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NOSTALGIA-II

MY INTRODUCTION TO “THE SIKH REVIEW


The Sikh Review, is a socio-cultural and religious monthly published by The Sikh Cultural Centre, Calcutta.

I was introduced to it by my maternal uncle (Mausa ji or Masad ji in Punjabi) sometime in 1974 / 1975 or so, when we met in a family get-together (perhaps in some marriage function). His name was S.Kesar Singh Bindra. Initially he and his family was stationed in Bareilly but later on, they shifted to a hill station called Kurseong, near Darjeeling in West Bengal. They had their own hotel business there. His sons are probably still there looking after the hotel/s. He was a subscriber of The Sikh Review and gave me a few old issues to read. I read them and was encouraged to try my hand at writing articles on topics and themes which could meet the magazine’s aims and objectives of spreading cultural and moral values. I wrote an article titled: “WHAT IS LIFE ? – A SHORT JOURNEY! ” I sent it to the magazine sometime in March/April 1975 (I was then working in Jyoti Ltd Baroda). I was overjoyed to see it published in the May 1975 issue of The Sikh Review (nearly 33 years ago!). I may like to reveal that it was not a very scholarly piece. It was an article written by stringing together pieces selected from various sources which were at that point of time known to me, but after a careful selection, matching with the title of the article. I reproduce the article herebelow :

 

“WHAT IS LIFE ? -A SHORT JOURNEY!”

 
Saith Kabir,”Our life is a priceless possession, it can’t be gained and re-gained, just as a ripe fruit once fallen to the ground, cannot ever hang from the branch again.” (*1) So, why not make the best use of this opportunity given to us?

All that is created is bound to be destroyed once. Nanak says that “the composition of this universe is just similar to the bubbles of water that are formed but lose their identity in no time.” (*2)

So, make the torch of life just now in your hands, burn as bright as possible, for we know not when this flame may be extinguished. “We live in deeds, not in years, in thoughts, not breaths, in feelings, not in figures on a dial.” Let’s count time by heart-throbs and let each heart-throb chant the Name of the Lord, since: “We do not know how and in what manner we may die. However be sure that yours will be an easy death, if you never forget thy Lord.”(*3)

Luxuries, riches and amenities of life are all but a passing show. “In this world, all love is false! Whether friends or relatives, each and every one cares for his own mean ends.” (*4)

In this context, let’s for a moment listen to the following meaningful dialogue between Lord Buddha and a shepherd:(*5)

Shepherd : “My meal is ready, I have milked my cows. The door of my hut is bolted. And you, sky, can rain as much as you please.”

Buddha : “I no longer need food or milk. The winds are my shelter, my fire is out. And you, sky, can rain as much as you please.”

Shepherd : “I have oxen, I have cows, I have my own meadows and a bull who covers my cows. And you, sky, can rain as much as you please.”

Buddha : “I have neither oxen, nor cows. I have no meadows. I have nothing. I fear nothing. And you, sky, can rain as much as you please.” 

Shepherd : “I have a docile and a faithful shepherdess. For years she has been my wife. I am happy when I play with her at night. And you, sky, can rain as much as you please.”

Buddha : “I have a free and a docile soul. For years I have trained it and I have taught it to play with me. And you, sky, can rain as much as you please.”

Our life is a short journey and we are all travellers trudging along the road of life. Let us be courageous and let not the difficulties on the way, deter us from our goal. Let’s try to learn the meaning and purpose of life from the following beautiful words of an eminent writer : (*6)

...”Concerning the Traveller, who would enter the House of Courage, there are many lands that must be passed on the road, before he rests there. There is, first ‘The Land of Lacking All Things—that is hard to cross. There is secondly, ‘The Land of Having All Things.’ There the Traveller’s fortitude is most hardly tested. There is thirdly,’The Land of Losing All those things that one hath possessed.’ That is a hard country indeed,for the memory of the pleasantness of those earlier joys redoubleth the agony of lacking them. But at the end, there is a land of ice and snow that few travellers have compassed and that is:’The Land of Knowing What One Hath Missed’. The bird was in the hand and one let it go-that is the hardest agony of all the journey… But, if these lands be encountered and surpassed then doth the Traveller at length possess his soul and is master of it… This is the Meaning and Purpose of Life.”

The thread of life is bound to snap some day. Death is certain.”We are nothing but idols of dust,” saith Kabir, “called by the name of Human Beings. We are nothing but four-days guests and yet,we rush to possess all that we can.” (*7)

Let’s make it a point to recite the following prayer every night, for it may be our last night :

 ”I lay my body down to sleep,
  I pray to God,my soul to keep,
  And if I die before I wake,
  I pray to God,my soul to take.”

—J.S.Broca

References : (*):

(*1) “Kabir manas janam dulambh hai,
       Hoi na bare baar,
       Jiyo ban fal paake bhoe gireh
       Bahur na laage daar.”
      (Guru Granth Saheb-Page 1366) 
(*2) ”
Jaise jal te budbudda,
       Upje binse neet,
       Jag rachna taise rachi,
       Kahu Nanak sun mit.”
       (Guru Granth Saheb-Page 1427)
(*3) “
Kai jaanaa kiv marehege,
       Kaisa marna hoi,
       Jekar Sahib manon na visre,
       Taan sahela marna hoi.”
       (Guru Granth Saheb-Page 555)
(*4) ”
Jagat main jhuthi dekhi preet,
       Apne hi sukh sio sab laage,
       Kya daara,kya meet.”
       (Guru Granth Sahib-Page 536)
(*5) ‘Zorba The Greek’ by Nikos Kazantzakis.
(*6) “Fortitude” by Huge Walpole (Henry Lessingham
      Book III,Chapter vi )
(*7) ”
Kabir maati ke hum pootle,
       Manas rakhio naaon,
       Chaar divas ke pahune,
       Bad bad roondhe thaao.”
       (Guru Granth Sahib-Page 1367)

NOSTALGIA – I

The writing bug strikes:

I started writing of and on since my school and college days. I passed my Class XI in 1966 from ST JOSEPH’S ET HIGH SCHOOL BULSAR. I then joined M S University of Baroda in 1967 and finally graduated in 1973 (B TECH - MECHANICAL). I joined a well known private sector Engineering firm M/S JYOTI LTD in Baroda in 1973 as a Junior Engineer and I left Jyoti in 1980 to join BANK OF INDIA as a Technical Officer. I was posted at places like Baroda, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Ranchi, Lucknow, Ghaziabad and NOIDA.

Presently I am posted in New Delhi (since 07.07.08). I have spent almost 28 years in the Bank now and by the time I retire, in May 2009, I would have spent nearly 29 years in this field. Recently while transporting my household luggage from NOIDA to New Delhi, I came across a few cartons full, of my dearest collections of my writings in the earlier years. Storage space, as we all know is very short. My family members urged me off and on to dispose off this “garbage” to a “Kabadi” (scrap-dealer ) but I stuck to my guns and did not yield to their threats. However, how long I would be able to preserve it is a moot question. Hence I’ve decided to go nostalgic and keep it alive for as long as possible on the internet through my blog.

