It’s half past eight in the evening at Cama Industrial Estate, when u suddenly hear the soft melody of a flute being played. You follow the mellifluous sound only to find yourself entering our office, climbing the stairs to the first floor and pulling up a chair to listen to a mesmerizing tune conjured by our flute maestro, Alok.
That’s right. When he’s not scripting up copy or content, you will most probably find Alok playing away, on one of his many flutes. Though he’s the proud owner of seven different kinds of flutes, Alok started off with just one. “It all began when I attended this Sufi Gospel music event and was almost immediately drawn to the flute and its sounds. I soon bought myself a flute from a street vendor at Kala Ghoda, only to realize much later that I had purchased a bass flute which is not exactly what a novice flute player would want to begin flute lessons with!” After struggling to learn the right technique (even YouTube didn’t help) he went back to the vendor who sold him the flute and asked that the ropes of flute playing be taught to him. “I was determined to learn how to play the flute. So right there on the road, the vendor sort of became my guru teaching me my first flute lesson.” He adds, “For me, that was my ‘AHA!’ moment. Once I got the hang of it, it wasn’t that difficult at all.”
There has been no looking back for Alok since then. He kept practicing every chance he got, staying back in office after work and sometimes even during work, much to the delight of those around him. “I don’t quite know what draws me to the instrument. All I know is that I love playing the flute and enjoy the peace that comes from doing so.”
So folks, if you happen to have time on your hands, do drop by our Cama office after office hours. Your ears for one, won’t be disappointed