It was pretty disappointing to hear that WorldSpace would be discontinuing its operations in India at the end of this year. This was not entirely unexpected as the parent company had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US in 2008. At the time however, it was presumed that the Indian ops would continue but apparently that is not the case.
Wow! Even though we’re now living in the age of music being freely available, I’d never ever imagined a band like U2 would actually stream a performance live. In fact, when I first heard about it, it seemed too good to be true, and I headed over still thinking it was some kind of hoax.
However, lo and behold, it was true, and though initially the quality was pretty bad, it improved considerably later on. Fans across 16 countries, including the US, UK and India watched the Irishmen perform live at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California.
I’m usually quite critical of reality shows in general and when Zee Marathi SaReGaMaPa L’il Champs was being telecast everyday, I pretty much had the same reaction. Over the past few weeks, my watching frequency increased and I actually enjoyed watching some of the performances and repertoire of these young kids.
As this competition drew to a close, five contestants were vying for top honours, each one at their very best, and there was a general feeling among people for the award to be shared among all five. However, as we watched the finals or ‘maha antim pheri’ on Sunday, there was a palpable sense of disappointment, firstly because the songs were hardly up to expectations and certainly not in sync with the kids’ voices, and then Kartiki Gaikwad was announced as the winner.