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DANCE WITH INFINITY 
NEW ALBUM OUT SOON

Click the song titles for the lyrics

SONG #1: MUMBAI

Have you ever travelled by local train in Mumbai? If you have, please accept my apologies.

 

You see, you are reading this on a device that many cannot afford. You don't really have to travel by trains anymore. Then again, sometimes we need to look back to move forward. We need to remember where we come from.

 

Every day, countless dreamers come to Mumbai. In 1997, I was one of them. But everything about the city seemed to be a lie when I heard these words at the station:

“Churchgate ke liye jalad local platform #2 par aarahi hai.”

("Fast train for Churchgate is arriving on platform #2.")

 

Up until that moment, I swear to God I had not been pushed that hard in my life. And as I stood there, struggling to balance my 57 kg frame on a single toe, I found my face in someone's armpit. I was 22—a fresh engineering graduate from NIT Agartala—and by the time the train crossed Andheri, my shirt, my tie, my certificates, my resume, and my hopes and dreams were crushed beyond repair. And by the time the train crossed Bandra, I fainted. But here’s the thing about Mumbai: our trains do not let us fall. They are just that crowded. And so I stayed afloat. And then I heard a motherly voice whisper these comforting words:

 

"Tension mat le. Sab theek ho jayega. Baith idhar."

("Don't worry. Everything will be alright. Sit here.")

I was given a window-seat, a modak, and I was told:

 

"Tera sugar level kam ho gaya hai. Tension mat le. Yeh Ganpati ka prasad hai. Sab theek ho jayega."

("Your sugar level has dropped. Don't worry. This is Ganpati's prasad. Everything will be alright.")

 

At this point, the train stopped at Mumbai Central. I gathered what was left of my dignity and looked up. But in that crowd, I couldn't tell who the woman was. But she stayed on my mind. I reached Churchgate. Went for my interview. Didn’t get the job. But I knew I would be alright. Because I could still hear those comforting words:

"Tension mat le. Sab theek ho jayega."

("Don't worry. Everything will be alright.")

Now I have been living in Mumbai for more than 27 years. I still hear those words. I still think of her. She is the one who kept me from falling when I was 22. She is the reason I am still standing at 50. Mumbai, Bombay, call Her what you like. She is the mother who will never stop loving.

SONG #1: MUMBAI

A slice of heaven with a messy side
She’s got summer warmth in her embrace
You can't help but fall in love
She's a photograph you can't erase

She'll give you wings so you can fly
And your dreams will see the sun
In her arms you'll believe 
Life for you has just begun

She'll make you cry happy tears
Hold your hand in the rain

Announcement:
"Agla station, Andheri!"

("Next station, Andheri!")

Mumbai, she's the guiding star
Let her shine on you 
No matter who you are


No matter who you are


Life is a one-way ride
You got to hold on to your dreams
Call her name like a little prayer
Go beyond, go within

She'll hold the moon singing lullabies
Take away your crown of thorns
Nurse your wounds, wash you clean
Save you from the howling storm

She'll make you smile through your tears
Like the sun in the rain

Announcement:

"Agla station, Bandra!"

("Next station, Bandra!")


Mumbai, she's the guiding star
Let her shine on you
No matter who you are

No matter who you are or what you do
Her arms are open wide
She’ll take a chance on you


No matter who you are or what you do
Her arms are open wide
She’ll take a chance on you

 

Announcement:

"Agla station, Mumbai Central!"

("Next station, Mumbai Central!")

Mumbai, she's the guiding star
Let her shine on you
No matter who you are

 

Mumbai, through the sun and rain
Keep the faith 
Keep the faith in that name

Announcement:
"Agla station, Churchgate!"

("Next station, Churchgate!")

_____________________________________

Thank you for staying. If you close your eyes and take a long deep breath, you too could hear the words:

 

"Tension mat le. Sab theek ho jayega."

("Don't worry. Everything will be alright.")

Okay, I have to tell you this:

 

On August 8, 2019. I played the worst show of my life. It was so bad that by the end of it, I had to hide. But someone still managed to find me. Someone beautiful, kind, and somewhat funny. She smiled nervously, clicked a selfie, and exclaimed, "THIS IS THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE!"

