My other half… in the blog world :P

As I’d mentioned in one of my previous posts, I have another active blog named “momentary musings” and that it’s dedicated primarily to all the professional related stuff that I do… articles written for magazines, supplements, etc. But I haven’t been active in the publishing world (sans the virtual one) for quite sometime now… so you could say … that it has become a blog for most of the music-related incidents I encounter as a singer in a band.

Momentary musings is also an outlet for most of my “creative writing” efforts … which are few and far between

Simz City is more of a diary (if you haven’t guessed that already from the posts) .. filled with all my frustrations and rantings … and on the flip side of the coin, contentment and happy times …

I hope you’ll all enjoy my other half.. at least those of you who will feel like reading it of course .. 🙂

Cheers!

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The Year That Was…

I’ve been cut off from the net these past few weeks as I’ve been staying at my parents (till my bro, Sakib…sis-in-law, Tanu…and nephew, Areeb…head back to the States) and there’s no net here for my personal use…lol… The only other time I get to check mail is at work but you can only do so much while at office…

Anyways… the past year has had its share of good and bad and great and horrible things…but then again this so-called ‘balance’ has always been the Almighty’s way of keeping our head and feet firmly on the ground…

So the things that stand out most in my memory right now…let’s see…

I got hitched…to this wonderful guy called…Saif…who is someone who goes beyond his means and nature to see/keep me happy :)…No I’m not bragging or saying he’s perfect…no one is… but I love him with all his share of virtues and vices…and he reciprocates that 360 degrees… 🙂

We formed a band called GrooveTrap and after loads of toil and trouble released our debut album…but I wouldn’t change the ‘toil and trouble’ part for anything… met so many wonderful people on the way that it more than makes up for it all…

My nephew…Areeb (picture below)…was born on April 27…and I finally got to see him and spend time with him for the six months that bhaia and Tanu was in Dhaka for bhaia’s PhD research work. The first time I was alone with him in a room (I was putting him to sleep) I couldn’t help but start crying…I couldn’t control it…and it went on to show me an inkling of how much love parents feel for their children…I’m just his aunt. It must be quite frightening…

Saif and I also lodged our Permanent Residency application for Australia for the state of Melbourne. I’m excited and apprehensive all at the same time regarding what the future will hold for us there…if we at all win the PR in the first place. But there are friends and family there… so even if we fall at times I know they’ll be there to lend a hand to help us up…

I had one of the most wonderful birthdays in 2008…I knew that Saif would surely be planning something with our closest friends…and on the eve before my birthday, after playing at a gig, we’d all gone to Pizza Hut to have dinner…where they had the waiters unexpectedly do their regular ‘special birthday song & dance’ while I had to sit high up on the chair (thankfully I got away from standing on top of the chair by giving the lame excuse that my birthday was actually 4 more hours away :P)…and I thought that was it…but boy..was I wrong. I had no clue of what was coming and I’m going to dedicate a whole new post for this story…it deserves one…:)

Anyways…let me not elaborate on the bad or horrible episodes. I was never good at dwelling on such things as it always ends up making me depressed for days at a stretch…and I’m sure none of you need to know either. It’ll just spoil the whole ‘feel-good’ factor.

It’s now a whole new year ahead of me…us…In just three more days Areeb, bhaia and Tanu will be leaving for Wyoming…and I know I’ll bawl like a baby…but like Saif said…I should be thankful that Areeb is so young….he will soon forget and not go through the pain of pining for us…I wouldn’t wish it on the poor little tyke…

So here’s looking to the year ahead…and as is my way…I’ll be simply going with the flow…’planning’ for things never did work for me…it seems the Almighty always has something different in mind…lol…and once a particular moment in time has eclipsed I realize his idea of what’s best for me always outshines whatever I could’ve concocted up for myself…

Happy New Year everyone!

The Times..They are a Changin’

Well…it’s been quite a while since I’ve joined LJ…so that’s quite a stretch between me becoming a member to my very first post :P…but hey…it’s better late than never…

My other blog was primarily for my editorial efforts..stuff that I’d written for Daily Star’s Lifestyle supplement but as you’ll notice (if you visit it…that is) my last post there was made quite a while back as well…the reason being that I’ve not been able to take in a lot of assignments lately …

Since my marriage this March and my time spent with my band GrooveTrap and what with my full-time job as a copywriter at an ad agency…I always seem to be running short of time! Oh for having more than just 24 hours in a single day!

Anyways…today, I thought would be a great day to post my first entry. I’ve been having a rather great day so it had all the right vibes to start something that I’d been putting off for quite a while..hehe

During America’s Presidential Campaign, I’d been rooting for Obama to win. Needless to say, I’m ecstatic over the fact that he has. After watching the fiasco, which was Bush, over these past few years, I was more than ready for a ‘Change’ and was horrified about the idea of someone like Palin (and/or her associates) taking over the management of one of the most powerful and influential nations in the world. Well now that it’s all over, I can breath a sigh of great relief and satisfaction…

The second reason I’ve been having a great day is because the plans for launching GrooveTrap’s debut album has well and truly kicked off. I’ve been preparing the guest list…we’ve a restriction on how many people we can invite to the event which is to be held this 21st at Radisson hotel…and it feels like I’m getting married all over again! Who to invite? Whom can I overlook? Who am I forgetting?

After months of juggling with writing lyrics, recording songs, meeting with the designers of our CD sleeve, poster and official website, doing shows late into the night, running after sponsors…while doing a full-time job and keeping house….I can say that no one would be happier than I after the 21st has come and gone…

I’m not saying I haven’t been enjoying it…all the feelings of frustration are quite nicely mixed with a feel-good-happy-happy vibe. But I just wish that things were more systematic here in my country. The music industry, and everything else in between, needs a serious overhaul. For that we need the right people in the right place, doing the right things at the right time. That’s a tough enough calling as it is even for a developed nation like America (as we saw during this campaign) and yes, Bangladesh has a long, long way to go.

But I’ve hope yet. Corruption is everywhere. In my opinion the ‘rich’ countries are simply more adept at hiding it all (watch Michael Moore’s “Sicko” which focuses on America’s health care system for just a little insight). So let’s not moan over something that’ll be around even after we’re long dead and buried. I’d rather create a fuss over things that aren’t around but can be.

We need progressive thinkers like Obama at all levels of our country’s administration, down to the root level. Yunus is doing his bit regarding the level of poverty in the country and hopefully his disciples will carry on his legacy once he’s gone. And I’m pretty confident that sometime in the distant future, we’ll see faces from our generation (or maybe the next) doing the very same thing. Bringing about progressive changes at all levels. Yes, even in the music industry.

The times…they will be changing…