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I LOVE TAKING A COLD WATER BATH AS IT REFRESHES ME. However in this DILLI KI SARDI and with age catching up, I now begin my bath with hot / warm water.

There is a lot of debate on the subject matter of hot or cold water bath. So, I did a little research on the net and here is some interesting information. Believe it or not, to your peril or advantage! 

7 Benefits of Bathing With Cold Water 

Most people generally prefer to bathe in warm water than cold water. In fact, a cold shower bath has more health benefits compared to a hot shower. A cold shower can help boost metabolism, prevent post-exercise muscle injury and regulate levels of uric acid in your body. There are many other benefits of a cold shower too.

1. Male fertility: Perhaps there are very few people who know this fact, that a cold shower can increase fertility in men. On the other hand, a hot shower is bad for your testicles, because it can potentially lower the sperm count. If you want to plan on having a child, it’s time to bathe in cold water. Think again if you plan to visit the sauna or steam bath.

2. Increased blood circulation to remove toxins: When the cold water touches the surface of the skin, blood vessels beneath the skin will shrink. This reduces the blood circulation, but at the same time the mechanism of blood pressure will automatically destroy the target tissue. This causes the blood to circulate with greater impetus, so that blood flow becomes stronger in the increasing circulation.

3. Builds up immunity: You want to increase white blood cells? Bathe in cold water, because it will increase your metabolism, which in turn increases body heat and revives the immune system by releasing white blood cells.

4. Increases metabolism: When a person feels cold, he will usually wear a sweater to warm his body. Similarly, when your body is doused in cold water, your body will automatically produce heat, which makes the body’s metabolism to increase rapidly. That’s when carbohydrates and fats are burned to make you feel warm.

5. Prevents injury: When you perform physical activity, the muscles become inflamed and you need time to make your muscles become relaxed. To increase strength and muscle mass, your muscle fibers will swell and shrink. Therefore, to prevent rupture of muscle fibers due to excessive physical activity, wash with cold water.

6. Additional benefits: a cold shower can reduce chronic pain, reduce body aches, improve hair health, kidney function, reduce inflammation and regulate the autonomic nervous system.

7. Cold water and the rhythms of the body: Cold water can deepen your breathing and helps fight fatigue. Even if you are having trouble sleeping, take a cold shower for it is believed that it can help you in sleeping more soundly.

Now I come to the celebration part of the title of this piece. There was a very popular number in a Hindi film released in 1978. Its name was “Pati Patni Aur Woh!” The song was “Thande thande pani se nahana chahiye”.

My grand-daughter Sukhman, just loves listening to this  song! So, here are more details on the movie and the song. Yes, I confess, I must have seen the movie 3 or 4 times, just to enjoy this famous situational comedy song.

Pati Patni Aur Woh  a 1978 Hindi movie, was directed by B. R. Chopra. The film stars Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha, Ranjeeta, and in guest appearances: Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh and Parveen Babi.


The film is a comical take on extra-marital affairs. Ranjeet Chaddha (Sanjeev Kumar) & Sharda (Vidya Sinha) meet, fall in love & get married. Eventually, Ranjeet gets a promotion, a higher salary & a temptation – Nirmala Deshpande (Ranjeeta), his new secretary. Ranjeet lies to Nirmala—to get her sympathy—that his wife is terminally ill. Nirmala feels sorry for Ranjeet and gets close to him. Ranjeet uses this to further his plans. But when everything is going as planned, Sharda gets suspicious. She spies on them & learns the truth. When Ranjeet gets busted in front of both the women, the proverbial hell breaks loose.