This first part of my nostalgic journey will start (at random) from 1976 and as and when time permits, I’ll move on to other years (I may have flash backs into the past or I may move fast forward, depending upon the mood!) So, be prepared to join me on this L-O-N-G journey to know me better and specially have a peep into my creativity through my writings – both serious and frivolous, religious and social, racy and tedious. Will you join me readers ?? OK then…

While in school, college, private sector or in the Bank, I have always had a great fascination for books, magazines, newspapers… I have been a voracious reader. I have been a member of school and college libraries,public libraries, Government libraries and even borrowed books from lending libraries at some cost. I have also begged and borrowed books from my friends and colleagues. This reading habit gradually developed my faculties and I began thinking… thinking. This naturally led to putting my thoughts on paper. I began by submitting articles to my school magazine, next to my college magazine and finally sometime in 1976 or so to the world of newspapers and reputed magazines. Films, specially Hindi films, were one of the major influences on my developing a distinct style over the years and gradually, very slowly but surely, I began writing stuff that was liked by publishers and editors and which saw the light of the day after a lot of initial rejections and frustration at not seeing my name in the print. Film based magazines those days were the prime source of entertainment after movies. So I began reading magazines like Star and Style, Filmfare, Screen, Madhuri… etc. Later on I went over to The Illustrated Weekly, Youth Times, Debonair, Super, Savvy, Dharam Yug, Reader’s Digest… and many others.

Film magazines then usually held several competitions for readers. A popular topic would be announced and readers asked to send in their views or Questions were posed by film stars and readers had to submit their answers. Some magazines had hugely popular regular columns of Questions and Answers by say I S Johar, Shatrughan Sinha, or a duo of whacky persons called Bald And Ribald etc… who answered funny and witty questions posed by readers and the best ones were rewarded with a cash prize or some gifts.
Here is one of my earlier forays into this mesmerizing world of “filmy” writings:

1.

REFERENCE: TOPIC:” SHOULD RAJESH ALLOW DIMPLE TO RETURN TO FILMS ?”

(ASKED BY STAR AND STYLE SOMETIME IN APRIL/MAY 1976.)

I submitted my entry and it was finally published in Star and Style issue of June 4th 1976.( more than 32 years ago ! )

My reply was lengthy but the final version that was printed, was as under :

Dear Editor,
There shouldn’t be any question of ‘Kaka’allowing Dimple’s to return to films or not.Dimple should care two hoots for Rajesh’s wish in this matter,and she must come back to the silver screen ! ( Viva Women’s Liberation,Yaar ! )

There is something like individual personality and freedom after all.This a free world.Dimple should not remain tied to Rajesh’s apron strings.She has had her share of marriage,(for better or worse : better for him,worse for her ? )home,publicity,wealth,two cute daughters,etc etc.What could else a woman ( sorry, a girl ) want ?

Dimple as “Bobby”proved to be a darling dream girl of I don’t know how many
millions of boys on the treshold of youth.She has talents,looks,beauty,and a ” wow ” figure to match.Of what use are her sexy assets if she has to remain in Rajesh’s kitchen,washing dirty dishes and doing a maid’s chores in the house all her life long ?

Dimple is born to be treated and worshipped like a queen and to rule the hearts of millions of fans like me. What a pity to waste a Cinderella’s- or a Cleopatra’s—charms !

Dimple should emulate Raakhee who has made a comeback at the risk of breaking up her relations with Gulzar, and should return to films—the sooner the better,for,if Rajesh still tries for a son next year,she will lose her charming market potential and become a haggard mother of three at the early age of twenty.

- J.S.Broca
  Baroda.

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This entry did not win a prize but seeing my name in print in a reputed magazine like this,was in itself quite heady.I had shown it to my collegues in Jyoti and they all felt very happy for me.Yes,of course,I had to give them a treat of tea and “samosas” !! So what, JS BROCA had been launched,wasn’t that worthwhile ??

More,in the next part-NOSTALGIA-II .

- J S BROCA
  NEW DELHI

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A SHOE, A DRAW , A RESULT !!!

A SHOE, A DRAW, A RESULT  

  

The readers must be wondering at this quaint and mysterious title of this piece. Please bear with me. The mystery will be soon solved.  

The date was 16.12.2008 (Tuesday) (“Jai Bajrangbali ki” bolna padega, bhakto !! ). Three incidents were reported in the news on that day.  

The most famous international scene was about a TV journalist, who flung his size 10 shoes at George Bush.Muntadhar Al Zaidi, a broadcast journalist, working as a correspondent with Al Baghdadia TV, a Cairo based news channel, who dared to do this defiant act, has become an international hero overnight. He has already received one bravery award from a charity group and more awards may follow. A man in Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered 10 million dollars for the shoes thrown at Bush! Youtube has been besieged with millions of hits to view this shoe hulring shot video and it has secured a place of pride in the list of top 14 videos of 2008 ! By the time this article appears in print, a lot more mileage may have been covered by this incident in the print and visual media. The only apt quote that flashed before my eyes was “Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.” Readers may draw their own conclusions.  

The second incident was a national news related to the much hyped and awaited draw of lots for 5238 DDA flats. The lucky allottees have realised their lifetime dreams by venturing into “real estate”. The TV grabs showed the “real” “state” of minds of some winners. Some who were unsuccessful also grabbed a few seconds of fame on TV. The websites of DDA were overloaded by hits and soon the system hung. The crave and craze for housing continues unabated. Everyone seems to be planning for a roof over his head and singing that golden oldie “Ek bangla bane nyaara…”.  


The third incident was on my personal front. Results for scale promotions from MM III to SM IV were declared by our Bank ( Bank of India ) and I was one of the candidates who had made it this time. I wish there were camera crews to photograph my emotions at that moment. We have all witnessed similar glorious moments on TV when a Miss World or a Miss Universe is crowned. The expression on their faces say “Oh my God!”. There are tears n their eyes! Tears of joy! As soon as one of my collegues Shri Bijay Sharma from ZO Ghaziabad conveyed me the news over my mobile, the first thing I asked him was to confirm once again whether my name was really there in the list or not. He confirmed it and congratulated me. Soon more congratulations followed and this continued for the next 3-4 days. Had there been a journalist or a TV camera man present then, he might have asked me the most inane/obvious question “Aap ko promotion pa kar kaisa lag raha hai? “. When an officer aged 59 like me gets a long overdue promotion (that too on merit!) the most obvious answer to this question would be: “Budhaape mein bacha paida ho gaya!” (A child is born to man in his old age ! ).  

The upbeat mood in my house was to be seen to be believed. Earlier, when I didn’ t get promoted, my better half used to say “Falaana promote ho gaya, Dheekna promote ho gaya, par aap nahi hue!” (Every Tom, Dick and Harry had been promoted except me!). Now she was glad at having become a Chief Manager’s wife ( a Chief-Managerani ? ) My daughter put up a proposal for buying a plasma TV.I said I will put up the proposal for consideration at appropriate level ! ( the most common  phrase a banker hears and uses often in his career.) My son had heard the news on his way from office.On reaching home ,he said he was simply “shocked ” ! I asked him “shocked “? He said “Yes,shocked with the happiness that the news of your promotion gave me “.”Here, have a Ras Malai ” he said , and popped one whole piece into my mouth !.The  famous golden oldie song came to my mind :” Saala main to sahab ban gaya ! “   Now that I had given a happy news to my family, I asked my recently married son “When will you give me a khush khabar about my becoming a grand father ? ” He raised his eyes above to the Lord Almighty up there in the sky and smiled sweetly ( secretly ) .  

