THEY ALSO SERVE WHO ARE IN NAVAL HEADQUARTERS! – PART II – A GREAT LEVELLER

If you have read my ‘They Also Serve Who Are In Naval Headquarters’, you would remember how I clarified that even though you are in the Navy, you can’t be at sea all the time. You have to serve ashore too. And whilst ashore, you are either posted at headquarters or have to deal with one. No one likes to serve in Naval Headquarters, but sometimes you have no choice. […]

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

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 Naujawaan) to Ab woh karam karen yaa sitam main nashen main […]

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

This is the final part of four parts of the Best Songs of Rajinder Krishan. 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 […]

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

I have given you 44 songs of Kaifi Azmi so far. in two equal parts. 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 first ghazal that he […]

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SHRI KRISHNA BLESSED FACEBOOK GROUP YKDN!

We have a Facebook group called ‘Yaad Kiya Dil Ne’ with the following description: “A group for serious music lovers who not just relish putting up and listening to songs but also identify these with Lyricists, Music Directors, Singers and Actors who brought the songs to us. The group pays tributes to these four classes of people on their birth and death anniversaries. The group is also interested in sharing […]

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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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