hungry homeless beggar.

These are some WTF situation that I have to deals right now… The job search is on and I’ve got some job offer but they all want me to shift to Mumbai which I can’t because every year I see in the news about Mumbai flood and it really scares me because I don’t want to get stuck in such a situation because I can’t swim.

P.s: I was caught up in some work and I could not post my weekly ‘Metal Photo Tuesday’. Anyways, I have so really good stuff for next week….

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 12

This week went so fast. I didn't even notice that it's already Tuesday. May be its because am too freaking busy trying to figure out my life. Its time for another Metal Photo Tuesday. So, here it goes...






Last Sunday I went to see a show organized by Rock Street Journals, the only Magazine in India dedicated to metal and only metal. Every year at this time Rock Street Journal organizes a series of shows in different parts of the country called 'RSJ, PUB ROCK FEST’, last Sunday the fest had three bands, Rusted Strings, a Delhi based metal band, Phobia, another metal band who were freaking tight but unfortunately their entire songs was based only on one riff and the headliner were Kryptos from Bangalore, the best Metal Band in India. Kryptos is like not other metal band in the Indian Metal Scene and watching them play was a privilege.

The dude on the right is Nolan Lewis, the frontman and guitarist of Kryptos and the dude on the left is Aman, another vocalist for a Delhi Based Thrash Metal Band.

Read more about Kryptos here or check out Kryptos myspace, Am sure, you will love their songs.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 11

Woooooooooo...woooooo... It's Tuesday once again, my favorite day of the week (excluding weekends). For this week Metal Photo Tuesday... I give you the 'Metal Plane'..





P.s Am thinking of quiting my boring job and start my own travel site or a blog where I'll write stories about my India tours and India Travel. What do you guys have to say about that, any advice...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Long Distance Relationship! How do you do it?

As most of you must have known by now, that am with the same chick for over six years and it’s been almost two years we are having this long distance relationship. To be honest ‘LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIPS SUCKS’. Seriously it sucks.

I too get lots of stupid questions from my buddies like ‘‘Dude how can you be with the same chick for 6 year’, ‘Dude how do you manage your long distance relationship’, ‘Dude are your serious about this girl’? Well, if am not serious to my girl why would I spend half of my salary on my phone and why would I be with the same girl for over 6 years. Coming to how can you be with the same chick for 6 year, well, I love her, that’s why am with the same girl for some 6 year. Coming to ‘how do you manage your long distance relationship’, well it’s not that easy. Long term relationship sucks and to keep it going you need a phone with a really amazing long distance call plan, plus tons of porno movies… Just kidding..

Honestly guys, it’s really tough to maintain a healthy long distance relationship. from my almost two years experience I have learned that the only way to maintain such a relationship is unconditional trust and love. Plus at least three phone calls in a day. One right after you wake up, one midday call and one just before you hit the sack and don’t forget to say the three magic words (I Love You). Why the three magic words? To let her known that you really are sleeping alone, you too can tell her to do the same, just to make sure.

I almost forgot this,..... On a recent google explorations looking for indian Blogger and other metal bloggers in India, I stumbled upon an amazing Indian website called ‘THE UNDERGROUND” If you wanna hear or read more about the Indian Metal Scene, Indian Metal bands do check this site. They have features almost all the top metal bands in India. Am sure you will love it, even if you are not a metal head. Another great thing about this site is, it’s 100% independent and corporate free...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 10

Being a metal head in India is full of surprises. You never know when, where and how you’ll meet another fellow metal head. Meeting a metal head to many Indian head banger is somewhat like meeting lost tribesman. The most surprising thing is, more and more girls are falling in love to this genre of music, which is awesome. I believe that this will bring a change to the entire metal scene. This may even attract more people because girls do play a very important role in promoting. As of the present metal scene, attendance of any metal show in India consist 99% dude and 1% chicks and those chicks are either girlfriends of the performing band member, sisters or mom.

Today’s ‘Metal Photo Tuesday’ is all about ‘Indian Metal Chicks’










She is a hard core Goth metal fan with an obsession for glam bands and hard rock bands such as Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Ratt. Weird isn’t it? Who gives a damn...
(P.s: If you are an Indian Blogger with a story about the metal scene in India, let me know)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Don't Be Shocked If I Jump From A Building!

Disclaimer: If you feel that this blog post somehow relates to you or any establishment that you work for or hurt your feelings, emotions... etc…etc..I want you to know that this is purely fiction. But if it does not then this blog post is 100% real and this is how I feel right now. The events mentioned below are 100% accurate and real.