Now, as promised at the begining of this piece,let me try to connect these three incidents.Our interviews for promotion were conducted through ” video-conferencing ” this time.I am happy and thankful that there were no ocassions for the interview committee members to ” hurl ” a shoe at me for a wrong answer to their questions ! Moreover,we were both at separate receiving ends.I was receiving their questions and they were receiving my answers.Just imagine,what could have happened if they had just watched the “shoe-hurling ceremony ” on TV before  they started the interview and what could have been the result if the interviews were held across the table,in person (as was done in previous years) and what could have happened if a wrong answer of mine could have fetched a response similar to Mr.Bush’s from Muntadhar!   The few lucky officers whose names appeared in the list of successful candidates in the Bank’s promotion process of 2008, were obviously very happy and must have felt similar emotions felt by those successful applicants of DDA Housing Scheme 2008, who had made it to the final list of successful allotees.  

Now, I hope the readers must have now understood the significance of the title of this piece.Some may however feel that “there was more dum in that number 10 shoes compared to the dum in this piece”. If so, they may be tempted to hurl a pair of shoes from Mumbai or elsewhere to New Delhi towards me (like those missiles used by Bush in the Iraq war). My only humble submission is that in case they do so, they may please hurl a pair of new dark brown shoes of number 8 (my size) which will be useful to me and match with the colour of my new pair of trousers purchased from “Pantaloons” shop in the nearby mall.!! It would certainly make economic sense during such times of economic downturn.Isn’t it ?  

Happy Hurling and Happy New Year 2009.  

- J. S. Broca    


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POETRY IN GOLDEN OLDIES Part VIII

SINGER SHARDA OF “TITLI UDIFAME !!

In today’s posting on Golden Oldies, I have decided to discuss one of my favourite songs : “TITLI UDI, UD JO CHALI….” from the film “SURAJ” (1966).Here’s some background information on Sharda from Wikipedia and other sources :

Sharda with RK

 Sharda was a playback singer in Hindi films in the 1960s and 70s. She won the Filmfare best Female Playback Singer award for the cabaret “Baat zara hai aapas ki” in ” Jahan pyar Miley”  (1970).She got her first big break in Bollywood with the song “Titli udi…” in “Suraj” (1966). She was promoted by Shanker of the Shanker-Jaikishen duo.”Titli udi…” turned out to be a top chartbuster in 1966. Thereafter she continued singing for Shanker in nearly all his films while he was alive. She sang with most of the top singers like Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Yesudas, Mukesh and Suman Kalyanpur. She lent her voice to top leading ladies of the time like  Vyjayanthimala, Saira Banu, Hema Malini, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Rajashree and even Helen. She was the first Indian female singer to cut out her own pop album in India sometime in 1968. She also performed on stage on several occasions like Filmfare Awards Functions, charity shows, naval  functions, and many others.Sharda was somehow never able to reach the top bracket of singers and she blames some of the highly successful singers of the time to have deprived her of her chances by indulging in dirty politics. She also has the distinction of being a BA graduate, a qualification that Shanker tried his level best to highlight claiming that if the heroine is a college going girl, then only Sharda can sing for her as the other female singers of the time had not been to college. This remark was not well received by others and worked against Sharda. The critics also took digs at her highly South Indian accented pronunciations and nasal intonations which were very obvious. But in spite of all that she did manage to create a certain section of the music listeners as her fans and well wishers.Shankar tried his level best to promote Sharda as the new generation Lata in the late 60s but somehow things did not really work out. Besides Shankar she  also recorded songs with Usha khanna, Dattaram, Iqbal Qureshi and a few others. Besides “Titli udi” , Sharda’s other popular tracks are:
Jaan e Chaman (Gumnaam) -with Mohd Rafi

Leja Leja mera dil (An Evening In Paris)

Chale jana zara (Around The World) – with Mukesh

Tum Pyar se dekho (Sapno Ka Saudagar) – with Mukesh

Woh Pari kahan se (Pehchan) – with Mukesh & Suman Kalyanpur

Kisike dil ko (Kal Aaj Aur Kal)

Jab bhi yeh dil udaas (Seema) – with Mohd Rafi

She was nominated four times for the Filmfare Best Female Singer award and won it once. In the 1970s, she turned music director with films like “Mandir Masjid”, “Maila Aanchal” and also penned lyrics for some songs specially for Shanker.Sharda conducts music lessons for children and aspiring singers. On 21 July 2007 Sharda released her Ghazal Album “Andaaz-e-Bayan Aur” compiling Mirza Ghalib’s Ghazals. The Album was released at Juhu Jagriti Mumbai at the hands of veteran Actress Shabana Azmi. Music Director Khayyam was also present at the event where Sharda thrilled the audiences by singing a few songs from the album in her well preserved voice.Sharda has her own website titled : titliudi.com

Filmfare Nominations and Awards:

1968 – Tumhari bhi jai jai-(Diwana) – nominated

1969 – Mere ang ka rang -(Chanda Aur Bijli) – nominated

1970 – Baat zara hai-(Jahan pyar miley) – won

1971 – Aapke pichche pad gayi-(Ek nari ek brahmchari) – nominated

Partial filmography:

1966- Suraj,Gumnaam,Pyar Mohabbat,Street Singer

1967- Around the world,An evening in Paris,Hare kanch ki chooriyan,Gunahon Ka Devata

1968- Diwana,Sapnon ka Saudagar

1969- Shatranj,Tumse Achcha kaun Hai,Chanda aur Bijli,Bhai behen

1970- Jahan Pyar Miley,Pehchan,Dil daulat duniya

1971- Mera Naam Joker,Jane Anjane,Seema,Elaan,EK nari ek brahmchari,Kal aaj aur kal

1972- Beimaan

1973- Naina,Pyar ka rishta,Maa behen aur biwi,Tu meri main tera,Rivaaj

1974- International crook

1975- Saazish 1976- Gold Medal

1977- Mandir Masjid ,           1978- Kshitij

Whatever critics might have said or say, SHARDA has been one of my favourite singers during the swinging sixties.I was in class XI ( SSC) in 1966 when the movie Suraj was released.I just loved the song for its simplicity and the style of Sharda.I had even translated it and used to sing it in school and college functions in the same tune as the original Hindi song.Even today after 42 years since the song was first sung (1966)it continues to regale me.I am sure there will be many admirers of Sharda like me out there. Here are the wordings of the song, followed by my own translation:

“Titli Udi, Ud Jo Chali
Phool Ne Kaha Aaja Mere Paas
Titli Kahe Main Chali Aakash ” – 2

“Phool Ne Kahaa Tera Jaana Hai Bekaar
Kaun Hai Vahan Jo Kare Tera Intezaar”
“Boli Titli Donon Pankh Pasaar
Wahan Pe Milega Mera Rajkumar”

Titli Udi, Ud Jo Chali…..
“Titli Ne Poori Jab Kar Lee Udaan
Nayi Duniya Main Hui Nayi Pehchaan
Mila Use Sapanon Ka Rajkumar
Titli Ko Mil Gaya Mann Chaha Pyaar”

Titli Udi, Ud Jo Chali….....

My translation :

THE BUTTERFLY FLEW
AND AS IT FLEW
THE FLOWER ASKED HER TO COME BACK TO HIM
SAID THE BUTTERFLY I AM GOING TO THE SKY !!——-(2)


THE BUTTERFLY FLEW….........


THE FLOWER SAID YOU ARE GOING THERE IN VAIN
WHO IS THERE WHO IS WAITING FOR YOU
SAID THE BUTTERFLY SPREADING HER WINGS
THERE I SHALL MEET MY CHARMING PRINCE !!


THE BUTTERFLY FLEW….......
WHEN THE BUTTERFLY COMPLETED HER JOURNEY
SHE MET NEW PEOPLE OF THE NEW COUNTRY
AND THERE SHE MET THE PRINCE OF HER DREAMS
AND GOT LOTS OF LOVE THAT HER HEART HAD WISHED !!
THE BUTTERFLY FLEW…........

