THE BEST SONGS OF RAJENDRA KRISHAN, THE RICHEST LYRICIST – PART III

In Part I of ‘The Best Songs Of Rajendra Krishan, The Richest Lyricist’ I gave you 25 songs. After the initial introductory songs, I gave you songs chronologically from the year 1951  to 1955, from Badi Bahen to Azaad. On the 2nd of Sep 16, since it was the first birth anniversary of Sadhana after her demise on 25 Dec 2015, I also gave three songs of hers penned by […]

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

I am fond of calling myself a lyrical man; words of the songs are often the most important part of the songs for me. Indeed, on the Facebook I have a page titled ‘Lyrical’ to honour and pay tribute to various lyricists. I have several (almost a dozen) posts on  my blog on my favourite lyricist and poet Shakeel Badayuni. The following posts about Sahir Ludhianvi have been reconstructed from […]

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THE BEST SONGS OF KAIFI AZMI, A GREAT LYRICIST AND POET – PART II

In the Great Lyricists series, we had started with our third lyricist (not in any particular order) Kaifi Azmi. In the first part of ‘The Best Songs Of Kaifi Azmi, A Great Lyricist And Poet’, after a brief introduction and giving you, as I usually do, three of my favourite songs of his; viz, Jaane kya dhoondati rehti hain ye aankhen mujh mein from 1961 movie Shola Aur Shabnam, his […]

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THE BEST SONGS OF RAJENDRA KRISHAN, THE RICHEST LYRICIST – PART II

In Part I of ‘The Best Songs Of Rajendra Krishan, The Richest Lyricist’ I gave you 25 songs. After the initial introductory songs, I gave you songs chronologically from the year 1951  to 1955, from Badi Bahen to Azaad. On the 2nd of Sep 16, since it was the first birth anniversary of Sadhana after her demise on 25 Dec 2015, I also gave three songs of hers penned by […]

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THE BEST SONGS OF KAIFI AZMI – A GREAT LYRICIST AND POET

I am a lyrical man; words of the songs are often the most important part of the songs for me. Indeed, on the Facebook I have a page titled ‘Lyrical’ to honour and pay tribute to various lyricists. I have several (almost a dozen) posts on  my blog on my favourite lyricist and poet Shakeel Badayuni. The following posts about Kaifi Azmi have been reconstructed from the same page. Kaifi […]

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THE BEST SONGS OF RAJENDRA KRISHAN, THE RICHEST LYRICIST

I am a lyrical man; words of the songs are often the most important part of the songs for me. Indeed, on the Facebook I have a page titled ‘Lyrical’ to honour and pay tribute to various lyricists. I have several (almost a dozen) posts on  my blog on my favourite lyricist and poet Shakeel Badayuni. The following posts about Rajendra Krishan have been reconstructed from the same page. Rajendra […]

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THEY ALSO SERVE WHO ARE IN NAVAL HEADQUARTERS!

If you are amused at the title of this post being similar to the 17th century poet John Milton’s famous last line in the sonnet ‘When I Consider How My Light is Spent’, the similarity, I hasten to add, is intentional. As we go along, you will understand. The business end of the navy is at sea and that is where you want to be; that’s where there is life, […]

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“ARE YOU GOING TO RUBI’S PARTY?”

A news item, at the end of the year 2016, from a small village called La Joya in Mexico is probably manifestation of a phenomenon that has had far-reaching effects that the world has seen lately, in the fields of popularity, talent and fame. The invitation for ‘quinceanara‘ party or coming-of-age party of a 15 years old Rubi Ibarra by her father Crescencio went viral (the expression used in the […]

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VOTE-BANDI, NOT NOTEBANDI, IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR

खुश थे जब जेब में न होते थे पैसे, अब हैं तो कुछ अजीब लोग मिले हैं ऐसे I हर चीज़ खरीदने पे लगा दिया है महसूल, और कहा के यही है कफ़ायत का असूल, तुम्हारे पैसे पे मुल्क का भी उतना ही है हक़, जितना औरत का मर्द की कमाई पे है मरने तक I देश को ज़रुरत है देश वासी हों तुम जैसे I खुश थे जब जेब […]

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NOT LETTING THE GOVERNMENT WORK – INDIAN OPPOSITION STYLE

Finally, last week, we had Shri Pranab Mukherjee, telling the Indian parliamentarians that continued disruption of parliament by the opposition to protest against demonetisation is not acceptable at all. He reminded them that the ways of the street are ill-suited for the parliament and that crores of rupees are wasted when the parliament is disrupted in this manner. The fact is that the Congress has been so used to ruling […]

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HOW WE SHOT STARS WHEN WE WERE YOUNG NAVY OFFICERS

If the title suggests to you that we went around with our Kodak or Agfa cameras (the prevalent models in the 1970s) to take pictures of our favourite film-stars like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Vyjayanthimala or Nutan, you are as far away from the mark as someone who thinks pineapple is an apple-like fruit that grows on the pine trees. Worse, if you think, we – the navy officers – […]

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SAB AJANABEE HAIN PAR KUCHH TO HAI APNA

रोने से कुछ न बन सका तो हसने की आयी बारी, कुछ इस तरह से हमने है ज़िन्दगी गुज़ारी I वह जब करीब आये तो हम दूर हो गए, जीती हुयी ये बाज़ी खुद से है हमने हारी I ज़िन्दगी की कश्म-ओ-कश में यह भी भुला दिया, फिर कभी न मिल पायेगी, यह ज़िन्दगी हमारी I साये बढ़ते गए आफताब चले जाने के बाद I महताब की किरण भी दिखा […]

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RIVER RAFTING DOWN THE GANGES

I had never done this before even though I always wanted to. I have spent 37 years in the Navy; but, that’s like a person joining the air force on the strength of his having travelled on the upper deck of a double-decker bus. My wife and I were visiting Haridwar and Rishikesh after our Course Get-together at Dehradun. The day before attempting to make true our fantasy we visited […]

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PAISA FAINKO, TAMASHA DEKHO

क्या अजब है मेरे देश में ये पैसे का खेल? अमीर की बद-अमली ग़रीब रहा है झेल I आज़ादी के वक़्त से वह खड़ा है कतार में, कोई तो होगा कभी किसी भी सरकार में, जो उसके दिन भी वैसे ही बदल डाले, जैसे नेताओं के बदलते हैं एक ही चुनाव में I क्या अजब है मेरे देश में ये पैसे का खेल? बद उनवान को नहीं, ईमानदार को मिली […]

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HIMACHAL THE BEAUTIFUL STATE, PART IV – RENUKA LAKE

My Fantasy Place It is within three hours of drive from my place in Kandaghat (Please read: ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is – Kandaghat In Shimla Hills’) and yet, I hadn’t been there except with my parents when I was small. It is my fantasy place. My fantasy is all about a boat in a lake on a moonlit night with a partner. So what if this time the […]

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