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12.27.2013

Happy Holidays and New Year 2014

Happy Holidays and New Year 2014, from us to you and yours from the Chor Bazaar Team. May 2014 be great!

12.21.2013

This Party Getting Hot!

Well, yes we are sharing some more lyrical posts back to back. This beat may be a little to club-esqu for those that would rather delve in the classical roots of Desi beats but this is a track by a surprising trio, Jazzy B, Yo Yo Honey Singh and DJ Shadow. The beat is clearly crisp and pumping as expected by the maestro DJ Shadow and the tag team of Jazzy B and Yo Yo Honey Singh are an infectious recipe which is displayed by the "ecstasy" induced clubbers in Dubai filmed video. Okay maybe not ecstasy but hashish for sure, just saying...

Jazzy B and Yo Yo Honey Singh may have gone a little over board with the Al-Qaeda display of arms in the club but maybe they needed to display that they weren't some metro-sexual Desi guys in Dubai?

Regardless, this track has been mastered and clearly put together by professionals, much unlike that DJ in the Queens-NYC basement that was just disturbed by his mother to come up for some hot daal, baht, rotli and shak. As MC Craig Mack rhymed, "Flava in ya Ear", with a little spice of course, this track is worthy of your playlist when your party needs to pop off.

Sorry Queens basement DJ, keep doing your thing and reach aspirations of this level and create feverish beats. We are rooting for you.

Smooth and Gangsta - MC Kash out of Kashmir



Let's face it there are very few smooth Desi rappers out there or at least had enough hits to get into the cyber-sphere. Well, rest assured, we found one, albeit a bit explicit with his lyrics but substantial with a message. Nothing about money, cars and women in this track by MC Kash "Beneath the Sky" is worthy of your inner Desi gangsta.



From MD Kash's Bio (via website):

Born in 1990, Kash belongs to a generation of Kashmiris that grew up under the shadow of guns, whose childhood memories are that of a war, raged in the streets. It was a battlefield and a playground, and it also handed out education to those who were able and willing to learn. The streets said it all. Right from his first track as a 17 year-old to his single “I Protest” and to his self-produced debut album “Rebel RepubliK”, MC Kash’s underlying principle has been to stay true to his streets and to speak his mind.

Delivered with sincerity and conviction, MC Kash's music is from the heart and soul of his experiences and radiates from his love and dreams for his people in Kashmir. A relentless bard seeking to fulfill his responsibility as a Kashmiri to reach out to more and more people, Kash strives to tell the untold tale of his land and explore the shape of an ideal and humane society. His words pay homage to the dignity and unsung heroism of everyday people - mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. His poetry has its roots in a universal consciousness and his songs speak of human themes of hope, courage, survival, resilience and persistence and the destined triumph of Truth over falsehood. Through his rap songs, MC Kash seeks to ask questions, to insist on justice, to resist and condemn hate, greed and ignorance, and to awaken and propel reform and positive action in this world. Learning and improving all the while.


Take some time out of your busy lives and check out MC Kash. We hope that there is some international recognition for lyrics and that there is more on the horizon for this man.


11.13.2012

8.14.2012

Happy Independence Day India!

  
Happy Independence Day India, 65 years and many more, from the Chor Bazaar team.

7.20.2012

Start Your Breakfast Religiously

Some Hindus live a pretty hectic life and we tend to put off our morning Puja to catch the train, bus or beat some traffic to get to work on time. Bad Hindu!

Well we have a solution that may make your local pundit salivate? Thanks to the folks at Burt Impressions Toasters. They produce toasters which scorch various kinds of impressions on your toast. They have options to produce your own custom impression as well so you can upload your family vacation picture and share the charred image on toast with your friends when they come by for brunch. I'm sure it will spark some sort of conversation at that table and when they leave your presence.

Imagine being late for work and you grab some toast. At least this toast bears an impression of Ganesh Ji. One can pay homage and pretend that the toast is Prasad. The Hindu inside of you has managed to pray and provide sustenance in one shot. Just don't make a BLT or the opportunity of Moksha may pass you by. Bad Hindu! 

They have covered most religions and have Jesus Toast just in case you skipped church because you were too hungover from the partying the night before. Bad Christian!

The monetary damage is not that bad either and frankly these toasters could make an excellent present for someone that you want to play a joke on. The Ganesh Ji impression toaster is $31.95 and you can even pick your accent color to match the tiles in your kitchen. Yay!
What we couldn't understand was why the Jesus Toaster is cheaper at $29.95. What's up with that Burt Impression folks?

7.03.2012

Hinglish Revealed

A while back we wrote about the Indian Ministry of Tourism's campaign called Incredible India. It seems that they have come a long way and are suddenly becoming innovative.

Let me introduce The Hinglish Project by DDB Mundra Group in Mumbai, India. Their project recently won a gold prize at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity 2012.

The Hinglish project utilizes a typeface that makes the Hindi text less intimidating for the estimated 5.7 million tourists that visit India every year. The statistic of 5.7 million was shockingly low to me as New York City alone is projecting almost ten times that at 51.5 million for 2012. The Incredible India folks may want to learn a thing or two from Mayor Bloomberg. Regardless, let me get back to this project. Through the use of typeface design, DDB Mundra Group states:

We created a typeface that would make Hindi less intimidating and more friendly.Through this unique fusion-font design, you can tell the phonetic sound of a Hindi character by looking at the corresponding English alphabet superimposed on it. While this font cannot teach you how to read words in Hindi, it demystifies individual letters.

With the Hinglish Project, Incredible India became the only tourism board in the world to help create a typeface for foreigners to familiarize themselves with native language. The website became popular with foreigners and locals alike.



If one goes to The Hinglish Project Website, they generously provide their font for FREE! They are also selling some products but sadly you have to email them for inquiries and cannot purchase directly. Time for DDB Mundra Group to get their e-commerce site up and running. One needs to eat and we hope that the Indian Ministry of Tourism paid them.
Something tells me that the Indian Ministry of Tourism made DDB Mundra Group use the slogan above which can be found in the postcard section of their site.