Hope the readers will enjoy this posting and send their views and opinions on this singer and this simply unforgettable song.

H A P P Y  C H R I S T M A S !!

- J S BROCA

POETRY IN GOLDEN OLDIES –PART VII

Dear Readers,

Seeing to the wonderful response to my earlier postings,I have been motivated to continue this journey into the Golden Oldies of Hindi films.  

Today,I intend to take up the famous song :

AI MERI ZOHRAAJABEEN ….” from that memorable movie of 1965—”WAQT”

The song has been wonderfully sung by Manna Dey in his inimitable style.Music is by Ravi,while lyrics are by Sahir Ludhanvi.I vividly recall this song even  today at the age,of 59.I have sung it in various family functions ( for my wife, specially) and in marriages  of friends and relatives much to the delight of listeners.I am very sure many of the readers still cherish the memories of this evergreen romantic number picturised beautifully on the versatile actor of yester-years—Balraj Sahni and his wife in the movie—Achla Sachdev,another eminent actress of those times.Their mutual admiration and chemistry are to be seen and believed.Their coy glances at each other full of passion.are what fantasies are made up of !  

Achla Sachdev in Waqt

The lyrics of the song are as under:  

” AI  MERI ZOHRA JABEEN ”  

 TUJHE MALOOM NAHIN,  

TU ABHI TAKK HAI HASEEN  

AUR MAIN JAWAAN,  

TUJH PEY KURBAAN MERI JAAN..!”  

 I attempt a translation herebelow :  

 OH MY BEAUTIFUL BELOVED ,   

   YOU DON’T SEEM TO KNOW IT   

    BUT  I KNOW THAT YOU ARE     

    STILL SO LOVELY TO BEHOLD,   

   AND,AS FOR ME,I AM STILL SO YOUNG    

   THAT, I CAN EVEN LAY DOWN MY LIFE FOR YOU !”  

First verse :     

YEH SHOKHEEAAN , YEH BAANKPANN,     

 JO  TUJH MEIN HAIN,KAHEEN NAHIN.     

 DILLON KO JEETNE KAA FANN,     

 JO TUJH MEIN HAI,KAHEEN NAHIN.     

MAIN TERI,MAIN TERI

AANKHON MEIN PAA GAYA DAU JAHAN !     

 AI MERI ZOHRAA JABEEN…......”  

My translation of above verse :   

THIS COYNESS AND THE BODY LANGUAGE (SMARTNESS)  

THAT YOU STILL HAVE IN YOU, ARE REALLY UNIQUE 

( ONLY YOU HAVE THEM )  

THIS ART OF WINNING OVER OTHERSHEARTS,

THAT YOU STILL HAVE,   IN YOU,

IS AGAIN UNIQUE ( ONLY YOU HAVE IT )  

 I HAVE FOUND BOTH MY WORLDS ( HEAVEN AND EARTH )  

 IN YOUR LOVELY  EYES .  

OH MY BEAUTIFUL BELOVED…....”  

 Second Verse :     

JO MEETHE BOL JAAN-E-MANN    

 MUSKURRA KEY BOLE DEY,    

TAU DHADHKANON MEIN AAJ BHI,    

 SHARABI RANG GHOL DEY.    

 O SANAM,O SANAM,

MAIN TERA AASHIQ-E-JAAVINDAAN ,    

AI MERI ZOHRAA JABEEN…....”    

My translation of above :    

WHEN YOU SMILE AND SAY SOMETHING SWEET TO ME,   

 IT INTOXICATES THE BEATS OF MY HEART  

 ( MY HEART STARTS RACING !)  EVEN TODAY.   

 MY DARLING, MY DARLING ,

 I AM STILL IN  LOVE WITH YOU !!  

 OH MY BEAUTIFUL BELOVED …......  

 I’LL DIE FOR YOU MOST GLADLY (ANY TIME) (EVEN TODAY !).....”  

I hope you will agree with my opinion about this song. Those of you who would like to see the song on YOUTUBE, please visit my blog :  http://seeingwithc.org/jsblog, or watch it directly on YouTube.

E…N…J…O…Y…

 

 

J S BROCA

Poetry in Golden Oldies – Part VI(A)

CHALTI KA NAAM GAADI

 

Today I intend to take up some of the songs of one of my all time favourite movies—-



 

“CHALTI KA NAAM GAADI

The details of this movie are:Directed by Satyen Bose,

Starring:Kishore Kumar,Madhubala,Ashok Kumar,Anoop Kumar….
Music by Sachin Dev Burman.Release year :1958

The three “Ganguli Brothers” had worked together in this film.Their details are as under:
   1. ASHOK KUMAR—-Real name Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguli. 

                                Born :13.10.1911, Died  10.12.2001 ( 90 )

 2. ANOOP KUMAR—-Born 1926, Died 20.09.1997  (71)

 3. KISHORE KUMAR —-Real name Abhas Kumar Ganguli 
                                Born 04.08.1929, Died 13.10.1987 (58)

Curiously,Kishore Kumar died on the birthday of Ashok Kumar !!

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi ( literally meaning : “The One That moves, Is A Vehicle” ) was a famous 1958 Bollywood comedy. The film featured Kishore Kumar, his two brothers, Anoop Kumar and Ashok Kumar, and Madhubala. Kishore Kumar sang many of the songs in the film, along with Asha Bhosle. The music was composed by SD Burman and lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The success of the movie led the brothers later  to act in another comedy titled Badhti Ka Naam Daadi (literally “The One That Grows Is A Beard”) to rhyme with the name of this movie.

STORY/ PLOT:

 Brijmohan Sharma(Ashok Kumar), Manmohan Sharma(Kishore Kumar) and his brother Jagmohan Sharma(Anoop Kumar) run a garage. The eldest brother, Brijmohan hates women and doesn’t allow any women or pictures of women in his garage unless its an emergency. One day while Manmohan is on the night shift, Renu(Madhubala) comes to the garage seeking help as her car breaks down. Renu gets angry at Manmohan because he is sleeping when he is supposed to be on duty. Manmohan doesn’t like the fact that Renu shouts at him and initially refuses to repair her car but finally agrees. Manmohan finally repairs the car and Renu leaves for her home forgetting to pay Manmohan for his services. Manmohan tells his brother Brijmohan about this and realizes that Renu forgot her purse in the garage. Manmohan goes through the contents of it and finds a pass to a concert. Manmohan decides to go to this concert to recover his money from Renu. When Manmohan reaches the venue, he is not allowed to enter as the pass has Renu’s name on it and not his.Not wanting to let go of his money, Manmohan decides to wait in  Renu’s car and meet her when she comes out. Manmohan however falls asleep and Renu doesn’t notice him and drives home and parks her car in her garage with Manmohan inside. When Manmohan finally gets up he gets hungry and tries to look for some food in Renu’s garage. A servant in Renu’s house sees this and chases Manmohan who finally manages to escape. On his way home he notices a few men dumping a dead body on the road and fleeing.When he tells his brothers about this the next morning they have a hearty laugh at his expense. Later Renu calls the garage asking for help with her car and assures to pay back her previous dues also. Manmoham refuses to go fearing that he will be recognized by Renu’s servant and will get into trouble and so Jagmohan decides to go. Jagmohan meets Sheela(Sahira) in Renu’s house and the two start talking. Jagmohan is however afraid of women and gets nervous because Sheela is around and thus isn’t able to repair Renu’s car and Renu decides to call Manmohan. Meanwhile Renu’s father is approached by Raja Hardayal Singh who wants to get his younger brother married to Renu. Renu’s father decides to talk to Renu about this not knowing the fact that Raja Hardayal Singh(K. N. Singh) is just using marriage as a way to Renu’s father’s money. Raja Hardyal Singh in fact doesn’t even have a younger brother and makes one of his men pretend to be his brother. When Manmoham meets Raja Hardyal Singh’s brother he realizes that Raja Hardyal Singh’s brother is the one who dumped the dead body on the road and decides to follow him. He takes Renu along with him and eventually gets caught and captured by Raja Hardyal Singh’s brother. While in captivity they meet Kamini who Raja Hardyal Singh forcibly married just to get to her father’s wealth after which he kills Kamini’s father. While talking they realize that Kamini was once Brijmohan’s girlfriend who she was going to marry before she was captured by Raja Hardyal Singh. Brijmohan thought that she dumped him for a richer man and as a result of that decides that he never wants to associate with women again. Kamini tries to free Renu and Manmohan but a guard enters. Kamini however is able to escape herself and goes looking for Brijmohan. Meanwhile Raja Hardyal Singh captures Renu’s father and forces him to get Renu married to his brother, threatening to kill Manmohan if he doesn’t. Before Raja Hardyal Singh has his way Brijmohan is bought to the scene by Kamini. Brijmohan who is a boxing champion fights Raja Hardyal Singh’s men along with the help of his two brothers. In the end Brijmohan and his brothers are victorious and Manmohan decides to marry Renu, Brijmohan decides to marry Kamini and Jagmohan decides to marry Sheela.

