Monday, May 11, 2009

Sonam Kalra

Last night attended a small, intimate concert in Connaught Place...... I and Roochi managed to get a great table near the front so that we could listen to the live Jazz vocals of a young lady called Sonam Kalra.
I had met Sonam a couple of times before and knew she could sing which is why this was quite an eagerly anticipated performance for me.
The venue was comfortable enough if a little too cold with the AC on full blast but it did not take long to warm up when Sonam started singing. The first track was "What a Wonderful World" I love that song. She sang it so beautifully that I realised we were in for a treat that evening.
Sonam is not a tall lady even less tall when she kicked her shoes off but when she sings on the stage she really has a presence. It is not a presence that commands you, it is one that welcomes you and wraps you up in the really quite blissful tones. If I sound all bloody soppy about this it is because I was genuinely moved by this performance. I have seen loads of bands and singers before and this lady ranks among the best I have seen when it comes to connecting with people during the performance. All of the songs were covers. A few I could mention are "Summertime and the living is easy" this tune was sung with such a wide vocal range and not a single note went wrong. Amazing. Also "Imagine", "Fever", "I got you under my skin", "Sway" and many, many more. Sonams confidence and enjoyment could be seen just through the way she sung. This lady has Panache. I wish I could have the words to describe a bit more. I think we need to get her over to the UK to do a stint at say Ronnie Scotts or something like that. She really is that good.
Thanks Sonam
Peace and Love

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Yup...... TePe is the name of my new venture. I have at last decided to venture into the world of business....... in the worst recession in living history !!! I must be mad. The way I look at it though is if we ( Me and my 2 partners ) can make this work during these difficult times then things should start to really open up for us when we all emerge from these dark economic times.
Tepe is a Swedish company that makes really top quality Oral hygiene products. The first product that we are going to start with are the interdental brushes. Basically they are miniaturised bottle brushes that one can use to clean in between the teeth. They are bloody good as I have been using these particular brushes for some years now. The trick is going to be how to persuade the Indian consumer to part with their money. The fact is that only 5%of the British population uses these particular understanding is that they are a dedicated bunch of people as they will buy 1 packet of 8 brushes per month. 1 pack costs 4 pounds. Thats 48 pounds per year. Multiply that by the number of people buying being 5% of say 60 million is.....err.... 3 million. 3 million multiplied by 48 equals. 144 million pounds. !!! The distributer takes about 20 percent of this....28.8 million pounds !!
My point is that in India if we can even penetrate just 1 % of the population we are talking in excess of 10 million people !!! The figures are astounding. I gotta get this one right and the potential is limitless. !! Lets see how it goes.

peace and love