My life right now is at its lowest! Things can’t be worse than now. Have you read the book or watched the movie ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, my life right now is somewhat like that. I don’t have a Count Olaf in my life but the world around me is so F***ed up!

Firstly, I got my annual salary hike and seriously I can’t see any change in my salary. According to my new salary (after the hike) I’ll be getting around Rs. 500 (around 10 US dollars and around 7 British Pounds) extra from before the hike. I just don’t understand why my hike was so low, oh... I got it... May be they though that ‘Since this guy is here for over three years though we have given him the lowest possible hike we could think of, let’s just do the same this year also, he will stick around’. Well, I am quitting but first I need to get another job before I sent them over my resignation letter or email so if anyone of you out there have any knowledge about a good job opening in New Delhi for a marketing position or a social media position let me know.

Secondly, my girlfriend gone psycho and its not even that time of the month, her mood swings equal to a roller coaster. May be it’s the distance. Long distance relationships are hard (not impossible) to preserve.

Thirdly, the Indian Media has killed the meaning of ‘Rockstar’ by calling all those cheezy Bollywood actors, actress and playback singers Rockstar. To my knowledge a Rockstar is a person who got success by playing the music genre called ‘ROCK’ not someone who got success by dancing around trees. Indian Media personality should check the dictionary before or use the internet, Internet has so much to offer besides Facebook, Orkut, Gmail and free porn. I almost forgot, Bollywood have their very own ‘brangelina’ and they are called Abhi-Ash, WTF. Bollywood seriously need to stop copying Hollywood.

Fourthly, Dee Snider the dude who wrote ‘We're Not Gonna Take It’ one of the most rebellious songs ever, has his own family reality show called Growing Up Twisted. I just want to say something to Dee Snider. “What’s So Metal About That”.

Last but not the least, am actually feeling so much better after rambling about all these stuffs.

P.s: I know many Indian Bloggers would be pissed off with me for ranting about Bollywood but this is how I feel about the ‘CTRL C’ and CTRL V’ world of ‘Bollywood’. May be I should just stick to being an Indian Travel Blogger, writing stuffs India travel, Stories about various Indian cities or better if I just stick with the Indian Heavy Metal Blogger tag. Phew… But who care, after all I live in the most populous democracy in the world. I got to practice my Freedom of Speech.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 9

Another Tuesday! Time for another Metal Photo Tuesday, Another Tuesday for Indian Metal Scene.... For this week here it goes







I wish more Indian Blogger who are into metal would stand up and write about Indian metal bands.. Any Indian metal Blogger out there...........

Friday, August 20, 2010

This is Where I Live

If you are a regular here, am pretty sure that you know how I hate living in big cities and working in the corporate world. I have no grudges against big cities and corporate world but am not used to such lifestyles and working conditions (am sure no other Indian Blogger rant as much as I do). I belong to a laid back town where life is pretty simple and easy. The weather is mild and almost everyone knows everyone. We don’t have all the modern day amenities but still we manage to get along pretty fine.

You won’t find big shopping malls, but we have a small market where we can get almost everything we need, plus there are some really unique boutiques and speciality shops. We don’t have expensive restaurants but we have some small cafes and restaurants where they serve fresh and home cooked food at dirt cheap price. You won’t find fancy sports cars or luxury cars but people are always happy to give you a ride in their humble cars. You won’t find ultra-hip bars and nightclub but we have some very simple and rustic bars and pubs where friends get together to chill out after a day of hard world or to celebrate any events, plus you don’t have to stand in line to get in because the joint is full. Though our bars and pubs might not have all those swanky neon lights and music playing in world-class sound systems but we have local bands that play all kind of music. We don’t have big companies where you get good salary jobs but we also don’t have homeless people and nobody goes to bed on an empty stomach because we love to share. You won’t find hi-fi gyms, yoga institutes, fitness centers and so on but we live in a town where beautiful outdoors is just a stone throw away. Amazing Outdoors where we can enjoy hiking, trekking, bird watching, water rafting, fishing, canoeing and camping!

City slickers will find my town boring but I prefer to stay there. I want a life with less complication. Here is a picture I clicked when I last visited my small charming town. This place is located around 2 kilometers away from my home.



