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I wrote about the South Indian melting pot, led by music, movies and playlists, for The Ken. Read the story here.

I speak 3 languages fluently – Tamil, English, and Hindi. I can understand bits of Kannada and Malayalam reasonably well, and understand Telugu even lesser. But, if you put me in an autorickshaw in Hyderabad, Bengaluru or Kochi, I can assure you that I can discuss (in English or another broken language) with the driver […]

Tuesday December 12, 2017 20:27

How do you discover new music?

I came across this fascinating article in The Baffler, on the role of Spotify in the future of the music industry. It led me to think about the function of music discovery, something I believe I aid in, to a small extent, via Milliblog. I remember my dad telling me about how he used to […]

Saturday July 22, 2017 07:57


Having completed writing music reviews for 12 years, I was almost facing an existential dilemma. Thanks largely to Jagga Jasoos. Here’s a film that’s a true-blue musical (with a very pointed cue to why it is one, in the script!). And the musical doesn’t release its soundtrack as a single entity even a week before […]

Friday January 27, 2017 08:43

Ajaneesh Loknath’s hatrick is disturbing

This is both disappointing and depressing. Listen to: ‘Kaagadada Doniyalli’ from Kirik Party (music: Ajaneesh Loknath) and, The River, by The Bombay Royale Now, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that the Kannada song is ‘copied’, but there’s more to the thought than what hits the ear (meets the eye doesn’t seem appropriate). […]

Friday January 6, 2017 17:17


Hard to believe the man is 50 today! Just seems like yesterday when, in Salem, I forced a cassette shop owner to cut short his lunch break, call the supplier and sell me the cassette tape of Kadhalan that was released the day before. And reading in Dinamani Kadhir, Dinamani’s supplement, that Mani Ratnam had […]

UPDATE: January 4, 2017 – Chennai Times announces Darbuka Siva as the composer of Enai Noki Paayum Thota! Original post: In the heavily marketing-dominated world of cinema, I do not recall an instance when a filmmaker withheld credit for any department just to increase intrigue/interest. After all, every name worth marketing could be—and should be—used […]

George Michael was the first international music artist that I consciously followed, idolized and loved. The kind of love that led me to collect every single song of his, including his obscure singles that very few people would have heard. My cousin sister introduced me to George Michael and I hold her in high esteem […]

Helped me articulate many things on music, my music listening preferences and habits, music reviewing and social media.

Thursday July 21, 2016 20:21

11 years of Milliblog!

I was at the neighborhood barber shop two weeks ago. For some historical reason that I’m not aware of, every single barber shop in Bangalore is run by people who speak Telugu. So, as usual, the shop was filled with glorious 80s and 90s Telugu film songs. I usually Shazam/SoundHound everything I hear and the […]

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