Sonam Pachey was one of the contestants from the Femina Miss India 2012 contest that immediately caught my eye.  Sonam stuck out to me not only because she's very beautiful, but because she didn't quite fit the mold of what I thought "Indian girls" look like. 

Come to find out, Sonam is actually Sikkimese.  She was born in Sikkim, which is a small region in Northeast India which borders both Bhutan and Tibet.

Sonam ended up as one of the top ten finalists in the Femina Miss India contest.  She also won the titles of Miss Beautiful Lips 2012 and Miss Beautiful Hair 2012.


A leaked dance rehearsal video of a modern style of Chinese fan dance has went viral on the Chinese internet.  The dance is by 七朵 or "Seven Sense", a new 7-member girl pop group from China.  All the group members are students from Shenzhen University.

The song being played is their latest single 咏春 or "Ode to Spring".  It combines pop music with traditional Chinese features such the erhu, guqin and the pentatonic scale.


This action-packed music video with beautiful cinematography is from Ultyau, a folk metal band from Kazakhstan.  They combine the sounds of the electric guitar, violin and the dombra, which is a lute-like instrument from Kazakhstan. 

The music video is set in the nomadic period in Kazakhstan.  It's about a young boy who is saved from a wolf attack by a wolf pup.  Years later, a tribe discovers their livestock has been killed by wolves, so they begin a hunt for all wolves in the area.  The boy, who is now grown up adult, tries to repay the favour to the wolf that saved him.

The whole thing plays out like an action-packed movie.  There's lots of fighting and blood!  I wonder if this music video won any awards because its very well produced.  I give it a big two thumbs up.


Agnes Monica is one of the hottest female pop stars from Indonesia that's trying to crossover to the American pop charts.  Cute girl.  Here's one of her latest singles Paralyzed, released in 2011.  Not bad at all.  Not bad at all.  The girl can sing and dance.  Sounds a lot like American pop music with a slight Indonesian flavour.