Isn't this Breathtaking!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 8

Hey guys, wat's up? Its Tuesday, time for 'Metal Photo Tuesday', a weird yet exciting theme post about the Indian Metal Scene. As an Indian Blogger desperately addicted to Heavy Metal, I feel that this would be a fun way to let the world know that Heavy Metal does exist in India. Though 99.99% of the culture, lifestyle and the fashion of the Indian population is dictated by Bollywood movies (psst.. most movies are copied from Hollywood) and Bollywood songs (psst.. most songs are copied from international artists), there are a few selected who choose to follow the life of Heavy Freaking Metal.

Here goes this Week's Metal Photo Tuesday:

















Wednesday, August 11, 2010

God Ain't Fair, Sometimes!

I hope am not the only one here who feels that sometimes God ain't fair! It’s not that I have lost faith in God and am not questioning how he is taking care of business, I have full faith in him and I can feel that something good (a 10 digit bank balance) is in store for me. But Dear God, there are times when I feel that you could have been more generous and more quick in answering my prayers. My days in the corporate world is not that easy especially when I mess up something at work, like forgetting to do some really important work that was assigned to me and when asked to sent them the work. That is when I need you to be quick in answering my prayers. You know on such days I always pray ‘oh God... Please make my team Leader and my manager have some kind of short term memory problem until am through with the work'. I would really appreciate if you answer my prayers instantly instead of six months after my prayers. Because I have been observing how you answer my prayers and I have noticed that the only time they face short term Memory Problems is during the annual salary hike time, the time of the year when they forget how much I deserve a good salary hike! Coming to the generous part, well I won’t mind a ten digit bank balance and if that’s too much to ask I won’t mind even if I was Bill Gates Son.

As said before, Am not questioning how God is taking care of business but I won’t mind if God comes to me and ask ‘Boy, why all the ranting. Tell me What Do you want?’ As any normal human being, am greedy but fortunately not to the point where I have to hurt someone for my own gain. But I too have my own needs like a small 40 bedroom mansion that sits on some 100 acres, with a view of the crystal clear water of the Caribbean ocean from every room. For transportation, a small super sonic airplane, two Rolls-Royce and some Ferrari car but if that’s too much, just a pair of detachable wings would do. Wings! That would be perfect, 100% pollution free and I can fly to my girl every night after work. As any human being, I too get thirsty and for that a small brewery and a winery on the backyard would be just perfect. Finally for my daily bread and butter, a 10 digit bank account in ten different banks sounds pretty reasonable.

For a better world, I would ask God to erase the term Vegetarianism, Vegetarianism what the hell. Did our forefathers fought all the way to the top of the food chain, so we can be vegetarian? I don’t think that was their plan! A home for everyone, weekly grocery rain, for those who can’t go out I would ask God to create a Secret Bureau of hot Angels who will deliver it right in their kitchen. Just like Chinatown in every Major Cities across the world, a ‘Little Amsterdam’ in every city with everything Amsterdam has to offer! Honest politicians. Hardworking, understanding and sensible management in every corporate establishments. Religious leaders who care about the spiritual life of the people. Making women less complicated to understand. Last but not the less, a million dollar for all my readers.

I known, my demands are very basic, am sure God would be more than happy to grant these wishes. I have this feeling that since my requests are so humble he might even ask me ‘‘Boy you want to have some fun with the history’. If that happens I’ll surely have fun re-arranging and altering some parts of History like the Gaul’s defeating the mighty Roman Empire and taking over Rome. Swapping the place of the African slaves and the European Slave Traders! Deleting some specific individuals and the events associated with them such as deleting the dude who invented the Atom bomb, Hitler and Bollywood (oh god, I just can’t stand Bollywood).

Wow! I have just realized that I have too much time in hand. I seriously need to use this time to do something more productive. On a serious note, if God appears in front of me right now and grant me one wish, I won’t ask for a 10 digit bank balance or super powers, I’ll ask him to deleted just one sense from all mankind, GREED!

P.s: Listening to 4 Non Blondes 'Spaceman'.... Love this song. I too want to Pretend that I'm a spaceman, in Another Place and time.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday

Well, Well, Well... Another Tuesday and for this Week's Metal Photo Tuesday I give you my Apartment Mate, A Hard Core Black Metal Fan. Here it goes: \M/














Shockingly, in a country where its fashion, music and lifestyle is dictated by the fickle Bollywood,
India has a huge Black Metal fan base. Yeah, you heard it right and that's not all. There are also plenty of kick ass Indian Black Metal Bands that will blow you away.

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Visit to the Doc!