(Their car featured in the movie and in the opening song has the regisration number CPV 65 but I could not find out details about its make etc.)

SONGS:

1.Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si ( A naughty song on Madhubala when she comes all wet and dripping on a rainy night,to the garage.) 
2.Hum Thhey Woh Thhee ( A song on the three brothers when Kishore narrates how he fell in love)  
3.Babu Samajho Ishaare ( The opening song of the movie on the roads of Bombay) 
4.Haal Kaisa Hai Janaab Ka ( A romantic duet on the lead pair) 
5.Main Sitaron Ka Tarana ( A dream sequence in which Kishore goes to recover Paanch 
 Rupaaiya Baarah Aana from Madhubala )

CAST: Kishore Kumar – Manmohan ‘Manu’ Sharma
          Ashok Kumar – Brijmohan Sharma
          Anoop Kumar – Jagmohan ‘Jaggu’ Sharma
          Madhubala – Renu
          K.N. Singh – Raja Hardayal Singh
          Cukoo – Dancer/Singer
          Helen – Dancer/Singer
          Veena – Kamini
          Mohan Choti – Maujiya 
          Sajjan – Prakashchand
          Sahira – Sheela

1. THE BEST SONG : ( In my opinion )  
“Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si”

 

Lyrics :


Ek ladki bhigi bhagi si


Soti raaton mein jaagi si

Mili ik ajnabi se

Koyi aage na peechhe

Tum hi kaho ye koyi baat hai,..... hmm ” (repeat)

 

Translation of above:

 

A damsel drenched from top to toe !

She looks fully  awake even at such a late hour at night .

She has come to meet a complete stranger,

All alone ( There is nobody with her ! )

Now,you tell me folks,isn’t that a great piece of news ?

 

Verse 1 :

 

“Dil hi dil mein chali jaati hai

Bighdi bighdi chali aati hai   -2

DoondhlatIi huwi, balkhati huwi

Saawan ke suni raaton mein. “

 

Translation of above verse :

 

She is so beautiful that she

Penetrates straight into one’s heart !

She is totally frustrated and damn angry !

( because her car has broken down at a late night hour)

She comes swaying her gorgeous hips !!

It is a treat to watch her

On such a lonely rainy night (in the month of Sawan) !!

 

Mili ik ajnabi se

Koyi aage na peechhe

Tum hi kaho ye koyi baat hai,.......hmm

 


She has come to meet a complete stranger,

All alone ( There is nobody with her ! )

Now,you tell me folks,isn’t that a great piece of news ?

 


Ek ladki bhigi bhagi si.. ...

 


A damsel drenched from top to toe !


 

Verse 2 :

 

“Dagmag dagmag lehki lehki,

Bhooli bathki, behki behki   -2

Machli machli, gharse nikli

Pagli si kali raaton mein.”

 

Translation  of above verse :

 

She is walking as if in a trance ,

She looks as if she has lost her way !

She looks as if she is in a stupor.

She has left her house obstinately,

(defying all the norms of society )

To come all the way here on such a

Maddeningly frightening night !

 

Mili ik ajnabi se

Koyi aage na peechhe

Tum hi kaho ye koyi baat hai,.......hmm

 


Ek ladki bhigi bhagi si…..


 

Verse 3 :

 

“Tan bheega hai, sar geela hai

Us kaa koyi pech bhi dheela hai -2

Tanti jhukti,chalti rukti

Nikli andheri raaton mein ! “

 

Translation of above verse :

 

Her body is completely drenched,

Her head is totally wet !

It appears she is in a state of madness .

( One of her “nuts” appears to be loosened ! )

( Kishore Kumar is car mechanic,so he talks in that language )  

She walks straight at times ,

And she walks falteringly sometimes

(She is an utterly confused state of mind,you see )

She has dared to walk all alone

On such a dark dark night !! 

 

Mili ik ajnabi se

Koyi aage na peechhe

Tum hi kaho ye koyi baat hai,....... hmm

 



She has come to meet a complete stranger,

All alone ( There is nobody with her ! )

Now,you tell me folks,isn’t that a great piece of news ?

 



 

 Ek ladki bhigi bhagi si…...
 

A damsel drenched from top to toe !

She has come to meet a complete stranger,

All alone ( There is nobody with her ! )


Now,you tell me folks,isn’t that a great piece of news ?

 



Kishore Kumar was a genious.Some say he was mad. I feel he was a mad genious.He was an actor,singer,writer,producer,director and what not.No other singer has till been able to “yoddle” like him. Those “yoodleeyieee,yoodleeyiee….” in several songs of his are a rear delight for his fans.He was equally good in singing romantic numbers as well as  

sad numbers.He also acted comedy roles superbly.He was the magic voice behind the meteoric rise of the superstar Rajesh Khanna as well.

 

This song picturised inside the garage, made use of several garage tools and implements to generate  musical beats of the song.Even an old horn features somewhere in the movie.

The poetry of the song is short,sweet and apt to the situation in the film.Picturisation is brilliant.Moods of Madhubala have been captured very well. 

 

I have heard this song  umpteen times and seen it many many times on TV earlier and 

on Youtube now. It is a very lovable song and I feel several readers of these columns  will share my views.


2.SECOND BEST SONG : (In my opinion)

 

Haal kaisa hai janaab ka 
Kya khayal hai aapka
Tum to machal gaye, ho ho ho
Yun hi fisal gaye, ha ha ha

Beheki, beheki, chale hai pawan jo ude hai tera aanchal
Chhodo, chhodo, dekho dekho gore gore kaale kaale baadal

Beheki, beheki, chale hai pawan jo ude hai tera aanchal
Chhodo, chhodo, dekho dekho gore gore kaale kaale baadal

Kabhi kuchh kehti hai, kabhi kuchh kehti hai
Zara nazar ko sambhalana
Aa aa..