I didn't believe her. But in hindsight, I understand.

 

Throughout the pandemic, this is the woman who nursed my spirit. She spoke to me when no one else did. She was there. And so I began to write a song about her. I stayed up all night searching for the words. Then by the time I reached this bridge, I saw the first glimpse of light.
 

I'm enough
I'm enough
I'm enough
'Cause I've found you

 

When I sing it, I tear up a little. I will tell you why. But first, let me ask you this: How rich would you like to be? How much money would you like to have? Now imagine the universe sends you ten times that amount. How rich does that make you feel? That's how rich that woman made me feel even when I had nothing. And so the song is called 'I Am A Billionaire.' Do you understand now why I tear up a little?

 

SONG #2: I AM A BILLIONAIRE

I've been tried by the sands of time
I closed my eyes, wished that I was blind
I believe I was sinking in the sand
I held out my hand

 

I was fallen on the ground
You broke the silence without a sound
I saw you, I turned around
And in your eyes, it's me I really found


Hey, I'm a billionaire
Hey, 'cause I've found you
Hey, I'm a billionaire
Yes, you know it's true
'Cause in finding you, I found me too
Hey hey hey, I'm a billionaire 


I've been tried by the sands of time
I've been painting way outside the lines
I believe I'm strong enough to stand
'Cause you held my hand​

I was so tired of this town
It had me cryin' without a sound
Then I saw you, and I turned around
'Cause in your eyes, it's me I really found


Hey, I'm a billionaire
Hey, 'cause I've found you
Hey, I'm a billionaire
Yes you know it's true
'Cause in finding you, I found me too
Hey hey hey, I'm a billionaire

 

I'm enough

I'm enough
I'm enough

'cause I've found you

 

I'm enough

I'm enough
I'm enough

'cause I've found you

 

I'm enough

I'm enough
I'm enough

'cause I've found you

 
'Cause in finding you, I found me too
Hey hey hey, I'm a billionaire 

_____________________________________

And that brings us to 'Silver Lining.' There is a chance you will see a bit yourself in this story.

SONG #3: SILVER LINING

Small-town boy, daddy's pride and joy
Up and left to fill a void
Door to door with a bag of dreams 
He kept knockin' ohbut wasn't let in

The city sun ain't for everyone
She asked him, "Are you willing to burn?"
And when he cried on the phone at night
She asked him, "Baby, have you even tried?"

 

What you seek is seeking you
This is not the end
What you seek is seeking you
Your life is in your hands

When you see the silver lining
When you see the stars aligning 
You will see your life's a love affair


When you see the silver lining
When you see the stars aligning 
You will see your life's a love affair

With nowhere to stay, no prayers left to say
He chose to lie on the phone at night
"Of course baby, I'm alright" 

She knew him well enough to tell
He was searching for heaven in hell
She said, "Baby, you are all you need
Just look at the stars, not your feet

 

He heard what she said and he held up his head
And saw a light, it was burning bright
And he just knew he'd be alright


The city sun ain't for everyone
But a new journey had begun
He held her tight when she arrived
He just held her until she cried

 

What you seek is seeking you
Seeking 'til the end
What you seek is seeking you
Your life is in your hands

When you see the silver lining
When you see the stars aligning 
You will see your life's a love affair

When you see the silver lining
When you see the stars aligning 
You will see your life's a love affair

You will see your life's a love affair
You will see your life's a love affair

_____________________________________

The people you laugh and cry with can say a lot about you. Thank you for staying. Let's just change the emotional weather, shall we?

Great!

Think of a singer. Imagine he is in town and you want to go for his show. There's just one minor problem: you have no one to go with. You still buy a ticket and pray that nothing goes wrong. But on the night of the show, everything does.

It's a Saturday. (It's your day-off.) Your boss still calls you to the office. No problem. You soldier on with a smile and finish your work by 5 pm. But then the boss schedules a call for 8 pm. That's when you grab your phone and send him just these two words:

"NOT TODAY!"

The show is at 9 pm. So at 7:30 pm, there is no looking back. You rush to the parking lot. But only to see a flat tyre. It's almost laughing at you. You lose no time. You hail a rickshaw, hop in, and scream: "STATION!"

