(If you have
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this section about the individual songs)
To capture the various glimpses of the loop
of ambition, achievement, deprivation,
self-realization and finally enrichment, we narrate our story of Jibon
Britto through the eyes of Indra.
As the story reveals itself, Indra's goal in life was to seek out
success for himself, and like many of us Indra perceived success as
achieving material goals in life. Money, fame and status were Indra's
yardsticks for success and he was determined to seek this success out
for himself come hell or high water.
As Indra's life progresses his desire for material goals eventually
makes him lose his friends and family, his greed reduces him to a
money-earning machine and he lives a soul-less existence. He has
everything money can buy; yet he has nothing his spirit can consume.
Eventually, this void edges Indra towards self-analysis and
introspection that triggers him to seek out spiritual enrichment of
the soul. Hence once again bringing him to the start of the cycle of
Jibon Britto as a seeker in Life.
Here is Indra's story through our songs:
Track 1 - Achena Chobi: Young and immature,
Indra is attending the fresher's day (freshman's day) at college, and
on this day he decides to propose his love to his latest crush. This
track portrays the unknown yet beautiful pictures of his youth, and
the prospect of "living a dream". His thoughts are consistently
mesmerized by regular flights of fancies, wherein he resides in a
dream world with his newfound love and the dream world love-story ends
with a "Happily Ever After".
But yet, happiness is just but a dream. Little does Indra realise that
happiness and sadness are but fleeting flavours of youth. As happiness
blossoms in his life, sadness also comes with an "Ever After".
Track 2 - Dhnowa: In this track the persistence
and unveiling sadness in Indra's life is portrayed through his
acquaintance with the underground life and the feeling of "high" in
the ethereal world of drugs. Psychedlia and hysteria are his
Track 3 - Rajpoth: Love and drugs, the
unrealistic soul mates of his college life, however, quickly abandon
Indra when its time for taking decisions.
As he comes to the end of his college life Indra has to choose amongst
the different options available, he has to choose the correct path
that will lead him to his Elysian Fields. Ambition runs wild in him,
choices and sacrifices are plenty. The decisions he takes at this
crossroad of life will drive him towards his perceived 'success' or
'failure'. Uncertainty grapples him and struggle is the only way
Track 4 - Asusthota: After a lot of struggle
Indra is able to start his career as a rookie in his "dream company",
but this unfortunately is not the end. This is the beginning of
another struggle where he must impress his employers and must succeed.
But what's this??? He hadn't imagined the corporate world to be such a
ruthless arena where everyone vies for everyone else's blood! What
must Indra do??? To survive, he must follow suit, he too must become
ruthless and annihilate his competition. Everything is but a process
around him and he must become a MACHINE to succeed. He starts admiring
this entire machinary of the corporate world and prides his
association with it.
Track 5 - Nirbikaar: Then suddenly
self-realization hits in a subtle, yet hard way. While driving to work
one day Indra sees a friend from his younger days walking on the road.
His friend hasn't made it 'big' like him and is just another clerk or
something in a small broken down office. Wouldn't it question Indra's
social status if he would stop the car and talk to this person? And
after all, Indra considers himself to be successful and superior than
his friend in all respects, so why bother?
But just then in a moment of tenderness, Indra recalls his childhood
days that he had spent with his friend and how much fun they had had -
pure, unadulterated and innocent fun. How Indra wished he could do all
that once again, how he wished that he was not chained to words like
"targets", "goals" and "margins". But the moment comes to an end, and
as the car zooms on the momentary conflicts in his thoughts also pass
Track 6 - Torpedo: However his mind scours for
negatives constantly. Just like his office, the newspapers too don't
look good to Indra. What's this talk everywhere about terrorists and
extremism? He thinks. Is terrorism a result of this capitalist
environment, or is it a facilitator to it? The Marxist groups back
from Indra's college days would always speak about revolution. Is this
it? Or are the capitalist corporates like him who are gifting the
world a new meaning of fascism?
Amidst the cacophony of all these questions Indra realises that
actions define reality, and perception of reality defines revolution,
and that's why both capitalists and extremists consider themselves
revolutionaries. And all revolutions make ammunition cheap and life
Track 7 - Songshodhon: Indra suffers sleepless
nights, "what's the point?", he thinks, "What after that?" he
questions himself. He realizes his wholesome futility in existence.
Till now it was all about being successful, earning money, "living
life large", but then...., then what? What does this lead to?
He now realizes that his chosen path leads nowhere and also realizes
his futileness of ambition and the selfishness of his purpose. This
introspection triggers him to search the real purpose of Life, and he
has an urge to make corrections.
Track 8 - Sandhan: Seeking respite from the
demons around him, Indra tries to find the reason behind the strange
state of his life, a life full of boundaries, protocols and
sacrifices; a life programmed for earning and measuring success
through money, fame and success. He tries to break this system and
explore meaning, explore purpose, and to justify his existence. But
the puzzle of Life is not so simple and understandably so, Indra's
search yields nothing.
Track 9 - Ashash: Even though his search
yielded nothing to him at the beginning, after further introspection
it has now slowly unveiled to Indra that the system of life and the
system of society require a loop to move forward. A loop in which
everyone must get in, but never seem to get out of. But even though he
cannot get out of this loop, he can still survive with hope. Hope in
realizing that he serves a greater good, a greater purpose and a
greater meaning than a miniscule selfish existence for monetary
success. This realisation of existence of iterations and of recurring
patterns makes Indra wiser towards his purpose, and gives him reason
to continue with his quest for the meaning of Life.
Track 10 - Fragrance: Once Indra realises the
nature of the Loop of Existence, and the role that he has to play in
it, Indra becomes enriched as a human being and is welcomed with a
refreshing change in his outlook towards Life. Just as a new day dawns
after a long, cold and lonely night, Indra awakens from his deep
slumber to tell himself and the countless others like him the
futileness of selfishness and the misconceived purpose of material
success. Indra's life once again brims with reason, and he is full
with the quest for purpose. And as he embarks on this new quest, one
cycle of life completes itself and he starts all over again as a
seeker in Life.
This is our story of Jibon Britto.
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