DANCE WITH INFINITY
INSPIRING ~Rediff STELLAR ~Outlook GRAND ~DNA
Small-town boy, daddy's pride and joy
Up and left to fill a void
Door to door with a bag of dreams
He just kept knockin' but wasn't let in
A NEW JOURNEY
My name is Tirthankar Poddar. You can call me 2Blue. I am from Agartala, Tripura but 26 years ago, I was sold to Mumbai with these instructions: 1) Study, 2) Get a job, 3) Start a family. So I started a band. Then I quit my job and went on tour as the lead singer of that band, But now that you are here, a new journey may have just begun. Thank you for stopping by.
TEARS OF JOY
In 1997 when I arrived, I circled the Mumbai sun endlessly in search of a job. Eventually, I found one that put one meal a day on my kitchen table. Now what I needed was not more food, but food for the soul. Then many sleepless nights later, I found it at the erstwhile (Not Just) Jazz By The Bay in Marine Drive. At the end of my show, I hugged a waiter and shed tears of joy. That waiter now runs a chain of diners in Juhu. And to this day, he has not let me pay.
Our actions make us who we are. Not our job titles. We are Verbs, not Nouns. And so I have sung, shared the stage with Bumblefoot of Guns N' Roses, George Lynch of Dokken, and Paul Di'Anno of Iron Maiden, played the lead role in a rock opera, conducted leadership workshops, created radio shows, and endorsed brands. I have also done 16-hour days in windowless offices. So yes, I have seen changes. But some things are beyond change. Like old friends fighting over the bill at diners.