Uncharted Music #1

There are millions of artists and songs out there that we aren’t aware of. They make beautiful songs but we can never listen to them when we are still in songs like “Shape of you”, “Cheap Thrills”. One such band is Gorillaz.

They are what one calls a Virtual Band. They never appear in the their music videos but their animated personas do. They make a variety of songs and arent confined to a specific genre. I came across them via FIFA songs. With each game, FIFA releases their own playlist of songs or their soundtrack. Their song “Rhinestone Eyes” was on that playlist. It wasnt a peppy and fast song. It was a slow song but had a psychedelic vibe to it. Its lyrics, shockingly, meaningful.

Then I heard their other famous songs like “Clint Eastwood” “Feel Good Inc” “Dare” etc and they grew on me. Their amazing lyrics and the vocals of the main artist ‘2-D’. I downloaded their album “Greatest Hits” and managed to like a few of them. Their lyrics, beats and vocals were completely different from the typical chart toppers.

They released their new album “Humanz” after a hiatus of 6 years. Initially I wasn’t into the singles released. I had gotten interested into new genres and artists. But then I heard “Andromeda” and it was a such a simple song with an amazing beat with a catchy chorus “Take it your heart now lover” and after listening to their album I am in awe with it. Amazing beats and lyrics so different, they mesmerised me. Some of them that have put themselves on repeat are “She’s my Collar” “Saturnz Barz” “Let Me Out” “The Apprentice “. You can listen to some of the singles to get a feel of it. 

Watchmojo Top 10 Gorillaz Songs

The above link shows their Top 10 songs based on popularity. They can give you a taste of their music and give you something to bite on. These dont include the new songs. But if you’re interested in listening, the above link and their official channel is a good place to start. 

Our Grading System

Anytime we write exams which were subjective in nature, we have tried showing the important steps/points in the solution to the problem asked. It has been taught to us as kids that, steps have to be shown as it is the basis on which marks will be given. One step might carry 1 mark another 2. This distribution is often fixed throughout all schools. During our final exams, the teacher who set the paper would share a model solution showing how much the different steps weigh by doing so there is a standard by which everyone is evaluated. But in real life, we all evaluate friendships differently. We all judge and feel happiness differently. There is no standard for these things.

We all have different tick boxes for friendship. These criteria and their importance vary from person to person. This can be considered a form of weighted average. Their importance is based on our individual personalities and past experiences. For someone initiating a conversation is a big thing as it is not something they do normally but for others it can be trivial as it is something that is the basic requirement of a friendship. For someone, telling their everyday life along with trivial details is important while for someone having deep, intelligent conversation is important. That is why rarely friendships are on the same level for both. We all have different needs and requirements, if these are fulfilled we are happy else we wont be fully content.

In all situations, there is a fine line where good turns bad or stupid. How should one differentiate trying constantly and a fool’s errand? No one knows. There is no standard time period. It all depends on the person’s capabilities and tenacity. If they will keep trying no matter what but they dont possess the necessary skills, this becomes a fool’s errand but if you do possess such skills but dont have confidence in yourself or you cannot wait for too long a period (again subjective, varies from person to person) you would give it up, does this mean that you are a fool for giving up? Some will say yes, others would say no. We all have different perceptions and depending on them we decide to draw that fine line.

Even in today’s world with corruption, nationalism people are forgetting the fine lines. Nowadays nationalism is being synonymous to patriotism. Both being very much different in meaning. One believes in values nad beliefs, the other in cultural background and heritage. George Orwell said that “Nationalism is the worst enemy of peace” but still many of us follow nationalism in the name of patriotism. Where do you draw the line. In America, where a single person could change everything in 4 years and his present policies are almost similar to dictatorship. A similar situation is taking place in India, where words have taken over the minds of many people. Religion is being forced on ordinary citizen and secularism is shown in the form of removing a certain religion from the country itself. Where does one draw the line. Some people already feel this is against everything what their countries stand for while others feel this is a step in the right direction. But who is deciding what is the right direction? Unfortunately we dont have models to show that.