The film starts off indicating the parallels of the story with that of Adam & Eve. Here, Adam is Ranjeet, Eve is Sharda while the apple is Nirmala. Ranjeet is newly employed in a company, whose pay scales can be gauged from the fact that he goes to work on a bicycle. However, this bicycle itself brings him face-to-face with Sharda, when he bumps into her by accident. Sharda’s bicycle gets badly damaged & Ranjeet drops her off. The same evening, Ranjeet goes to the wedding of his friend (Asrani), a co-worker & a poet. Sharda is also present at the ceremony. Sharda & Ranjeet’s love blossoms from there & soon they get married. In the course of a few years, Ranjeet is a Sales Manager of the company and father of a son. Sharda & Ranjeet are still living in marital bliss. That is, until Nirmala, Ranjeet’s new secretary, shows up. Ranjeet is inexplicably attracted to Nirmala. She is an honest girl who is trying to make two ends meet. She is much more beautiful compared to Sharda. But most of all, she knows nothing about Ranjeet’s true intentions & his married life. Ranjeet is initially upset with his thoughts about her, but finally gives in. He carefully plans his further steps. He pretends to be the helpless grieving husband of a cancer stricken wife, who won’t live much longer. Nirmala feels sorry for him, thus making it easier for him to get close to her. Nobody, not Sharda, not even his closest friend, suspects a thing. One day, Ranjeet bluffs to Sharda that he will be late coming home as he has a meeting. He takes Nirmala out to dinner. Next day, Sharda finds Nirmala’s handkerchief, with lipstick marks on it, in Ranjeet’s pocket. She immediately confronts Ranjeet, who makes up a story about a co-worker whose handkerchief he may have accidentally taken. Sharda reluctantly believes him. Ranjeet decides to take his next steps more carefully. Sharda too starts thinking that her fears were unfounded. Ranjeet makes even more interesting back up plans: He prepares two books of poetry, professing his love. The poems are the same in both, only one book contains Nirmala’s name, and the other contains Sharda’s. Ranjeet courts Nirmala without Sharda’s knowledge. The turning point comes when Sharda sees him in a hotel with Nirmala. She later asks him about his meeting, about which the clueless Ranjeet lies. Sharda’s fears are confirmed. She starts spying on him & Nirmala, taking incriminating pictures. After sufficient evidence is obtained, she secretly meets Nirmala, posing as a journalist. Nirmala, who hasn’t seen Ranjeet’s “ailing wife” yet, thinks Sharda intends to blackmail her. But Sharda reassures her that she won’t. Nirmala spills all the beans, upon which Sharda reveals her true identity. Meanwhile, Ranjeet gets another promotion & rushes home happily to tell his wife about it. Sharda catches him unawares and lets him know that he is busted. Ranjeet does not know what has hit him. He turns round, only to see Nirmala behind him. Sharda tells him that she is leaving him & the divorce papers will be soon sent to him. Sharda & Nirmala console each other. Ranjeet calls upon his friend & lies that Nirmala has said some malicious lies to Sharda about him. Ranjeet’s friend sides with him & lies about Nirmala’s character. Sharda exposes Ranjeet in front of him as well, with help of the evidence she has collected. Sharda tells Ranjeet to choose either her or Nirmala. Ranjeet quietly gives Nirmala some money & lies to her, in a last-ditch attempt at damage control. But honest Nirmala returns the money to Sharda, making things even worse for Ranjeet. Sharda prepares to walk out on Ranjeet, while Nirmala resigns and leaves Ranjeet as well. Sharda comes to visit Ranjeet one last time, when their innocent son asks what is happening. Sharda decides to give Ranjeet another chance, if only for their son and soon life comes back on track. But soon another secretary(Parveen Babi) joins the office & Ranjeet tries to resort to his antics once more. Just by coincidence, Ranjeet’s friend suddenly walks in & Ranjeet backs off, taking this as a warning.



Thande thande pani se nahana chahiye
Gana aaye yah na aaye gana chahiye
Tum meri hathkadi ho
tum dur kyon khadi ho
tum bhi jara naha lo
do char geet ga lo
ab shor mat karo ji
sunte hai sab padosi
kahey do padosiyon se
jhanke na khidkiyon se
darwaza khatkhataya
lagta hai koi aaya
keh do ke aa rahey hai
sahab naha rahey hai
mummy ko to ladne ka bahana chahiye
gana aaye na aaye….

Lambi ye taan chchodo
tauba hai jaan chchodo
tum aise besharam ho
bachon se koi kum ho
chchodo hato anari
meri bigho di sari
oh oh mummy ko daddy se chchudana chahiye
ab toh mummy ko daddy se chchdana chahiye
gana aaye ya na aaye….

I think / believe that a few portions of the lyrics are missing or are not in the right order. Do the homework for me,if you please. I recall that there is a stanza where the young son says “Mummy ko bhi andar bulaana chahiey!” Anyway, ENJOY THE SONG!

Here is the link:


Love Songs from Mughal-E-Azam..

Love Songs from Mughal-E-Azam..

As Valentine’s Day nears, my romantic side starts going in a flashback mode and I am reminded of some immortal love songs from Bollywood movies. On top of the list is the 1960 movie :Mughal-E-Azam .

The first song from this movie, that I started crooning this afternoon was :” Mohabbat Ki Jhoothi Kahaani Pey Roey.” Here are its lyrics :

Mohabbat ki jhoothi kahaani pey roey,

Badi chot khaee,jawaani pey roey

Mohabbat ki jhoothi kahaani pey roey…

Naan socha naan samjha,naan dekha naan bhaala,

Teri arzoo nein humein maar daala,

Terey pyaar ki meharbaani pey roey…

Mohabbat ki jhoothi kahaani pey roey…

Khabar kya thhee hoton ko seena padega,

Mohabbat chhupa kar bhi jeena padega,

Jeey tau magar zindagaani pey roey…

Mohabbat ki jhoothi kahaani pey roey…

To listen to this beautiful song go to :

The second song is :”Zindabad,Zindabad..” from the same movie.Here are its lyrics :

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!,

ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!,

ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

daulat ki zanjeeron se tu -2) rahati hai aazaad…

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!, (ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

mandir mein masjid mein tu aur tu hi hai eemaanon mein

murali ki taanon mein tu aur tu hi hai aazaanon mein

tere dam se deen-dharam ki duniya hai aabaad….

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!, ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

pyaar ki aandhi ruk na sakegi nafarat ki deevaaron se

koon-e-muhabbat ho na sakega khanjar se talavaron se

mar jaate hain aashiq zinda rah jaati hai yaad….

