Musically Inclined 

Music is the strongest form of magic ~ Marilyn Manson 

I’ve always found comfort in two things – music and the ocean. 

There is no music more soothing to my ears than the symphony of waves crashing against the rocks. 

My love for the ocean is something that I’ve cherished since childhood. 
Another great love of my life is music. 

I’m a 90s child. I grew up blasting ‘Who let the dogs out‘, ‘Oops I did it again‘, ‘I want it that way‘ and ‘Made in India‘ on the stereo system. 

I fell in love with the melodies of Tamil & Hindi music of that era. 

Britney Spears was my favourite pop artist. I was also in love with boy bands, namely the Backstreet Boys and Blue. 

The nineties were an awesome musical era to grow up in. 

Over the years, I’ve found myself listening to a lot of Hindi songs. 

Two soundtracks I absolutely love are Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani and Rockstar. 

In fact, Kabira from YJHD and Sadda Haq from Rockstar are two songs I play on loop whenever I’m upset, stressed or just need a release. 

I’m also quite fond of Tamil Music, especially songs from the 90s and early 2000s.

One of my favourite music composers is AR Rahman. From Roja to Alaipayuthey to Boys to OK Kanmani, his compositions are so diverse, soulful and melodic. 

Incidentally, his latest composition ‘Azhagiye’ from Kaatru Veliyidai is constantly on repeat on my playlist. 


As I mentioned, I love Tamil music from the 90s and early 2000s. 

Some of my all-time favourite Tamil songs from that era are: 

1. Chinna Chinna Aasai from Roja 

2. Snehitane from Alaipayuthe


3.  Vaseegara from Minnale 


4. Andha Arabi Kadaloram from Bombay 


5. Yengae Enathu Kavithai from Kandukondain Kandukondain 


In a nutshell, music makes me happy. 

It cleanses my mind, refreshes my soul, puts a smile on my face and calms me down. 

Over the years, I’ve leaned on a few songs to help carry me through difficult moments. When your mind is the entity that fights you, it’s a near impossible war to win. 

However, what I’ve learnt is that with love and support from friends & family and a good dash of music added to the mix, you can achieve the impossible. 

Recently, I’ve discovered two songs whose lyrics resonate with me and help me stay grounded. 

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1. Fight Song by Rachel Platten 

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

I keep repeating these lyrics over and over again until I believe in them. I might struggle, fall or even get hurt, but I’m not done yet. I will keep fighting, because there’s still a lot of fight left in me. 

2. Rise Up by Andra Day

I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again

I want to dedicate this song to my friend AJ. We’ve known each other for over five years and have what many would call an up and down relationship. Inspite of numerous fights and petty arguments, he’s still my go-to person for laughs, understanding and support. He knows me like the back of his hand and vice versa. 

He’s been fighting certain demons for a long time and it’s been a rocky road so far. It takes a lot of courage to remain steady in certain scenarios. I’m proud of him for fighting and remaining strong.

A – I know it’s not the best of times. I know it’s hard. I know it seems unlikely that things will get better. No matter what, I will be there for you. 

I will be there when the pain gets too much to manage. 

I’ll be there when you need love and support. 

I’ll be there to catch you fall.

I will be there to help you rise. 

And we’ll rise up, together. 

Remember to fight. 

Fight hard and long.

And when it’s time, 

Rise Up!

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The power of music lies in its universal appeal. 

All of us, irrespective of where we come from, love music.

We appreciate it in its multitude of forms. 

Keep discovering new music. 

Figure out what your favourite songs are.

Find that song that speaks to you. 

But most importantly, share your playlist. 

Your favourite song says more about you than anything else. 

Don’t forget to let me know what your favourite song is in the comments. I’d love to hear from you guys. 

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This post is dedicated to AJ 💗 
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5 thoughts on “Musically Inclined 

  1. I LOVE so much of the 90’s music you mentioned– the Backstreet Boys were life! I also love “Fight Song” by Sarah Platten; it truly is a song that makes me want to shout from the mountaintops. Thanks for sharing so much of your music!

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    • Rukmani Krishna says:

      Hi! I agree – Backstreet Boys for life 😍 I discovered fight song recently thanks to AGT. I’d love to know what other music you listen to 🙂 Good opportunity to expand my playlist 😀

      Like

  2. reflectionofdes says:

    After I kept hearing the song Rise Up I grew to like it a lot. I love this post! You have interesting content your blog by the way 😊.

    Liked by 1 person

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