We all have our different thresholds and back stories that make us who we are. But sometimes when we give advice to others, we take our thresholds as an input which we shouldn’t. The other person isnt us. They might have gone through something more challenging or less, making their limitations different from ours. We have to keep in mind the weighted average and try understanding what the other person feels. It is only by following this path can we understand and help each other. 

Short poems with haikus

Shining golden sun,

Casting shadows on the ground,

No plumule grows there

 

 

Waves crash on the rocks,

Breaks into million pieces,

Like my soul and heart

 

 

Birds fly in the sky,

My soul soars above the clouds,

But chained to the ground

 

 

The prey gallops towards his deathbed,

His claws colour the snow in red

 

 

Green, Yellow, Red,

The leaves change colour and fall,

The earth accepts them all.

 

 

Flowers thrown in the sea,

As offerings each,

All returned back to the beach

 

 

In the desert, the red ball burns

Leaves turn thorns to save what everyone yearns

 

 

“Carry my children away

from this cruel world, Great Bird”

Said the tree.

 

 

A plant grows from the soil,

Roots dig deeper into its ancestor’s grave

 

 

As the summer ends,

Flames on the Gulmohar tree,

The rain sets them free.

 

 

The sun sets,

I wait for the birds’ last song,

Before their slumber long.

 

 

Alone in the forest,

I walk to silence my mind,

Crickets chirp around.

 

 

“I fly” said the fish,

While gasping for air to breathe,

Talons were his wings.

 

 

Alone in the hut,

“Will you sing with me?” I ask,

The nearby gold lark.

 

 

I am never alone in my hut,

Sun, Moon, Plum blossoms give me company.

 

 

The pearl hidden inside the oyster,

Are you the pearl or the oyster?

Chapter 9: Fallout

Begeta punched Frieza but he blocked it. He started hitting Frieza with a series of kicks, punches and energy blasts. Frieza just stood defensively. He never cancelled out the attacks. Begeta said “Fight me seriously.  If you continue to do this, you will die eventually”. Frieza said “You’re my child. I have raised you. I will not kill you. I had lost hope before but your brother hasn’t. For him, I wont harm you”. Begeta said “Fine!!! Fool die” Begeta raised his power level and unleashed a massive energy blast and screamed “Death Beam”. Gohan said “Move Frieza. It might not kill you but it will injure you alot”. Goku said “Stop Gohan. He knows what he is doing. This is not just a random fight anymore for him. It is a way bring his son home” Frieza took the blast. He stood there for a few seconds and then fell on his knees. Begeta said “Now this is the end for you Frieza”. Frieza smiled and said “It is time to finally atone for my sins. I would rather have you deliver the punishment. You will always be my son. Just promise me one thing. Take care of your brother”. Frieza then removed the bracelet from his hand and said “Here, Cooler wanted to give you this”. Begeta was stunned. He never witnessed so much of love from anyone. He remembered his childhood days. Training sessions with his brother, the kindness of his father, his teachings. He started crying and screamed “Damn it!!! I can’t do this!!! I cant kill my family”. Everyone was happy but it was short lived. The very next second, there was large hole in Begeta’s chest. Kakarotto had fired an energy blast right through Begeta and he muttered pathetic. Begeta fell to the ground with the bracelet in his hand which was covered in blood now. Frieza screamed “NOOOO!!! BEGETA”. Begeta said with tears in his eyes “I… am… sor.. sorry for the trouble… I…. caused. Plea…. please… te…. tell Cooler thank you for the bracelet. Thank you for everything”. With these final words, Begeta died. Frieza was crying and screamed “I wont forgive you Kakarotto. You attacked him from behind”. Kakarotto said with an evil grin “Oh dont worry Frieza. You will join him soon” After saying this Kakarotto fired an energy blast at him. But it was deflected by Goku and he said in anger “You are just evil. Killing your own friends and innocent people. I will stop you” and he charged towards Kakarotto.

