GEETKAAR NA BAN PAAYA TO KYAA?

काश तेरे लिए बन पाता शकील बदायुनी, ग़ज़ल लिख पाता कोई ताज़ा अनसुनी I चौदहवीं का चाँद कह के तुम्हें बुलाता, खुशियां तेरी कर देता दूनी चौगुनी I या फिर मैं रूप धारण करता शैलेन्द्र का, तेरे मन की गंगा और मेरे मन की जमुना का, मैं होता आवारा, और तुम होती अनुराधा, दोनों मिल के गाते प्यार हुआ इकरार हुआ I शायद तुम्हें पसंद आता, मैं होता हसरत जयपुरी, […]

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Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #20

The twentieth day of songs in this series. In the last nineteen days, we have taken up songs of ten male singers: Talat Mahmood, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Hemant Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor, SD Burman, KL Saigal and Pankaj Mullick. We also took up songs of nine female singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Suman Kalyanpur, Shamshad Begum, Geeta Dutt, Uma Devi (Tun Tun), Suraiya and Zohrabai Ambalewali and […]

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Raaga Based Song Of The Day #87

Raaga Based Song of the Day: Bedardi baalma tujhako mera man yaad karta hai…. Raag Charukesi, Tal Dadra Shankar – Jaikishan again today, in the eighty-seventh post on Raaga Based Songs of the Day. Actually, I should say: the genius of Shankar Jaikishan again. And this time, I have chosen a song from a non-Raj Kapoor starrer. Also, I have chosen a Raaga other than their favourite Bhairavi: Charukesi, that […]

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SHASHI KAPOOR – PARDESIYON KO HAI IK DIN JAANA

The whole country must be saying this about him now that at about 5:20 PM today, the 4th Dec 17, he lost his battle with liver cirrhosis at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai. He had been ailing for a number of years. However, ailing and battling for life is not something that we would want to remember him by. The song is one of his most popular songs. However, he wasn’t […]

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TUM HO TO SAB KUCHH HAI, TUM NAHIN TO KUCHH BHI NAHIN

फूल हैं बड़े सुन्दर और रंगीले, लाल, हरे, नीले और पीले I इनसे अलग एक है सबसे प्यारा, वह है सनम चेहरा तुम्हारा I तुम हो तो ज़िन्दगी है चमन, तुम नहीं तो ज़िन्दगी वीरान, फूलों को भी पता है जान-ए-बहार, तुम्ही तो हो फूलों की जान I भँवरे बाग़ में गुनगुनाते हैं, तितलियों संग मन लुभाते हैं I पर सबसे दिलकश है तुम्हारा गीत, जिसने मेरा दिल लिया है […]

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TERROR WAS ALWAYS THERE!

The other day, on the 28th November 2017 to be exact, when my wife and I went for the Families Day at Sea for the Veterans, we saw that the Naval Dockyard (wherein the ship we had to board was berthed) had been converted into a fortress with armed guards everywhere. On board too, wherever the sentries used to be there with batons (Please read: ‘Awkward Sentry’), now they stand […]

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