A Rocky View

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What happens when a few young men from politically rife countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India get together? In this case, they formed a band, called it Point of View and made songs such as Set me free (about proxy wars) and Deja vu (about terrorism). Based in Dubai, the band soon became famous for its hard-hitting lyrics set to rock music. Point of View (POV) is currently touring India to promote its latest album titled Revolutionize the Revolutionary, and will perform at Hard Rock Cafe in Delhi on Friday .

"Our music is not frustrated, but we all do come from countries that have a lot of problems going on. Our music is political in a way corruption, poverty, terrorism and the troubles that the common man goes through are the things we write about. But, our music is hopeful and we tell the youth not to have a chalta hai attitude," says Nikhil Uzgare, the 39-year-old vocalist, who left Mumbai in 2003 to live in Dubai.

The other members of the group are guitarists Murtaza Jafar from Pakistan and Royden Mascarenhas from Bangalore, Bangladeshi national Shakil Haq on the bass and Kolkata boy Chiradeep Lahiri on drums. On this tour, as on several others, the group is joined by Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, guitarist with the American rock giants, Guns N' Roses (GNR).

The members have been a part of Dubai's music circuit for several years, though the band was formally created two years ago. Not only are the musicians from different countries, they also have different musical influences. While Uzgare idolises the likes of Nat King Cole, Jafar has a vintage attachment to Pink Floyd and Mascarenhas' love for aggressive metal acts such as Dream Theater emerges in his own strumming. Consequently, POV's music is hard-hitting and defiantly youthful. Powerful instrumentals accompany lyrics such as "Step out of line, make a move forward/ Every bullet rips the heart of some mother / Lay them to rest, restless souls of the weary, / Lay down the guns, carry on... On ... on ... and on".

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