Monday, December 01, 2008

R.I.P. Tanta

Doris Dungey, or "Tanta" of Calculated Risk fame, passed away on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. She died of ovarian cancer, aged 47.

Tanta's posts educated me about the U.S. mortgage market, and her "Ubernerd" posts have been phenomenal. She was a remarkable teacher, and she's inspired people all over the world, me included.

This is indeed a sad day. Rest in Peace, Tanta. You will live on, in our hearts. Truly, today, we are all subprime.


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12:56 PM, February 02, 2009  
Blogger Vasan said...

... and a few days back, MJ passed away.

My first memories of MJ goes back to school days. Sharma (No one knows his first name. He was, I think, KG Sharma. We called him Khat Golt. He had no other name, like Kramer) gave us his 100-toothed grin and was impressed how MJ thanked his parents and his school teacher and the rest. "He is so sweet no?", said KG. For, MJ was receiving the Grammy or some other such inane award.

Boltz laughed sarcastically. That is the only laugh that Boltz knew - the sarcastic one. I squirmed. Born with Carnatic music, brought up with RDB and settled with Gulzar stuff, I couldn't really connect to MJ's music per se. But then, those moves!

Boltz is a hard-core Ilayaraja fan. I use hard-core as a "hypo"-bole. Boltz wouldn't even listen to Rahman, leave alone RDB. All the same, I couldn't help feeling for Boltz. When it comes to music (of the hearing kind, not the watching kind), MJ really doesn't have much.

Well, on that day, between Ilayaraja, Thyagaraja and Michael-Ja there was only one of them on TV. KG watched, and the other two were told to "ja".

I have since heard and cherished Thyagaraja in many a concert. TM Krishna, MSS, or Bombay Jayashree .. they have made him immortal.

Ilayaraja will live on in my (and many others') heart for the new-age melody he created.

But the Indian world and I will also remember MJ for the legacy he left behind in the form of Prabhu Deva.

MJ's dead. Long live MJ!

2:10 AM, June 30, 2009  
Blogger Vasan said...

As they say, for good measure:

2:16 AM, June 30, 2009  

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