Brainstorming – The core of Brandrama!!

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Vasanth Subramaniam – Division Head of Brandrama and Manager of Digital Content at evam! In this blog he is talking about what makes Brandrama unique :)

 

 

 

 

 

At evam, our two key words that we try to make a Mantra on a day to day basis is ‘Imagination. Rigour’. Of course we don’t always succeed at accomplishing both in all of our activities, but a healthy mixture of these is crucial for successful execution of anything really.

People have always innovated and figured out newer and better ways of doing things, but before Social Media, most of these were not widely known. Now, anything innovative done by a team, it is highlighted, talked about, appreciated and ‘viralised’ online. So much so that unless you are offering something new, your product or solution is not seen to be of much value. While Imagination is key, it is also equally important for the team involved to have the rigour to execute the amazing ideas to the best of their abilities. Without proper planning and ownership, even the best ideas fail at every level and scale. So: Imagination. Rigour.

Now, Brainstorming is a crucial activity in Imagination. Even if it is two people sitting down to figure how best to promote and sell a stand-up show in a pub or a team of 10 brainstorming to figure how to best run a multi city festival – more than one mind coming together and generating ideas (irrespective of feasibility) is the starting point of a well laid out plan.

This is the most fun I personally have at work, where your brain is utilised to the fullest. Understanding the requirement, suggesting ideas, hearing other people’s ideas and suggesting tweaks (or shooting them down :P), having your own ideas discussed and evaluated and during all this judging your own ideas as to whether they are unique / interesting / effective enough. At the end of every brainstorming session, everyone involved is so mind f#$%ed (in a good way), that it is so fulfilling.

For a division as niche as Brandrama, servicing requirements that are so unique and diverse, and having the utmost need to be innovative and ‘wow’, effective brainstorming becomes super key. Almost every single ‘off the shelf’ product that we have at Brandrama was born out of similar unique requirements from clients in the past. And the rigour of execution, ensuring high quality delivery, has made them highly sought after and effective solutions.

Here is to many many more Brainstorming sessions at Brandrama ! And of course many many more briefs from prospective clients bringing in the need for it! :)

Imagination. Rigour.

Vasanth Subramaniam

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Starting from Scratch – The Cast Talk!

pp (1).jpgFirst Rush is evam’s beginners acting course which starts with a two day acting workshop followed by a month long production process and ends with a stage performance by the participants. The 32nd batch of First Rush, are all ready to go on stage this Saturday! They have christened themselves as “Starting from Scratch” and their production is called “5 Finger Fries”. The mentor for this batch was Mr.Chetan Rao and the director is Mr.Hari Ramakrishnan. Their show consists of Five short plays out of which one has been written by one of the cast member herself.

As usual, this batch was also a mix of different personalities. One was a life coach, other one a participant in the life coach’s class, one fashion designer, who has already started taking up orders from her fellow members in the batch. In this busy last week where everyone is running to get things done, we made them stop and have a small talk with us. Here it is. By the way book the tickets for the show here :

https://in.bookmyshow.com/plays/5-finger-fries/ET00057233

  • How did you find the FR workshop and the 30 days of rehearsals?

Prashanth: It was like taking the blue pill and exploring the untrodden path.

Syama: The FR workshop was a great learning for me from Chetan Rao. And in the one month rehearsal I have tried to apply what I have learned in the workshop

Priyanka: It was like doing bungee jumping. Because I consider myself to be an introvert. Chetan and Hari just made me comfortable to keep myself apart and put on a different skin. These 30 days were seriously the best and so much of fun. Even though I had to rush out of work early and practice and work late night, it was worth it. So much of laughter and masti! I will miss it when it’s over :(
I thank Hari for giving me the opportunity to have my script even though I’m totally new to script writing. This faith he showed and the platform for such a chance is something I’m grateful for!!! 

  • How was this one month prepping for the show?