Haal kaisa hai janaab ka
Haye, kya khayal hai aapka
Haye, tum to machal gaye, ho ho ho
Hmm hmm, yun hi fisal gaye, ha ha ha

Pagli, haan
Pagli, ho,

Kabhi tune socha raste mein gaye mil kyon
Pagale, haan
Pagale, haan
Teri Baaton baaton mein dhadakta hai dil kyon

Aha pagli, pagli kabhi tune socha raste mein gaye mil kyon
Pagle, pagle

Teri baaton baaton mein dhadakta hai dil kyon
Kabhi kuchh kehti hai, kabhi kuchh kehti hai
Zara nazar ko sambhalana
Aa aa,

Haal kaisa hai janaab ka
Haye haye, kya khayaal hai aapka
Tum to machal gaye, ho ho ho
Yun hi fisal gaye, ha ha ha

Kaho ji, kaho ji,

Roz tere sang yun hi dil behlaayein kya
Suno ji, suno ji,

Samajh sako to khud samajho baatayein kya
Kaho ji, haan kaho ji,

Roz tere sang yun hi dil behlaayein kya
Suno ji, aha suno ji,

Samajh sako to khud samajho baatayein kya
Kabhi kuchh kehti hai, kabhi kuchh kehti hai
Zara nazar ko sambhalana
Haye, Haal kaisa hai janaab ka
Kya khayal hai aapka
Tum to machal gaye, ho ho ho
Yun hi fisal gaye, ha ha ha

Haal kaisa hai janaab ka
Kya khayal hai aapka
Tum to machal gaye, ho ho ho
Yun hi fisal gaye, ha ha ha
Haal kaisa hai janaab ka
Kya khayal hai aapka
Tum to machal gaye, ho ho ho
Yun hi fisal gaye, ha ha ha !




This song is an utterly butterly enjoyble romantic teasing number and  is really popular amongst the lovers of golden oldies till today.Here, Kishore and Madhubala flirt with each other.The mood is very peppy and both Kishore and Asha have added zing to the flavour of this song.Ho ho ho and ha ha ha…add to the charm of the song.The end with different tenors of voices of both the singers is,according to me, like “tadka” to the “daal” (common amongst Punjabis !) 
 

I have also heard this song  umpteen times and seen it several times on TV /Youtube. It is also an equally delightful number and I am sure  several readers  will agree with my opinion. 





I’ll cover the other songs of this movie in the next part ( VI  B ).Till then bye …and happy viewing of these golden oldies, specially in this festive season, when we are about to end the year 2008 very shortly. A  H A P P Y   C H R I S T M A S  too, to  all the readers.

She sells sea shells by the sea-shore

Sunset at Tithal Beach, Valsad

I did my schooling from St. Joseph’s English Teaching High School, Bulsar (now called Valsad) – a town in the State of Gujarat. There was a beautiful sea-shore called ‘Tithal’. I have many pleasant memories associated with this beach. I visited it with my parents, siblings and with schoolmates. The last visit was in 1976 when a few members of batch of 1966 (Class XI) met to catch up with each other. It was a re-union worth remembering. Hence in keeping with the memories of those old days, I have changed the theme of this blog today. Hope you will love it.

Now, what about the sea-shells being talked about in the heading? Well, thats just a tongue twister for you to practise.

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GOLDEN OLDIES PART (V)-TANGA SONGS

As a child when I used to visit Delhi from Bulsar (a quaint little town in Gujarat, where I studied in the most well known school : St Joseph’s English Teaching High School till Class XI - {1966 }  ) with my parents during vacations to see our relatives (uncles,aunts etc) or to attend some family functions,I used to love travelling the distance from Delhi Railway Station to our relatives’ house in a “TANGA”- yes that old popular mode of transport in the 50’s and 60’s or so——a horse driven carriage.The journey was very enjoyable in spite of the cramped space with us all (me,my younger brothers and sisters and parents) plus the luggage etc packed tightly in the front and back seats of the tanga and the tanga-wallah dangerously perched on one side of the vehicle’s main frame with the whip in his hand and his continuous shouting to the passers by to be careful ......The horse’s hoofs made a musical note as they plodded along the cobbled roads.Tic toc,tic toc,tic toc,tic toc,tic toc….or say  ” tabdik, tabdik,tabdik,tabdik,tabdik…....”

Those childhood memories and the musical notes of a horse’s galloping have remained etched in my mind till today.It is really sad to note and know that with the arrival of other better and faster modes of transport the tanga has now become out dated and a hardly few tangas are rarely seen on certain restricted roads of Delhi.The tanga wallahs complain that it has become very difficult to earn a decent livelyhood from this business due to various factors.Leaving aside the controversy,let me now link this memory with some of my favourite golden oldies which have been soulfully  sung and beautifully picturised ( in black and white ) on a tanga.I’ll call them TANGA SONGS.  

(1) :  

The most loveable song which I love singing,listening to and seeing on TV ( on some selected channels which show old films/songs) as well as on Youtube (thanks to the technical marvels of these modern times ) with the help of my son’s laptop is from the old film : “Chhoti Bahen” (1959) Music :Shankar Jaikishan, Lyrics : ??  Lead actors : Balraj Sahani,Nanda,Rehman,Mehmood,Shobha Khote….The song (a duet) has been sung by Lata and Subir Sen.It has been picturised on Mehmood and Shobha Khote (a famous comedy pair of those times) and is my favourite Tanga Song because of its simple words,haunting melody and yes because  it feels utterly good to watch and listen to the galloping noise of the tanga…..tic toc,tic toc,tic toc,tic toc,tic,toc….....The wordings of this golden oldie are as under:

Mehmood “Main rangeelaa pyaar kaa raahee,

Door meree manzil,

Shaukh nazar kaa teer toone maaraa,

Dil huaa ghaayal.”

Shobha :”Tere liye hee sambhaal ke rakhaa thaa,

Pyaar bharaa yeh dil,

Tere ishaaron pe chaltaa rahegaa,

O mere katil.”

Mehmood : “Teree raah par jo main ruk gayaa,

Mujhe rahee naa apnee khabar.

Mere saath chal, mere humsafar,

Ab teree meree ek dagar….(2)

Main rangeela pyaar ka raahi …........

Shobha: “Jo aaj hai woh kabhee na thaa,

Yeh chaman pe ujlaa nikhaar,

Yeh rang hai mere pyaar kaa

Jo khilaa hai ban ke bahaar….....(2)

Main rangeela pyaar ka raahee…............

The song hardly needs any translation.Another plus point of this song is the interspersed laughter of the actors in the song and that adds charm to the song.Yes,before I forget, this tanga has a special metallic bell in the front portion.It is located in the under carriage and can be operated by a foot lever by the driver.The musical bell is a part of the music ( ting…a ling….)  and is focussed quite prominently  a few times in the song. ( I recall having seen this type of bell in a tanga in Bombay long long ago but this arrangement has never been seen by me in Delhi’s tangas). The song culminates with the tanga fading away into the horizon with the galloping noises remaining in your ears and Mehmood urging the horse to speed on ! Simply enchanting !! See it and E..N…J…O …Y  !!  

(2):

The second song that I recall is from the film “Naya Daur” (1957-Black and White) (In August 2007 a coloured version was also released but somehow I prefer the B&W version as the scenes are etched in my mind from that era ).The singers are :Asha Bhonsle and Md Rafi.Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi ,Music by O P Nayyar.    The words of the song are like this : 

MANG KE SAATH TUMHARA,  

 MAINE MAANG LIYA SANSAAR   

MANG KE SAATH TUMHARA…...  

DIL KAHE DILDAAR MILLA

HUM KAHEIN HUMEIN PYAAR MILLA

PYAAR MILLA,HUMEIN YAAR MILLA

EK NAYA SANSAR MILLA

AAS MILLEE,ARMAAN MILLA,

JEENE KA SAMAAN MILLA,

MILL GAYA EK SAHARA.

