5 Songs I’ve Been Jamming To – 6/23/17

I cannot go a day without music! The songs are randomly picked from my favorites list. WARNING: Some songs may contain profanity(sorry Amma!).

Unforgettable (French Montana and Swae Lee)

The beat in this song is so catchy, especially the unforgettable part. Thankfully, the video and the lyrics have nothing to do with each other. It sounds like a guy trying to hit up a girl at the club and his experience with her. Best heard blasting in the car.

Two Hearts (Bryson Tiller)

I love Bryson Tiller’s music. His lyrics clearly show that he really feels true love. Probably because he writes the lyrics based off of his own experiences.

I love how he changes his tone from serious to pleading in the lines Girl I’ll Beg you for my heart back. It reminds me of the movie dialogue Aambalaiya Kenja Vaikaathey, which roughly translates to don’t make a man beg [to a woman].

Oru Kari Mukilinu (Vijay Prakash)

The theme of this song is a woman trying to search for a guy that keeps on mysteriously disappearing. The visuals in this song are so stunning….definitely a must see. Dulquer Salmaan looks exceptionally handsome in all those stunts. Parvathy Menon looks so simple but beautiful throughout the whole movie. The nose pins fit her so well.

Vijay Prakash’s voice is so fragile. He gave full justice to his solo in this song, especially the fade out after each line. The song just gets more and more interesting as you listen to it repeatedly. Rafiq Ahammed wrote such simple lyrics but fit perfectly with the plot. One of the rare songs that are pleasing to the eyes and ears.

Note: I don’t know Malayalam. I just search Google for the meaning and use my Tamil background knowledge.

Yembuttu Irukkuthu Aasai (Kalyani Nair, Sean Roldan)

Let’s get over the controversy. Many people dislike the video because it’s more sexual than romantic. The director could’ve easily made a video where the hero creeps the girl around the city like every other Tamil love song. In that case, the lyrics would’ve seen more PG. Since the song is focused more on vulgarity/sensualism than romance, the lyrics also seem vulgar/sensual. On the other hand, Regina Cassandra’s expressions are killing!

Sean Roldan’s voice is interesting but suits well in this song. Kalyani Nair’s voice is not super sweet but still like feathers in one’s ear. Together, they make a striking melody that is hard to not put on repeat mode.

Surviva (Anirudh, Yogi B, Mali Manoj)

MY THALA AJITH!! Saved the best for last. This is my ultimate, inspirational jam. Welcome back Yogi B! He is still so comfortable in rapping in the studio after years. The way he rap is bomb and so are the lyrics! The best part is whenever Anirudh says La La La La Surviva The background music is so unique, you can identify the song in less than 10 seconds. The lyrics reflect hard work, teamwork, and willpower, something everyone needs. Thala’s walk in the lyric video gives me goosebumps. Next hit song after Aaluma Dolumaa. Getha Vidaatha Pangu!

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my list. If you want me to make more posts like this or want to suggest some songs, comment below!

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In Lord Muruga’s Hands

     Whew, my first post! This was my first published short essay in the year 2016. It was of the Hindu God, Lord Muruga. I grew up around this temple as my father is the priest there. Please visit if you happen to pass by it. Enjoy and please comment! WARNING: Very biased towards Hinduism.

The earliest memory I have of living at this temple was when l was four years old. I was on my father’s shoulders, half asleep and half awake. There was nobody else at the temple. When everything was silent, the bells and drums rung loudly. I put my hands over my ears. That was when I started putting all my faith and trust in Lord Muruga.

Murugan Temple of North America is the first temple in the USA dedicated to the Tamil God, Lord Muruga, with the big celebration in 1999. Many people from around the world visit our temple to seek the blessings of Lord Muruga. Our temple emphasizes the beauty of the Tamil language. Every second and fourth Sunday. many kids from the metropolitan DC area come to learn the history and significance of Tamil. We all join together and learn lots of bhajans (devotional songs) to sing to the deities. We try to understand the meaning behind the lyrics. Now I have many friends with whom I share the same beliefs and culture. I also learn yoga, which helps me relax and relieve the stress from school. Many kids who were born in the US don’t know how to
read, speak and write the Tamil language. I know that this temple can help preserve the Tamil culture for a very long time.

There are many festivals in which we celebrate Lord Muruga and some of the other deities. Some of the festivals include Nallur Kathirgamam Kanthan Festival, Navarathri, and Vinayakar Chaturthi. During the Nallur Festival, many Sri Lankans, Malaysians, Indians, and other Tamilians come from various places such as New York and Canada. The temple is colorfully decorated with vivid fabric and arts. People pray, fast and take Paal Kudam and Kavadi that day. A variety of loud
instruments and songs can be heard as Lord Muruga sits on top of an elegant chariot and goes on a procession around the temple, and Lord Muruga’s blessings can be felt by everyone. Another festival celebrated with devotion and joy is Navarathri: a ten-day festival where nine to ten different forms of Goddess Devi are worshiped. Every day, the devotees worship the different variations of Goddess Devi. Songs praising Her can be heard throughout the temple. Navarathri brings new beginnings for many people. The priests put in so much time and effort to make sure the temple is neat and orderly and the deities are happy so that we won’t come across any disasters.
We are all lucky to have very kindhearted priests who make a difference in a number of people’s lives. As a devotee, I have been visiting this temple for about eleven years now. Every day. I thank Lord Muruga for all that He has done for me, whether it is for giving me this life or helping me with an exam. And without fail, He has always guided me. Despite the

As a devotee, I have been visiting this temple for about eleven years now. Every day. I thank Lord Muruga for all that He has done for me, whether it is for giving me this life or helping me with an exam. And without fail, He has always guided me. Despite the mistakes, I may have made without even knowing He has given me lots of opportunities where I can redeem myself. I know that everything that enters my life is because of Him and everything that leaves my life is also because of Him. If you visit the temple and take a few minutes to sit down and meditate, you
can, unquestionably, feel Lord Muruga’s power (shakthi). Developing good. devotional habits and worshipping Lord Muruga can help us overcome the forces of darkness. I am very fortunate to be able to live right on the temple premises. I am also blessed that I have a wonderfiilly thriving community. Many families, including mine. cannot go back to their homeland to join a festival but we are blessed that there are temples nearby where we can celebrate and worship God easily. It is our duty to serve God. our parents and society. We should always remember to pass our traditions and culture to the next generation. We need to understand that Lord Murugan is within us and our willpower is what can make a change.

I am very fortunate to be able to live right on the temple premises. I am also blessed that I have a wonderfully thriving community. Many families, including mine. cannot go back to their homeland to join a festival but we are blessed that there are temples nearby where we can celebrate and worship God easily. It is our duty to serve God. our parents and society. We should always remember to pass our traditions and culture to the next generation. We need to understand that Lord Murugan is within us and our willpower is what can make a change.

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