Joe: This one month was a good experience. It was really fun. Informative and having a real time experience of making and marketing a theatre play made me feel great.

Joel: I have learnt a lot. I have learnt how to and how not to act. This one month has showed me that I have a lot of time that I can put in use to. I am wondering what I am going to do with the extra time after this Show. Please do come for the show :D

Priyanka: The big day… The thought of so many people looking at me and just waiting to see what I’m doing, watching my every step, every move, every word! That’s scary… But I feel ready!!! :D

  • What’s freaking you out the most while getting ready for the big day?

Syama:  I am quite nervous about the big day as I have a lot of my own people watching me on stage doing a very different character. They are in for such a big shock though :D

Tanay: I am playing a terrorist😅 and that’s freaking me out. There I go! Spoilt the surprise!

Prashanth: Performing flawlessly before a live audience! If I accomplish this, I can start breathing normally.

  • The most funniest moment in this one month of rehearsals?

Joe: The whole crew is funny. Most funniest moments for me is the improvisations we did to form the play “Indecent proposal” and finally my character became a gay at the end of this play. Wait!! Was that a spoiler?

Priyanka: The funniest moments are when we start pulling each other’s leg and all the teasing. Something hilarious happens every single day and I have never laughed so much. I can’t believe that we were all strangers a month ago.

Joel:  The most funniest was when Syama and Lalitha’s romance blossomed during the course of this one month. I am not going to give more details though!

  • A few lines about the character(s) you are doing? 

Prashant: A Detective and a Dad. Both begins with a “D”

Joe: Akram, an Arabian gay. I tried an Arabian English accent for Akram. This is a funny character . Sanju: This character is an average youngster we find all around. For this character a lot of home work is needed with ques and reactions.

Priyanka: All 3 characters which I play are so different and random. One of it was a challenge because I had to be someone I’m totally not as a person. I don’t want to reveal too much. Let’s see how its like on the show day

  • What next?

Joe: I love to work with entertainment sector particularly on theatre productions. I am leaving to Ireland for my masters in management and then will try to become a part of theatre and would like to work on theatre management. Lets see how it goes.

Priyanka: Next, I realised that I definitely enjoy theatre!!! Will look out for more opportunities to learn and improve myself.

Syama: I look forward working with theatre in any of the form and division possible. Also looking forward to learn theatre more and be with the fraternity forever. Hey “Starting with Scratch”, lets be the audience for this year’s “Short and sweet” and participants for the next!!

  • A few words about your director!

Priyanka: Hari is amazing. He gives us the space to learn and express ourselves. With him, its the right mix of having fun along with us but also gets stern when he has to! I couldn’t have been ready for this show without his inputs and encouragement

Joe: About Hari, he is very straight about performance. He gives us criticism which helps us to improve a lot. He shouts sometimes but in the end its all for the good show that’s gonna happen this weekend. Apart from practice, he is a good friend. Overall he is a talented director.

Prashant: Young Talented guy, age 26, eligible bachelor looking for a good bride. Interested brides come over to the show to meet him in person ;-)

 

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#KungFuBondaIsComing

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Baggy, a stand-up comedian, an actor, a director and whatnot, is on the process of coming up with his next solo and he writes here about it!!

P.S: He is no longer single!


#KungFuBondaIsComing

That hash tag has taken over my life, it occupies my every waking memory and haunts my dreams when I am asleep. It squeezes my insides, reminding me there are only 38 days to go and makes my head spin when I think about how much more is there to do, before he (KungFuBonda) can come. It’s scary and exhilarating and a whole bunch of other things all at the same time, like drinking strong, bitter and yet sweet kashaayam which I cannot quite decide If I like or not, and I am beginning to understand why!

‘Baggy In and As ‘KUNGFU BONDA‘, that’s my second stand up special(first solo), premiering on July 8th in Chennai and touring Bangalore, Coimbatore, Hyderabad and Mumbai for the rest of July. I am writing jokes for this show from my life experiences and slowly but surely, I begin to realise that I am perhaps experiencing life more, so that I can write jokes.

