Monthly Archives: July 2011

Mora Saiyan


I first heard Mora Saiyan in Indian Idol a couple of years ago. It has been one of my favourite songs since. I decided to do a recording of this song yesterday afternoon.

When I was a kid, my sister and I would pick random Hindi songs, find the lyrics, and sing along. It’s hard to imagine that this was prior to YouTube and Google days. We would record ourselves on Sound Recorder and then laugh at ourselves afterwards. When we lost all of our data the day our old old computer crashed, the saddest loss for me was all of the silly songs we sang and made up. For these one shot audacity recordings, I do the same thing. I just randomly pick a song, open up the lyrics/karaoke track online and go at it. It could probably be much better if I practiced, listened to the song first, or used a recording that wasn’t my first, but it’s become a bit of a tradition!

I digress. Anyways, here is my recording, as usual done on Audacity using my oh-so-amazing Laptop Mike. I found the karaoke here.

You can find the lyrics with translation here



As mentioned in this post about our Annual Charity Talent night, I not only performed one song along with Stephen and Nick, but I performed two! Our second song called “Maa” from the Hindi Movie Taare Zameen Par. This song was originally composed by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy and sung by Shankar Mahadevan himself (Who was introduced in this post), so though I could never even compare to that kindof amazingness, here is my own humble attempt.

The tempo did start a little slow, but I personally thing the song still turned out great. Stephen and Nick provided some amazingly soulful music, which really fit well with the song.

A couple of years ago, I recorded this song along with a Karaoke I found online and sent it to my mom for mothers day. She was so happy!


Boulevard of Broken Dreams


In March of 2011, back when I was on the Math Society at my University, we raised over $650 for the local women shelter. And we did it all in ONE evening thanks to the Annual Charity Talent Night. The Charity Talent night was not only for a great cause, but it was also very entertaining!

Myself, Stephen and Nick banded together for the first time after “Hallelujah” in 2010. We performed two songs, and the first one was Boulevard of Broken dreams. In all honestly, my role in this song was practically non-existent, and the full credit goes to Steve and Nick. I did enjoy singing the Harmony on the chorus though. Steve taught it to me, and it sounded great! Though Steve, Nick and myself are in three different cities doing three different things, we had a great time when we were all at University together and I hope that it’s not the last time we can all jam :)

So the video was a little bit off sync, and it looks like we’re awkwardly talking for the entire video. I promise it was us!

I will be posting the second song shortly. I know this is already a huge delay, but there was a problem with the video format and I had to do some converting and editing. Which is why the video got a little messed up and my posting got delayed. As soon as the second part is done I will post it :)


Diwali Cards with Red Ink


I recently got a Red Ink bottle, and as a result of not cleaning my nib well enough, there was just enough black leftover to add great texture to the Red Ink. I also added a thick medium to gold paint to see what would happen.

The result were these two cards, which followed my recent phase of Ink with Acrylics. One, I specifically made with Diwali in mind, and the other has a simple mango border that would work for any Indian Function. It’s hard to tell in this grainy dark picture, but the gold is really shiny and the literal ‘pop’ worked out really well with the red ink. The paper is quality water-colour card paper.