Private India by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi

imageI would also like to read the exciting crime thriller “Private India” by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi. It features Private Detective Jack Morgan whose exclusive LA based private investigation agency has spread to Mumbai, where it is headed by investigator Santosh Wagh, who was brought to Jack Morgan’s attention following a coordinated terrorist railway bombing 2 years earlier. Santosh is an excellent investigator despite a drink problem, which has been exacerbated by the tragic death of his wife and children.

Santosh Wagh’s problems begin with a series of seemingly unrelated murders, in the teeming metropolis of Mumbai, where women are being Strangled with a yellow scarf and strange trinkets are being left at their death scene in a series of chilling rituals. Santosh goes on the hunt for an elusive killer with his team, Mubeen the medical forensic expert, Hari, the technology geek and Nisha his top crime colleague. They are also on the radar of the Jihadi outfits with potential outside threats from the powerful militant Mujahideen who have sympathies with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Mumbai police are supportive of Santosh and his team as long as they are kept informed. Other figures of authority, particularly the Attorney general, Nalin D’Souza, are more autonomous. Powerful mobsters, Munna and his henchman, Nimboo are even more dangerous, with their widespread control of the Mumbai crime scene and access to potent weapons.

As the killings mount up daily, fresh enquiries link them to the nine avatars of the Hindu Goddess, Durga. Santosh struggles to find clues to the killer’s identity and faces a race against time to prevent further imminent, predictable killings. When Jack Morgan arrives in Mumbai, The chase for the culprit steps up and the case requires detailed detective work and a large modicum of luck if they are to find the link that will lead them to the next victim. Meanwhile Jack’s organisation is also being undermined by an unseen menace which threatens to destroy the agency from within and plunge the city into chaos.

Burn by James Patterson

I would like to read the crime thriller Burn by James Patterson, which features Detective Michael Bennett of the Major Crime Division. It begins with Bennett finally being able to move back home to New York City with his family, after being forced into hiding by the ruthless Sun King drug Cartel and Crime lord Manuel Perrine

Bennett is then assigned to take over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemned building. At first he dismisses the call until a charred body is found in the same building. Bennett soon finds himself drawn into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity” as his investigation leads him to a powerful political figure and his cronies, and the horrifyingly maddening world of immorality, corruption and wickedness in which they live.

Detective Bennett also has to contend with a seemingly unconnected robbing spree that is targeting high-end jewellery stores across the city, and his superior, Chief of Detectives Raymond Starkie asks Bennett and his team to solve it immediately. Bennett finds himself caught up in two seemingly different cases – one involving a politician and his associates who indulge in the worst possible act of evilness, and the other a bunch of criminals on a looting spree. To add to the pressure, things are not going smoothly on the home front either…

Vincent van Goch

Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent Willem van Gogh sadly passed away 29 July 1890 at the age of 37 years old in Auvers-sur-Oise, France. Van Goch was born 30th March 1853, his work is notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted (although no gun was ever found).His work was then known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.

Van Gogh began to draw as a child, and he continued to draw throughout the years that led up to his decision to become an artist. He did not begin painting until his late twenties, completing many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, consisting of 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints. His work included self portraits, landscapes, still lifes, portraits and paintings of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers.

Van Gogh spent his early adulthood working for a firm of art dealers, traveling between The Hague, London and Paris, after which he taught for a time in England. One of his early aspirations was to become a pastor and from 1879 he worked as a missionary in a mining region in Belgium where he began to sketch people from the local community. In 1885, he painted his first major work The Potato Eaters. His palette at the time consisted mainly of somber earth tones and showed no sign of the vivid coloration that distinguished his later work. In March 1886, he moved to Paris and discovered the French Impressionists. Later, he moved to the south of France and was influenced by the strong sunlight he found there.

