All Afternoon Long


I'm sure you've heard of 'Morning People' or 'Night People'.. but have you heard of the 'Afternoon People'?? I guess not. Somehow the worst part of the day seems to be the afternoon times. Its that time of the day when you feel your energy drain, the zest for life being sucked out of you and want to simply lie down and fade away. If there ever was a time when the Devil is the strongest, it has to be the afternoon.

But the afternoon blues seems to affect only the older people. I remember as a child, a day used to be divided into 2 simple parts.. one when I'm asleep and another when I am not. I used to wonder how adults could be so weak as to sleep when the sun is high up in the sky and providing his warmth to everyone. Its really strange.. I guess children can never be influenced by the devil :P

Science tells us that the afternoon blues are due to a drop in the sugar levels in one's body. From my experience I realized that the best solution to this is simply to have some sugar about 1/2 hour after lunch. Somehow keeps the blues away!!!

Now, GM

All Nightmare Long

Death Magnetic - The new album by Rick Rubin, oh yes of course.. in collaboration with Metallica. The Gods of Metal's new album since 2003's St.Anger (It actually won a Grammy and went double platinum.. thanks to me as well.. I bought the tape, yes tape.. I never went through the CD phase.. directly shifted from tapes to illegal mp3's like most Indians \m/)

Anyway, do I like Death Magnetic?? I don't know. Do I think it will be a hit? I don't know.

But I do know this...

1) Lyrics suck
2) Solo's suck
3) The sound absolutely lacks any feeling at all.

Metallica's music always lay in the guitars. The vocals were never the main instrument for them to 'communicate' music.. it was the freaking guitars. And in Death Magnetic.. they seem to have thrashed it.. all for just one thing.. thrash.. yes, 'Thrash Metal' to be precise.....

I'm not going into a song-by-song breaking down of the album for I'm sure you can find many other reviews for stuff like that. But I'd like to make one observation - The songs sound like a 'cut and paste' mashup of riffs that could have been the fulcrum for a number of great songs.

Even St.Anger had Metallica's soul in it.. but this one? No way!! There's no Master Of Puppets Solo, no songs that build like 'One' .. and Unforgiven III ... LOL!!!!!!!!! Suicide and Redemption doesn't sound anywhere as inspired as Call Of Ktulu, Orion or To Live Is To Die.. I really wonder why Kirk is so reluctant to hit any high notes in his solos...

Poor Metallica, getting all beaten and kicked over by pig-headed fans who fail to accept that all great bands have to progress ( Guess no one complained when The Beatles stopped making love ballads and released St.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club.. a psychedelic experiment.. yea and that was mainstream them...). So what's wrong with Metallica making Load and Re-load.. if you don't like the music, don't buy it for metals sake....

If Death Magnetic sucks so bad.. I'd blame you.. THE FAN, for killing Metallica. Stop telling them to make music YOU want to listen to.. listen to music for what it really is. Maybe Death Magnetic would have a couple of songs with lyrics about love and fatherhood, but at least it would have been honest music.. not manufactured shit like Death Magnetic... Metallica sound like a band being forced to make the music that they so want to run away from...

"...The Slave Becomes The Master..." - James Hetfield, in the song 'End Of The Line'

But its Metallica, and I'm still going to listen to the album because "Free Speech For The Dumb" was one of the most liberating experience I ever had way back in Class VII. When all you could see and hear around you was the Backstreet Boys the song simply blew me away (and did I mention that it has the F word in it as well??) Metallica's been a part of my life ever since. The least I owe them is a good listen....



Oh, n btw.. 'All Nightmare Long' is probably the best song on the album for me at this point...

What rubbish have I written? This was supposed to be an album review.. fckkk......

A Slightly Long Zen Story


Teacher: So students, what is the purpose of life?

BITS student who spends too much time on DC: Sir, the purpose of life is a life of purpose.....

Wierd Greek Dude: I second that. It is very important to have a purpose in life. In fact if the state does not dictate us with a purpose, finding a purpose is our single most important duty.

Teacher: Oh?

Indian Dude: Errr.. the question was what is the purpose of life, not what you are supposed to do once you are alive...

Wierd Greek Dude: Let me get to the point. As living beings with conciousness we need to define something known as a purpose. This is gives us the reason to live on....

Junkie: Reason? What is that??

Wierd Greek Dude: Reason is the cause and effect that we perceive in everyday life.. it is the....

Buddhist: So reason is a thought? Am I right??

(Wierd Greek Dude, thinks a bit and then nods in the affirmative)

Buddhist: But you think that the answer lies in thought? How do you know that thinking is an accurate process to decipher such a profound question. Isn't thought a major barrier in understanding the deeper nature of things? The mind is always in motion, never still enought to understand the true nature of things...

Junkie: Dude.. look at me.. I can be without having thoughts.. The acid man.. that really kicks some ass .. all you experience is true love man.. like you are one with the universe and shit.. your soul flying in the heavens....

Buddhist(Annoyed): But you are aware of all this right? There is an 'I' that is experiencing all of this.. so how can you be 'ONE' with the universe when you are still yourself??

Indian Dude: Now look here all of you. The problem with this line of approach is TIME. All that you know as 'thoughts' , the 'ego' , the 'I', philosophy, truth and meaning .. all of these exist in time. But what if time was a lie? What if time itself isn't real?? Then is the question "What is the purpose of life?" a valid question. The question does imply that for something to have a purpose there must have been a time where either it existed not having a purpose, or that a purpose existed when life was not. But what if time didn't exist.. then what???

Junkie: Dude, thats so whacked!! Thats some trippy shit man.. wow......

Buddhist: Yes, that is a very good question indeed....

Wierd Greek Dude: Well, you have me there my friend. We have no way of knowing whether the 'Time' that we experience is real or not....

BITS student who spends too much time on DC: zzzZZZzzzZZZzz (YAWN) zzZZZzzzZZZZZzzzzz....

Indian Dude: Sir, what do you have to say about it sir?

The old teacher slowly stood up and arched his back. He scratched his neck and tried to swat a fly that was buzzing around him. He then turned around slowly showing his back to the students, bent down gracefully and farted. The students were enlightned.