Yesterday I took a day off from work to visit a Doctor. It's been around two days am down on fever. On the way to the doc's places there were some really interesting shops. Well I visited some of the shops after my appointment and I end up buying some really cool and some really weird stuff. Have a look:






Four bottles of Imperial Blue Whiskey



A whip, i don't know why I bought this. Must be the effect of the medication. But it looked so damn cool. Seriously, I have no intention to use them on anyone!



A Blue AC/DC T-Shirt



A Levis Short which is a must have for all Metal Drummer.


The best is yet to come. I have this black cloth on one side of my room which I was saving to write some really cool and inspiring words. Something that will get me through bad time. While I was away, my flatmate thought it would cheer me up and he painted this.. Have a look!

















Now I have to get another one!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 6

I just love Tuesday's, not just because its Metal Photo Tuesday but am also glad that I survived the Monday Manics, the day when I have to go to work with a bad hangover. For this week's Metal Photo Tuesday I give Your 'Heff Horns'













Heff is a Kick ass bassist and an awesome writer. Check out his blog here

P.s: Am listening to Motorhead's version of Louie Louie and the song so much suit the weather here in Delhi. Everytime I listen to this song, I wanna grab my girl and dance or get wasted with my buddies, such a fun song!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi, Visitor Guide

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Well, The last edition of 2010 Commonwealth Games visitor guide was about how to stay safe and healthy, well this week it’s all about what to see, where to go and what to do! Besides the terrifying traffic jams, over crowded streets filled with all kinds of farm animals (cows, buffalo, dogs, donkeys and occasional monkeys too), Delhi is a city flooded with historic as well as modern attractions. No matter what, I can assure that you will just love this exotic and spicy city, yeah I love to call Delhi ‘The Spicy City’. You wanna know why, well, you have to come here and experience that for yourself.

Talking about what to see, there are myriads of attractions to visit and you can literally visit specific attractions according to your mood. I know, it sounds a bit exaggerating but seriously there is an attraction for every mood. Before we jump to the attraction part, I would strongly recommend travelers to visit all these attractions only and only during weekdays because weekends are a nightmare.

Here is a list of some of my favorite attractions:

(I have included the entrance fees in Indian Rupees; you can convert to your currency here: Click Here)

Red Fort: A 17th century fort complex built by Emperor Shah Jahan, no visit to Delhi is complete without a visit to the red ford. The fort is open daily from around 9 am to around 5:00 pm. The entrance fee for foreigners is Rs 250 rupees. Photography is free but for video cameras you have to pay 25 rupees extra. The queue at the ticket counter is hell; fortunately there is a separate ticket counter only for foreigners.

Read more about the Red Fort Here

Jama Masjid: A must see for all, you will amaze at the sheer beauty of this enchanting religious site. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the same dude who built the Taj Mahal, Jama Masjid is the largest Mosque in India. The mosque is open from 7 AM to sunset, but visitors are not allowed inside between 12:15 and 1:45 PM. Please do not take any pictures during the prayer hours.

Read More about Jama Masjid Here

Jantar Mantar: Truly an ancient marvel, Jantar Mantar is located just a stone throw away from Connaught place or simply CP, the heart of Delhi. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments which were used to compile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. Jantar Mantar is open all day (Monday to Sunday) from sunrise to sunset; there is a small fee of Rupees 100 for foreigners.

(P.s: On my last visit, this place was full of hookers and couples making out; let’s hope that the Delhi Government will do something to clean up)

Read More about Jantar Mantar Here:

Akshardham: Akshardham is the largest Hindu temple in the world and the best part is Akshardham is just a moment away from the 2010 Commonwealth Games village. Whether you visit all the temples or just mediated in the garden, you will just love it. There is also a small gift shop that is worth checking out. Akshardham is free for all and the site opens everyday except Mondays from 9 AM to 6 pm.

Read more about Akshardham here

Lotus Temple: Truly a treat to the eyes, Bahá'í House of Worship or just Lotus Temple serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. An amazing place to just sit back, relax and mediate, Lotus Temple is one of the few places in Delhi where you can enjoy serine peace yet without escaping the crowd. The temple is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Read more about The Lotus Temple here

India Gate: Undeniably the most iconic and the most popular attraction in Delhi, India Gate is a historic landmark plus a popular picnic spot. Built to commemorate the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the British Indian Empire during the World War I, today the site is known as the site of the Indian Army's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The site is free to all and it’s open from sunrise to late night. The best time to visit India Gate is after sunset when the entire surrounding area transform to a mega picnic spot where families enjoy chill out, relax, couples making out. That is not all, the site is also filled with people selling everything from light snacks, ice creams and soda to neon toys and much more, which actually is quite a sight.