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!,ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

ishq bagaawat kar baithe to duniya ka rukh mod de

aag laga de mahalon mein aur takt-e-shaahi chhod de

seena taane maut se khele kuch na kare fariyaad….

zindaabaad! zindaabaad! -2,ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

taj hukumat jisaka mazahab phir uss ka eemaan kahaan -2

jisake dil mein pyaar na ho, wo paththar hai inasaan kahaan -2

pyaar ke dushman hosh men, a ho jaayega barabaad!

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!, ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

To  listen to this hit song , go to :


The Man For All Seasons..

The Man For All Seasons….

On the occasion of  35th death anniversary of the legendary singer MUKESH,there was a very interesting article in my favourite paper SCREEN in its issue dated 2-8th Sept 2011.

To read the same at length on the website,please go to :

On reading the piece,this is what I had written in response to the Editor of Screen :

Dear Editor,
Rajiv Vijayakar’s tribute to Mukesh on his 35th death Anniversary,titled “The man for all seasons”in Screen of 2-8 th Sept 2011,was a very emotional piece that re-connected his fans to this great singer,who has left such an impact on the Hindi film industry that he is still remembered by lovers of great,meaningful and soulfully rendered songs.It may be recalled that Mukesh  was such an ardent fan of late K L Saigal,that in his early years he used to imitate his idol. It is reported that when K. L. Saigal first heard the song Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De, he remarked, “That’s strange, I don’t recall singing that song”.What more proof can be there of Mukesh’s versatility ? Hindi films and music lovers of yester years will also recall the incident reported at the time of his death on 27th August 1976.When news of his death reached Raj Kapoor, he had burst into tears, and had remarked, “I have lost my voice,” which is indeed a great testimony to the association of Mukesh’s playback voice with the highly popular songs of Raj Kapoor.Right from his first foray into singing from 1945 in Pehli Nazar to his songs( picturised after his death ) in Satyam Shivam Sundaram in 1978,the journey of Mukesh,has left many milestones on the way, to mark the meastro’s mastery and skill over his unique and mesmerising voice.Several awards like the National Film Awards,Filmfare Awards and nominations and Bengal Film Journalists Association  awards, certified that Mukesh’s golden voice was his fans’ delight.One stanza of Mukesh’s
famous song “Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan ” goes like this : ” Kal Khel Mein Hum Ho Na Ho,Gardish Mein Taare Rahenge Sada,Bhoolenge Hum Bhoologe Tum,Par Hum Tumhare Rahenge Sada,Rahenge Yahin Apne Nishan,Iske Siva Jana Kahan…” Yes, these words echo the thoughts of miliions of Mukesh’s fans-he is no more but his footprints left on the sands of time, will remain,our cherished legacy.

After waiting  till yesterday and seeing that Screen’s latest issue had not published my letter, after a lot of failed attempts, I could post the following abridged version of my comments below the article on the website : 

MUKESH by J S BROCA on 2011-09-16 22:19:57.961485+05:30 Rajiv Vijayakar’s emotional tribute to Mukesh ,re-connected his fans to this great singer,who has left such an impact on the Hindi film industry that he is still remembered by lovers of soulfully rendered songs.When news of his death had reached Raj Kapoor, he had burst into tears, and had remarked, “I have lost my voice,” which is indeed a great testimony to the association of Mukesh’s playback voice with the highly popular songs of Raj Kapoor. The musical journey of Mukesh,has left many milestones on the way, to mark the meastro’s mastery and skill over his unique and mesmerising voice. Several awards received by him,certified that his golden voice was his fans’ delight.One stanza of Mukesh’s famous song “Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan ” goes like this : ” Kal Khel Mein Hum Ho Na Ho,Gardish Mein Taare Rahenge Sada,Bhoolenge Hum Bhoologe Tum,Par Hum Tumhare Rahenge Sada,Rahenge Yahin Apne Nishan,Iske Siva Jana Kahan…” Yes, these words echo the thoughts of miliions of Mukesh’s fans-he is no more but his footprints left on the sands of time,will remain,our cherished legacy.
I am sure,there are many many more fans of Mukesh out there.I shall love to have your response.
Long Live Mukesh !


April Fools’ Day is celebrated all around the world on the April 1 of every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day where everyone plays all kinds of jokes and foolishness.
The day is marked by the commission of good humoured or funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbours, work associates, etc.

Traditionally, in some countries such as New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, Australia, and South Africa, the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an “April Fool”.
Elsewhere, such as in France, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392).
Many writers suggest that the restoration of the January 1 as New Year’s Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.

I take this occasion to recall an old Hindi movie titled ‘April Fool’ (1964) Its brief story line was as under : 

Ashok comes from a wealthy family, which is run by his dad, and elder brother, Alok. Ashok himself is a slacker, and is only interested in slacking, and playing practical jokes, and no doubt his favorite day is fool’s day, April 1st, when he outdoes himself. His jokes befriend him with Madhu, and both fall in love. Then a practical joke hits the truth, and both Ashok and Madhu become targets of an international gang, and must run for their own safety, as well as for the safety of their respective families.  