Kakarotto also charged towards him. Both of them clashed and created a blast wave of energy. Each punch was parried. The energy blasts were either deflected or were cancelled by their own energy blasts. Kakarotto said “You are a joke. You’re so naive. I never thought I could ever be like you”. Goku replied “At least we feel the same way about each other”. Kakarotto said “You are so stupid. Your mistake proved fatal for your best friend. You killed so many innocent people. YOU ARE A MURDERER!!!” Goku screamed in anger and charged towards him. Kakarotto smirked and said “You’re full of openings. I have you now”. He said “Ka. Me. Ha. Me. Haaaa”. A navy blue beam was unleashed. It was going towards Goku and it hit him. Gohan screamed “Father!!!!”. But Goku was pushing through the beam. He was driven by his anger. Kakarotto was shocked. He then raced towards Goku to punch him. He punched Goku in his face. Even though Goku was injured, it seemed the punch didn’t faze him. Goku then kicked Kakarotto in his guts. Kakarotto put his hands on his stomach and fell on his knees and coughed alot. Goku said “Now you will see the worst side of me”. There was a feeling of eerie. There was a cold wind blowing. Kakarotto said “You will not beat me. I have restricted your power”. He then flew away and started firing energy blasts. Goku deflected them and then flew towards him. Both engaged in hand to hand combat. Goku was slowly overpowering him. Kakarotto thought to himself “What is happening?? Why is his power level still increasing??!!” Goku said “You still haven’t figured how we are raising our power levels right? I will tell you. Your medicine does work but if we increase our metabolism, the effects start waring off. I realised it first when I found with Vegeta”. Hearing this Kakarotto was scared. He knew he would lose the battle. He decided to play dirty. He started shooting energy blasts everywhere. His targets were Goku’s friends.  Goten, Trunks, Piccolo, Gohan, Vegeta and Frieza. Gohan and Vegeta were able to protect their injured and unconscious friends but in doing so were hit by energy blasts. This pissed off Goku. He screamed “Now you die!!!” Now Goku started hitting Kakarotto with all his might. He punched him several times. Kakarotto fell to the ground and he said “Hahahah. You are a killer Goku. He may lose here but at least I destroyed your morale code”. Goku still kept punching him “You are evil. You harmed Krillin. You made me kill all those innocent soldiers. I will kill you”. Each punch made Goku’s fist much more red. Kakarotto was totally bloodied up. Gohan screamed “Enough Father!!! You will kill him”. Goku wasnt listening. Then as he was about to throw another punch, his arm was held back by someone. It was Vegeta. He said “Kakarot, enough of this. Stop. Killing him wont bring back those soldiers back. You have to move on. Dont become a murderer in front of your children”. Goku suddenly had an epiphany. Vegeta was right. This wasnt his fault. Tears started flowing out of his eyes. He felt a huge burden was lifted off him. Frieza then limped towards Kakarotto and said “We have won, you worm”.

Few days later, all of the Z-fighters were with Frieza. All were healthy and fine. Even Frieza had recovered. Goku asked “Are you sure they wont cause anymore trouble?” Frieza said “Yes, I am sure. Based on the drugs inside your bodies, we were able to reverse engineer the drugs and make them better. These drugs will keep their power levels to a minimum”. Goten said “That sounds good”. Trunks said “I am happy that you gave Begeta a proper burial. He seemed like a nice guy, just a wrong group of friends”. Gohan asked “Frieza, will you will be ok?” Frieza replied, while looking at Goku, “I think i will be fine. Some wounds take a little longer to heal”. Vegeta said “We should get going. Bulma must be getting worried”. Frieza said “It is good thing. We destroyed all of the blue prints of this technology. I would request you to do the same after you reach home” Piccolo said “Yes, we will do that”. Krillin said “Thank you for your help. Farewell”. The Z-fighters then transported to their original dimension. When they got out of the space ship, they saw 2 bulmas. One was older than the other. Krillin said “I think the side effects have kicked in. I can see 2 Bulmas”. Goku gasped “You arent the only one”. Trunks said “We still aren’t in our original dimension. Let us go fast before anything bad happens”. The younger Bulma screamed “Hey!! Wait!! You are in the correct dimension. This is me from the future. Trunks brought her here. After you all left. The original Trunks came. He told that he hadnt come here in a long time. So i realised that an impostor took you all. I then asked him to bring me from the future so that we could work on the technology together and that we could rescue you”. The Z-fighters then told them the entire story. Future Bulma said “Me and Goku???? That is a crazy universe” Future Trunks said “You guys had a tough time it seems. Good that you are all well. We should get back mother”. Future Bulma said “Yes, yes. I know you have a date. Let us go. Bye everyone”. Goten said “I guess, somethings dont change”. The future versions left in their time machine. Gohan said “We should get home. Mom and videl must be worried sick”.  Krillin also panicked and said “18 will clobber me”. All of them flew off to their homes to tell the incredible story about the alternate universe. 

