Thursday, November 29, 2012

Jaipur: The City of Palaces

I have been a bad blogger! Who the hell leaves a gap of over a month between posts? I deserve to be spanked, so ladies step up and spank this bad, naughty blogger. I deserve it. To make up for my long absences, I’ll be posting a series of travel pictures starting today.  

Today we will be starting with Jaipur, which I love to call the ‘City Of Palaces.’

















Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pictures & Review of Slayer in Bangalore

Finally I saw my gods playing live and I was just ten meters away from my gods I’ve worshiped more than any gods for ten years. Hell yeah! I am talking about Slayer, ‘the Gods of Thrash Metal.’ Can you remember the first time you heard Slayer, I do and it blew me away. My first Slayer album was God Hates Us All and listening to Tom Araya screaming God Hates Us All, God Hates Us All in the song Disciple was all it took to get me hooked. As a pissed of teenager searching for anything to flip off everyone, it was a big deal. I still remember my mom shouting at me and breaking my God Hates Us All CD into three pieces and calling me a Satan worshiper, and of course the treat of disowning me when I hanged a print out of New Faith lyrics ‘I won't be force fed prophecies, From a book of untruths for the weakest mind, I keep the bible in a pool of blood, So that none of its lies can affect me.

Slayer did confirm that they will be playing in Bangalore two months in advance but as a genuine asshole; I did not book my train tickets in advance. So, I boarded the train to Bangalore with an unconfirmed ticket. After more 40 hours in the train, I reached Bangalore, two in the morning. But the trouble of not having a seat to sit or sleep for 40 hours was totally worth.


Moments before reaching the venue. It kept on raining on and off the whole day and the night. By the time Slayer came to the stage, we were drenched to the skin.



The Ticket


 
Brahma, an old school thrash metal band from Mumbai opening for Slayer. They were great but most of the crowd did not feel the same. I've never seen that much middle fingers at the same time.



Brahma with Verhnon Ibrahim, from Millennium, India's best metal band. The dude still got it.


 
Here we are!



The Crowd



Kerry King, doing what he does the best! shredding



Oh Yeah, I've waited for this moment.

 
Another Somewhat blurry picture of Kerry King and The Gary Holt from Exodus.
 

Sorry for the blurry pictures but it was almost impossible getting a clear shoot with the moshpit in full swing behind you.
 
 
 
Tom Araya











P.s: Something really funny happened that night. I heard some guys shouting who is toughing my ass.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pictures and Review of Megadeth Live in Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2012

 October has been one hell of a month, I saw Megadeth live on 14th and Slayer on 20th.  I feel like my purpose here in this world is done and if I were to die now, I would die a very happy Metal Head. Thinking more about dying, I guess it would be better for me to be alive since I too want to watch Testament live in Bangalore in December. Coming back to the point, watching Megadeth, a band I’ve worshiped for more than 12 years was an experience of a lifetime. I guess Indian Metal Scene is just getting better.


Here are some pictures of Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2012:





















































Friday, September 21, 2012

Slayer in Bangalore - Guides for Out-Station Metal Heads



Slayer live in Bangalore is not even a month away, but unlike other shows which used to happen in the Palace Ground, this time the concert will be in Bhartiya City. Many metal heads will be visiting Bangalore to watch Rock in India, 2012, here are some tips on how you can reach Bhartiya City, distance from the Bangalore Airport and Bangalore Railway Station, Where to stay and so on. So here it goes:

How to Reach the Rock in India 2012 Venue
 Bhartiya City is around 18 kilometers from Bengaluru International Airport, around 9 kilometers from Bangalore City Railway station and some 7 kilometers from Yesvantpur Junction, the station where most long distance trains stops.

Mode of Transportation

From the airport as well as from the two railway stations, you will easily find taxis as well as auto rickshaws. If you are taking a flight to watch Slayer in Bangalore, there are cab/taxi counters everywhere. Even for those coming by rail, the same applies.
As for traveling within the city, you can hire a auto rickshaw or call a radio cab, here are some radio cabs telephone number along with the fare charges.

SPOT City Taxi
Phone:  41100000
Fare: Rs 12 /km

Cel Cabs
Phone: 60609090
Fare: Rs 13 / km

Easy Cabs
Phone: 4343 4343
Fare: Rs 15 /km

Meru Cabs
Phone: 44224422
Fare: Rs 15 /km

Where to Stay

Finding a hotel is very important no matter who you are. I would highly recommend that you book a room right after you reach Bangalore. In case, if you are planning to look for a hotel after watching Slayer in Bangalore, you are in for trouble as finding a hotel can be tough after 22:00 hrs. Here are some hotels, their address, rate and contact numbers.
Church Street Inn
Address: 46-1-1, Church St, near MG Road
Phone: 080 30577190
Room Rate: Around Rs 1800

A2B Transit-Manyata Homestay (Very Close to the Concert venue)
Address: 7 Woodwinds, 1st Main Vignan Nagar, Near Shell Petrol Pump,
Phone:
Room Rate: Around Rs 900

Chalet Riviera (Very Close to the Concert venue)
Address:B Block, Rachenahalli, Close to Lumbini Park, Behind Manayata Tech Park, Hebbal
Phone: 91.98803.25287
Room Rate: Around Rs1800

Hope this will help all the first timers visiting Bangalore. Do make sure to book your Slayer Bangalore concert tickets before it sold out. The Slayer in Bangalore tickets are up for sale in ticketgenie.in
BTW, you may also take a print out of this.
   

