The City of Joy

. . . Thank you so much guys for being such a sport ! Good night !!

Oh wait ! Before getting to the climax, there are somethings you need to know. Calcuta ! The city of joy ! There are just too many memories associated with this place. Staying just 150 minutes away, I have made numerous trips to Calcutta in the last five years. But each time I go, the love for art and sports in the hearts of people here, never fails to amaze me. That’s why when Aditi invited me to write about it for her latest venture, I gladly accepted within seconds.

This incident happened in October, 2014, when the Indian music sensation A. R. Rehman along with many other big names of the music industry announced to have a live concert in the mighty Salt Lake Stadium. Our tickets were booked on the evening it was announced with all other plans re-planned. With all the enthusiasm and love we accumulated for Rehman’s music since childhood, we hired a cab and started the journey.

As we got nearer to the city, we noticed that the heavens are no less excited and were pouring bliss all over the city. It was raining cats and dogs. Stuck in traffic now, we were a little relieved that the rain would have postponed the concert even if the celebrities are able to reach on time (happens once in a blue moon in India, but blue moons are often found in Calcutta).

But there was a peculiar thing which was evidently noticeable that only those roads had traffic jams which led to our destination. As the realization sank into us, we got mixed feelings for the whole city is going to the same place. Although it would have been all the more fun, but one thing I hate is ‘crowd’. And there’s absolutely no time in Calcutta when an uncrowded can be found.

Already late, slowly our cab crawled towards the concert with water logging everywhere we saw. We were surprised as the intensity with which it was raining would have forced anyone to stay where he or she is. But this city is just unstoppable. After getting approximately two hours late we hoped against hope that Rehman is not as punctual as much as he is talented. Or the rains in the open air stadium must have forced most of the crowd to change their plan. Finally we reached the stadium and the huge problem of parking arose. With melodious voices coming from inside, we hastily asked the driver to park the car anywhere he feels like and we ran with all our might on the muddy and slippery floor to witness the face behind one of the most soulful sound in the world. When we entered he was singing my favorite song ‘Dil se’ and for a few moments we jumped as much as we can in the packed stadium ! Packed ! It was raining, there was traffic, the tickets expensive but it was packed ! The site was wonderful. The enthusiasm of people of all ages even more !

I was lost in these thoughts when the first words of this post were spoken by the music maestro and we realized we traveled across cities to hear half of my favorite song :/ But we were too smart to wait and having concerns about thousands of people moving together towards the exit, we sneaked rapidly to where we had come from. Feeling too proud of our smartness in distress, we never noticed that those thousands of Calcuttans were shouting in unison, “Once more ! Once more !” Seeing their fanatic excitement, the Oscar winner gave in and we heard the song again ! But from our cab ! :/

And we spent the rest of the night wandering on the streets and having food at some very awesome places (whose names I have now forgotten). To conclude, although things didn’t go as expected, but full marks to the city for everything! 😀

Thank you so much Aditi for inviting me to share this. I would also like to share one of my previous posts here about a wonderful experience in Calcutta if you want to have a look 🙂

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11 thoughts on “The City of Joy

  1. AdiC April 11, 2015 / 11:03 am

    I was there at the very same concert! It was a beauty!! I’m sorry you missed it! But there is a post on it on my blog… RahmanIshq!

    I’ll add this on my blog today as your contribution! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this experience! And responding so soon to the invite!

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    • Prateek Kohli April 11, 2015 / 11:11 am

      Oh wow !! You were there too !! No regrets then. I will now read your post and I am sure the experience would be no less than witnessing it. Thanks to the life you give to your words 🙂 And I thank you whole heartily for the opportunity. Its really nice when awesome authors trust your writings 🙂

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      • AdiC April 11, 2015 / 11:14 am

        Well, I know you’re excited about the post but forewarning! It’s not what you’ll expect! Haha! As usual! 😉

        And you write beautifully! There was no way I’d leave you out of this venture considering you stay so close to us! 🙂

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  2. AdiC April 11, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Inking The Thinking and commented:
    In order to add my latest venture of writing about Calcutta, Prateek from The Uncertainty Principle has made this wonderful contribution! Thank you, Prateek!

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  3. salwaadlyy April 18, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    What a wonderful story ! Well, you didn’t get to hear your favorite singer but at least got a good story. I loved every single detail of it and the fact that it was raining I am sure made it all worth it. Listening to you favorite singer while it’s raining sounds like a dream to me and hopefully you get to go another time but this time you don’t miss it 🙂

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    • Prateek Kohli April 18, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      It is really wonderful to hear, Salwa, that you liked the story. And yes we consoled ourselves that the singer can be listened on YouTube too, but the time we spent turned out to be memorable 😀
      Thank you so much for the love you showered and also for the wishes. You’ll definitely know when I get to go another time 🙂

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