I think for the first time in my 10 yrs of having a job, when someone asks me what I do, I actually have a convincing 2 mark answer. Previously, that always used to be an essay question, to which I used to embark on telling them the long story of how a computer science nerd ended up in the field of performance arts. Followed by a thesis on what it means to be in this field and what I actually do “day in and day out” as a “full time practising professional” in the said field. Now I just tell them I am a Stand Up Comedian and people nod, their expression is still quizzical but previously it used to be only that. Now I also see in their faces faint signs of acceptance, understanding and even perhaps mild comprehension. Of course, that’s usually just followed by “Oh! Really? Tell one Joke no?!” But hey, baby steps ok!

It isn’t just that I have an answer to give my relatives and acquaintances and other nosy people I run into, but I am also beginning to enjoy having an identity that I can wear with a little more confidence. I turned 30 a few months back, and no one told me that it is when you go through a second puberty. My mind and body are going through changes, again! My moobs (look it up if you don’t know that is, if you’re a guy maybe just removing your shirt and looking down will be enough) seem to prefer sagging and the chest hair I used to wear proudly as a younger gent is getting a little too dense, in stark contrast, with my head of hair thats moving in the opposite direction of the density spectrum. The rest of the world is taking notice these symptoms of my tricenarity (thats the term I coined for being between 30 and 39, aka thirtysomething), and insists on thrusting on me responsibilities and real life problems that I am supposed to somehow be miraculously equipped to handle now apparently.

But what life doesn’t realise is that, I maybe growing older but I am not growing up. I refuse to deal with all these new expectations of me. I cannot believe that I have to get a complete health check up. It feels like just yesterday I used to accompany my thatha on jolly car rides when he used to go to get these check ups done. Now you’re saying it’s my time?!? My friends have all ‘settled down,’ mid-level to senior positions in companies, cushy paychecks, wives or husbands, fancy vacations, kids(??!?) and a lot more to show that they are dealing with these changes and ageing with style and grace. But for me, It’s too much, I cant take it, I am not going to accept this without a fight.

Enter ‘Art!’ I would be lost without this avatar of mine as a stand up comedian and artist. I recently put out videos online, they got lots of views and shares but not too many views and shares. It went viral, but viral like one of those 2 day sicknesses and not full blown Chikkungunya (what a weird sounding disease!). Nonetheless, knowing that there are others out there willing to believe in and accept this avatar of mine, makes it easier for me to take to it with more readiness, start building material to feed and showcase myself, as a stand up comedian, and an artist on stage, on facebook, on twitter, on instagram (no Im not on snapchat), on YouTube and of course in real life!

I promise to use all these new experiences to write many many hopefully funny jokes. My biggest realisation, in the hunt for jokes for my next special, I seem to be seeking out and experiencing life a lot more. Enjoying it and suffering it a lot more. That I suppose is what Art does, make you express outward but apparently also search, grow and express to yourself too.. Eloquent no? :D Older is wiser after all ;)

I moved out of home. I hosted a show on Vijay TV. I’m building a flat of my own. I filed my taxes. I joined the gym. I quit the gym. I got a girlfriend. I became a little viral. I got a little famous. I got disappointed that I didn’t get more famous. I got my hair styled, not cut, mind you, styled. I went shopping for crockery. I was the best man at my best friend’s wedding. I am cooking and cleaning and washing and ironing on my own. I ran a marathon. No I didn’t. But I did rejoin the gym⁠⁠⁠⁠. I am planning the bachelor party for another best friend’s wedding. Ass holes are all getting married. Basically I turned 30 and I plan on becoming a comic, quite literally. Living life, one strip at a time and squeezing the joke out of every situation. This cartoon of my existence I cant wait to share with all of you, so get ready.

#KungFuBondaIsComing

Baggy!

