Fado, which is Portuguese for fate, is an urban folk music genre that traces its roots in Portugal in the 1820s. Unrequited love, the longing for home, death and melancholia... these are its common themes said to have been sung by sailors and those they have left behind. It is usually performed by a woman called a fadista accompanied by a classical guitarist. They say one cannot leave Portugal without watching a live Fado performance. So I asked my Portuguese friend to bring me to one. Here is where we ended up– a place called Restaurante Timpanas tucked in one of the rustic back streets of Lisbon. Watching a Fado performance is indeed a moving experience... one that lets one take a rare peek into the Portuguese soul.