TS Elliot – The Hollow Men. LitDiscourse – Verses Inked

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TS Elliot – The Hollow Men. LitDiscourse – Verses Inked

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In the times of Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of the Nobel Literature Prize in 2017, we at Verses Inked are still talking about Elliot – winner of the award in 1948, for his distinguished and among all, ‘pioneering’ contribution to the field of literature.

You could not but be preoccupied with poetry at Verses Inked.September 28th is observed as National Poetry day in the United Kingdom and Ireland. September 26th is the birth anniversary of T.S.Elliot, preceded by a day each by the birthdays of William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald. An overdose of poetry and literature. The kind of stuff that gets us exited at Verses Inked.

April, however is the cruelest month, as Elliot says in the opening lines of his much revered – The Waste Land. April as a matter of fact and co-incidence is also celebrated as the National Poetry month by the Academy of American poets.

Now to a day of business at Verses Inked. About the Verses Inked way of going about an affair. More than making the best of a given situation. Its about talking what you want to talk about. Its about sharing an experience. It is how you distinguish an occasion. It is about keeping a tradition going.

TS Elliot – The Hollow men – LitDiscourse -Verses Inked.

 

“this is the way the world ends,

this is the way the world ends,

this is the way the world ends,

Not with a bang, but with a whimper.”

 

The famous concluding stanza from the poem, the hollow men, a poem identified the social and political tensions in Europe post world war I. An in-between phase for the author in many ways.   The above quoted stanza, arguably is the most quoted lines in 20th century poetry. Yet to speak of beginnings. The poem commences upon its course with the following lines.

 

Mistah Kurtz he dead

A penny for the old guy.

 

Two seemingly harmless references before the verse is delivered and a TS Elliot masterclass is set upon its destined projectile.

Mistah Kurtz is a key character in Joseph Conrad’s Novella – The Heart of Darkness. The persona in chief who in the shadow of the vile capitalist forces renders relevance to the title.

The next line – ‘A penny for the old guy’, is cry from British kids for donations to buy fireworks on Guy Fawkes day, to commemorate the failure of the gun powder plot.

In fact the mention of 2 monumentally shadowed characters to commence on a barrage of the most extra-ordinary verse, which makes TS Elliot one among the masters of modernism.

Even as the poem commences, the modernist poet right away is hard put to task, drawing heavily from formalism and Imagism. Rhythmic, precise, intricately structured, heart wrenching, lyrical, drawing vivid imagery and that should be it. A true student of the art as the modernist poet is, there are several references to Dante, to be followed by a hint of a mention of Shakespeare’s Brutus, and a reference to the Lord’s Prayer in the lines, ‘For thine is the kingdom.

As a body of work, the poem in its entirety is of 98 lines. Far too much of literature for poetry to be exhaustive about and not sound academic. More-so when the entire compilation of the verse is quote worthy, at every drop of a punctuation. Death has an a predominant influence on the subject matter. Death qualifies as a kingdom, described with the adjectives – dream, twilight and other. The theme of the poem, which elevates as the common factor in the various segments of the poem, is a sense of incompleteness, complimented with futile excesses and rank obscenities. Yet all so exquisite poetry to sound, as only was possible in the early half of the 20th century. The poet draws brilliant, vivid images in quick succession through out the entire expanse of the written verse.

The entire verse is laid out in the following segment for the benefit of the reader. Plain and simple poetry – As and how we have had known it. This is how after all – The World Ends . In a Whimper. The state of poetry..rests its case.

 

 

The Hollow Men

Mistah Kurtz-he dead
A penny for the Old Guy

I

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us-if at all-not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

II

Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death’s dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind’s singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.

Let me be no nearer
In death’s dream kingdom
Let me also wear
Such deliberate disguises
Rat’s coat, crowskin, crossed staves
In a field
Behaving as the wind behaves
No nearer-

Not that final meeting
In the twilight kingdom

III

This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man’s hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star.

Is it like this
In death’s other kingdom
Waking alone
At the hour when we are
Trembling with tenderness
Lips that would kiss
Form prayers to broken stone.

IV

The eyes are not here
There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars
In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms

In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river

Sightless, unless
The eyes reappear
As the perpetual star
Multifoliate rose
Of death’s twilight kingdom
The hope only
Of empty men.

V

Here we go round the prickly pear
Prickly pear prickly pear
Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o’clock in the morning.

