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Golden Mango Awards – The Best Of 2010

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Belus

There was never any doubt that Count Grishnackh’s glorious return would steal the thunder (and the lightning) from the lesser musicians of this world, but I decided to wait till now anyway, just to give everybody a fair shot. As we sat back in our chairs with one eye closed, wondering if the new music would live up to Burzum’s legacy or even be decent black metal, Varg Vikernes forced the stars and the planets into alignment with Kaimadalthas’ Nedstigning, and illuminated the universe with Keliohesten, making countless galaxies sway to the ambience he conjured with the intoxicating Belus’ Tilbakekomst, far surpassing everything he’d created before. Whether he makes another album or not doesn’t matter; “Belus” is proof that the man who made it is the greatest black metal musician of all time.

ANTHEM OF THE YEAR

Sau Rupiya

So we always knew that Ashwin-drummer-would-have-his-revenge-on-the-Bombay-rock-scene, but who’d have thought he’d do it this way? A song that begins with the chorus, has cheeky squeals and a glass breaking before The Riot Peddlers launch into a slamming attack on an already petrified world, “Sau Rupiya” is easily the catchiest, the most fun, and the most lovable  song I’ve heard all year. And with the incorrigible Rishu Singh taking charge as manager, and frontman Arun S Ravi threatening to unleash an entire collection of such songs – yes, I was just getting to that – hide your moms. The band to watch out for in 2011.

FILM OF THE YEAR

Antardwand

Yes, there actually was one film worth watching in 2010. While the corporate superstars of the Hindi film industry were conning some of us into watching “socially relevant” films, there was a movie that came along without making announcements and hit me between the eyes. The story of a man being abducted and being forced to become a bridegroom in rural India –  it’s not a slapstick comedy, stop laughing – with no song-and-dance, no big names, yet complete with good screenplay and terrific performances from everyone, “Antardwand” is one of the two or three movies that were worth checking out this year.

BEER OF THE YEAR

Fuller’s London Pride and Murphy’s Irish Stout

Of all the brew available at Living Liquidz, I’m picking two drinks as the best beers I’ve had this year, because they’re both excellent, and they’re both very different from each other, and I just can’t have enough of either. Be sure to pick up a crate of Fuller’s London Pride for a session or to have with something roasted, and Murphy’s Irish Stout when you feel like sitting back with a fucking cigar. These drinks are on the expensive side, but trust me when I say they’re absolutely worth it. And just try having a Kingfisher after downing a few of these.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Priyanka Chopra

She’s smoking hot, and I fucking love her.

Priyanka Chopra is an actress who keeps breaking out of her comfort zone every now and then, doesn’t act in inane comedies, has a great face and a terrific bod, doesn’t talk about her private life, is not a fake vegetarian, doesn’t look like Randhir Kapoor, can be described as sweet, sexy, hot, cute, pretty, gorgeous, seems totally unaffected by the box-office outcome of her films, and she has an ass like that.

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RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Urban Tadka

One of my all-time favourite restaurants – Urban Tadka is the place I run to when I’m not sure where to go. The rustic setting, the homely vibe, the amazing food, the perfect service – Urban Tadka is the restaurant that I’ve frequented the most over the last three years and not once have I been disappointed in the slightest. Far from it, Urban Tadka always manages to surprise me, and is the best place for meals with friends, lunch dates, dinners with the family, and hell, I even go there all by myself just because I love being there so much. I love it so much that I’m going to write a review for it next year after a few more visits to it. In the meantime, every other dhaba-like restaurant can pack up and take my leave, thank you!

MAN OF THE YEAR

Varg Vikernes

The prince returned after more than a decade in jail to claim what was rightfully his – the throne. Count Grishnackh has proved that the purest music can come only from the purest mind, with Belus being not only the most dazzling album from his discography, but also one of the most brilliant black metal albums of all time, not to mention the greatest comeback ever. The prince of black metal is now the king of black metal, enthroned for eternity, irrespective of whether he chooses to make another album or not. Paying no attention to all the pressure on him to make some music worthy of being placed next to his Burzum classics, Varg Vikernes quietly pushed forward the most epic comeback album ever. As for 2010 being the Year Of The Tiger – may the creator of the Chinese horoscope be trapped inside a burning church – 2010 is the Year Of The Wolf. JAI SHRI GRISHNACKH!!!

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42 Responses to “Golden Mango Awards – The Best Of 2010”


  1. 2 Harvey
    December 1, 2010 at 10:45

    Love the blog. Been following it only like a week or so. Good stuff. Keep it up!

    Also dude you’ve got to review Hoegaarden here!

    Harvey

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  2. 4 Ashank
    December 1, 2010 at 15:05

    turban atka ! haha love that place.

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  3. 5 Leon
    December 1, 2010 at 18:15

    Where can I download this movie from? Antardwand???

    Nice blog

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    • 6 pinoti
      December 2, 2010 at 08:04

      I dont even know if you can download that movie, no one seems to have heard of it. It went out of the theatres in 2 weeks, if i remember correctly.

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    • December 2, 2010 at 08:17

      @ Leon: I don’t know, man…I saw it in a theatre. And I was the only person in that hall.

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      • December 2, 2010 at 12:39

        Oh, no – the empty hall was for Amol Palekar’s 2010 borefest “…And Once Again.”

        Some people were there for Antardwand – the actress who played the bride was there with her friends, and there were some people who walked in expecting a comedy of errors.

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  4. 9 Antigod
    December 3, 2010 at 12:23

    Belus is fucking brilliant.

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  5. 13 eclipse 2011
    December 3, 2010 at 13:00

    i like the fresh sound of “the riot peddlers”
    and of course “sau rupaiya” is fultoo dhamaal
    lookin forward to lots more fun music from them n hope they dont become a weekend band like you know which bands 😛
    go “riot peddlers”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. 14 eclipse 2011
    December 3, 2010 at 13:02

    i was very tempted to name those weekend bands but decided not to 😛 i guess everybody knows 😛 😛

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    • 15 Kur
      December 4, 2010 at 08:07

      It wouldn’t matter even if you did name them. They must be busy commuting from B69 to Blue Frog and back. Fags.

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      • 16 mumbo_jumbo
        December 4, 2010 at 11:58

        WRONG. they are ending the final leg of the mumbai tour at chitrakoot grounds tomo.

        b69 – blue frog – independence rock.

        what do you guys want……….scream for me mumbai!!!!!!

        mumbai: bands that havent already played half a dozen times this year

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  7. 17 shrooteez
    December 4, 2010 at 12:10

    soem other worthy films this year..
    udaan being one of them.

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  8. 19 navin
    December 5, 2010 at 14:29

    have u heard “Écailles de lune” by Alcest

    this is my choice of album of the year.

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  9. 25 navin
    December 5, 2010 at 15:28

    Priyanka Chopra is one of my favourites too…but my woman is Vidya Balan..lol

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  10. 30 Sid
    December 5, 2010 at 17:23

    Urban Tadka rules man. So true. I wonder if they still have the Murgh Ambarasia – it used to be great! Damn, I am getting hungry just thinking about it!

    Like

  11. February 11, 2011 at 11:17

    great post! keep it on!

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