The cast and other details of this fun movie were :

Director: Subodh Mukherji

Writers: Agha Jani Kashmiri (dialogue), Subodh Mukherji (screenplay) 

Stars: Saira Banu, Biswajeet and Jayant

Original Music by : Jaikishan Dayabhai Pankal (as Jaikishan) and by Shankar Singh Raghuwanshi (as Shankar)

I also recall some of the songs from this movie but the major attraction was the title songApril Fool Banaya,Tau Un Ko Gussa Aaya” ! 

Here is a YOUTUBE link to the song : 

(The video only shows Md Rafi’s picture) 

So here is the original link on the lead players: 

(This video has the English translation as well) 

(Another surprise-this song has some dialogues in the voice of Saira Banu herself in between the verses-a novelty in those times !) 



Poetry In Golden Oldies…


While travelling in a Delhi bus last week,I was just mesmerized by an old song playing on a player. It was being played by an old driver who was driving the bus, on a player using a recorded pen-drive which had other similar old songs from early 50s and 60s from black and white films of that era. While getting down from the bus after about half an hour of enjoying the golden oldies, I complimented the driver for his love of these old songs. He smiled and said :”Saab aaj kal aisey geet aur sangeet kahaan miltey hain ?”(Sir, where can you find such lovely songs and music these days?)Yes, I agree with him. 

Here is that song that has kept haunting me from last 3-4 days, so much so that I am compelled to post it on my blog. I have also enjoyed listening to it on youtube. The song goes like this: 

Mujhko Is Raat Ki Tanhaai Mein Aawaz Na Do

Jiski Aawaz Rula De Mujhe Woh Saaz Na Do

Awaaz Na Do…

Roshni Ho Na Saki Dil Bhi Jalaya Maine

Tujhko Bhula Hi Nahin Lakh Bhulaya Maine

Mein Pareshan Hoon Mujhe Aur Pareshan Na Karo

Awaaz Na Do…

Is Kadar Jald Kiya Mujhse Kinara Tumne

Koi Bhatkega Akela Yeh Na Socha Tumne

Chhup Gaye Ho To Mujhe Yaad Bhi Aaya Na Karo

Awaaz Na Do…

It was sung by Mukesh and the music was by Kalyanji Anandji. The song was from a lovely movie titled : Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Terey. It was a 1960 Hindi movie. Produced by Bihari Masand for Kanwar Kala Mandir, the film was directed by Arjun Hingorani. The film starred Balraj Sahni, Dharmendra and Kum Kum. The film was Dharmendra’s debut film.

 Balraj Sahni            Kum Kum                Dharmendra

Readers can see and listen to this sad song by going to following link:

Here is a passable effort of its English Translation by me:

Don’t call me by my name in the loneliness of this night. And don’t play the music that makes me cry. Don’t call me….

I could not illuminate my life, though I even burnt my heart to light it. I made a million efforts to forget you but I failed to do so. I am too exasperated, please don’t add more exasperation to my mind. Don’t call me….. 

You left me so very quickly and suddenly. You didn’t even give it a moment’s thought that someone could be utterly devastated. Since you have chosen to leave me, please don’t compel me to remember you. Don’t call me….  

   Film Poster                    Mukesh                      Kalyanji Anandji         
To enjoy the song,I suggest that you switch off all the lights in your room and then hum along with Mukesh at full volume. I guarantee you full satisfaction !

Badan Pey Sitaarey—-Prince

Golden Oldies…

One of my most favourite Bollywood numbers,is the song from the film titled “Prince” sung by late Md. Rafi (alongwith Shammi Kapoor?)
Prince was a 1969 Hindi movie produced by F. C. Mehra and had been directed by Lekh Tandon. The film starred Shammi Kapoor, Vyjayanthimala, Rajendranath, Ajit, Helen, Leela Chitnis and Asit Sen. The film’s music was by Shankar Jaikishan. The film became a box office hit.
Here are the lyrics of this song as remembered by me from my college days (I was studying in BE II of M S University Baroda then !) as heard on a Standard Record in those times.The LP version had an extra verse,if I remember correctly.
Badan pey sitaarey—-Prince
badan pey sitaarey lapatey huye,
o jaane tamanna kidhar jaa rahee ho
zara paas aayo toh chain aa jaaye – (2)

hamee jab naa honge toh aye dilruba,
kisey dekh kar haaye sharmaayogee
naa dekhogee phir tum kabhee aaina,
hamarey bina roz ghabraayogee
badan pey sitaarey lapatey huye……

mohabbat kee yeh intaha ho gayee,
ke mastee mein tumko khuda keh gaya
zamaana yeh insaaf karta rahe,
bura keh gaya yah bhalla keh gaya…
badan pey sitaarey lapatey huye,
o jaane tamanna kidhar jaa rahee ho
zara paas aayo, toh chain aa jaaye…
Extra verse :
hai banane sawarane kaa jab hee maza,
koyee dekhne waala aashik toh ho,
nahee toh yeh jalwe hain bhujhate diye,
koyee mitne waala ek aashik toh ho
badan pey sitaarey lapatey huye……
As mentioned earlier somewhere,I had the hobby of translating hit songs from Hindi films into English and singing them in college and hostel functions, keeping the original tune of the Hindi song in tact.
I was by God’s grace,always a hit and in a lot of demand on such occasions.I have a few black and white photographs of that era with me till today ! Nostalgic….stuff !
Here is my own translation (now almost learnt by heart !) for you to croon and enjoy….
Winding the stars on your body,
Oh dear,dear, darling,
Where are you going,
Just come near,
And then I shall get peace
Just come near,
And then I shall get peace…
Winding the stars….
When ever I am not there
Then Oh sweety pie,
Whom will you look at
And then feel shy,
You will never ever see the mirror again,
Without me,you’ll
Crave and cry…
Winding the stars….
It was at the climax
Of my love for you
That in ecstacy,
I thought-God was you.
Let this world
Keep judging for itself,
Whether it was good
Or-bad,mind you….
Winding the stars……

