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In my entire life, I have gone to a few concerts, Rehman, Indian Ocean, Kailash Kher to name some, and I generally feel the experience falls into one of the categories, Amazing!!!, Good, kind of OK- you find some negatives, maybe it could have been better.
Till me (with N and J) saw Sukhi Paaji yesterday.
I have(actually make that had) generally been a fan of Sukhvinder Singh- and was really looking forward to a nice sunday evening.
Here's how it all went - the scheduled start was 6 pm
6 pm : No, after being to so many Indian events, you learn that Indian Standard Time is at least 45 minutes past the scheduled time. We leave home in anticipation of a great evening. Though N and J had dressed to the occasion, I preferred traditional jeans and t-shirt
6:30 pm: Reach the concert, feel proud that we did not reach on time and still got a nice place to sit. In Gujju tradition, we step out to get some food.
6:50 pm: The show gives it's first signs of starting- a singer comes and sings a couple of songs - and the crowd kind of reacts, feels this is a pre-cursor for the show
7:05 pm: Random singer # 1 enters- he sings well- but people are now cheering for Sukhvinder to come in- my expectation is that he'll make a real big entry
7:30 pm: Random singer # 1 continues- the crowd gets a little impatient, with 'We want Sukhvinder' heard around
7:40 pm: The stage turns dark and someone comes onto stage. The music starts, and people think this is 'the moment' they are waiting for.
7:42 pm: The singer starts singing- the voice is suspicious - and as soon as the lights come on- it is revealed, it's not Sukhvinder , but random singer # 2, more random than # 1, and singing really bad Punjabi songs .
8:15 pm: Random singer #2 continues, there's an announcement, 'Now, we present what you all have been waiting for'. The crowd heaves it's final hurrah thinking yet again, that this is the moment
8:20 pm: The announcement continues 'We present Tanushree Dutta'. No one cares, she is hovered with insults, boos and even shouts to get lost
8:25 : Random singer #1 and #2 continue. Things are getting fairly bad with N,J and me. We update our status on facebook as things become popular in the outside world
8:45 pm: We make a call if we should go home. Think maybe we can wait for a little more
9:45 pm: 'Sukhiji ' makes it to the stage. A few apologies, and then he starts singing, the crowd enjoys it and some of us soon start enjoying the music. But, most people have lost enthusiasm in 3 hrs of wait
10:05 pm: Sukvinder leaves the stage for a 'short break of 10 mins' We realize that things are indeed as wrong as they seem to be .
10:10 pm: Going to a concert with a couple gets interesting when one wants to leave and one wants to continue to watch. I wasn't sure whom I would side with , except that I was equally pessimistic about any good music for the evening
10:20 pm : Leave home - realization of a sunday evening and a (I really don't want to go to office) Monday Morning strike you. Vow to never ever watch a Sukhvinder Singh concert