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

 

If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda

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‘Bout the bard-

Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, born July 12th, year 1904,
deceased on September 23rd, 1973. The man who first adopted the name for the sake of the page, and then assumed it with all legal formalities.  The man known as Pablo Neruda. The winner of the Noble Prize for Literature in the year 1971.

As a poet alone, he played many parts. From being a child prodigy at ten, popular as Pablo Neruda,  while still in his teens, a dirty lover to many, a chronicler of historic epics, a capable communist and a prosaic self portraitist, among others. The words of the bard however, ofttimes came down in green ink, which was his characteristic representation of longing and promise.

The year 1948 saw the then Chilean president Gabriel González Videla, abolish communism in the country. Neruda, who was then a member of the senate on behalf of the Chilean Communist Party, had an arrest warrant issued in his name. A period…

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Tom Morello -CharacterPress – Verses Inked

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Tom Morello’s TimeLine – Memories of Chris Cornell and Prophets of Rage Debut Song

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SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Cornell and Tom Morello perform together for the “15 Now” Benefit Show at El Corazn on September 26, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/FilmMagic)

BuzzWord will be a segment where we get nosy about our favorite artist’s social life. Truly touched by the emotional out-pour by Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, on the death of his AudioSlave band mate, Chris Cornell. Verses Inked pays homage to the friendship, the association and its contribution to the world.

Tom Morello, with multiple genre bending musical acts, a bagful of guitar tricks, and a few famed guitars can afford to have a busy timeline. Yet Morello sure is a man of measured notes. In one ridiculous video he chucks his soul power, customized fender stratocaster, only for a crew member to delightfully catch it for safekeeping. The post accompanied by some honest words of wisdom regarding love and relationships.

“ If you love someone set them free. If they come back, they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. ” -Thus spake the artist about his own gimmick.

Video URL: [ https://www.facebook.com/TomMorello/videos/10155428540359273/ ]

Otherwise there are numerous socio-political causes which Morello supports. With having his views on the future of rock and humanity published in LA Weekly, to contributing content for Chelsea Manning Benefit Compilation. An initiative by a number of luminaries among whom are Thurston Moore, Graham Nash, Against Me! And others including, yours’ truly Tom Morello.

Also on Morello’s timeline you will find appreciation for Canadian author, journalist and social activist, Naomi Klein’s new publication, No is Not Enough – Resisting Trump’s shock politics and winning the world we need. “ Essential reading for resistance ! – Tom Morello says in his post on Facebook.

Then there are the basic promotional post for the release of the debut song, unf**k the world, from the latest super-group that Morello is part of, Prophets of Rage, inspired by the Public Enemy song of the same name from the album- It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back. The band constitutes of Morello on guitar, Tim Commerford on backing vocals and bass, and Brad Wilk on drums. All three have been previously together in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. The remaining members of this galactic gathering consists of Hip-Hop artist Chuck-D and DJ Lord from Public Enemy and rapper B-Real from the band Cypress Hill.

From early impressions the song is heavy on hip-hop backed by funk rock, thrash metal RHTM influence. Morello is simply sublime with his notework and chords which climaxes to a solo of some reckoning. With the facility of of an in house DJ, and Morello’s affection for pedals and processors, you could be assured of a lot of effects and texture to the sound. The video of the song hovers on the lines of pop angst. With multiple clips of meat processing, pharmaceutics, infantries, the here and now Republican America and the band tearing the stage apart in their 2016 Make America Rage Again tour.

 

Tom Morello – In Memory of Chris Cornell:

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Most of Morello’s recent timeline is all in memories of Chris Cornell. There are a number of posts to pick from. Foremost among which is a poem composed by Morello for Cornell.

 

You’re a prince, you’re a snare, you’re a shadow

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re a sage, you’re a wound shared, you’re masked

You’re a pillar of smoke, you’re a platinum heart

You’re a brush fire, you’re caged, you’re free

You’re vision pierces, you do not see

You are pieces strewn on the hillside

You’re open armed, you’re armed, you’re true

You’re a revealer of visions, you’re the passenger, you’re a never fading scar

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re the secret veiled, you’re the secret revealed, you’re surrounded no more

You’re not there, now you’re always here

Youre a handsome groom, a loving father, a haunted stairwell

You’re the clear bell ringing, the mountains echo your song

Maybe no one has ever known you

You are twilight and star burn and shade

Among other mentions of the late singer by his bandmate include a quote of the lyrics written by Chris for the Audioslave number – Shadow of the Sun.