His work grew brighter in color, and he developed the unique and highly recognizable style that became fully realized during his stay in Arles in 1888. The extent to which his mental health affected his painting has been a subject of speculation since his death. Despite a widespread tendency to romanticize his ill health, modern critics see an artist deeply frustrated by the inactivity and incoherence brought about by his bouts of illness. According to art critic Robert Hughes, Van Gogh’s late works show an artist at the height of his ability, completely in control and “longing for concision and grace”.

International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day is held annually on 29 July to raise awareness for tiger conservation, created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.

The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.38 m (11.1 ft) over curves and exceptionally weighing up to 388.7 kg (857 lb) in the wild. Its most recognisable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. The species is classified in the genus Panthera with the lion, leopard, jaguar and snow leopard. Tigers are apex predators, primarily preying on ungulates such as deer and bovids. They are territorial and generally solitary but social animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey requirements. This, coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the more densely populated places on Earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans.

Tigers once ranged widely across Asia, from Turkey in the west to the eastern coast of Russia. Sadly Over the past 100 years, they have lost 93% of their historic range, and have been extirpated from southwest and central Asia, from the islands of Java and Bali, and from large areas of Southeast and Eastern Asia. Today, they range from the Siberian taiga to open grasslands and tropical mangrove swamps. The remaining six tiger subspecies have been classified as endangered by IUCN. The global population in the wild is estimated to number between 3,062 and 3,948 individuals, down from around 100,000 at the start of the 20th century, with most remaining populations occurring in small pockets isolated from each other, of which about 2,000 exist on the Indian subcontinent. Major reasons for population decline include habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation and poaching. The extent of area occupied by tigers is estimated at less than 1,184,911 km2 (457,497 sq mi), a 41% decline from the area estimated in the mid-1990s.

Tigers are among the most recognisable and popular of the world’s charismatic megafauna. They have featured prominently in ancient mythology and folklore, and continue to be depicted in modern films and literature. They appear on many flags, coats of arms, and as mascots for sporting teams. The tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Malaysia and South Korea.

Roger Waters – Amused to Death

I am currently listening to Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) latest Solo album entitled “Amused to Death”. He co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist, singer, and songwriter Syd Barrett. Waters initially served as the group’s bassist, but following the departure of Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist, conceptual leader and co-lead vocalist.Pink Floyd subsequently achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Final Cut. By the early 1980s, they had become one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling acts in the history of popular music, Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 And did not perform with them again for nearly eighteen years.

After leaving Pink Floyd Waters’ embarked on a solo career producing the albums: The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Radio K.A.O.S. and Amused to Death. In 1990, he staged one of the largest and most extravagant rock concerts in history, The Wall – Live in Berlin, with an official attendance of 200,000. As a member of Pink Floyd, he was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. That same year he released Ça Ira, an opera in three acts translated from Étienne and Nadine Roda-Gils’ libretto about the French Revolution. Later that year, he reunited with Pink Floyd bandmates Mason, Wright and David Gilmour for the Live 8 global awareness event; it was the group’s first appearance with Waters since 1981. He has toured extensively as a solo act since 1999 and played The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for his world tour of 2006–2008. In 2010, he began The Wall Live and in 2011 Gilmour and Mason appeared with him during a performance of the double album in London. As of 2013, the tour is the highest-grossing of all time by a solo artist.

Here is the track listing for Amused to Death:

  • Ballad of Bill Hubbard
  • What God Wants
  • Perfect Sense 1
  • Perfect Sense 2
  • The Bravery of Being out of Range
  • Late Home Tonight 1
  • Late Home Tonight 2
  • Too Much Rope
  • What God Wants 2
  • What God Wants 3
  • Watching TV
  • Three Wishes
  • It’s a Miracle
  • Amused to Death

John Sykes (Thin Lizzy Whitesnake, Tygers of Pan Tang)

imageJohn Sykes, English singer-songwrite and guitarist with the bands Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Blue Murder was born 29 July 1959. Thin Lizzy were formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist/vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums. Thin Lizzy are best known for their songs “Whiskey in the Jar”, “Jailbreak” and “The Boys Are Back in Town”, all major international hits still played regularly on hard rock andclassic rock radio stations. After Lynott’s death in 1986, various incarnations of the band have emerged over the years based around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009.