 

At 8:35 pm, you hop off saying: 

"Rakhlo sir, thank you!"

("Keep the change sir, thank you!")

 

And then you hear these words as you run up the stairs:

“Churchgate ke liye jalad local platform #2 par aarahi hai!”

("Fast train for Churchgate is arriving on platform #2.")

You rush to the ticket counter only to see an excruciatingly long queue. With 100 bucks in your hand, you beg the lady in front for help. And in less than a minute, she gives you your ticket and your change. You hug her awkwardly and run. Thanks to her, you make it on time. But when the bouncer asks for your ticket, you realize your phone is dead. You wave it frantically at the housekeeper. She manages to find you a power bank somehow. 11 minutes later, you are in. And at that very moment, a beam of light lands on you. The singer takes notice. He stabs a finger through the air screaming: "HEY YOU!"

SONG #4: HEY YOU

You and I, we're here tonight
Diamonds dancing in the light
Rainbow colors everywhere
It's a cosmic love affair


You and I, let's raise some hell
Wave your wand, weave your spell
This is where you belong
Just raise your hands and sing along


And if you wanna go beyond the realm of time
Take my hand, don't look behind
Close your eyes and you will see
This is where you need to be


Hey you
Welcome to paradise

Hey you
I see the fire in your eyes
Hey you
Keep your heart open wide
Fall in love, fall in love tonight

 

You and I, we're here tonight
Inching closer to the light
I saw the sign, I know it's you
Just say hello and I'll say I do

 

You and I, my oh my
Oh my baby, I won't lie

For you alone I wrote this song
Just raise your hands and sing along


And if you wanna know what it means to be free
Take my hand, come along with me
Cupid has been taking aim

Lay your eyes on me now, set me aflame
You know, Venus and Mars: they'll take the blame 


OH YEAH YEAH YEAH

Hey you
Welcome to paradise

Hey you
I see the fire in your eyes

Hey you

Keep your heart open wide
Fall in love, fall in love

Fall in love, fall in love tonight


You're the dream
That I've always seen
How can I not...
Be so mesmerised
By the fire in your eyes
How can I not...


You're the dream
That I've always seen
How can I not...
Be so mesmerised
By the fire in your eyes
How can I not...

Fall in love with you tonight

_____________________________________

Thank you for staying. Remember: you are at the show. The flat tyre, the boss, and the one who refused to come with you do not matter anymore. You are in the light. After everything you have been through, you are still shining.

 

 

SONG #5: STILL SHINING

I see you smiling
I see the light inside your heart
The light is shining
Like a candle in the dark

There's a heaven
Someone recalls your name
And there's a reason
Your future is yours to claim


Dream your dreams with open eyes
Dream your dreams 'cause you're alive


You're still shining
Don't you cry tonight
Please believe in dreams you're dreamin'
You are all you need, take a look inside

You're still shining
Don't you cry tonight
Please believe in dreams you're dreamin'
You are all you need, just open your eyes


I see you smiling
I see the light inside your heart
The light is shining
Like a candle in the dark


But if it's raining
If there's a storm inside your heart
You know your path is clearing
Your life is about to start


Don't give up your dreams tonight
Don't give up on your own light


You're still shining
Don't you cry tonight
Please believe in dreams you're dreamin'
You are all you need, take a look inside

You're still shining
Don't you cry tonight
Please believe in dreams you're dreamin'
You are all you need, just open your eyes

 
Life is your creation
Get off your bended knee
Make it a celebration
Dance with infinity

 

You're still shining
Don't you cry tonight

Please believe in dreams you're dreamin'
You are all you need, take a look inside

You're still shining
Don't you cry tonight
Please believe in dreams you're dreamin'
You are all you need, just open your eyes

_____________________________________

The song cracks something open in you. You move to the front and, mysteriously enough, the beam of light follows you there. You look up at the singer and he says:

"You are about to become the best version of you. This may annoy some people. They may try to size you up. If they do, tell them not to measure you from your head to your feet. Tell them to measure you from your shoulders to the sky."