MANG KE SAATH TUMHARA…......  

DIL JAWAN AUR RUT HASEEN

CHAL YOON HI LE CHAL KAHEEN

TOO CHAHE LE CHAL KAHEEN

TUJH PE HAI MUJH KO YAKEEN.

JAAN BHI TOO HAI,

DIL BHI TOOHEE

RAAH BHI TOO MANZIL BHI TOOHEE

AUR TOOHI AAS KA TAARA.

MANG KE SAATH TUMHARA….......  

The song is beautifully picturised on Dilip Kumar and Vyjantimala.They complement each other and their shy smiles and glances speak volumes about their easy camraderie and comfort in each other’s company.SUPERB !!   

I feel, a small peek into the storyline of this super hit movie of those times,here,will not be out of place :  

The film is set in post-independence India where industrialization is slowly creeping in. The focus is on Tangawallahs who earn their livelihood transporting people from place to place on Tangas (horse – carts). Their livelihood is threatened when the son of a rich landlord (Jeevan) begins operating a bus service in the town,which he subsidizes heavily with the sole intention of first driving the Tangawallahs out of the down and then making profits. Dilip Kumar plays one of the Tangawallahs who petitions the landlord over this injustice.Then, Jeevan’s character proposes a competition to decide which service is the best – The Bus or the Tanga? It is then decided that there will be a race between both the vehicles. The Bus driven mechanically and the Tanga driven by Dilip Kumar’s character. If the Bus wins the race, the Tangawallahs would not complain further and if the Tanga wins, the Bus service would stop. This competition was a farce from the start itself since nobody could even dream that a horse cart could beat a machine operated bus. Dilip Kumar, however, accepts the challenge to everybody’s surprise. His logic is that they would anyway be driven to starvation if the Bus Service continues. This race at least gives them an opportunity to try and do something. However, the rest of the Tangawallahs do not share his hope. They blame him for his foolishness. In the end, he is left alone with nobody’s support except his sweetheart, played by Vyjyanti Mala. As the movie unravels,a hopeless situation begins to turn around because of the way the people come together. Mishap after mishap occurs but nothing can deter the determined. The highlight of the film is definitely the heart stopping final race where the underdog wins and how? It is really a treat to watch. The central idea is thus : Man versus Machine.  

The song has a nice beat with the horse’s tic toc,tic toc…captivating the listeners besides the good poetry of this golden oldie.Watch it and then re-act.OK ? 

(3):

The third song that I recall, is a song sung by Mohammad Rafi.It goes something like this :               

“GHODA PISHORI MERA,        

TANGA LAHORI MERA,        

AAO MIYAAN JI, AAO LALA,         

MAIN HOON ALBELA TAANGEWALLA…..(2)         

GHODA PISHORI MERA,        

TANGA LAHORI MERA….........”    

The song is from a film titled :”Pyaar Ka Bandhan” (1963) ,lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi,and lovely music by Ravi. I tried to find out the full lyrics of this song from various sites on the internet but I was not lucky enough.Perhaps readers can help me.I recall from memory that the tangawallah asks the girl passing by to sit in the tanga or she will get tired walking.He also advises her to take shelter under the canopy of the tanga or her complexion will become dark ( “gulabi rang kaala ho jayega” ).Anyway, this galloping song is another delightful melody which transports me back to those childhood days.

Tic toc,tic toc,......tabdik, tabdik…....Enjoy it and let me have your response.    

I am of the view that perhaps our grand children may never see a tanga or hitch a ride in one.Hopefully, they may at best, see a tanga in a museum—preserved as a show-piece under the heading of “India’s Heritage—-A TANGA” (a horse driven carriage used for transportation of people and goods in 1940s to 1980s !! ) They will surely have missed an unforgettable experience in life.What do you say dear readers ? 

I’ll also be posting this piece on my blog : “Broca’s doodle pad” with pictures of a tanga and some other relevent visuals.Those interested, can enjoy the visuals there.HAPPY RIDING ON A TANGA.Safe Journey…....  

- J S BROCA  

New Delhi

God’s sense of humour !!


God was in the process of creating the universe.

And he was explaining to his subordinates:

“Look everything should be in balance.  

For example, after every 10 deer there should be a lion.

Look here my fellow angels, here is the country of the United States .

I have blessed them with prosperity and money.

But at the same time I have given them insecurity and tension….

And here is Africa .

I have given them beautiful nature.

But at the same time, I have given them climatic extremes.

And here is South America .

I have given them lots of forests.

But at the same time, I have given them lesser land so that they would have to cut off

the forests…

So you see fellows, everything should be in balance.

One of the angels asked…

“God, what is this extremely beautiful country here?”  

God said….... “Ahah…that is the crown piece of all.

INDIA ” My most precious creation.

It has understanding and friendly People..

Sparkling streams and serene mountains.

A culture which speaks of the great tradition that they live.

Technologically brilliant and with a heart of gold…..

The angel was quite surprised:

“But God you said everything should be in balance.”

God replied—
“Look at the neighbors I gave them.”

 

 

( A nice forward from Shernaz Wadia of Pune )

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POETRY IN GOLDEN OLDIES–PART IV ( B )

After my last submission (POETRY IN GOLDEN OLDIES -PART IV (A) on the subject of “EYES”  I now take up some more songs on the subject matter.  

The first on my list is a romantic number sung by Mohammad Rafi , Music by Laxmikant Pyaarelal, Lyrics by Anand Bakshi, from the movie “Night In London” (1967) picturised on the lead pair of  Biswajeet and  Mala Sinha ( they made a great pair in those times )
The wordings are as under:  

“OH  MY   L…O….V….E…....!  

NAZAR NA LAG JAAYE,

KISI KI RAAHON MEIN,  

CHHUPA KE RAKH LOON AA

TUJHE NIGAHON MEIN  

TU  KHO NA JAYYE

OH  MY   L…O…V….E…......!  

DEKH KAR TERI TARAF BAHAAR

AAJ HO RAHI HAI BEKRAAR  

CHHOO RAHE HAIN PHOOL YOON TUJHE

JAISE HO INHEN  BHI TUJH SE PYAAR  

OH  MY  L…O…V….E…....!  

AYE  MERI HASEEN DILRUBA

MERE DIL MEIN CHHUP KE BAITH JA  

TUJH MEIN MUJH MEIN FARK NAA RAHE

AA KAREEB AA KAREEB AAAA  

TU KHO NA JAAYE 

OH   MY    L…O…V….E…...!  

SAAMNE JO EK TU  NA HO

DIL MEIN KOEE AARZOO NAA HO   

MANZILEIN HAZAR HON  MAGAR

MANZILON KI JOOSTJU NAA HO  

YEH HO NAA JAAYE

OH MY  L….O….V…..E…...!”  

The superb rendering by inimitable Rafi Sahab and the lilting music with extended sounds at some places,some special sound  effects and an echo at several other places, have a magical touch which sooths the listeners and spell binds them and compels them to sing along.A REAL TREAT !!.Enjoy it on Youtube and then let me know .   

