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Thirteen years ago, a fiery 20-something came up with a snazzy tune sung in a languorous voice, provocatively titled Banoongi mein Miss India. The music video with a quirky story line about the murky modeling world, with Mehnaz Hoosein floating in occasionally, sporting her trademark bindi and nose ring was an instant hit, and she quickly became the toast of the Indie-pop scene, quickly winning several awards, and being hailed as the female equivalent of Daler Mehndi. However, Mehnaz, now 36, almost as quickly, faded away into oblivion. "Work stopped being fun for me and my creativity vanished. I lost the urge to sing completely," says Mehnaz. Another half hearted attempt to return to singing in 2006 resulted in the album Sajna that bombed completely. But in March 2007, a musician friend based in Seattle urged her to sing with her amateur band and on a whim, Mehnaz agreed. Since then she's been the lead singer for the weirdly named Seattle based band Manooghi Hi. "Nobody in the US could pronounce 'Banoongi mein'," says Mehnaz, "So we decided on Manooghi Hi."