 “Shapes of every size
Move behind my eyes
Doors inside my head
Bolted from within
Every drop of flame
Lights a candle in
Memory of the one
Who lived inside my skin… I can tell you why the end will never come I can tell you I’m the shadow on the sun”. 
Chris Cornell, Shadow On The Sun   

– Tom Morello Facebook Post 28.5.17

 

A hearfelt au revoir:-

 Farewell, Sunshower. Goodbye, Shadow King. Until we meet again, sweet friend, break your rusty cage and run…

– Tom Morello Facebook Post 28.5.17

 

Some exclusive Seattle grunge scene trivia:

#ChrisCornell & #AndrewWood were good friends and roommates in Seattle. Chris sang for #Soundgarden, Andrew sang for #MotherLoveBone (who were signed to MCA by @goldie.momandpop). Andrew overdosed and died. Chris wrote songs for Andrew that became the #TempleOfTheDog album. Some of the guys from Mother Love Bone formed a new band briefly called Mookie Blaylock before they settled on a permanent name…#PearlJam. Some of those dudes, including their new singer #EddieVedder played/sang on Temple Of The Dog record. Pearl Jam needed a drummer so Eddie called his old pal, #bradwilk. Didn’t work out so Brad came home and helped form #RageAgainstTheMachine, who were then signed by @goldie.momandpop to Pearl Jam’s new label, Epic. Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and RATM all rocked the planet mightily (and we’re all produced and/or mixed by #BrendanObrien). Soundgarden & RATM broke up and dudes from those bands formed #Audioslave, who also rocked the planet (also produced by Brendan). Audioslave broke up but later Soundgarden, RATM, Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave all reunited at one point or another. Then Chris Cornell passed away and now he and his good friend Andrew Wood are roommates once again.

– Tom Morello Facebook Post – 28.5.17

 

And a best of Chris Cornell tribute anthology:

Here are some of my favorite Chris Cornell videos- from Soundgarden badassery, to epic Audioslave in Cuba, to acoustic duetting in a tiny Seattle night club.

Enjoy and keep Chris in your memory.

– Tom Morello Facebook Post – 23.5.17

 

May the power, rest in peace.

Verses Inked rests its space

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Source: Tom Morello Facebook Page

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Paranoiac Personality – Alice Cooper – Verses Inked- Lyrics & Review

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June 2017, We have Alice Cooper on the loop at Verses Inked.

June 9th saw the unveiling of the first single, Paranormal Personality, from the artist’s upcoming album – Paranormal. The album is due to be released July 28th on earMusic, to be made available as digital download, 2CD digital pack, limited 2CD box set and limited 7” white vinyl together with a bonus CD. All available for preorder with immediate effect

The new song was released on the on the same day on ‘Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC2 and ‘Late Nights with Alice Cooper, which is the artist’s own radio show. The album would be the first by the artist since his 2011 release, Welcome 2 My Nightmare – a sequel to the his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, released 1975.

Paranormal is produced by Bob Ezrin who is recognized for his collaborations with Alice Cooper, KISS Pink Floyd, Lou Reed and Deep Purple,among other heavyweights of the rocknroll industry. Ezrin has been associated with Alice Cooper since the days of ‘the Band’ , and played an instrumental part in shaping the sound of his solo carrier.

The new album features celebrity collaborators who include – Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top Guitarist; Larry Mullen, U2 drummer and Roger Glover, Deep Purple bassist. A surprise reunion of the original Alice Cooper band at a recording studio in Dallas in 2015 forms the content of the bonus CD.

Paranoiac Personality:

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The song in many ways is a return to the roots for the legend of Alice Cooper. In the early 70’s Vincent Damon Furnier adopted the stage name of Alice Cooper, which previously was the name of the band for which Furnier was the vocalist since 68. The change of name as Furnier himself admits was that one momentous decision which sky-rocketed his carrier.

Alice however, came not without his demons. The alcohol fueled stage theatrics which defined the blurred fringes of shock-rock and help establish the legacy of the man, also took its toll on him. Rehabilitation, sick beds and countless hospital visits later, come July 28th, Alice Cooper would be releasing his twenty-seventh studio album.