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DigiE(vam) – A new direction

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Vasanth Subramaniam – Division Head of Brandrama and Manager of Digital Content at evam! In this blog he is talking about how the Digital Content works in evam :)


We at evam have rarely done anything because many players in the market are doing it or because there is a tremendous need for it in the market. Performing arts has been our foundation. We feel immense joy seeing a piece of art come to life and a live audience consume and react to it. Which is why, when the digital content boom happened 4 to 5 years back, we were consciously staying away from it, deciding to get into it when the timing was right, when we find the same joy.

About a year back, a few of our stand-up artists were close to wrapping up their first specials and their first cycle of content. All this content would rarely be seen again by audiences. We had video-graphed most of this content for documentation purposes and had built up a bank of content which needed to reach as many more audiences as possible.

This is when we started releasing small stand-up clips for promotional use. As we started releasing these, the response we got for them was tremendous. There were people from all over the world, who were loving all this digital content and were eager to share it with their friends. There is definitely a sense of pride in discovering a wonderful piece of art! Most importantly, for the artist, it is so precious to be able to reach newer and wider audiences.

The flip side is, the digital market is a constantly hungry market. Unless you have a steady stream of content flowing, audiences will move to more prolific creators. Thankfully, with a growing repertory of artists, we were ready.

Over the past 6 months, we have put out a Video eVery Vednesday. Putting out videos every week is no easy task. Elaborate systems and timelines had to be put in place to ensure we did not miss out on this promise. We have also just released our very first full 80 minute stand-up special, #PokeME by Karthik Kumar, on HeroTalkies, reaching a pure NRI audience. It has already gotten a great response so far with over 5000 audiences from around the world watching it in the past 5 days. It is all set to release shortly on YouTube as well. And this is only the first of over 8 other full specials we hope to release this year across platforms.

It is going to be a very interesting year for us, especially with our DigiE(evam) plans!

Vasanth Subramaniam

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My journey with Alice in Wonderland!

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Rajesh, our Happy Cow faculty from Chennai, has had a busy year. Handling back to back workshops, putting up productions with four different schools and amidst of this squeezing in time for his wedding shopping as well. Here’s what he had to say about Happy Cow’s recent Alice in Wonderland production.


It was April. We got a call from Mahindra. They asked us to conduct a “play creation workshop” for the kids of housekeeping and gardening staff of Mahindra research valley. For the past 2 years we had trained those kids so we didn’t find it difficult. We started the play with full excitement. And there was a twist here. They told us that play has to be showcased on the month of May. Yes we had only a month’s time to train those kids. You may feel it’s easy to complete a play in 30 days. But we had a huge challenge –  classes will be only on Sundays! So, essentially, 5 days is all we have!

When I was thinking what play should we choose for them, I got a call from my boss. He asked me “Why don’t we do Alice in Wonderland, Rajesh?” I couldn’t even talk after his question. Also it took me to a flashback. Yes “Alice in wonderland”. We trained a matriculation school kids to perform “Alice in Wonderland ” play. That was a 1 hour play. We trained them for 4 months, we couldn’t even complete 3 scenes in 2 months. It’s a different story how we successfully completed it. But what I thought is “How are we gonna manage with Tamizh medium kids when we found it challenging with English medium kids?” And now coming to the reality. Boss is on line. “Rajesh? You there? What do you say?” I said “Ok John, let’s do it”. And we decided to do it as a musical. We trimmed it into a 15 mins play. 2 classes went by only for play reading and character selection. At the end of second class, we gave them the scripts to mug up.

It was a shock when I entered the class next week with utmost excitement! Nobody was ready with even a single line of their dialog! I throw away all the scripts and I had to conduct an advice session for 1 hour and then started the class. But the kids did not seem too serious about my words. And the next class, John was about to check out the performance of the kids. I was so scared as everything was incomplete and the performance was not satisfactory. And John came. He asked me “Rajesh, is everything done?” I gave a mixed reaction. He said “Ok let’s start, ACTIONNNNN” … It was 15 mins of  magical movement once he uttered “action!” Those children delivered each and every dialog without a single mistake. I was surprised and started getting fresh hope for the production! We decided to practise all the days in last week.

