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Why I am hopeful about NFTs

Why I am excited about NFTs : A small thread(Lot of flex ahead)

About a decade ago I started recording my poetry and mixing it with music. I had some success and was semi famous for a short while.I raked up about a 1M views on Youtube and many more unofficially on other platforms

Honors for nostalgia ode to college life poem
Youtube screenshot of stats for my most famous poetry
Honors for Madhur chadha youtube channel on poetry
Youtube screenshot for my channel stats

I went upto 10K subs on youtube, 5K fans on facebook, and was consistently getting traction on my poetry website. One of my poem was also amongst top viewed videos on youtube for the day /week in India. My work was also shared by a few famous people from TV and Media

So I should have made some money right?. I did try. I became a YT partner, I tried spotify, I tried selling on bandcamp, and even tried sponsored posts on website. My work was also available on amazon music, itunes and what not.

I made a few 100$ from youtube, sold 2 copies on bandcamp, a few itune sales, and listens on spotify that were too small to justify yearly costs of 15$. I made enough money to afford a cup of coffee—once a month ūüôā

Youtube Lifetime earnings

It was not that I had no backers. But in that old world , every backer was the same. They could buy my music on itunes, or listen on spotify, or share on facebook. But there were no clear ways of “owning it” easily. Especially if they were not in India.

NFTs bring not only a method, but also a culture of trying to OWN the art you like in a borderless fashion. I would have absolutely tried NFTs at that time and would have needed one influential backer to make a decent payout. And that backer could have been anywhere in the world.

And this is what excites me about artists of today and tomorrow. You no longer need a very large audience or need to get “discovered”. You need a small set without having to worry about so many logistics. We had patreon, and substack, NFTs are just the next level.

Yes there are flaws, but I am absolutely bullish on the tech and rooting for its success.

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Okay

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An acknowledgement .

Ohk.

A conversation ender

Ok

A troll plug.

okkkk

a question.

Okay

It’s going to be alright

Okay?


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Poetry on last day of college

Recently a few students of Aligarh Muslim university approached me to record a poetry for their seniors to be played on the last day of their college . This poetry was a gift from the current batch to passing away batch on their farewell.

I loved the gesture and am happy to have been able to contribute

Poem composed by: Dr. Aftab &  Abid Nadeem Nomani , shatir

This poetry style was inspired by my older poem : Nostalgia ode to college life and friends

Nostalgia ..The Complete Orignal Poem(Hindi) full text

 Haye    ye   kaisi  ghari  aa   gai hai
Musibat   ye kaisi bari aa gai  hai
Dil ye karta hai, aansoo bahata rahoon
Khud bhi rota rahoon, aur rulata rahoon
Kitne haseen pal the, jab yaha aaye the
Nadan wa be aqal the, jab yaha aaye the
Ghar se door  aaye to bara darr lagta tha
Kaise kat payega  mushkil  safar lagta tha
Kabhi humko batate the ye kaam galat hai
Baron se oonchi hai awaz ye baat galat hai
Kabhi dantna aur do batein sunana
Fir agle hi pal aakar seene se lagana
Wo bhi kya din the jab senior se darte the
Darr ke mare classon me raha karte the
Magar wahi bare jo paraye lagte the
Hame har waqt nazron me bithaye rakhte the
Unki judai se ye aankh bharr aai hai
Kalam kaanp raha,awaz bhi bharrai hai
Unka wo chhoti si baat par humse rooth jana
Aur fir kamron me aakar khud  hame manana
Wo baat baat me hame bura bhala kahna
Magar tahzeeb ki batein bhi bar mala kahna
Kuch bhi ho ,tumse  bahut kuch seekha humne
Tumse jeene ka saleeqa seekha humne
Tumse har mor par wafa hi wafa payi hai
Chot pahunchi jo hame aankh teri bhar aaihai
Jab kabhi guzri hui baton ko yaad karta hon
Tum se har aan mulaqat ki faryad karta hoon
Kya tum hame tanha chhor jaoge
Kya tum kabhi laut kar nahi aaoge
Hum jo thokren khayen to sambhaloge nahi
Kya hame  ab andhero se nikaloge nahi
Kya mere dilko tadapte huye dekhoge
Kya meri aankh baraste huye dekhoge
Bahut si baten aisi jo keh nahi sakte
Magar kahe bina bhi rah nahi sakte
Hazaar  shikayaten hon  sub maaf kar dena
Tumhare bhai bahen hain maaf kar dena
Zara dekho in ankhon ko kaise roye jati hain
Jo inme noor thaw o noor bhi ye khoye jati hain
Tumhare baad ab is dard par marham nahi hoga
Hamari zindagi me pyar ka mausam nahi hoga
Kaun lafzon ki jadoogari sikhayega
Kaun likhna padhna hame sikhayega
Fail hone par kaun hame himmat dilayega
Kaun naqal karne ke tareeke batayega
Tum na hoge to dharne pe kaun baithega
Administration ki galtiyon pe kaun bhadkega
Tum se seekha hai mohabbat me inkar na karna
Tum pyar to karna magar izhar na karna
Tumse seekha hai ustad ki izzat kya hai
Tumse jaana hai ki sachi mohabbat kya hai
Tum chale jaoge to hamara ladakpan bhi jayega
Jawani bhi jayegi, hamara bachpan bhi jayega
Bahut yaad ayega guzra zamana
Marhaba ki pastries  wo bobby’s ka khana
Wo munna  wo jeetu  wo rabbani ki chaye
Wo mamoo ki biryani wo momos fry
Tum hi  the sabhi kuch tumhi ja rahe ho
Ye kiske  hawale kiye ja rahe ho
Hame rulake tumhe bhi sukoon na ayega
  S.S  hall aur shame I.G  na  bhool  payega
Hamare saath  ameer nishan ki yaad ayegi
Fir uske baad raton ki neend jayegi
Abhi bhi yaad hai bina sherwani dining jana
Aur har lukme ke sung tumhari daant bhi khana
Hawai chappalon ke sung murga bana diya tumne
Ajeeb hunar tha murge se anda dila diya tumne
Zindagi meri adhoori hai adhoori na rahe
Tum jahan bhi raho bus dil me doori na rahe
Dard me hain suhaib aur gham me zafeer
Aankh me aftab ki hai yadon  ka  dher
Kahin aisa naho waqt ki andhi me kho jao
Fir uske baad humse milne na aa pao
Zindagi me milne ki faryad karte rahna
Mil na paye to shatir ko yaad karte rahna
Aftab hai mera nam aur ye tha mere seniors k lye ek chota sa paigam