This song continues to mesmerise me even today after more than   4   decades….
Enjoy the song… Youtube link :
I hope you loved listening to it as much as I loved talking and posting about it.
Yes,I must have seen the movie over half a dozen times I think.Here is the star cast as I remember :
Shammi Kapoor as Prince Shamsher Singh,Vyjayanthimala as Princess Amrita,Rajendra Nath as Vilayatiram,Ajit as Ratna’s Brother,Helen as Sophia,Leela Chitnis as Mrs. Shanti Singh,Parveen Choudhary as Ratna, Sudhir as Sajjan Singh,Sunder as Zoravar,Rashid Khan Zorawar Singh,D.K. Sapru as The King of Jamnapur,Ulhas as The King of Ramnagar,Leela Mishra as Kamla,David Abraham as Diwan Randhir as Michael. Another highlight of the film was a song :”Muqabla Hum Sey Naan Karo..” which was a scintillating dance competition between Vyjayantimala and Helen…see it on Youtube…link:


Helen has been the supreme dance girl of Indian cinema.To know more about this great dancing star,go to :


Joy of Giving…..

Joy of Giving

Giving and taking is a part and parcel of our daily lives. Here are 3 of my different takes on the subject of GIVING :


This morning I discussed a question which is being asked to job aspirants these days when they appear for an interview after they have completed their MBA. What would you prefer : a big pay package or immense job satisfaction ? A lovely interactive debate was there on the subject in my class. On the topic related to pay packages, I was tempted to ask – how much money does one need ? I was reminded of a couplet of Sant Kabir ji, in this context:

saaee itnaa deejeey,

jaamey kutumb samaaey,

main bhi bhookha naan rahoon,

saadhu bhi bhookha naan jaaey.


 oh lord, GIVE me just enough,

 so that I can manage my family with it.

it should be just sufficient

to ensure that neither I remain hungry

nor a needy person or a sadhu

ever goes hungry from my house. 


Being a great lover of old Hindi films and equally old Hindi film songs, I recall a lovely motivational song about GIVING and distributing LOVE. The song is titled :Pyaar Bantatey Chalo, sung by Kishore Kumar, from the movie named “Hum Sab Ustaad Hain” (1965).Lyrics by Asad Bhopali and Music by Laxmikant Pyaarey Lal. The opening stanza goes thus :

ho pyaar bantatey chalo -2)

hey pyaar bantatey chalo -2)

kya Hindu, kya Musalman,

kya Sikh aur kya Isaaee

hum sab hain bhai bhai

pyaar bantatey chalo -2)

hey pyaar bantatey chalo -2)


Let us GIVE and distribute love

Whether we are Hindus

Or whether we are Muslims

Whether we are Sikhs

Or whether we are Christians,

First of all, we are all Indians

And we are all Brothers.

So let us go on distributing love….

Friends, you can see this song in original on Youtube by visiting or clicking on the following link:


I believe that we are all travellers in the journey called life. On the way, we meet so many people, share their love, and move on. The question I often and even now ask is that if life is like a train journey then what do I expect as a passenger on this train ? What do I need? What should other passengers travelling along with me GIVE me ?

Well friends,I again share my thoughts on the subject through another very old Hindi movie song picturised on Johnny Walker, sung by Mohammad Rafi, from the film :”Door Ki Awaaz” (1964).Lyrics :Shakeel Badayuni,Music : Ravi. 

The opening stanza of this delightful number goes thus: 

 ek musafir ko duniya mein kya chahiey

sirf thodi si dill mein jagah chahiey….


what does a passenger need in this world ?

he needs a little space, in your precious heart,

so GIVE him a little space, to sit besides you,during this journey…..

To enjoy the visuals of different types of passengers travelling in the compartment and Johnny Walker’s dig at their shortcomings and attitudes, please visit or click on the following Youtube link :

Let me hope that when you next see an old man or a woman or a small child or some one who is sick and infirm, while travelling in a train or in a bus or in the metro, we will surely GIVE him/her some space to sit or share our seat.

On that note, I humbly ask you to seriously GIVE a thought to these three TAKES of mine and also GIVE your valuable comments and responses to this posting since I found a lot of JOY in GIVING you this piece. So do double my joy in return by GIVING me what I have requested for.OK? 