Show Day:

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Kids were ready at 6 pm with makeup on. I was restless and roaming for no reason. Volunteers said “Guys it’s time to get onto the stage”. Post the MC’s speech, children started stepping on to the stage. There was pin drop silence, in spite of 2000 people in the audience. This is the second time I heard my own heart beat (First time was when I proposed to my girlfriend ;) ). Play starts off with live music.

“Alice in the wonderland,                                                                                                                 Alice is coolest indeed,                                                                                                                       We’ll tell you the story of little girl called                                                                                 Alice in theeeeeeee wonderlaaaaannnnddddddddddd…”

The third scene was nearing completion. I couldn’t see any reaction from audience. One of my friend who is a volunteer looked at me and said “It’s not happening”. At the beginning of 4th scene, I lost all hope. But I realised I was wrong. There was a dialog in 4th scene “Everyone’s mad here” followed by a long pause and the punchline – “Except Mahindra people”. By then I could hear a very loud laughter from the audience and I realised I had not been breathing for a long time. With a great sigh of relief, the scene had ended really well. From there on, it was claps and whistle for every action and dialog. I joined the audience too and started shouting for their performance instead of giving them a queues. We got a standing ovation before the play even ended! One kid looked at me and silently said “Anna, we’re not done”. And I smiled at him and said “No, you have done it.”

I just stepped out the auditorium with great relief and started my bullet with joy and happiness and unconsciously I started singing

“Alice in the wonderland,                                                                                                                 Alice is coolest indeed,                                                                                                                       We’ll tell you the story of little girl called                                                                                 Alice in theeeeeeee wonderlaaaaannnnddddddddddd…….”

Rajesh

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I dont give a Flux… 3rd Standup Special!

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I named this article so – coz its why im writing this Note – im in preparation for my 3rd Standup Comedy Special, what Comics define as their next ‘hour’ of material, in my case an hour is always 90 mins… while also having watched my first Netflix Specials (never watched anything digital so far in comedy due to nett nett net unsaviness!) – basically first time watching a Firangi Comic doing an hour for a Standup Comedy lapping up audience!
Watching these specials taught me…. ‘nothing’ – i only ended up being jealous and irritated about everything… about the nature of the premises, about edginess and what the heck edginess is, about the open ended-ness of so many jokes, and the ofcourse the damn quality of capture and ambience and audiences’ tolerances…
But it made me aware of how bloody good ‘my’ fraternity of Comics are, here in India… each time i watch a Peer of mine put an hour out, i learn… i learn from their audacity, their choice of material, their pain, their rewards and their truth to the moment they are addressing. All the Indian Specials i have watched, mostly Live, have all been good – whether they were in jampacked big halls, or small obscure pubs…
Most of these Specials were the Comics’ first, some were the second, and few were the third… i have been able to see the transition though and that has been magnificent – it feels like Darwin seeing Evolution within his own lifetime… a fish out of water, developing fins, climbing a tree and then flying even somewhat…
No one can put an ‘Hour’ out that they feel is crap or quick… every hour is a struggle and every next hour is an even further struggle – the first hour teaches you technique, the second seems to teach you about you, and the third is like a violent denial of all that you have been so far, like a Teenager hating being a child anymore and struggling with Adolescence…
Ill only say this – if it feels like a Struggle, then you are doing it right… the greater the struggle the greater the resistance, and the greater will be the output… it wont be the greatest – itll be close to ‘your’ greatest, thus far!
I hope to grow up with this Art – if audiences allow it, then the growth will be inevitable and sustained, and if they dont, itll be inevitable only… but eitherway growth is what one answers – internal and external!
And there is no easy or difficult or tough or dark or edgy a joke – all jokes are jokes, and some jokes are funny… Only comedy racists would classify jokes… whats low hanging for you is high hanging for someone else, whats dark for you is stupid for another, whats edgy for you is plain for another, whats CK for you is SA for another…
(i liberally referenced SA here coz he is my twin in the pursuit of self flagellation, and referenced only him coz its the closest to referencing myself, and doing that would have appeared pompous and self defeating!)
Im onto the pursuit of “Blood Chutney” – its highly personal and each premise is an experience, not a premise, and therefore what i put out seems awkward, emotional and strange! I have with me some Technique, some Experience and plenty open-ness to feedback to make it funny… but to handle the ‘personal’ i have only misplaced courage and the belief in the inevitability of ‘inevitability’!
And anyone who thinks this is easy is doing it wrong – and anyone who thinks that another is having it easy, is a dense ignorant ‘delusional butthole’.
ps – this is also a reaction to a firang article that ranted against seemingly pretentious ‘Open Mic-ers’ and the only words i liked in that was ‘delusional assholes’ and therefore i did a ‘call back’ for referencing it… and since i even explained it here, i killed all subtlety! La Chaim!
Karthik Kumar
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Orthodoxically Yogi – UK Tour!!