Phil Lynott, composed almost all of the band’s songs, and Thin Lizzy boasted some of the most critically acclaimed guitarists with Downey and Lynott as the rhythm section, on the drums and bass guitar. As well as being multiracial, the band drew their members not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from both the Catholic and Protestant communities during The Troubles. Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including blues, soul music, psychedelic rock, and traditional Irish folk music, but is generally classified as hard rock or sometimes heavy metal. As the band’s creative force, Lynott was an insightful and intelligent writer who was influenced byBob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the Irish literary tradition.” Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix were also major influences during the early days of the band, and later influences included the pioneering twin lead guitars found in Wishbone Ash and American artists Little Feat andBob Seger. In 2012, Gorham and Downey decided against recording new material as Thin Lizzy so a new band, Black Star Riders, was formed to tour and produce new releases such as the All Hell Breaks Loose album. Thin Lizzy plan to reunite for occasional concerts.

British rock band,Whitesnake were founded in 1978 by David Coverdale after his departure from his previous band, Deep Purple. Their early material has been compared by critics to Deep Purple, but they slowly began moving for a more commercially accessible hard rock style. By the turn of the decade, the band’s commercial fortunes changed and they released a string of UK top 10 albums, Ready an’ Willing (1980), Come an’ Get It (1981), Saints & Sinners (1982) and Slide It In (1984).The band’s 1987 self-titled album was their most commercially successful worldwide, and contained the hits “Still of the Night”, “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love”. In 1988, Whitesnake was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. The next album Slip of the Tongue (1989), was also a success, reaching the top 10 in the US and UK, and receiving a 2x platinum US certification. The band split up shortly after this release, but had a reunion in 1994, and released a one-off studio album,Restless Heart (1997). Whitesnake officially reformed in 2002 and have been touring together since, releasing two studio albums, Good to Be Bad (2008) and Forevermore (2011) and The Purple Album (2015). In 2005, Whitesnake was named the 85th greatest hard rock band of all time by VH1.

British rock band,Tygers of Pan Tang were formed in 1978 and originate from Whitley Bay, England. They are a notable band of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. The band is named after the pets of the Wizards of Pan Tang – an elite group of chaos-worshipping warriors from Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné stories.Tygers of Pan Tang are a heavy metal band, formed in 1978 and originating from Whitley Bay, England. They are a notable band of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. The band is named after the pets of the Wizards of Pan Tang – an elite group of chaos-worshipping warriors from Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné stories.

Geddy Lee (Rush)

Rush-Clockwork-Angels-Geddy Lee, the bass player and singer with celebrated Canadian rogressive rock band Rush was Born 29th July 1953. Rush were formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson, and drummer, percussionist and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974, Neil Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group’s first United States tour, during which they played Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, which also became Rush s very first radio broadcast and the concert is featured on the Album “ABC 1974″

rush-snakes-arrows-cd-51893Since The release of the band’s self-titled debut album in March 1974, Rush have become known for their musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. Rush’s music style has changed over the years, beginning with blues-inspired heavy metal on their first album, then encompassing hard rock, progressive rock, and a period with heavy use of synthesizers. They have been cited as an influence by various musical artists, including Metallica Primus, and The Smashing Pumpkins, as well as progressive metal bands such as Dream Theater and Symphony X.

Rush have also won a number of Juno Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning numerous awards in magazine readers’ polls. As a group, Rush possesses 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. Rush’s sales statistics place them third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band. Rush also ranks 79th in U.S. album sales, with 25 million units. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, as of 2004 several industry sources estimated Rush’s total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units.They released their latest studio album, Clockwork Angels in 2012. It was first album in five years since, 2007’s “SNAKES & ARROWS.” and is the band’s 20th studio album. The first single from the album “Headlong Flight” was released in 2012 there is also a tour supporting the album during Autumn 2012.