Alice Cooper was meant to be a character for the stage, but his influence wrecked the man almost to nihility. He still picked himself up, reclaimed his audience, and today stands before them – a personification of power. Now clean and conscious, yet still an embodiment of the demons, still a celebration for the world to partake from.

The song, Paranoiac Personality, presents itself as a homage composed by Furner, dedicated to the legacy of Alice Cooper. The culmination of the paranoia of the ages are gently laid down as lyrics of the song, which comes from a mind that is all too used to, to the disease. The verses speak of the dark sub-conscious, the feeling of strangulation, conspiracy and slander, while the choruses carried forward by the steady yet subtle bass-line, proceeded by the typical slowhand, high on drive, shock rock guitars and accomplished effortlessly by Alice Cooper’s immortal voice, sing of the stuff that fuel the paranoiac personality.

The promotional video, stays true to its shock rock theme, with Alice making an appearance with identical,mutually revolting conjoined heads.

Online Stream – Paranoiac Personality

Desk:  Pop Art and Roy Lichtenstein

Lyrics:

Everybody’s got something hiding in the back of their mind

Everybody’s got something up their sleeve

yeah

Everybody’s got tangled wires tied as they unwind

And all of them trying to strangle me

Yeah

I’m smelling a conspiracy,

Telling lies about me constantly

They follow me, I see them there, don’t they know that feeds my paranoiac personality

Everybody’s got vicious rumors dripping of their tongue

Everybody cant wait to see me run yeah

Everybody’s got loaded stories and I know for a fact

Everybody sees a bull’s eye on my back

I’m smelling a conspiracy,

Telling lies about me constantly

They stalking me, I see you there, don’t you know, that feeds my paranoiac personality

Im smelling a conspiracy,

Telling lies about me constantly

They point at me, they stop and stare, don’t they know they feed my paranoiac personality

My personoic paranality

Paranoiac personality

 

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Pop Art and Roy Lichtenstein

Pop Art looks out into the World. – Roy Lichtenstein

 Pop culture as a phenomenon is a product of the twentieth century west. It is a conglomeration of ideas, expressions and opinions that garnered enough public interest to be considered mainstream. Broadcast and publicity makes the phenomenon an integral part of common life. Muted down so could be heard, compromised so as to fit in, yet intricate, and exciting. In its finery to make a show out of life and how.

Pop art is here to stay, here to celebrate existence and meander away from the orthodox and assimilate the rebels into its ever swelling streams. Conceived by the west in the 1950’s, constructed from the essence of irony in the mundane necessities of life. Pop art presents itself to the audience as a celebration of the humdrum. Everyday objects like a tea cup or a refrigerator, peripheral sections of the newspaper like comic strips and advertisements create the reference image on which the artwork is elaborately based. The reproduction of the otherwise obscure imagery into something magnificent through the application of expert techniques, laced with generous overtones of irony. This is what makes Pop Art, the on your face, million dollar extravaganza that it is.

While other art movements from the 20th century like Dadaism, Expressionism and Surrealism, evolving from the aesthetics of cubism, impressionism and likes, now depended heavily on the contents of the artist’s soul, deriving from the elements of  the spontaneous sub-conscious, defeated conscious and meticulously dysphoric mind. Pop art, also a brainchild of the 20th century, in its modest ways begged to differ. Drawing life source from the forgettable, yet easily recognizable, everyday images in circulation. Comic strips and images from advertisement columns are of paramount importance in this regard.

In their selection of a materialistic medium as inspiration, pop art may have pursued the footprints of dadaism,a movement which preceded pop movement by a few years. Yet in its influence to the mass media, pop art surely went the longer distance.

Pop art like Abstract Expressionism was conceived on the bedrock of the post world war II civilization. Abstract Expressionism on its part drew from the psychological emptiness that was still prevalent among the population, while Pop art drank from the spring of industrial and commercial boom.

Thus pop art induces a rather interactive ambiance among a more varied audience compared to the other mentioned art movements which may attract the attention of few of the industry fanatics. Among other critical commentary on Pop art, it is often stated that the intentions of the artist is to strategically promote the cause of capitalism.

The ideals of Pop art may have surged across the common consciousness of different cultures at different points of time. Yet today what we speak of as Pop art is with respect to the American context.

Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann, Claes Oldenburg among others are the American pop art masters.