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Praveen Kumar is a Bangalore based stand up comedian, whose first love is Biryani and then comes everything else.

I was pleasantly surprised when Rabhinder (the Go-To-Man in evam) called me in Jan and mentioned about the UK tour. The best thing about evam is the master (KK) explores and goes on a tour for the first time and creates a market for the rest of us to follow. KK had finished his UK tour in Nov 2016 and Alex and I went there in April.  As far as we knew, everything was “taken care of” by Rabhinder and we (Alex and I) didn’t even go into the finer details. We just knew we are going to do 4 shows and there will be someone to pick us up from the airport.  Thats all. We trusted Rabhinder so much.

Alex and I reached London on the 17th April afternoon after a non-stop 11 hours flight and was welcomed by 2 ever smiling and very warm couple – Suresh and Sandhya from Bluefeather Studios and we started talking like we were childhood friends. The instant positive vibes we got from them made us feel really warm in that chilling weather. (BTW I was the only one who was wearing shorts and I didn’t realize why everyone gave an awkward look until I stepped  out in the open) We immediately made a LIVE video there announcing the arrival of both of us in that foreign land. Suresh and Sandhya took us for lunch and explained to us the detailed plan for the entire 7 days of our stay there but I was more focused on the Caribbean food – Jerk Chicken fried with buttermilk. What a combo. I know right.  Then they dropped us to the Hotel room in Wembley and said what places to see the next 2 days as the first show in Birmingham was on 20th April.

Alex and I relaxed for a while and started walking just to explore the place. It was 8:45 pm and we had sun light. It was really weird for me. I mean I was hungry for dinner but it wasn’t dark. So my stomach was confused and asked my heart to take a decision on its behalf. So my heart is on diet I think so it decided not to have dinner that night. But when we took a walk, we realized that almost all the shops were closed before 9 pm and only few restaurants were open. So we decided to explore again in the morning. Both of us slept really early for UK time but late for Indian time.

Next day morning when I got up, I got a shock of my life, near the foot of my bed, I could just see legs, yes just legs, I wore my glasses, got down the bed and saw Alex upside down and was doing Yoga. After my heart beat became little normal, Alex explained me the benefits of Yoga and I decided to start doing Yoga once I reached India. (Now don’t ask me if I started) Also the benefit of sharing the room with Alex is his beautiful singing. Both our tastes are exactly the same when it comes to Tamil music. So either his laptop will sing or he will sing (better). We got ready and went out for breakfast. Someone told us that Saravana Bhavan was nearby. We were so excited to go there and saw it was closed. Next to it was some Ganga Bhavan and again it was closed. That road had all the Bhavans except Rashtrapathi Bhavan but everything was closed. So we went to an Indian sweet shop and had Poha for breakfast. And we went to Central London in tube and started walking. We walked, walked and walked… My pedometer showed that I walked for 21000 steps that day. We proudly called ourselves The Walkman after that. We walked through the major parts of Central London and shopped, took selfies, saw all tourist places- in short had super fun.

