Ever since Indian Ocean made a mark in Bollywood after composing the soundtrack for the film Black Friday, their fans seem to want and know more about them. And with the band recovering from a rough patch following one member’s exit and another one’s death recently, this was probably the right time to come up with a book which talks about the group’s tryst with music for the last two decades.
Written by Vineet Sharma, the book seems very well-researched, not only detailing the band’s story through words, but also capturing their finer moments via photographs. “I wanted to write something which was not in chronological order. So in the book there are stories and photos which are intertwined with each other, and time is not a factor,” says Sharma.
The book also talks about the band’s tough times and the band members acknowledge that they had no issues or difficulty talking about those incidents. “Asheem (Chakravarty) passed away four years ago. It was a massive shock, but we were not uncomfortable talking about it. As far as the exit of Sushmit (Sen) is concerned, we knew it would happen eventually. So talking about that, too, was not a problem,” says Rahul Ram, who is the only remaining member who appeared on the band’s debut album in 1993.
Barring a few copy-editing errors ( a photo caption which says that Ram is playing an acoustic guitar, while in the picture he is playing an electric bass), the book manages to convey the spirit, passion, bond and the love that the band mates share.
Title: Indian Ocean: A photographic journey
Author: Vineet Sharma
Publisher: Parragon Publishing
Price: Rs 1499