Read more about the India Gate Here
Qutub Minar: This is one of my favorite attractions and am pretty sure, you too will love it. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qutab Minar is the world's tallest brick minaret, standing 72.5 meters. Qutab Minar was built during the 1190's by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler in India. In this site, you will find the Iron Pillar, considered as one of the world's foremost metallurgical curiosities and according to legend if you can encircle the entire column with you arms, with you back towards the pillar, any wish of yours will come true. Unfortunately you can’t do that today as the government has built a fence around it. Qutub Minar is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the entrance fee is Rupees 250 for foreigners.

Read More about Qutub Minar here

Well these are some of my favorite attractions in Delhi. Besides there are also tons of other attractions such as the Humayun's Tomb, Raj Ghat, the National Museum, St. James' Church and Purana Quila. Check out this site for more information on Delhi attractions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tourist_attractions_in_Delhi

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 5

Oh Yeah, its Tuesday again! For this week's Metal Photo Tuesday', I present you the 'Indian Heavy Metal Wedding'.











P.S: Censored the picture because of personal reasons. The dude in the Extreme Left is the lead guitarist for a Delhi based Thrash Metal Band.

Keep the Indian Metal Scene Alive.....

Sunday, July 25, 2010

On The Way To My Work Place!

Updates: Heff's Bar and Grill just dedicated me with a video.. Check it out here: CLICK ME

Damn Traffic! I was late just by four freaking hours. Not a great way to start a Monday. Thank God, I was not the only one who was stuck, even my boss was stuck there. At least, I don't have to convince him that it really was the traffic because he is a tough guy to convince. In a way, am so excited that I just have four hours more to go before i pack my bags and head back home. Am secretly praying that this happens at-least twice in a work. Here are some pics that I took on my way to my office.


The Delhi-Gurgaon Toll Gate: The second largest in Asia. This place becomes a nightmare after 7:00 Pm


A Local Ice Cream cart, these are very cheap and so good. They carry around ten different flavors, plus Ice cream type drinks.





Looks like a small Shop, right! Well you will astonish at the variety of stuffs you can get from here. Cigarettes, Match Box, Lighter, Candies, Chewing Cum, Tea, Coffee, bread toast, Omelette, Pan Masla etc..etc..



Totally Messed up Alley




Another sight which makes me fell like am going on a Safari tour everyday. I travel from streets that resemble like small rivers, bumpy roads and pure dirt roads.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Visitors Travel Tips

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2010 Commonwealth Games is just round the corner! Is Delhi ready for this mega sporting event? Delhi has undergone massive changes, some for better and some for worse! Construction of flyovers, new Metro lines and the increase in the size of the road are some really good stuff but increase in the price of beer from Rs. 45 a bottle to Rs. 65 is completely insane! Yeah everyone is saying that the increase of price in beer is because of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Anyway, what is done is done, today am not going to rant about anyone instead I’ll write something useful. Something useful for everyone visiting Delhi to be a part of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, sort of a travel tip.

For today’s post, I’ll cover some basic Delhi travel tip on how to stay safe, what to do and what not to do all based on personal experiences and observations:


For women


For women, dress conservatively, though Delhi is crowed with posh malls, high rise buildings and high end cars but the mentality of the locals is still very low. If you don’t want to deal with unwanted attention dressing conservatively is the best and the only option. Don’t travel alone especially after dark. Delhi is one of the most unsafe cities in India for women. It’s not a rare case in Delhi where some guys in motorbikes will approaches a girl asking for directions and then touching her privates and fleeing the scene or in the public bus or in a crowded market where the dude behind you might rub his dong on your back or flying hands just to touch you. If you face such situations, don’t hesitate to raise your voice. People around you will surely help you, there is a 99% chances that you will find a police man nearby. Smiling is good but here in Delhi, think twice before you smile at a guy unless you know that person. You may be just being friendly but the chances are very high that he might take your smile as a sign of you interested in him. For any problem, dial 100.