Chapter 8: Family Issues

Now Prillin said ” I am coming go next. Send someone strong”. Gohan said ” I will fight him. Everyone else has fixed fights” Prillin and Gohan started fighting. Prillin was nothing like Krillin. He was more aggressive and more skilled. Gohan may have been stronger before but he didn’t train after the Buu attack. He was less skillful evenif his power was greater. There was a marginal difference since the sealing drugs were working. Prillin attacked Gohan from every direction. A kick, punch and energy black. Due to his small stature he was fast and was able to dodge all of Gohan’s attacks. But Gohan didn’t give up. He knew what was at stake. He gave it his all. He screamed in anger as he wasnt able to land even a single punch. For a brief moment his power increased. Everyone was shocked. The parallel versions were confused. They thought on how Gohan managed to increase his power even after he was under the effects of the drugs. This small increase was enough to give Gohan the upper edge and he KOed Prillin in one hit. He once hit him and said “This was for sacrificing your family, you scum”.

Next bout was Kami vs Piccolo. Both removed their outfits. Both of them well down and created a “thud” indicating how heavy they were. Piccolo said “It seems you have my mind atleast” Kami replied “I was going to say the same thing. Let’s see what else YOU have” Both flew towards each others. Their fists connected creating a shock wave. Piccolo said “You have good power”. Kami said “Thank you. Now see my speed”. He teleported behind him but Piccolo parried the attack. Both smiled. Their power and speed were the same. There wasnt much difference. Both were throwing punches and shooting energy blasts. Some were countered by the other, some weren’t. Finally Piccolo said “Time to end this” and he stood in a very familiar stance and he raised his hands and started raising his ki. Kami was shocked. Piccolo’s power was increasing. Kakarotto exclaimed ” How is this possible? How did you all manage to do this? “. Piccolo said with a smirk “A magician never reveals his secrets” In his mind he remembered the excruciating pain of ripping off his arms and fingers so that he could regenerate them back and in doing so increase his metabolism. Suddenly there was a huge energy blast. Piccolo wasn’t able to completely dodge it. His arm was blasted off. Kami laughed and said “Hahahaha!! Now you are crippled. Raise your energy more but you cant fight with a single arm” Piccolo was astonished initially and then smiled “Interesting”. He then screamed and regenerated his arm. Kami was staggered by this. He asked with a little stutter “H.. Ho.. How.. were you abb.. Able to do t.. t… thaaa… that?” “I can regenerate my body parts thanks to my Namekian origins” said Piccolo. “Damn you” screamed Kami. He then said “Ka.. Me.. Ha.. Me.. Haaaaa” and release a purple coloured beam. Piccolo dodged it. Everyone was astonished. “How can he do that?” asked Gohan. “He must have practiced it” said Piccolo. He then started firing energy balls at him. Kami tried blocking but to his amazement only a few of them hit him. When he looked around him he realised the grave error on his part. There were energy balls around him. “This are guided energy blasts. They will come at you together at once. You cant dodge them al.. “. Suddenly Kami screamed “SOLAR FLARE”. There was a blinding light. No one could see anything. Kami then said “I cant regenerate but I can learn techniques just by looking at them once. Now farewell Piccolo. I will kill you with one of your friends’ move”. Piccolo screamed “Like hell, I will let you do it” moved his hands to hit Kami. Kami also screamed “Final Flash” and the beam hit Piccolo. Both were attacked by each other’s attacks. Finally after everyone could see, they saw both of them standing, badly injured.