 

SONG #6: BRING IT ON

Here I am, this is where I started
This is me, it's the course I charted 

 

I'm gonna right every wrong, it's the due I've got to pay

It's here I belong, I'm not goin' away

 
Bring it on
I'm a fighter: I'm still standing, I'm a survivor
Bring it on
I ain't gonna leave before I'm done


Bring it on
I'm standing with my arms wide open

I'm stronger in the places I was broken
I ain't gonna leave before I'm done
Bring it on

And in my heart, there's a fire still burning
And in my eyes, there's a light still shining


I know my life is getting shorter every passing day
I’m just a little older I'm not going away

Bring it on
I'm a fighter: I'm still standing, I'm a survivor
Bring it on
I ain't gonna leave before I'm done


Bring it on
I'm standing with my arms wide open

I'm stronger in the places I was broken
I ain't gonna leave before I'm done
Bring it on

I'm gonna make it right
I'm standing my ground
I'm gonna fight 'til the last round

Bring it on
I'm a fighter: I'm still standing, I'm a survivor
Bring it on
I ain't gonna leave before I'm done


Bring it on
I'm standing with my arms wide open

I'm stronger in the places I was broken
I ain't gonna leave before I'm done

_____________________________________

The song really hits you. You begin to understand who you are, why you are here, and what it is that you should be fighting for. In that moment of clarity, you catch the singer's attention with a raised fist. And as you hold his gaze, he sings you a new song.

SONG #7: HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA

You are here to live your dreams
To push yourself to new extremes

To seize the day, seize all it brings
So let the heavens kiss your wings

You're not a slave of yesterday
It was just a lesson anyway
Don't give up, don't walk away
Your heart will always find a way

You're a star wrapped in skin
Your light shines within
You're a star, take a look within


You're a star wrapped in skin
Your light shines within
You're a star, you’re a star

Hare Rama

This is the song of life
Hare Krishna

It's the call to be alive
Rama Rama

This is your time to dance
Krishna Krishna

You know your life is a romance

You know you never have to hide
Your story's only yours to write
So take a closer look inside
Your heart will always be your guide

You are here where you belong 
Welcome home to your own song
This is where you can't go wrong
So raise your hands and sing along


You're a star wrapped in skin
Your light shines within
You're a star, take a look within


You're a star wrapped in skin
Your light shines within
You're a star, you're a star


Hare Rama

This is the song of life
Hare Krishna

It's the call to be alive
Rama Rama

This is your time to dance
Krishna Krishna

You know your life is a romance 

 

If you've been broken, you'll be whole again
Prayers you left unspoken will be answered in the end


Hare Rama

This is the song of life
Hare Krishna

It's the call to be alive
Rama Rama

This is your time to dance
Krishna Krishna

This is your life

 

(Hare Rama)

If you've been broken, you'll be whole again

(Hare Krishna)
Prayers you left unspoken will be answered in the end

(Rama Rama)
If you've been broken, you'll be whole again

(Krishna Krishna)

Prayers you left unspoken will be answered in the end

_____________________________________

You tear up a little, but you realize you are not the only one. You see a soft amber light on the singer's face. He says:

"Our paths have crossed for a reason. A lot of unfortunate things are happening around us. Remember: none of us are as strong as all of us. Together, we can make a difference. Let me tell you about Elisabeth Fritzl: The Girl In The Basement. For 24 years, Elisabeth was a prisoner in her own home. During this time, she was faced with the choice of either starving to death or getting raped by her own father: Josef Fritzl. The abuse he put her through resulted in seven children. That monster even killed one of them and burnt the body to get rid of it. Josef Fritzl is currently in prison and that is where he will be for the rest of his life. But is that punishment enough? I am not sure. So I have rewritten Elisabeth Fritzl's story. I have given her a new title: 'Poster Girl.' In my version, she kills her father."