Transportation

City buses and metro (underground railways) are the cheapest means to travel around the city while the later is the fastest and one of the best means to get around. Auto or also known as tuk tuk in other part of Asia is another cheap and convenient means. Though Delhi government has set a rule for auto drivers to charge passengers only by meter but it’s almost impossible that you will find an auto drive willing to charge you by meter. Always negotiate the fare before boarding the vehicle. But if you are willing to avoid all these hustle and bustle call one of the radio cabs. Easy Cab (contact: 01143434343), Quick Cab (01145333333) and the newly launched ForShe Cabs, especially for the ladies driven by lady chauffeurs (contact: 011 45628200) are some of the best and you will find their rates as equal to Auto rickshaws.

Food and Water:

There is a joke about Indian Cuisine that Indian foods are so spicy that it does not only burn your stomach but also toilet papers and this is the main reason why Indians don’t use toilet paper. Delhiites have a passion for eating out, finding a place to dine is not a problem but finding the right place to dine might be. A great site to find restaurants in Delhi is http://www.restaurantsindelhi.com/. Drinking tap water is a big no. Stick to bottle waters. Delhi streets is full of street hawkers, selling almost everything including bottled waters and buying a bottle of water from is just as same as buying tap water. No matter what, always buy your water from a store. One can also find drinking water taps installed in almost every bus stands, railway stations, markets and commercial areas and these tap waters are safe to drink as these waters are well treated and inspected regularly by the Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Well, I hope these tips will help you. In case if you face any kind of problem while you are in Delhi, Dial 100. If you need any insider advice or tips on Delhi, feel free to ask through the comment section, I’ll try my best to provide with accurate answers.

That’s all for today! Next post will be on Delhi attractions, shopping, dining and nightlife.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 4

Well, Well, Well, its Tuesday Again! Time sure does fly when you are having fun. Here is This week Metal Photo Tuesday. Please Welcome 'The Dude with the Pink Bag'.












P.s: This dude is a hard core Metal Head and a kick ass Bassist. One of the few people promoting the Indian Metal Scene.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Random Pictures of My Weekend!

How was your weekend? Mine was chaotic, sweaty yet fun. Normally my weekends start at 3 in the afternoon, I try my best to sleep as late as I can. Lunch at the nearby budget friendly Indian-Chinese fusion Restaurant near Delhi University South Campus (Cost me around $3), visit the Wine store to buy my weekend stock of 'Baron Beer' and vodka. Jam with the bands, crash our favorite watering holes (Cafe Morrison, named after his holiness 'Jim Morrison' or one of the shabby and cheap road side bars on the Highway to Jaipur). Visit some of the lady friends and get wasted! The same thing rotates on Sunday except getting wasted because I have to go to work on Monday!

I know, I suck big time at photography but who gives a damn... Here are some random pics I took this weekend.


Vodafone, hell yeah.. Vodafone one of the cheapest Mobile network provider here in India...


A Street Hawkers selling . They have Playboy too hidden beneath business magazines.


Another Hawker playing with his mobile phones. Mobile Phones are freaking Cheap here in India. Mobile phones start from somewhere around $21. Mobile Phones are so cheap that you can even see beggar with one.


A Street Hawker selling Inflated Balloons.



Bina Music Store: One of the few Music Stores Where you can actually get almost Musical instruments you need.

Paul Stanley From Kiss...... Every time I see that Poster, I want to steal it!


OverDrive Records: One of Delhi's best jam pads/ studio. The guys who run this place are even cooler. This is one of the few Jam Pads in Delhi where you are allowed to smoke, booze, dope or even do crazy stuffs. If you have a metal band in Delhi, this is the place you want to jam!

Inside OverDrive Records, this is the Jam Room!


Just another Chaotic sight of Delhi Traffic. Thank god there is no Cows here!



A very rare sight of Delhi. Its almost impossible to see free flowing Traffic here in Delhi especially at this time of the year.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Penelope Cruz and Preity Zinta Manic Friday!

Breathless, exhausted and dripping wet with sweat but who cares! I don’t care even if am thousands mile away from home! I don’t give a damn even if I have to spend the night in a boring hotel room! Nothing matters to me right now. I have just played a sold out stadium gig infront of thirty thousand metal heads, with our first album hitting the number 1 spot in just 30 countries, with Wacken Open Air requesting us to Headline, its really doesn’t matter whether am tired, I have to spend the night in a hotel room alone. Seriously It Doesn’t matter. After all this is my first week being a real Rock Star with almost a million dollar in my account.

