The Case of the Throat Infection
For the first time ever, in over 12 years, we cancelled a gig, in fact, we cancelled 2 gigs back to back because we just din’t have the confidence to go up on stage considering the state Raghu’s voice was in.
Earlier in the week, Raghu had a slight cold and sore throat which just got worse over time and yesterday, when we landed in Mumbai, it had become a viral infection of the throat. Raghu’s voice was completely gone and he could barely speak, but on what was an overdose of Betadine Gargles and Benadryl syrup and tons of antibiotics, we still went ahead with sound check!
But there was this nagging feeling in the back of our minds that it was not a good thing to push it and when he still couldn’t talk even, it was time to take him to the doc for a professional opinion.
Now the good news is that it isn’t the singer’s nodules that we feared it had turned into, but the bad news was that Raghu had severely swollen vocal chords and voice box and it was a viral infection and the ONLY thing that would make it better and not just supress it for a couple of hours was complete voice silence for a couple of days atleast.
Considering that, we decided to opt out of the MTV Roadies launch gig yesterday and the Virasat Festival we were to play at today. This is the first time ever that we are pulling out of a gig and it is not a good feeling! we left a LOT of people disappointed today, but it was the best thing to do considering the situation.
A HUGE round of thanks, really heartfelt thanks to Jagjit and Aashish at MTV, we promise to make it up to you guys! Sorry for letting this one go by, we really hope you managed to work things around!
A BIG round of applause and a million thank you’s to Vijayshree and the folks at the Virasat Festival for understanding and being the sweetest organizers a band could ever hope to work with! You guys saved our lives and we are forever indebted.
Thanks a bunch to Faridkot, who just finished a gig, took the decision and went out to Dehradun to play at the Virasat Festival, you guys saved our behinds and we do hope you have a great gig!
Thanks to Fali and Dhruv for putting up with the incessant calls and being such great people and working things out for us!
Thanks to Nikhil and Swarathma for being there and ready to go out and help at the shortest notice ever!
We owe all of you big time! And your unconditional support and love overwhelms us!
The good news is that it isn’t as bad as it could be, the bad news is that it isn’t as good as it should be! but a LOT of rest and quiet for Raghu is exactly what is happening right now and if things work out, we should be good to go soon!
Keep your fingers crossed and send him some love