We explored Wembley area and a mall the next day and in the evening Suresh came to pick us up to take us to their house which was about an hour drive from where we stayed. Sandhya had prepared an amazing chicken curry without even tasting. We spoke, spoke and spoke and became very comfortable with each other and Suresh dropped us back to the hotel in the night. Again he had to come the next day morning. They took us to this BBC Asia office for a radio interview in the morning and it was a great experience. Alex sang a Bharatiyar song in BBC radio. A landmark. And we proceeded to Birmingham which was a 2 hour drive from London. Since we got late from the interview, we went directly to the venue which is the Venkateswara Perumal Temple which is supposedly the biggest Hindu temple in Europe. It was a beautiful campus and the show was in the community hall. The set up was good. The audience was good. Special thanks to them for turning up on a weekday. Great show and super response. We couldn’t have asked for a better start for the OY tour.

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The next day we drove back to London because the show was in London. Profound. Beautiful theater in the Central London – Greenwood Theater. Close to 200 people. 2 great organisers. 2 lucky performers. All these combined together to make this the most memorable show in the tour. This show also featured a local comic “Kutty Hari” as an opening act. To celebrate the success, we went to an Indian restaurant for biriyani. Surprise. The next 2 days were really hectic. Early morning flight from London to Edinburgh (pronounced as Edinbra). Alex is still wondering what the hell is GH doing in the spelling. I told him “Have patience.. Only if you are patient, you ll know about GH”. Sweet fellow. He laughed at all my stupid jokes. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city and we walked in Royal Mile and had fish and chips. Alex was too eager to find out about the KILT (Skirt like thing the local Scottish people wore) and we bought one in the shop nearby. He actually rehearsed the dance as well with the help of Youtube. So he opened the Edinburg show by wearing the kilt and dancing like the locals. The audience were amused. The venue was again a beautiful one inside a church. Again, a beautiful show with great audience. We got really comfortable with the UK audience and I guess the vice versa was also true.

Again next day early morning flight to Manchester from Edinburgh. The show was in the pub for the first time in the tour. Beautiful venue. Nice audience and again a great show. That was the last show of our tour. We ended the show with mixed feelings. The highlight of our Manchester show was our TRAM journey (my first time) in the city after the show. During the entire tour, I met lot of my friends, my cousins and other family members and it was a great feeling. We returned to London the next day in bullet train. And I had to catch the flight to Bangalore the same evening. Suresh and Sandhya dropped me to the airport, was with me till I went inside for security check. I waved Bye to them with a heavy heart. After all they were just event organizers. No they are my friends. Very good friends. Almost cried to say Bye to them. Hopefully will meet them soon either in India or UK.

Lots of people to thank. First of all KK – for trusting both Alex and me to do a good job in a foreign country. Next Rabhinder- for doing all back end job without any fuss and with full commitment. Next Alex- for being a great company for the entire 7 days and for all the life advice and wonderful songs and most importantly being himself. Last but not the least – Suresh and Sandhya. On my God.  This guy Suresh is the most hardworking person I have ever seen. He did photography, drove us around a lot, scanned the tickets of the audience, cleaned the venue after the shows, bought us whatever we wanted, made us feel very comfortable. And Sandhya was the most enthusiastic event organizer I have seen. Her PR skills are too good, went on stage and introduced everybody, gave us inputs for jokes, she was helpful throughout in all possible ways including packing my suitcase. All this when she is carrying twins. Hats off to both of you. See you guys soon.

Praveen Kumar

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