Tell a Lie Day

Tell a Lie Day  

Introduction :
Every year we celebrate (?)” Tell A Lie Day” on 4th April.It is a comical event to all of us. Tell A Lie Day, as the name suggests,is an opportunity to spend the day with a pack of lies,but make sure that your loved ones are not hurt when you lie to them in jest. However don’t miss this day without celebration.Enjoy this hilarious event with your friends, family, and beloved. Also make them happy on this special day.So,go ahead and tell a lie. 

By the way,we don’t create these days, we only report them. Why someone would create a day to encourage a person to lie is hard to comprehend. Be that as it may, today is the day to tell lies, big and small. Tomorrow, we can all get back to the virtue of “honesty is the best policy”.( If you find today a bit discomforting, you can look forward to National Honesty Day later this month).  

Origin of “Tell a Lie Day”: 

My research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. I believe that the creator of this day will be the only person who answers “no” to the following question…. “Did you create Tell a Lie Day?” In keeping with the spirit of this day, everyone’s answer will be a lie. Therefore, everyone will say “Yes”, except the creator.  

 Photo:  Bjorn De Leeuw / StockXChng
For one day a year, contrary to what our parents and teachers told us, it is actually acceptable to lie -just this once.  Whether a white lie, a little fib or a tall tale, enjoy the day while you can because as said earlier,National Honesty Day is coming up at the end of this month.
Things to ponder upon :
What is the biggest lie you ever told?
What is the worst lie someone told you?
How did it feel when someone lied to you?
If you wouldn’t get into trouble,  would you lie more often?
A Story :
There is a very popular story reportedly related to George Washington. Here is a version I read decades ago in school :

The Cherry Tree

by M. L. Weems
The legend of George Washington and the Cherry TreeWhen George was about six years old, he was made the wealthy master of a hatchet of which, like most little boys, he was extremely fond. He went about chopping everything that came his way.

One day, as he wandered about the garden amusing himself by hacking his mother’s pea sticks, he found a beautiful, young English cherry tree, of which his father was most proud. He tried the edge of his hatchet on the trunk of the tree and barked it so that it died.

Some time after this, his father discovered what had happened to his favorite tree. He came into the house in great anger, and demanded to know who the mischievous person was who had cut away the bark. Nobody could tell him anything about it.

Just then George, with his little hatchet, came into the room.

“George,” said his father, “do you know who has killed my beautiful little cherry tree yonder in the garden? I would not have taken five guineas for it!”

This was a hard question to answer, and for a moment George was staggered by it, but quickly recovering himself he cried:

“I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie! I did cut it with my little hatchet.”

The anger died out of his father’s face, and taking the boy tenderly in his arms, he said:

“My son, that you should not be afraid to tell the truth is more to me than a thousand trees! Yes – though they were blossomed with silver and had leaves of the purest gold!” 

Lies in our Hindi Film Songs:  

How can I ever forget some very lovely songs from our very own Bollywood films ??! 

First one, is a Mukesh number, from a movie titled :” Teesri Kasam” (1966) and which goes like this : ” Sajan Rey Jhooth Mat Bolo,Khuda Ke Paas Jaana Hai…” 

The lyrics of this hummable song are as under : 

Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo
Khuda Ke Paas Jaana Hai
Na Haathi Hai Na Ghoda Hai,
Wahan Paedal Hi Jana Hai

Tumhare Mehel Chaubaare
Yahin Reh Jayenge Saare
Akad Kis Baat Ki Pyaare
Yeh Sar Phir Bhi Jhukaana Hai
Sajan Re Jhooth…

Bhalaa Kije Bhalaa Hoga
Buraa Kije Buraa Hoga
Bahi Likh-Likh Ke Kya Hoga
Yahin Sab Kuch Chukana Hai
Sajan Re Jhooth…

Ladakpan Khel Mein Khoya
Jawaani Neend Bhar Soya
Budhaapa Dekhkar Roya
Wahi Kissa Purana Hai
Sajan Re Jhooth… 

To listen to this song,go to the following link :  

Second one is from the hit movie titled :”Bobby”.It is an enjoyable dance number picturised on Rishi and Dimple. It goes like this :”Jhooth Boley Kauva Kaatey…”.  

To listen to this number,try the following link : 

I am sure you will enjoy both these songs as I do !  

OK ! Wish you a Happy Tell A Lie Day !! Really ! Not fibbing !! 

See you again on National Honesty Day ! Honestly !