Thank god our tour manager did finally manage to book a decent place to spend the night. Last time he booked our stay in the Hiltons and it was a bit shabby, but I have heard good things about Taj Palace Hotel’s Grand Presidential Suites. Though the feeling of being a star is awesome but star too get tired. After our successful stadium show, we head to our Grand Presidential Suites and man this place is sweet. Let me skip the boring stuff…..
After a quick shower I head down to the hotel bar and guess who was there! Penelope Cruz and Preity Zinta! Yes Penelope Cruz and Preity Zinta in the VIP section of the bar sipping Louis Roederer's Cristal Champagne and the best part was they were waving at me, inviting me to join them. Man its good to be rich and famous.

After emptying two bottles of Louis Roederer's Cristal Champagne and a bottle of Neuf-du-pâpe, things started to heat up. One thing led to another and before we knew it, we were in my super luxurious room shredding our clothes and I never knew how amazing Victoria Secrets lingerie’s are until now. Just as they said ‘Honey Come on, Let’s Make Some Noise’, My Freaking Alarm Goes Off. Can you believe it, my alarm goes off and I have only half an hour to get ready for my work. Well its just another Manic Friday!

P.s: Waiting for the day when I can afford to stay in the Taj Palace Hotel. The pictures of the hotel in their website is so seducing, have a look here

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Awkward Family Photos with Pets

I just love the Internet. It’s so amazing. You wanna know why I love the internet so much. Well I found this amazing site and they had this photo post about Awkward Family Photos with Pets, its hilarious.. Scroll down, you will get my point.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Delhi! Not So Amazing Right Now!

Bumper to Bumper Traffic Jam. Flooded streets. Smelly sewage flowing freely. Dead cars, trucks and buses in the middle of the road. This is what you will see right now New Delhi. The long awaited Monsoon is here and with it came the 3 miles long traffic jams, dead traffic lights and the smell as an incentive. Just one day before it all began, the Delhi Municipal Corporation declared in the news with full pride that this year Delhi is ready to face the Monsoon, come what may. Well just thirty minutes of rain flooded the streets of some of the busiest streets here in Delhi.

Am glad that the temperature has climbed down and I can sleep peacefully without an AC but the price that I have to pay for this is way too high. Since the first day of Monsoon, am reaching office atleast two hours late and my ride back to home after 9 bloody working hours take around 4 hours, though it take only 30 minutes. I don’t have any problem, reach office late, but reaching home four hours late is something I can’t take. I just want to say something to the Delhi Municipal Corporation, ‘WHAT THE FUCK’!!!!!

Enough of the weather report!

I think people here in Delhi are really enjoying my Metal Photo Tuesday because I got some emails from other Indian bloggers asking me to add their picture. Well I can’t do that because that will kill the spirit of my Metal Photo Tuesday, the spirit of grabbing a complete stranger and convincing that person to pose for me with the horn up. That is priceless.
Let me just stop my useless rambling here. Am stuck in a massive traffic jam and am praying that I’ll reach my office just one hour before my shift ends. Am such a dedicated employee!

P.s: Last night I was looking for Heavy Metal blogs in India and when I typed the phrase ‘Indian Metal Blogger’, Mine came in the first. Weird! Isn’t!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday - 3

It’s Tuesday and it’s time for ‘Metal Photo Tuesday’. As I have said before, Metal Photo Tuesday is an amazing way to meet new people; though the task of convincing complete strangers to pose for me with the horns up is not easy. Am doing as an awareness program to spread the good news about Heavy Metal and am hopping that when they see an Indian metal band performing at least they would understand what’s going on.

Today’s subject is a Spanish Fan that I meet in a bar in Connaught Place, New Delhi right after the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Unlike past subjects, he was a tough one to convince. Though it cost me a pint of beer but it was worth it! Speaking of World Cup, Spain did an amazing job but I just could not support them after the Spain Germany Match.




Monday, July 12, 2010

Live While You Are Alive

Monday's, i just hate Monday! Well who doesn't! Here is something that never fails to inspire me when ever am down, beaten and crushed and when ever I feel my life is not fair. Hope this will inspire you too!

Get Dirty. Get Filthy. Get Poor. Get Off Your Ass. Get Desperate. Get Dangerous. Get Vilified. Get Vile. Get Romantic. Get Fucked. Get Moving. Get Pro-Active. Get Stoned. Get Your Own Life. Get Lose in a Foreign City. Get Doing Something, Anything.

Because before you know it you will be 40 with kids and a mortgage. So before children, before mortgage, before 60 working hour per week, before your back and knee problems, before school loan, before you lose your sense of Humor, Live Your Life.

