Pi’s Lullaby from Life of Pi: Bombay Jayashree

The Academy award nomination for this soothing song!! Can ease and put you to sleep!!

Kanne… Kanmaniye
Kannurangaiyo… Poove
Mayilo, togai mayilo
Kuyilo, koovum kuyilo
Nilavo, nilavin oyilo
Imaiyo, imaiyin kanavo
Ra ra ro… mmm… Ra ra ro…
Ra ra ro… mmm… Ra ra ro…
Mmm… mmm… mmm… mmm…
Mmm… mmm… mmm… mmm…
Malaro, malarin amudho
Kaniyo, senkaniyin suvaiyo
Ra ra ro… Ra ra ro…
Mmm… mmm… mmm… mmm…
Mmm… mmm… mmm… mmm…
Oh my love
Oh the delight of my eyes
Would you not sleep my flower?
Are you the peacock or the plumage of the peacock?
Are you the cuckoo or the cry of the cuckoo?
Are you the moon or the light of the moon?
Are you the eyelashes, or the dream?
Are you the flower or the nectar?
Are you the fruit or the sweetness?


Piano Tutorials Notes

Airtel Tune

Red=> higher octave, Black => middle octave

A E G E, E D C A

Kal Ho na ho

Capital letters = middle octave, small letters = lower octave

C b C b C b CE D C b a b a b
C b C b C b CE D C b a b a b

3 Moonu Tamil movie Soundtrack

(b5)BCA AGBG, BCA AGB  (2 times)


BCA AGBG, BCA AGB  (2 times)

Dandalayya from BAhubali

Jamuratiri Jabilamma

Janagana mana

Ye jo des hai tera



C= Sa, D= Ri, E= Ga,………..A= Da,…
12 keys, Distance between consecutive keys = half step, Sharps (after) and flats (before)


(In notations for ragas/scales, Letter Name cannot be repeated, so use a flat version)

1. Sankarabharanam or C major – C D E F G A B C
2. Natabhairavi or C natural minor – C D Eflat F G Aflat Bflat C
3. Keeravani or C harmonic minor – C D Eflat F G Aflat B C

[When you skip some notes and go up or come down within the raga, it is called aarohana and avarohana respectively]


A Chord is when you hit 3 or more keys at the same time. Chord = triad, when 3 keys are pressed together

Thumb = finger 1, index = finger 2, little=finger 5 (for right hand)
Reverse for left hand i.e little finger = finger 1

Chords in C Major/Sankarabaranam

To create a triad chord of any key, go 4 half steps first and then 3 half steps

  • Cmajor Chord: C1 E3 G5 (thumb on C)
    [Start at C, go 4 halfsteps to E, go 3 half steps to G]
  • Fmajor Chord: F1 A3 C5 (thumb on F)
  • Gmajor chord:1 3 5 (thumb on G)
  • Aminor chord: 1 3 5 (thumb on A)
    [we call it Aminor as we reduce the second note of the triad by half step, as that note is not in Cmajor scale]

Terms and notations Eg: The voices of C major triad are C E and G. C is the root note of the C major chord/triad. C is the tonic of C major scale. Progression means moving from chord to chord
Left hand used for harmony and right hand for melody

If you play, C E G, it is called root position C major chord
If you play, E G C, it is called C major chord in first inversion (C in higher octave)
If you play, G C E, it is called C major chord in second inversion (C, E in higher octave)

[Using left hand]Smooth voice leading => transition from one chord to another with minimal hand movement for smooth transition. This is done by using the inversion version instead of root position version of a chord.
Eg. C major to G major progression i.e GCE to GBD. Practice this loop. Then practice C G F major chords in loop. Also practice Fmajor to Bflat major (2nd inversion) progression.

Pagale vennela

Hindolam – sa ga ma da ni sa (C Eb F Ab Bb C , fingers131234)

Citronmåne – Danish Lemon Cake — Sweet and pulpy

cup = 250 ml Ingredients for cake 3 eggs, 150+100 g butter, 1 cup cane (or brown)sugar, 2 cups of icing/powder sugar, 2 cups self-raising flour, zest of 1+0.5 lemon, zest of 1/2 orange (optional), juice of 0.5+0.5 big lemon, 150 g Marzhipan (if you can get, or almond paste), 100 ml milk Procedure1

  1. Mix flour, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp baking powder and mix (dry mix) and keep aside
  2. Blend 3 eggs (white+yolk)
  3. Add zest of 1 lemon (and orange, optional), half lemon juice, 150 g butter, 1 cup sugar, honey (optional), marzhipan and blend.
  4. To the blended solution, add dry flour mixture and mix with whisker. Add milk in between. The consistency of the batter will be flow-y but shouldn’t be running. Make sure there are no flour lumps. Use a strainer to add flour if needed.
  5. Add 1 tsp vanilla essence and mix well
  6. In a baking pan, spread a butter paper and pour the mix. Keep it in preheated oven at 170 deg Celsius for 45 min. Check with toothpick if baked (should come out clean).

Procedure 2: Icing/Glazing

  1. Mix 100 g butter and 2 cups of icing/powder sugar and 1/2 lemon juice,, 1/2 tsp lemon essence, 1/2 lemon zest (finely grated), 1/3 cup desiccated coconut powder (optional)
  2. After taking from oven and allowing it to cool, spread icing mix on the surface of cake
  3. Decorate with lemon slices boiled in sugar syrup for 10-15 min and dried overnight

Note: Make sure you have a high enough baking pan to avoid overflow of cake mixture. Chocolate glazing Melt milk chocolate and add pistachios and pour over the cake after surface is cool. P S: Similar recipe can be used to make Sansa’s Cup cakes from Game of thrones

Food: Tehran and Persian

I started to develop an appetite for Persian food recently and was interested to know more about the different cuisines available and how they are made. The food has a lot of similarity with Indian dishes because of the historical and cultural influences from the past during the Muslim rule in India. Especially, the names sound very familiar but they have a unique way of preparation and finesse. One interesting difference however, I felt Persian dishes still retain the flavor of the base ingredients unlike some Indian “restaurant-style”dishes which are overwhelmed with masala and curry flavors that can at times give same taste to different dishes making it hard to decipher the main ingredient’s flavor.

Food guide to Iran: About Kebabs, Tah-chin, Caviar and more. 

It also gives a glimpse of the Grand Bazaar and streets of Tehran and its people.

  • Top 10 Iranian dishes: HERE
  • A crash course on all aspects of Iran, Here