Din Hai Suhaana Aaj Pehli Tarikh Hai…

Din Hai Suhaana Aaj Pehli Tarikh Hai…
Nostalgia !  
Today is 1st April 2010.
I am reminded of an evergreen song and one of my favourite ones from Hindi movie Pehli Tarikh. I used to listen to it regularly on Radio Ceylon since 50s-60s on first of every month at 7.30 in the morning.Kishore Kumar’s wizardry is unparalleled !  
Here are the details and the lyrics :   
Movie : Pehli Tarikh
Singers : Kishore Kumar
Song : Din Hai Suhaana Aaj pehli tarikh Hai
Lyricist : Qamar Jalalabadi
Actors : Raja Nene, Nirupa Roy, Agha
Music Director : Sudhir Phadke
din hai suhaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
din hai suhaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
khush hai zamaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
pehli tarikh aji
pehli tarikh hai
biwi boli ghar zara
jaldi se aana jaldi se aana
shaam ko piya ji
hamein cinema dikhana
hamein cinema dikhana
karo na bahaana
haan bahaana bahaana
karo na bahaana
aaj pheli tareekh hai
khush hai zamaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
pehli tarikh aji
pehli tarikh hai 
kis ne pukara ruk gaya baabu
lala ji ki jaan aaj
aaya hai kaabu
aaya hai kaabu
o paisa zara laana
o paisa zara laana
laana laana
o paisa zara laana
aaj pheli tareekh hai
khush hai zamaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
pehli tarikh aji
pehli tarikh hai
banda bekaar hai
kismat ki maar hai
sab din ek hain
roz e aitbaar hai
mujhe na sunana
haan sunana sunana
mujhe na sunana
aaj pheli tareekh hai
khush hai zamaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
pehli tarikh aji
pehli tarikh hai
dar ke saamne aaye
mehmaan hain
bade hi sharif hain
puraane meharbaan hain
bade hi sharif hain
puraane meharbaan hain
are jeb ko bachaana
bachaana bachaana
jeb ko bachaana
aaj pheli tareekh hai
khush hai zamaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
pehli tarikh aji
pehli tarikh hai
dil beqaraar hai
soye nahi raat se
seth ji ko ghum hai ki
paiso chalo haath se
are lootega khazaana
khazaana khazaana
lootega khazaana
aaj pheli tareekh hai
khush hai zamaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
pehli tarikh aji
pehli tarikh hai
aye cinema waalon aao
aao khel mazedaar hai
ho khel mazedaar hai
ji khel mazedaar hai
agha hai bhagwan hai
kishore kumar hai
nimmi geeta bali hai
ashok kumar hai
nargis raj kapoor hai
dilip kumar hai
geeton ka toofan hai
naach ki bahaar hai
naach ki bahaar hai
paanch aane ka das aana
paanch aane ka das aana
paanch aane ka das aana
are waapas nahi jaana
jaana jaana
waapas nahi jaana
aaj pheli tareekh hai
khush hai zamaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
pehli tarikh aji
pehli tarikh hai
mil jul ke bachchon ne
baapu ko ghera
baapu ko ghera
kehte hain saare ki
baapu hai mera
baapu hai mera
khilone zara laana
khilone zara laana
aaj pheli tareekh hai
khush hai zamaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
pehli tarikh aji
pehli tarikh hai
din hai suhaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
khush hai zamaana
aaj pehli tarikh hai
pehli tarikh
aji pehli tarikh hai
This is a hilarious comedy song from the film Pehli Tarikh. The film was released in the year 1954 and its direction was by Raja Nene. He was also in the lead starcast of the film. Voice for this song was given by inimitable Kishore Kumar.  
If you would like to listen to this song,try the following link : 
Here is something more about this song from a blog :
Din hai suhaana aaj pahli taarikh hai
Posted by: squarecutatul on: September 1, 2008 
For those who lived in India during 1960s and 1970s, and who listened to radio Ceylon every morning, 7-30 to 8 AM was the time for old songs. Most people (masses) including kids like me scoffed at these old songs and waited for 8 AM. Last song of that programme was by K L Sehgal, and we would know that the “aaphi ke geet” programme, where new songs were played was just round the corner. All over the country, listeners, including the farmaish senders from Jhumri Tilaiyya and elsewhere would start paying more attention.There was one exception during this time slot between 7-30 to 8 AM though, and that would arrive on the first day of every new month. This was a song of Kishore Kumar that would go ” din hai suhana aj pahli tarikh hai”. Even those who could not stand old songs would approve of this song. It was the only song of that programme that no one ever found boring or grumbled against.
Now that those days are gone for ever,this song reminds us of those days when life was so simple and uncomplicated. Most working people were salaried people, who barely managed to make both ends meet towards the end of the month. They would be broke by the time a month entered the last week. They would be forced to purchase their groceries etc on credit, and the creditors would grumble. 
The sole breadwinners of the families that they were, they would eagerly look forward to their next pay day, which came on the first day of the month. With this salary, they would not only be able to appear before their creditors with their heads high, but they would also be able to buy peace with their wives and children.
When the first day of the month dawned,disapproving people would all of a sudden turn a new leaf. The wife would start showing affection towards her husband, grocer would soften his stand, knowing that he would get his money back on this day. Movie halls would expect to see a good business, what with the wife wanting to watch a movie that day. And the kids, who would not even recognise their father till yesterday, would start staking claims on their father, and giving their farmaishes for toys and sweets. 

Wow, what simple and joyous days those were ! India has come a long way from those days, and I do not think people these days depend on the first day of the month to tide over their financial woes. One can watch all the movies they want sitting at their homes, the days of buying on credit from neighbourhood grocer is long gone, and kids have so many toys and sweets these days that this day is a non event for them.

I always say that small pleasures are always the biggest pleasures that we can have in our lives. And those days of such unalloyed simple pleasures are sadly long gone.

Everyone knew who sang this song,but that was all. Till recently,I did not know that this song from “Pahli taarikh” (1954)was written by Qamar Jalalabadi and that the music was by Sudhir Phadke. And how well the lyricist has captured the sentiments of ordinary real life of people. He has been at his observant and eloquent best and he has written a very long and detailed song. In fact, this has to be the longest lyrics for a bollywood song. And as if on cue, my description of this song has turned out to be just as long.

