Raaga Based Song of the Day #2

Yesterday we started with a new series on this blog. The first post in the series was titled ‘Raaga Based Song Of The Day #1’ and the song was a Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar song from the 1970 Shakti Samanta movie Pagla Kahin Ka: Tum mujhe youn bhula na paoge. It is in Raag Jhinjhoti, Tal Kaherava. This blog has a number of posts on Raaga based songs in […]

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Raaga Based Song of the Day #1

This blog has a number of posts on Raaga based songs in Hindi movies titled similarly; for example: ‘The Best Raaga Based Songs in Hindi Movies – Raag Jaijaivanti’. Whilst sharing Raaga based Hindi films songs with you, it occurred to me that ancient Indians were very innovative people in various fields including music, literature, science, maths, and astronomy. It is just that we were poor in documenting our achievements […]

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ALVIDA!

वक़्त की आंधी में क्या क्या हुआ बर्बाद, सुहाने प्यार की फ़क़त रह गयी है याद I उनकी मायूसी को मैं खुशग्वार करता गया, रफ्ता रफ्ता मेरी ही ज़िन्दगी बन गयी नाशाद I मेरी वफाओं ने आखिर मान ली हार अपनी, उनकी जफ़ाएं रहीं बुलंद और ज़िंदाबाद I मैंने सोचा था उनकी खुदी आजज़ी में बदल जायेगी, मेरे होते न सही, कम अज़ कम मेरे जाने के बाद I अलविदा […]

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PRELUDE TO AANSU SONGS FEST ON YAAD KIYA DIL NE (YKDN) GROUP

There are many Song and Music groups on the Facebook; but, ‘Yaad Kiya Dil Ne‘ is different. Most other groups simply have members putting up urls of songs from YouTube and other sources and then members congratulate the choice of the one who has posted by such comments as “Wow”, “I love this too”, “Really nice” and so on. ‘Yaad Kiya Dil Ne‘ is different and unique. It is a […]

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HAPPY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MEENA AND RAJ DUTTA

आपकी सालगिरह पर आपको बधाई हो, आपके प्यार में हर दम गहराई हो, और कुछ ऐसा संगीत और गीत बनें, अपनी अपनी बीन नहीं, सांझी शहनाई हो ! आप दोनों ही प्यार की हसीन मूरत हो, आपसी ख्वाइश ही नहीं ज़िन्दगी की ज़रुरत हो, आपको देख के लगता है कुछ यूँ हमें, सारे जहाँ में आप दोनों सबसे खूबसूरत हो I खुदा ने बनाई है यह जोड़ी बड़े प्यार के […]

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KYA KAHUN?

आज कल कुछ कहने को जी नहीं करता, तेज़ नदियों में बहने को जी नहीं करता I बहुत झेल लिए ज़ालिम के ज़ुल्म ओ सितम, और ग़म – ऐ – इश्क़ सहने को जी नहीं करता I उनके तगाफुल में वीराने भी हसीन लगते थे, अब तो जन्नत में भी रहने को जी नहीं करता I जज़्बात के समुन्दर अभी भी उठते हैं मेरे दिल में, पर अब उन मौजों […]

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YKDN LIVE FEST AT KANDAGHAT – YET ANOTHER TRIBUTE TO SHAKEEL BADAYUNI

This year was one year when I failed to pay tribute to my favourite poet and lyricist Shakeel Badayuni on his Death Anniversary on 20th April. But, did I really fail? How can I? I live Shakeel and his poetry and lyrics. I have a Facebook group called ‘Yaad Kiya Dil Ne’ (YKDN). On 22 April 2017, we had the second Annual Meet of the YKDN group in my home […]

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THE BEST SONGS OF SAHIR LUDHIANVI – THE ‘MAGICIAN’ LYRICIST AND POET – PART IV

I have so far given you three parts of this post: In ‘The Best Songs Of Sahir Ludhianvi – Part I’, I gave you two dozen songs. Initially, I started with a favourite of mine: Aurat ne janam diya mardon ko, mardon ne use bazaar diya, from the 1958 BR Chopra movie Sadhana. I soon settled with giving you his songs chronologically from Thandi hawayen, lehrake aayen (from 1951 movie […]

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BLACK

All names and incidents in the story are fictional and any resemblance to anyone or anything real is purely coincidental. Historical details are however real and pains have been taken to re-report them as correctly as possible. 1975 Greased face, slimy hands, torn shorts, bare feet, he stealthily went around the crowd in front of the theatre. He was so small – he came up to hip level of most […]

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ON SUREKHA’S BIRTHDAY 03 SEPTEMBER 2016

My wishes on the birthday of my sister, Surekha Saini: जन्मदिन मुबारक सुरेखा, जबसे हमने तुम्हें है देखा, दिल में ख़ुशी और उमंगो की, खींच गयी है जैसे रेखा। आप अच्छाई और सुंदरता की मूरत हो, हम भाइयों के लिए बहिन की सूरत हो, आपसे मिल के यूँ लगता है हमें, ज़िन्दगी की एक हसीन ज़रुरत हो । सूफ़ी संगीत आपकी पसंदीदा चाहत है, इसी से आपके जीवन में राहत […]

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FAUJI TRANSFERS – THE BENEFITS OF ELABORATE PACKING!

It was to be our first transfer out of Bombay after marriage and that too to Naval Headquarters in New Delhi. We had nightmares of packing and unpacking even though we hadn’t got much (Please also read: ‘Giving Away Memories’). With the kind of ‘packing-sense’ that comes to ‘faujis‘ almost naturally, I told my wife only to look after our sons, three-year old and six months old and that I […]

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WE DID IT, LYN!

I felt it in my guts when you first came in my life, That you are the one for me in peace and in strife, It started with love, we can never forget that, But, we both knew, for sure, you’d be my wife. And when we wedded, it was the best hour, Even gods, I know, sprinkled many a flower, As we stood before the deity in the temple […]

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INTOXICATION OF A DIFFERENT KIND!

This anecdote has been reminded by my former Engineer Officer of INS Vipul: Syed Shahid Raza. This was his comment on my post ‘Viraat Ship’s Commander Overboard!’: “Lovely Sir. Proud to have served under you on-board Vipul. The ward room of Vipul had also similar sentiments everyday. All officers only used to think about next day 10 Km early morning jog with you always beating all of us. Also remembered […]

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“Babumoshai, Zindagi Aur Maut Uparwale Ke Hath Hai Jahanpanah”

Recently, a number of friends and collegues have left us…… जाने कब सांस रुक जाए, गर्म खून हो जाए सर्द? यह जो महल हमने बनाये हैं, कब हो जाएँ गर्द? जाने कब फरमान आ जाए मौत के शेहन-शाह का? कौन जाने कहाँ है मुकाम ज़िन्दगी की राह का? तिनका तिनका बटोर कर बनाया है जो आशियां, हमसफ़र ओ रहबरों का बढ़ता हुआ ये कारवां, कठपुतलियां हैं सब, जाने किस को […]

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VIRAAT SHIP’S COMMANDER OVERBOARD!

Part I – Sea Harriers My wife and I went for the decommissioning functions of Indian Naval Ship Viraat on 5th and 6th of March 2017. We clicked more pictures in these two days than during my entire tenure as the Ship’s Commander in 1994-95. Our pictures were still better and more relevant than, for example, Times of India publication Mirror that showed the jetty with three Delhi class destroyers […]

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