My Top 10 Best Rock Frontman

1. Mick Jagger
A natural front man, always moving, always teasing the audience, dancing, vibrating speech, and of course the impeccable charisma. Credits must be given to him for the Rolling Stones stardom. Okay he has none of that sort of incredible voice but have you ever read bad reviews about Rolling Stone’s concerts? His voice was getting better since 70’s but his stage presence is so awesome and entertaining even up to his late 60’s (The Bigger Bang Tour 06-08 is the most successful tour, notice that Mick Jagger in 2008 is 66 years old!).

2. Jim Morrison
Unfortunately he deceased a long way before I was born. But by only watching the Doors videos it is enough to impress me for he was one of the greatest front man the rock’n roll music ever has. The absurd lyric and dark music courtesy of The Doors, he can turn it into a wonderful live experience for all the people coming to their concerts.

3. Bruce Springsteen
The Grand Voice of America. With a strong and passionate voice, energetic appearance, running left and right the stage, commanding the band with his trademark “One Two Three Four!!” powering riffs on his guitar and in,credible stamina I can understand how every concerts of Bruce Springsteen and E-Street Band can last more than 4 hours before the very thrilled and enthusiastic audience. Hey, even I’m not an American I can feel the magic of ‘Born in the USA’.

4. W. Axl Rose
Love him or hate him, the world divided into two categories when talking about William Bailey or W.Axl Rose. Albeit that, he is perhaps the greatest Hard Rock frontman ever.

5. Freddie Mercury
What else should I say about this God? His perfect deliverance actually was enough to convince the audience that the saw a worth-money-spending concert, so I may say if he was just standing still during a concert the Queen live experience would be still wonderful because of his voice.

6. Robert Plant
Who the rock fans do not know the always half-bare-chest singer with blue jeans and vest, and also big black belts that can thundering the earth for more than 3 hours. Standing with full of confidence in the center of the stage like a British Noble and delivering the mega vocal deliverance in front of tens of thousands of thrilling Zeppelin fans, he is the one and only Robert Plant. He is also keen to tells a story before the songs he was about to sing.

7. Chris Martin
Maybe not one of the greatest vocalist, but his enthusiasm , charming, and communicating skill with the audience IMO are the key words to deliver Coldplay songs into new dimension on concert. Ballad, Rock, Anthemic, any type of songs you can see that the audience love those songs and sing together. Of course we can’t forget their songwriting skills anyway.

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9. Steven Tyler
He is like a wild dog on stage. Screaming, jumping, duck-walking, dancing, push-up, ‘flying’, hugging, lying on stage, anything he wants. And the crowds love it. His microphone with some colorful scarfs on it is also his trademark. He made Aerosmith music so interesting even if they are simply rock’n roll songs. What would be Aerosmith without Steven Tyler.

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(Note : I also wanted to add Angus Young and Slash into my best frontman because of their charisma, lovely charming, and interesting gesture. In concerts you can’t get your eyes off of those guys. However I limit my list for only lead vocalists.)

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Our President Comes to India as the Guest Honour for Indian Republic’s Day Ceremony

A nice news about an honoured Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of Indonesia was about to come to India as the Guest Honour for 26th January 2011’s Indian Republic Day Ceremony. As it was coincident with my timing in India, so the hype of that news sweetly decorated most of Indian newspapers and portal news. Of course as an Indonesian staying in India, I felt proud about it. Unfortunately because of TCS ACE Global Village in Chennai in the same day incidentally, I couldn’t fly to Delhi to have a gathering with Indonesian communities there.

Every 26th January annually, India always invite one of the country’s leader with whom Indian want to improve a special bilateral relationship. Last year, 2010, the space was designed for South Korea’s President . And this year, the guest honour is allocated to our leader. It is special for the first Republican Day Ceremony at 1951 that was our first President that became the first ever Guest Honour. So let me say it is a bit sort of replaying the history.

As the 3rd biggest India’s economic partner in Asia, there should be more expected from the relatively warm bilateral relationship of India – Indonesia. The gel characterised by a long histories of Indian ancient visiting to Indonesia to sow Hinduism and Buddhism religions, trading between both countries at the colonial era, etc. In term of religionship both countries also have mutual aspect, India is the biggest country with Hindu population and Indonesia is the biggest country with Muslim population.

And the signs are clear, our President not only come for the ceremony but also to check the bilateral Agreement that was signed 5 years ago in 2005 and also to see the agreement execution on areas like trading and transportation. I will look forward for the result of economic partnership between the 2nd fastest (India) and the 3rd fastest economic growth countries in Asia for two years in a row.

Poori, My Most Favorite Indian Snack

If you ask an Indian what is one of the main dishes for breakfast in their incredible country?
The answer is Poori

Comes from the South Indian are, I believe it was slowly but sure become one of the Indian’s trademark cuisine. I can’t believe how they make it. This food, along with biriyani and Thali is very popular with foreigners and tourists. Many of us like it, as you can read at some of the reviews in some traveling journals or websites like Lonely Planet. I once saw the seller mixing the ingredients to become a small-medium size dough, and then it turned to become a pressed ball after entering the hot oil in the pan. It was only 10 seconds and then he raise them up, and finally..ready to eat. Hmm, I wonder if I could make business by cooking this thing, perhaps it will fail :D. I never try tough, maybe after coming back to my home country

I really love this Indian food. It is very simple yet delicious. The form is rather unique, a typical 10cm diameter, like a pressed ball with a huge space in the middle, and has a thin coverage. But the taste is awesome, eating it with potato curry and I don’t know why but I always forgive myself for forgetting the time when eating a lot of poories at one shot. Indian people usually eat around 2 or 4 pieces for their breakfast, but I can make the seller smiling by spending a lot of money for 8 pieces of Poori or more. Perhaps it is because the size of my stomach that requires a lot :-), but I give the credits to the amazingly pleasant-taste of this Indian snack.

Yeah, it is everyday I always enjoy Poori in the morning. Whether in the snack stalls on the street, the snack shop, or in the South Indian restaurant. And personally because of my fond of Poori, I can have a quite strange but nice relationship with most of the snack sellers in Bhubaneswar streets (strange because we exactly never exchanging words – language difference :-)), because they can usually recognize an alien who usually buy a lot of Poori at one visit.

This snack is become one of my reason why I can survive so long in this land of India 😀
Sure I will miss this thing badly after leaving India..