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Megadeth Live in Delhi

Just when you are slowly accepting the fact that there is nothing we can do to the Indian Metal Scene, the most miraculously thing happens. This year we have seen floods of International Metal bands. Started with Lamb of God in Bangalore, Kreator in Bangalore, then it was Korn in Delhi and Bangalore. We have still have three more big bands to catch, Megadeth live In Delhi, who will headline for the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2012 Delhi  on October 14, and Slayer in Bangalore for Rock in India on October 20th and there is also news of Guns N’ Roses playing in November.

Megadeth has always been in my top 5 favorite metal bands and for some unfortunate event I could not catch when they headlined Rock in India 2008. It is if God has answered my prayer.

Megadeth Live in Delhi is confirmed for October 14. They will be playing in Buddh International Circuit, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh headlining for the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2012 Delhi. The tickets are out and you can book it in Book my Show or the at the nh7 site.

The ticket price for Megadeth in Delhi is very reasonably priced. Since this is a two day festival, the tickets are priced at Rs 1500 for Day 1 and Rs 2000 for Day two where Megadeth will be playing. If you want to see both the two days, the ticket is priced at Rs 3000. Metal heads under 21 years will just have to pay Rs 1499 for both the days but make sure to bring a valid age proof.

Besides Megadeth, the festival will also feature some of India’s finest Rock and Metal Bands like Indus Creed, Parikama, Pentagram, the Circus, Vir Das'Alien Chutney and Zero on Day 1 (October 13) and Bhayanak Maut, Delhi Metal Project, Scribe, Solstice Coil, Undying Inc and ofcourse Megadeth.

Here are some details about the festival:
Where is it happening: Buddh International Circuit, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh
When is the Festival: 13 & 14 October, 2012
Where can I buy the Tickets:
Megadeth in Delhi tickets are up for sale in Book my Show
The official website of the festival




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Venue for Slayer in Bangalore Confirmed

Thank God, the venue for Slayer in Bangalore is finally confirmed. Unlike other concerts, this time it’s not our (Metal Heads) holy land/promised Land ‘Palace Ground’. Rock in India 2012 where Slayer will headline will happen in Bhartiya City, Thanisandra Road. The venue is within Bangalore, not far from the Palace Ground, the airport and the railway station.

The Venue for Slayer in India is confirmed, the tickets for Rock in India are up for sale in TicketGenie.in, but we are still waiting for the opening bands. I am hoping, Kryptos get to open for Slayer in Bangalore.

Here is a map of how you reach Bhartiya City.



Map Source: Ticketgenie.in




Friday, September 7, 2012

Korn in Delhi – Review

How was Korn? It was awesome, at least for many but not for me! No, Korn did a kick ass show, couldn’t ask for more but I had a bad food poison just an hour before the show. So you can imagine how I was. I had to spend the entire show running from the crowd to the men’s room. But I did manage to watch three full songs, Freak on Leash, Another Brick in the Wall and Blind, I enjoyed the rest of the show from the men’s room.

Overall it was a great show!!









Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Korn Live In India


Well, I almost forgot to update about the Korn live in Delhi on September 05, 2012. Korn will kick off their maiden tour of India starting from Delhi (Gurgaon), then on September 07, 2012 and Bangalore on September 09, 2012. If you still haven’t booked your tickets for Korn in India, visit bookmyshow.com. The tickets are priced at: Rupees 17600, Rupees 3245 and Rupees 2145.

The tickets are bit expensive compared to other international bands as Metallica in India was just 2700 bucks, and even the upcoming Slayer concert in Bangalore is just 2500 bucks.
FYI, this is part of their ‘The Path of Totality Tour’ and their playlist for this tour is:

1. Divine
2. Predictable
3. No Place to Hide
4. Good God
5. Narcissistic Cannibal
6. Kill Mercy Within
7. Chaos Lives in Everything
8. My Wall
9. Get Up!
10. Way Too Far
11. Here to Stay
12. Freak on a Leash
13. Falling Away From Me
14. Another Brick in the Wall
15. (Pink Floyd cover)

Encore:

16. Shoots and Ladders / One
17. Got the Life
18. Blind

Here are the details of the show:

Delhi (Gurgaon)
Venue: Leisure Valley Grounds, Gurgaon
Date: September 05, 2012
Gate Open: 4:00 PM

Mumbai
Venue: MMRDA Grounds
Date: September 07, 2012
Gate open: 4:00 PM

Bangalore
Venue: Clarks Exotica
Date: September 09, 2012
Gate open: 4:00 PM

Friday, August 31, 2012

Pictures, Pictures and More Pictures of New Delhi

Delhi is wet like a girl in her prime. Yes, the rain did lower the temperature down but with it came the traffic jam, mosquitoes, over flooding sewer, the smell and of course the cows. But please keep in mind, am not complaining about the rain. An escape from the heat, the humidity, stickiness and the sweating is totally worth the three hours in the traffic because I get to listen more songs, I just have to burn a coil to do away with the mosquitoes and incense stick for the smell, well the cows are a part of our daily routine.

Anyway am tired with all the pointless ranting. I hope you will enjoy the random pictures of Delhi.


A Hindu Holy Man outside Rajouri Garden Metro Station. I had to pay five bucks to click this picture.

Everyone is entitled to Love and companion. A homeless man sharing his bed with some street dogs.

Another example of Exotic India. Make way for Mr. Cow

Canoe anyone. On my way to work.


Indian an upcoming Super Power! Yeah Right.



My New Passion. Scaling the Walls of Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi


Just another day cruising in the streets of New Delhi. Do you get to see wildlife in the street in your city? We do!


What the hell is Lindsay Lohan doing in a bottle of Toilet Cleaner. I doubt that she knows where and who is using her picture. It's India, Anything is possible.