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Me??? At a Reggae concert???

If one of old friends or my parents are told that I went to the Reggae ‘Shaggy’ show, they won’t believe. I am not a die hard fan of western music; in fact leave alone being a die hard fan – I don’t even listen to western music – and amongst all Reggae? No way!!

I have no collection of western music (hardly 8 English songs stored on my hard disk which holds 3.5 GB of music) and my listening of western music is limited to the songs I hear at parties or at my friends’ place. And you may often find me arguing in favour of Indian music to western.

So when I first heard from Milind about the ‘Shaggy Show’, I wasn’t interested. Then one day we all came to know that Milind (a die-hard fan, according to me) wasn’t going to the show himself, because he didn’t get anyone to join in. Meanwhile I had been feeling the need to recoil myself, by doing something off-the-track, and suddenly this appeared to be a great opportunity! So when someone suggested that we – non die hard fans – join Milind, I was the first one to join the ‘party’. So there was I – MMRDC grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, 8.00 PM on 3rd October, attending the ‘Shaggy Show’ with Milind, Ashita and Payal. We later discovered that even Varun (Yadav) and his friends were present there.

The show was good; in fact ‘Shaggy’ was pretty ingenious in involving the audience in the flow of music – pampering us, coaxing us and even ridiculing us when the participation went down. He put India, Mumbai and even the Indian women in the lyrics of his songs in great many ways – that’s what I call spontaneity and creativity.
At times when the whole crowd was moving their hands on his arousal in tandem – I couldn’t help remember my PT classes. The scene wasn’t much different except that here it was Shaggy, instead of our instructor, who was issuing commands.
Well, I had probably heard just one of Shaggy’s songs before attending this concert and I don’t hope to start listening to many even now, nevertheless I found the show good – being a part of the audience – dancing and experiencing the thumping music is a great recoiler for the body and mind alike. Thanks to Milind – this will be another of the memorable days of my NITIE life.


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