Roy Lichtenstein and Pop Art:

 

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Roy Lichtenstein (Image:tate.org)

“ Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself. ” as quotes Lichtenstein.

Roy Lichtenstein was a creator of million dollar enterprises. His 1963 artwork, ‘Torpedo Los’, in the year 1989 fetched a modest $5.5 millions at an auction in Christie’s. A personal record for the artist in the time. The piece which now could be considered a pop classic was sourced from an image from DC comics, with necessary meaningful alteration made by the artist. From 2010 on wards, paintings of Lichtenstein have constantly crossed the $40 million mark, with pieces like – ‘Ohhh Alright’, ‘I Can See the Whole Room…and There’s Nobody in it!‘, ‘Sleeping Girl’ and ‘Women with Flowered Hat’ . In 2015 with the sale of, ‘Nurse’ to an anonymous buyer at an auction at Christie’s, for an astonishing $95.4 millions, the artist broke his previous record set by, Women with ‘Flowered Hat’ which sold in 2013 for $56.1 millions. All painstaking creations of pop art.

From among the author’s body of work, special mention must be made of:  ‘ Whaam’ – 1963 Tate Modern Art, London; ‘ Downing Girl ’ – 1963, Museum of Modern Art, New York; ‘Look Mickey ‘ – 1961, National Gallery of Arts, Washington DC. Pieces which paved the way for the artist’s fame and are considered absolute corner-stones in the pop art repository.

Among other prominent artworks by Lichtenstein is the ‘Brushstroke Series’. A series of paintings embarked upon and accomplished by the artist in 65/66, which depicted in different ways the artistic rendition of a brushstroke. Imagery on the lines of Abstract Expressionism. A homage to the brushstroke, with its bold outlines, Ben day dot mastering, meticulous presentation and comic book inspiration, the smoke is all about Pop Art.

A true Pop artist at soul, who understood his creations, Roy Lichtenstein also showed artistic bias towards the mirror, late in 60’s. As counter culture was approaching its peak, while art critics still received their paychecks, it was the artist’s attempt at surrealism.

Born in a well to do Jewish family, Lichtenstein was first introduced to art and graphics in school. Through out his life he remained a student of the subject, with reproductions been the driving element of his body of work. His rendition of Van Gogh’s, ‘Bedroom at Aries’, in the early 90’s, more than a hundred years after the original was painted, through its bold outlines, bright colors and an overall remastering appeal, depicts organization, efficiency and evolution of the arts.

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Desk: Wheat-field with Crows’ – Vincent van Gogh -Art Discourse.

‘Daffodils ‘ – Poetry – Verses Inked©

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Daffodils

daffodils them pretty things
prettier still how tequila stings
daffodils then, them go rude
you sweat it out like an ice cube
daffodils trampled underfoot
circumscribed with salt and soot
still daffodils burn bedecked
now not grenadine, its triple sec
now daffodil you killing time
quit plating up your spot of lime
you daffodil left to decay
shaken, stirred, as you may
if daffodil still be your name
then i chose to stay what i became

 

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Artwork: Nurse

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Bags are Packed – Part 1 – Verses Inked

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Brogue – On the Road – Verses Inked

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Dear Qi,

Last night I booked myself on the cheapest one way flight to finding myself, yet again. I’m a week away from taking off and my stomach is simmering.

I fondly rerun the balmy evenings post a hard day’s labor, spent at the same hole-in-the-wall, the same ceramic cups filled with watery black coffee. It was our conversations in the glow of the setting sun that made each cup that much more sweet. You said you could read my mind, from my caffeine cravings to my need to wander. You encouraged me to make music, seek answers, travel far and wide in search of what always lay within. That my hostile environment was a projection of my inner insecurities. That the world was safe and beautiful for those who had the eyes for it.

I haven’t travelled without a plan in six years now and caution is a baggage age has conveniently dumped on me. You were all of fifty when you set out to conquer uncharted territories in a language which could never be your own. I’ll create my own words, my own rhythm, with the love you taught me, the faith you invested in me and the music you nurtured my pride with.

I’m off to the wilderness, the solitary seas, the unmanned mountain. I’m beginning to get there, in becoming a better person, finding peace within, discovering my purpose. Like you always said, “If you can’t do it your way then chalo Pakistan.”

First stop en route Neverland- Delhi!

Infinitely soul sister,

PC

-Priyanka Charan-

Artist: Szakter Judit, Hungary
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