Vegeta said “What kind of an attack was that. It was similar to mine but so less in power”. Both of them collapsed. Gohan ran towards Piccolo and said with fear “Piccolo!! Can you hear me!? Wake up”. Frieza said “Fear not Gohan. He is just hurt. He will make it. The beam wasnt all that powerful and his attack further reduced any harm as they distracted Kami” He then threw a small pill towards him. “Give it to him. In a few hours, he will be alright. This is a like a medicinal pill. This will help him heal faster”. Goku said “We should have brought the Senzu beans. They would have come in handy for sure”. Vegeta said “Yes but Kami’s attack sure was weak. The final flash attack surely isnt this weak”. Goku replied “Probably even he needs practice. Afterall he didn’t invent the technique. You did. One cannot copy a technique of such level so easily”.

The penultimate match was between Begeta and Frieza. Frieza said “Begeta, we dont have to do this. Come back to us, my son”. Goku was confused and said “What is happening? Since when did Frieza become Begeta’s father”. “Your a fool, Goku. Isnt it obvious by now?” said Vegeta. Begeta said ” You aren’t my father. You never will. You destroyed my race and planet. You lied to me. You said Kakarotto’s family was responsible for it”. Frieza replied “I was scared. If you knew the truth, you would despise me forever. I didn’t want to lose you. I have raised you as my own son. Cooler treated you as your own brother. Please end this now so that we can all go home”. Begeta said “Enough of this. You will pay for killing my family” and he charged towards Frieza.

Next week extra large finale “Fallout” 

Chapter 7: Fight for the 2 universes

​A few days ago,

Frieza transmitted a message “Kakarotto. Can you hear me?” Kakarotto replied “Say what you want to Frieza. We all can hear you clearly”. Frieza said “I have a proposition. We host a tournament between you all and us. The winner takes all”.Kakarotto said with pride ” Who says we dont have it all. I have a machine to travel between worlds. The only reason I haven’t moved away is because I wanted to destroy you. We thought we could use other versions of ourselves and then eliminate them and conquer their universe later. The plan may not have gone exactly the same way but still we got what we wanted. You are seriously wounded and your army destroyed. We will soon go to this alternate universe and make it our own”. Frieza said “Whatever you said is true. But you still haven’t killed me. I will take over your universe then. You can run away if you want to. But soon this universe will be mine. Along with that this new universe you conquer wont even be because of your strength. It is like serving you on a gold platter”. It could be heard faintly “Dont bite into it. He is baiting you. We are at an advantage now. Dont throw it away”. Kakarotto said “Shut up Namekian. Alright Frieza, the tournament is on. We will fight you all. Winner takes it all and the loser never retaliate”. Frieza smirked as they had taken their bait. “Within 3 hours of our landing, we will hold the tournament” said Kohan.