Fight and fuck and run and smile. Smile because the older you get, the less you will. Quit being such a pussy because bitching, whining and worries never make anything better.

Life is not about finding yourself, it is about creating yourself. When people tell you, 'you can't', turn around and say 'Watch Me'. Don’t Sacrifice the present for the future, life is available only in the present. If you wait too long for the perfect moment, the perfect moment will pass you by. Live Life While You Are Alive

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Metal Photo Tuesday

I Love Tuesday, because I just have to go to work another three days. I Love Tuesday because Tuesday is the day when I post my Metal Photo Tuesday. Having this theme Tuesday is really amazing because I get to met lots of people who are totally ignorant about the Heavy Metal Music Genre, here in the land of Bollywood, a ripped off of Hollywood where the most stupid movies are produced.

Today's subject is someone I met at the mall. I was shocked when she told me that she love the song 'In Bloom' by Nirvana.



Monday, July 5, 2010

Political Parties! I Love Em Now

Am not one of those guys who is into politics, government policies and stuffs like that. I find them quite boring. Political parties to me it's just a bunch of guys who have lots of money and time, looking for new venture to spread their greed infested wisdom and to earn more money. But today i want to say thanks.. from the bottom of my heart. But thanks to only the political parties in India who organized the ban. If there wont be a ban, I would have been in work trying to just stay alive. The best part, you guys have decided to hold the protest on a Monday morning.... Thank You.

I know that your demands are not going to be fulfilled as its almost an impossible demand and the Government of India would never reduce the price of Petrol. But at least we got a day off from work.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Consumer Awareness Message

Hi all,

This is a very useful piece of Information that I found. Hope this will benefit all of us.

Researchers have recently discovered that mobile phone buyers are cheated by various mobile manufacturing companies. Consumers spend thousands of their hard earned money buying the latest mobile available on the market yet researchers have found many basic functions missing in these upscale mobile phones when much older and cheap mobile phones have them. These mobile phones might be equipped with high resolution screens, music players, cameras, access to the Internet in just push of a button and so on, but it is also being discovered that these mobile phones also lack basic features such as the silent mode, the function through which consumers can silence their phone when in office, church or in meetings. Though the mobile companies advertise that they have all these features, but mobile experts have found these functions missing. Even if these function are built in the mobile phone, manufacturer have hidden these basic functions in such remote locations that consumers are not able to find them. These defects have been found in almost all the leading mobile companies such as Nokia, Samsung mobiles, Sony Ericsson phones, Motorola and LG mobile phones. Next time when buying a mobile phone, make sure you are not cheated.

If you or any of your friends, family members or a colleague has been cheated, please contact the nearest consumer awareness authority.

God I just hate those people who can’t keep their mobile phones in silent mode while in office because everytime their phone rings it wakes me up. It’s really tough even to sleep here at my office leave alone work.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Metal Tuesday! My First Themed Post

Since everyone is doing photo Tuesday, silent Wednesday and stuff like that, so even I have started a special theme for Tuesday. I have been an outcast for too long and I believe I should join the mainstream, if not entirely but at least try.

After many sleepless nights, I have come with the Theme Title ‘Metal Tuesday’. As this is my first post, I’ll explain a bit about the theme. Metal Tuesday is all about spreading the Music Genre, Heavy Metal through pictures. As I am in New Delhi right now, normally I should post pictures of famous metal bands in Delhi as well as metal bands in India, but I have decided to do something different, bit weird and bit funny. Every Tuesday I’ll post a picture of a person with the horns up. That person will be a totally non-metal person, a person who has never heard of Heavy Metal in his life. Am pretty sure, it won’t be that tough here in Delhi to meet a complete non-metal guys, but Michael Jackson is really famous here. If you are in New Delhi and if a long haired guy approach you to click a picture, please say yes!

Today’s subject is a dude that I meet in a coffee shop, he was really excited about this.




Monday, June 21, 2010

Random Photos of the Band

Every time someone tells me to cut my hair I feel like stitching his mouth with barb wire. Its nothing new here. Recently I read in the news that a man stitched his wife’s private parts because he suspects that his wife was having an affair.. Anyway I won’t talk about that today!

Here are some random pictures of my band that we clicked on our last gig!










(Oh Yeah that's me hammering away on a Yamaha kit)

These pics were take some weeks backs.. We did a show with two other Delhi Metal Bands for Furtados, which is a musical instrument distributors with shops across the country. Its good to see more brands emerging out to support the Indian Metal Scene and the Metal Bands in India.