The chapter “Armed and Dangerous” resonates with me particularly because I was born and lived for the first 11 years of my life in Bangladesh, where Bangladeshi fishermen and sailors go out to sea to make a living and face the hardships that Ian details in his book. The government often tries to downplay what is happening out at sea, which is truly sad. The sacrifices these people make cannot be underestimated. I have so much respect for those who embark on this dangerous journey just to make a living.
“Armed and Dangerous” makes it clear how unforgiving and brutal this uncharted part of the world really is. It’s sad that people’s lives can be taken away from them in the middle of nowhere. It’s especially heartbreaking how many of these people go out to sea to make a living for their families back home, only to come face to face with crime, murder and piracy. We see and hear about crimes and murders on land but when they happen in the middle of the ocean, we don’t hear about them, in part because news sources don’t have the resources to capture these crimes. They are only brought to light when someone like Ian travels to these uncharted areas and reports on them.
These sailors, workers and fishermen suffer a lot of pain, but they also experience glimpses of joyous moments. In my music, I want to capture the feeling of dread and hopelessness, along with a glimmer of hope. I want to add a tone of lightheartedness to the melancholy in order to portray the feeling of continuing on and not giving up through hardships.
Monty Datta is an East Coast-based music producer. He is always delving into different genres and subgenres but right now his main focus is the hip hop subgenre lofi. It is one of his favorite genres to create as he feels he can really bring out the emotions through the music. He collaborates with many people from all over the world and is mostly doing it all through the digital world. It has connected him with other amazing artists and singers who he feels blessed to have worked with. One of his favorite things to do is find undiscovered artists who really move him through their music and work with them so more people get to listen to them.