Blogwatch: drksongs

To become an internet phenomenon like Justin Bieber, you have to be, um, well, Justin Bieber. Cute, fifteen and a voice that has an intoxicating effect on teenaged ‘beliebers‘.

But you can be an internet phenomenon without being Justin Bieber. You can be like Susan Boyle or Kevin Skinner, but you’ll need a {insert country here}’s Got Talent audition, a hostile audience that then melts under your golden voice. Or you can be Dr. K Chaudhry, of Paschim Vihar, Delhi.

I wonder whether somebody’s YouTube channel counts as a blog, but on second thoughts, it does. It has content that’s regularly refreshed, has a single place on the web to go to, and has all the tags and labels that make finsing it easy. So Dr Chaudhry’s YouTube channel counts.

With 1420 videos uploaded and 391,139 views, it is perhaps not the most popular YouTube channel surely. But its predecessor (not live anymore) – drkchaudhry – had 1400 videos, 1700 subscribers, 2.2 million views generated in 18 months. The popularity has actually helped him commercialize his venture, you can now download his songs for a price at http://ussupermall.net/songbook/. And those who have heard him, will testify that the price (25 cents per download) is a small one to pay for the hours of fun you’ll have.

So why is he popular? He doesn’t just sing 70’s Bollywood songs. He is famous for his cover versions of Michael Jackson, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, rendered both in English (without music) and Hindi (translated by himself). His ‘peeto, peeto, thok ke peeto’ cover of MJ’s ‘Beat It’ was once YouTube’s raging sensation. He doesn’t have a golden voice. He records his songs at home and uploads them on YouTube.

But he has fun. And so would you.

And certainly, he is an inspiration for what you should be doing after retirement.

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What am I? A body and brain, products of carbon concatenation chemistry, an intelligence and conscience to enable bits of DNA evolve. Maybe a pharaoh, maybe a dung-beetle, never more than a safe conduit for some genes.
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