The second song on my list is :   “Aankhon Mein Kya Jee”   a marvelous duet by  Kishore Kumar Asha Bhonsle from the movie “Nau Do Gyarah” (1957) set to music by SD Burman with Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.It has been beautifully picturised on the lead pair Dev Anand and Kalpna Kartik.With words like ‘Haan” ” Hoon ” thrown in at some places and the every stanza begining  with a melodious “Aaaaaa, Aaaaaaa, Aaaaaaaa” by Asha, followed by some whistling, has  a very charming effect on the listeners.SHEER MAGIC !! Do see it on Youtube and you’ll appreciate my choice.   Incidentally, this film was a home production of Dev Anand’s banner Navketan, was produced by Dev Anand himself  and was directed by his brother Vijay Anand. Another well known nugget of information for those who might not know : Kalpna Kartik had got married to Dev Anand on the sets of his movie “Taxi Driver (1954)” . The song goes like this :

“Aankhon men kyaa ji  

 

Rupahalaa baadal

Baadal men kyaa ji  

Kisi kaa aanchal  

Aanchal men kyaa ji   

Ajab si halachal.

Rangin hai mausam

Tere dam ki bahaar hai

Phir bhi hai kuchh kam

Bas teraa intazaar hai

Dekhne mein bhole ho

Par ho bade chanchal

Aankhon men kyaa ji….....

Jhukti hain palkein

Jhukne do aur jhoom ke

Udati hain zulfein

Udnein do honth choom ke

Dekhne mein bhole ho

Par ho bade chanchal

Aankhon men kyaa ji….....

Jhoomein laharaaein

Naina mil jaaye nain se

Saathi ban jaaen

Rastaa kat jaaye chain se

Dekhne mein bholi ho

Par ho badi chanchal  

Aankhon mein kya ji….....”   

The simplicity of words, is its appeal.Wordings are as simple as “A for Apple, B for Ball ” that a child  learns in his early school days.Here A is for Aanchal,B is for Badal….H is for Halchal….M is for Mausam….R is for Raasta…..Z is  for Zulfein. Easy isn’t it ? The chemistry between Dev Anand and Kalpna Kartik is just VOW !! (was it because they were husband and wife ? ) See it for your self …...Happy viewing !! Isn’t the simple poetry of this golden oldie just  superb ??  

The third song on my list today is:  “Nain Lad Jaihen…” sung by Md Rafi. Music Director:Naushad, Director:Nitin Bose.Lyrics:Shakeel Badayuni.Film : GANGA JAMUNA.   Ganga Jamuna is a 1961 Bollywood film produced by Dilip Kumar. The film stars real life brothers Dilip Kumar and Nasir Khan as two brothers on opposing sides of the law.The film also stars Vyjayantimala and Helen. Aruna Irani made a brief appearance as a child artist.Ganga Jamuna remains as a all-time blockbuster movie in Indian Cinema.Awards:The movie bagged three Filmfare Awards Best Actress Award for Vyjayantimala Best Dialogue Award for Wajahat Mirza and Best Cinematography Award for V Balasaheb.   The lyrics of this song are as under : (is the language of this song Bhojpuri or some other dialect ? Readers may please let me know.)
” laagaa gori gujariyaa se nehaa humaar   hoyi gavaa saaraa chaupat moraa rujagaar o
nain lad jainhe to manavaa mein kasak hoibe kari prem kaa chhuti hai pataakhaa to dhumak hoibe kari nain lad jainhe …....

roop ko manamaa basaibaa to buraa kaa hoi hai tohu se preet lagaibaa to buraa kaa hoi hai prem ki nagari ma kuchh humaraa bhi haq hoibe kari nain lad jainhe ….......

hoi gavaa man maa more tirachhi najar kaa hallaa gori ko dekhe binaa nindiyaa na aavai humakaa phaans lagi hai to karejavaa ma khatak hoibe kari nain lad jaihe ….......

thaik thaik thai thai, thai dhaak dhinak dhin, taak tinak tin dhaak dhinak dhin, dhaak dhinak dhin, dhaa!

aankh mil gayii hai sajaniyaa se to naachan lagii hai pyaar kii miithii gajal manavaa bhii gaavan lagii hai jhaanjh bajii hai to kamariyaa ma lachak hoibe karii nain lad jaihe…......

nainaa jab ladii hai to bhaiyyaa man mein kasak hoibe karii thaik thaik tik thaa
hoy hoy hoy!

man le gayii re dhobaniyaa raamaa kaisaa jaaduu Daar ke kaisaa jaaduu Daar ke re, kaisaa Tonaa Daar ke man le gayii re dhobaniyaa raamaa kaisaa jaaduu Daar ke man le gayii re dhobaniyaa raamaa kaisaa jaaduu Daar ke…”  

This foot-tapping dance number with Dilip Kumar’s inimitable style and verve was one of the highlights of the film and I loved watching it again and again.

The literal translation of the first two lines after the opening dialogue :  

“When two pairs of eyes (of lovers) meet,

It results in an electric jolt to their hearts !!

When the crackers of love burst,

there is bound to be a hell of a (big) noise!!”  

An attempt to translate the lines of the first verse : 

“There is nothing wrong in keeping the beautiful image of your love in your heart.   There is nothing wrong if I openly declare my love for you.   In this town of love,I too have every right to love and be loved.”  

What a delightful composition in the local dialect of the times and era depicted in the movie and  and the picturisation of this dance number.Watch it for yourself and see. E..N..J…O…Y !!  

The last song I intend to touch today is: “Ankhion mein rehne de…...... – From the movie “Bobby” (1973).Sung very beautifully by Lata ji, lyrics composed by Anand Bakshi and set to great music by LP (Laxmikant Pyaarelal) The wordings of this sad number run like this :  

“ANKHION KO REHNE DE, ANKHION KE AAS PASS, DOOOR SE DIL KI BUJHTI RAHE PYAAS…............  

DARD ZAMAANE MEIN KUM NAHIN MILTEY, SAB KO MOHABBAT KE GUMM NAHIN MILTEY.

TOOTNE WAALE DILL, HOTEY HAIN KUCHH KHAAS….  

REH GAYI DUNIYAN MEIN NAAM KI KHUSHIYAAN, TERE MERE KIS KAAM KI KHUSHEEYAN. SAARI UMAR HUM KO REHNA YOON UDAAAS …....”  

A rough translation:   “Let your eyes remain in front of my eyes,so that I can quench my thirst by looking at them from afar.There are immense sorrows in this world but every one is not so lucky to as to suffer from the pangs of love.The hearts that break because of these sorrows are really rare and special.There is hardly any happiness left in this world for us.Such happiness is of no use to me and you.We are destined to remain sad and despondent in our entire life.”  

A meaningful song for lovers separated by society or by the cruel hands of destiny.A really soulful rendering by Lata.Thoroughly enjoyable.See it for yourself and be carried away to those musical seventies …......    

This is by no means an end to my contribution.There are several other songs on the theme of “eyes” and with a great difficulty, I  have chosen 8 ( 4 in this posting and 4 in the earlier part ) Moreover,I have chosen the songs at random and they are not ranked by popularity.It is a very tough task to make an attempt to rank such golden oldies.Each song has a distinct flavour of its own and has some hidden meaning for each reader of these columns based on his or her  personal experiences.  

I will end this piece with a few of my favourite quotes on EYES :  

1.”The eyes have one language everywhere ” -George Herbert

2. “The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.”-John Vance Chevy

3. ”Any one can look at other’s eyes but lovers can see into each others souls through their   eyes”-Larry Latta

4.”There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through intellect.”

-G K  Chesterton 

5.”Early to bed and early to rise,makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes.”-Orson Scott Card.  

I sincerely hope the MUSE-icians/readers will enjoy and relish this special dish of mine seved with love and affection.Go ahead…....taste it…. and let this humble  chef/cook know whether the end result  was good or not.  

- J S BROCA  

NEW DELHI