Thank you. If you appreciate the tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing more.
United States of America
If America is a melting pot, then to me India is a thali — a collection of sumptuous dishes in different bowls. Each may not mix with the next, but they combine on your palate to produce a satisfying repast.
Did you know?
American comedian Bill Cosby, now more famous for his cases of sexual assault, used to sedate his victims using a drug called quaalude. Quaalude is a brand name for Methaqualone, a hypnotic sedative first synthesised in India in 1951 by Indra Kishore Kacker and Syed Husain Zaheer, who were conducting research on finding new antimalarial medications. It became popular as a recreational drug in the late 60s and 70s, known variously as "ludes", "sopers" ("soaps") "mandrakes", "mandies", "disco biscuits", etc. It is now banned.
The seat of Delaware county in the state of New York, USA, is the town of Delhi. It is named after India's capital city as its founder, an Ebenezer Foote, was nicknamed, "The Great Mogul". Delhi, NY is pronounced "Del-hy" and is also home to a State University of New York or SUNY Delhi.
When the first edition of the American poet, Walt Whitman’s, Leaves of Grass was published in 1855, Ralph Waldo Emerson commented that it read like “a mixture of the Bhagavat Ghita [sic] and the New York Herald”.
In 1965, an American combined a black American Shorthairs with a sable Burmese to create a new breed of cat which she named Bombay. Bombays are sleek and muscular with shiny midnight-black coats.
Mind your Language, the British TV series was remade in the US as What a Country! in which the Pakistani character, Ali Nadeem, was played by Vijay Amritraj.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's nickname in the American media was "the giggling guru". He was given this epithet after he was seen giggling frequently on the Johnny Carson Show in 1969.
On Aug 15, 1947, one Indian Rupee was equal to one US dollar as it was linked to the British Pound. It fell to 4.79 in 1966 and prior to the 1991 liberalisation, it stood at 17.90 to the dollar.
The capital of the state of Oregon is named Salem. All in all, there are at least 25 Salems in the US.