SONG #8: POSTER GIRL

Courage is the crown she wore like a queen 
When she was hell bound for her old man's sin
Fine on the outside but scarred from within

The mother always knew, but never intervened
And the girl fell into methamphetamine
She couldn't face the man, she couldn't even scream

She was the poster girl for broken dreams
Trying to fly with broken wings
To chase the light, escape the night
She was dying... just to be alive

Save it save it save it
Don't say another word
If you don't see the embers in her eyes

Save it save it save it
Don't say another word
If you don't hear her silent battle cries 


Crushed by defeat, cut to the core
Lying at his feet like wreckage on a shore
There was a pain she couldn't ignore

 

She bore the abuse bound to a door
Held by a noose flat on the floor
And lost everything in every encore


Tested and tried, played like a whore
"Have mercy," she cried, "I can take it no more"
If only he knew what he had in store


(A GUNSHOT ECHOES THROUGH THE NIGHT)

Bullet in the chin, blood on the floor
The cops came in with the reaper at the door
She had faced the man, she would cry no more

And the poster girl for broken dreams
Learned how to fly, healed her wings
She saved the girl from the girl she'd been
Takin' the fall risin' like a queen

She's still exiled, she's still a stepchild
In some ways still unreconciled
But there's a light deep inside
That's burning 'cause she's alive 


Oprah Winfrey's at the Golden Globes

"She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. A new day is on the horizon!"

Save it save it save it
Don't say another word
If you don't see the embers in her eyes

Save it save it save it
Don't say another word
If you don't hear her silent battle cries 

Save it save it save it
Don't say another word
She killed her father to see the sun


Save it save it save it
Don't say another word
She's every girl with justice in a gun

_____________________________________

 

As the song ends, the singer screams:

"WOMEN DON'T STAY SILENT FOREVER!"

The band rumbles. So does the audience. You close your eyes and take a long deep breath. And as you do, you hear a comforting piece of music. It sounds familiar. Then the singer speaks again:

"Not everyone can handle the truth. Then again, not everyone is you. Thank you for staying. This night has given me a lot to be grateful for. I hope it has given you something too. The light you have poured into the world tonight, if you shine that light every single day for the rest of your life, it will make a difference."

The excitement reaches fever pitch. Then slowly as the noise begins to fade, the next song begins.

SONG #9: HEY YOU (REPRISED)

You and I, we're here tonight
Diamonds dancing in the light
Rainbow colors everywhere
It's a cosmic love affair


You and I, let's raise some hell
Wave your wand, weave your spell
This is where you belong
Just raise your hands and sing along


And if you wanna go beyond the realm of time
Take my hand, don't look behind
Close your eyes and you will see
This is where you need to be


Hey you
Welcome to paradise

Hey you
I see the fire in your eyes

Hey you
Keep your heart open wide
Fall in love, fall in love tonight


You and I, we're here tonight
Inching closer to the light
I saw the sign, I know it's you

Just say hello and I'll say I do

You and I, my oh my
Oh my baby, I won't lie

For you alone I wrote this song

Just raise your hands and sing along
 

And if you wanna know what it means to be free
Take my hand, come along with me
Cupid has been taking aim
Lay your eyes on me now, set me aflame

You know, Venus and Mars: they'll take the blame 

 

OH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH

Hey you
Welcome to paradise

Hey you
I see the fire in your eyes
Hey you
Keep your heart open wide

Fall in love, fall in love

Fall in love, fall in love tonight


You're the dream
That I've always seen
How can I not...
Be so mesmerized
By the fire in your eyes
How can I not...


You're the dream
That I've always seen
How can I not...
Be so mesmerized
By the fire in your eyes
How can I not...

Fall in love with you tonight

_____________________________________

 

It's the same song. Just slower. This time, it's emotional. Then the band kneels. The audience applauds. And the lights fade to black. 

 On your way home, you think about all the fun you had. And you think about the flat tyre, the boss, and the one who refused to come with you. The contrast is cruel. But there is power in contrast. You close your eyes and take a long deep breath. And as you do, a motherly voice whispers:

"Tension mat le. Sab theek ho jayega."

("Don't worry. Everything will be alright.")

SONG #2: I AM A BILLIONAIRE
SONG #3: SILVER LINING
SONG #4: HEY YOU
SONG #5: STILL SHINING
SONG #6: BRING IT ON
SONG #7: HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA
SONG #8: POSTER GIRL
SONG #9: HEY YOU (REPRISED)
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