This song was so difficult to come by. I finally discovered this song in and made a video out of it showing Kishore Kumar’s picture in it. If someone has the video of the song from this movie, I request that they should upload it on the internet. This gem of a song deserves to be heard (and watched if possible) by all those who like to listen to Bollywood songs. 

All these days,I thought that this song was picturised on Kishore Kumar. Now I have come to know that this song was picturised on Raja Nene and Nirupa Roy. Raja Nene was the director of this movie as well. I am thankful to Yunus Khan (Vividh Bharati announcer and author of a popular music blog) for this information.

Hope you have enjoyed as much as I have enjoyed posting this piece !


Poetry in Golden Oldies….

Poetry in Golden Oldies
Today, I was once again transported to another world of old Hindi film songs of fifties,when I chanced to hear a simple but lovely melodious composition sung by the late Geeta Dutt, while enjoying a nice punjabi lunch at a dhaba !!
The brief details of the song are as under :
Song :Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De…….
Film – Bhai Bhai (1956 )
Music Director – Madan Mohan
Lyricist – Rajendra Krishan
Singer – Geeta Dutt
The wordings of the song are as under :

Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De, Tu Kis Pe Aa Gaya Hai
Woh Kaun Hai Jo Aakar, Khwaabon Pe Chhaa Gaya Hai….(2)

Masti Bhara Tarana, Kyon Raat Gaa Rahi Hai
Aankhon Mein Neend Aakar Kyon Door Jaa Rahi Hai….(2)

Dil Mein Koi Sitamgar, Armaan Jaga Gaya Hai
Woh Kaun Hai Jo Aakar, Khwaabon Pe Chhaa Gaya Hai
Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De…….

Betaab Ho Raha Hai, Yeh Dil Machal Machal Ke
Shaayad Yeh Raat Beete Karwat Badal Badal Ke….(2)
Ae Dil Zara Sambhal Jaa, Shaayad Woh Aa Gaya Hai
Woh Kaun Hai Jo Aakar, Khwaabon Pe Chhaa Gaya Hai

Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De……

Bheegi Hui Hawaayein, Mausam Bhi Hai Gulaabi
Kya Chaand Kya Sitaare, Har Cheez Hai Sharaabi…(2)
Dheere Se Ek Naghma Koi Suna Gaya Hai
Woh Kaun Hai Jo Aakar, Khwaabon Pe Chhaa Gaya Hai
Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De, Tu Kis Pe Aa Gaya Hai
Woh Kaun Hai Jo Aakar, Khwaabon Pe Chhaa Gaya Hai
Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De…….

You can watch this beautiful song on Youtube by going to following link:

Here is my attempt at a simple translation of this song :
Oh my dear heart, pray do tell me
By whom have you been captured ?
Who’s that lucky stranger, who has entered
Your dream world, enraptured ? 
Why does the night sing a lilting melody ?
Why does sleep play hide and seek ?
‘Cause some tormentor has awakened
Many deep desires within me !
Oh my dear heart, pray do tell me………
My heart’s so restless, singing  a romantic number,
I am going to toss and turn,tonight in my slumber !
Oh my heart please… just calm  down,
Perhaps he has arrived at this very moment !
Oh my dear heart, pray do tell me………
The coolest winds are blowing,
The weather has me utterly delighted,
The moon and the countless stars
Are in a state of intoxication ! 
Someone has softly sung to me the sweetest melody ! 
Oh my dear heart, pray do tell me……… 

Oh my dear heart, pray do tell me
By whom have you been captured ?
Who is that lucky guy , who has entered
Into your dream world to be enraptured ?
I hope you have all enjoyed this nostalgic journey as much as I have. Isn’t it ? 
The translation can be slightly tweaked here and there to sing it in the same tune as the original one in Hindi.
  Geeta Dutt        Madan Mohan   Rajendra Krishan
As a bonus,here is a short note on Geeta Dutt……..
“Bhai Bhai” [1956] is an Indian Hindi film directed by Nitai Palit. Starring Kishore Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Nirupa Roy, Shyama, Beena and Lila Dulali. 
Geetā Dutt ( born Geetā Ghosh Roy Chowdhuri) [November 23, 1930 — July 20, 1972] was a prominent Indian playback singer in Hindi movies in the 1950s and 60s, and also a singer of modern Bengāli songs…. Geeta Dutt was born in 1930 into a rich zamindār’s family as Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhuri in Faridpur, (then in Bengal, India; now in Banglādesh). In 1942, her parents shifted to an apartment in Dādar, Bombay (now Mumbai) when she was twelve. There, composer/music director Hanumān Prasād once overheard her singing casually, and, feeling impressed, he offered to impart her training in singing. He launched her in a chorus song in Bhakta Prahlād (1946), where she sang only two lines. But her rendering of those two lines stood out. The following year, she got a major assignment as a playback singer for Do Bhāi, and her renderings in that movie brought Geeta to the forefront as a top playback singer…. …Geeta died of cirrhosis of the liver on July 20, 1972….