Now,

There were 7 members in each team. The parallel universe had Kakarotto, Kohan, Koten, Tarble, Begeta, Kami and Prillin while the other had Goku, Gohan, Goten, Trunks, Vegeta, Piccolo and Frieza. So Kakarotto said ” Let the kids go first. Then we adults will fight” “Let us start with the youngsters, Koten and Tarble who wants to go first?“ said Prillin. Trunks said “Let it be a doubles battle. Me and Goten vs our alternates”. “We know you can do the fusion. Why would we choose such a matchup style when we can beat you individually” replied Koten. “Firstly we dont have time for this. This will result in a faster tournament. Also I need to go early, I have a date” said Trunks. Goten said “Let it be Trunks. Our alternate versions are scaredy cats. They arent as strong as us anyway”. By listening all this, Tarble got red in his face. He said “It is a double battle. You do your fusion. We dont need it to defeat you.” Goten and Trunks smirked and both said let us get started. Goten and Trunks started doing the fusion dance and said ” FUSION-HA”. Gotenks was formed. His power was huge. He said “Let’s finish this right away”. He flew towards Tarble and Koten. He punched them both. He then released a barrage of kicks and punches on them. But they were affected that much. Koten said ” Is that the best you can do?” Gotenks got a little scared. He started releasing his energy and screamed “AAHHHHHHH” Tarble said “It is of no use. You wont transform further. We have restricted your power levels remember” Both of them then flew towards Gotenks and started attacking him. The kicks were powerful. Then for a brief moment Gotenks released his ki. This sent them flying away. He screamed ” AAAAAAAHH” and started releasing energy. But he couldn’t release it beyond a certain level. He thought to himself “Why cant I release more energy? I am doing exactly as to what Goku told us” Then he saw Tarble charging towards him. Then suddenly Koten grabbed Gotenks from behind. Tarble started beating Gotenks. His each punch and kick was stronger than the previous one. Finally Koten let go of Gotenks and both of them shot numerous energy blasts at him. Gotenks fell to the ground and was unconscious. He wasn’t gravely injured but was unable to fight further. Koten and Tarble laughed and asked “Who is next?”

Vegeta stepped forward and said ” I am. Let’s make this a little more interesting. Let Begeta also come with you”. Frieza said “I am sorry Vegeta but Begeta and I will be fighting. You should choose someone else”  Vegeta grumbled “Why should I? We fight our parallel versions”. Frieza said “Please Vegeta. I beg you. I have some unfinished business with him”. Vegeta felt nice to see Frieza beg even though it wasnt the Frieza he knew. He said ” Fine. I will fight the youngsters then. Kohan, you join them”. Kohan said ” I dont mind. It is your funeral” All three of the saiyans gathered around Vegeta. Vegeta was smirking. He said “Are we going to dance or what”. All three charged towards him. But in an instant Tarble and Koten were thrown towards the rocks. Only Kohan managed to dodge his moves. Kohan then started punching Vegeta. But each punch was countered by another stronger punch by Vegeta. Suddenly Vegeta moved out of the way. Kohan was surprised. Behind Vegeta was Koten charging in. Koten then bumped into Kohan. Vegeta flew towards Tarble and started beating him. There was anger in his punches, specially for Tarble. Finally the final punch rendered Tarble unconscious. Then Vegeta turned around and said “Big Bang”. Two Huge energy balls started flying towards Koten and Kohan. They were charging towards Vegeta not knowing that he will shoot the Big Bang on him. But both of them were blasted by it. All three now were bruised and had lost consciousness. Vegeta said “Hmph. These children are so weak. How pathetic your children are Kakarotto. You have no pride of a saiyan. But your children dont even have their strength”. Kakarotto clenched his fists and mummered “We will see about that”
Next chapter : Family issues

Young and Alive

​Young and lively,

Weird and hopeful,

Soon dark clouds came,

But that didn’t waver his spirit,

He understood and never crossed the line,

He did what was right and ethical,

The world didnt and condemned him,

That didn’t affect him and he continued on his path,

A path with little support from everyone around,

Abused, beaten he carried on,

Soon everyone turned away,

He thought he won,

But really people didnt care anymore,

They got what they wanted,

So now they were done,

He still smiled though not the same as before,

He helped his friends in their dilemmas,

He expected nothing but their presence in his life,

But priorities change, like they always have,

Soon he was left with the ghosts of the past, 

He suppressed his emotions, Inhibited them, 

But every now and then, it would rain,

Filling up the dam slowly,

He would occasionally relieve the pressure but it was never enough,

Finally one day it all broke out,

It rained heavily that day, 

Walking in the rain, a turmoil in his brain,

What should he do for it to stop,

He looked up to see the black clouds,

“Long time no see my friend”

He said smiling as raindrops rolled down his cheeks,

He asked “What should I do? Tell me”

The rain stopped and then there was a ray on sunlight.