Gaana Aaye Ya Na Aaye: Humans of Karaoke Nights

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Gaana Aaye Ya Na Aaye: Humans of Karaoke Nights

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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he first time I sang on a mic was a decade ago. Before that day, the only reactions my singing evoked were, “Kitna besura gaate ho, beta” and “We should start seeing other people.” So when the emcee at Calangute’s Shamrock karaoke Bar called out my name to sing Billy Joel’s “Honesty”, three-drink-down me had tepid expectations.

But to my surprise, the next 3 minutes and 52 seconds saw the patrons of Shamrock woot, applaud, and cheer me on for every out-of-tune verse I crooned. My walk back to the table included high-fives and fist bumps with drunk uncles. Since that night, the sheer underserved validation of karaoke nights have gotten me through many a low point in my life.

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