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One Million Magi- English Poem

Let me start this post by apologising to Subho for not posting this beautiful poetry of his earlier(It’s been a year ). I had tried recording it at a few instances earlier but failed, the poem is too powerful for me to do full justice and I was not happy with my initial trials, even though this one may not be as excellent as it should be, I hope it atleast does not do injustice to the poem .
Here you go: One Million Magi


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it hit me

Whenever I woke up..
I started walking
and then
It came from no where..Hit me..and Hit me
and then,
I woke up again
but again it hit me
it came from the sides i always expected
then again I woke up
it hit me
from the places i thought I already saw
then again i woke up and it hit me
from places I never knew existed
now when I wake up..
I am not sure..should i?


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Invincible Invincible Invincible, I am,

Invincible Invincible Invincible, I am,

Immortal Immortal Immortal,I am,

No death, no war, no sorrow, no pain,

all that is bad, all that is wrong,

Happens to other people.

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When the umbrella is gone

And so it poured ,

Like heavens had given up,

Like it was the end.

 

The thunder was deafening,

like it wanted to say something,

or prevent something being said.

 

There was a time I loved the rain,

I danced , I jumped and thumped my chest

But now

I walked slowly,

Clutching the last hope,

Maybe I am drowning.

 

Maybe , Maybe is the wrong word,

because I know exactly,

The rain hurts when the umbrella is gone.

 

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Does it matter?

How long you live

How well you live

does it matter?

 

How hard you try

How bad you fail

does it matter?

 

How high you go

How nice it feels

does it matter?

 

How hard you fought

How fair you were

does it matter?

 

The choices you make

You think you brood

does it matter?

 

There is a small box

or a pyre waiting for you

the nothingness

but

does it matter?

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Poet Lemon Andersen

Found another poet par excellence, when he recites he not only gives poem a musical touch  but also involves his whole body in the process.

His motto is pretty similar to mine, I want to bring poetry to everyone , he wants to make people who hate poetry to love him.

If people love him ,they by extension will love his work which is poetry. Liked this thought….

here is a Ted talk by him..

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Top 5 lyrical songs on youtube -English

Recently I shared a list of some of the best poets and poetry performances available on youtube.Music and poetry are not very separate from each other so it would be apt to follow it with some of the best lyrical and beautiful songs (My ratings). These songs have a meaning and a mesmerizing quality that makes them linger in your head for a very long time
So here is a list of some of my favorite songs, yes there are many more which I will share later.

PS:All english songs in this edition

TOP SONGS on Youtube

 

5: Goodbye my lover:

Agreed it is a heart breaking song but man, is it beautiful? .The best way to enjoy is to listen to the live version.Live versions tend to me more soulful and heart touching. James blunt sings accompanied only with a piano and that leads it a sense of simplicity. Beautiful lyrics and beautiful music

And I still hold your hand in mine.
In mine when I’m asleep.
And I will bare my soul in time,
When I’m kneeling at your feet.
Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln8Sj_BDUrs]

4: Fix You:Coldplay

I should not be saying much about this song, it just grows on you.Just listen to not just the music but the lyrics,

first para:I suggest you give it a full listen

When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI-o25K6B-E]

 

3:Say what you need to say

I think the title of this  song by John Mayers explains everything.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSS0wtjrm1U]

2:Nightingale by Norah Jones

Norah jones possibly has one of the most soothing voices present..
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu_EJAM8N98]

1:Fireflies by Owl City

If I were given an option to wish “I wish that this song was composed by me”, I would select this song without a thought.It is so amazing, its talks about the natural inquisitiveness of a child mixed with a little nerdiness ,a perfect combination. I cannot tell you how much I Love this song, it has been my number 1 for ages
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuRGfAaju4]

Do you have more songs to recommend? Let me know

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