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Aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zaraa

Posted on: March 26, 2012


I am aware of a joke where a Pathan from Afghanistan saw the poster of “Chiraag Kahaan Roshni Kahaan” and went to the movie hall hoping to see a movie depicting the tale of two Khans namely Chiraag Khan and Roshni Khan :).

One may not find that tale in this movie, but this movie has many other surprises in it. The movie in fact is a treasure house of nice songs. The iconic children’s song Chal mere ghode tik tik tik is from this movie. I became aware of this fact thanks to the review of this movie by Memsaab.

From that review, I came to know that the movie also has a rare song, namly a song where a cat figures. The song in fact takes place to celebrate the birthday of the cat !

That makes it a song right after my heart, because we in our house also celebrate the birthdays of our pets, and one of them happens to be a cat.

The cat, called nuppy, brief for Snoopy was adopted in september 2010 and we assume its birthday to be 2nd of september, about a week or so before we found it. At one month intervals after that we got hold of two pups and named them Bhhole and Chhote. All of them are more than one year old by now.

It is easy to identify the gender of dogs but how does one identify the gender of a cat ? My wife assumed that the cat was a female and everyone accordingly assumed so. I asked her how she came to this conclusion. ” If I spread its legs, it will not allow me to. So it is a female”-she explained. I was not convinced. I after some time came to the conclusion that it was in fact a male cat. I told my wife so. Agreeing with me immediately is not in the nature of my wife but I was sure that she would agree with me after a few days. Finally she agreed with me. Now, she calls the cat “billa” as well as “nuppa” sometimes, but most of the time she is still habituated to describe the cat as “she”.

Nuppy is so untypical of an archtypical cat. It is believed that cats are not loyal (unlike dogs) and they are fickle minded, which is not attached to humans (unlike dogs). But nuppy is extremely loyal and attached to us.

One year back, when all the three pets were of similar sizes, the three pets would sit huddled together in a basket, with nuppy and Bhhole keeping Chhote between them as a protective measure. They would play together too. nuppy, the seniormost of the three taught the two pups many cat like tricks which they still use.

My wife tended to throw the cat out of the home in day time while she would not let the dogs out of the house. It was very interesting to see two different creatures eagerly waiting on either side of the main door. As soon as the main door of the house would open, Chhote would try to escape out of the house, while nuppy would try to get in through the same door.

Unlike nuppy or Bhhole, who knew their way to the home, Chhote would get stranded outside the house. Then my wife would send nuppy out with express instructions to bring Chhote home. It was unbelievable to see that nuppy not only understood the instructions given in Hindi, he would actually go out, locate Chhote and convince him to come back home and bring him home.

nuppy has his own sophisticated GPS system in built in him. Main door is not the only entrance through which he enters the home. He has also found out all the other entry points in the home (however small they may be) and enters through them as well. For instance, if the main door is not opening and he needs to come in, he goes up to the roof. there is a small opening in the rear of the home through the roof from a height of some ten feet. He jumps inside the house through that tiny hole, startling Bhhole in the process, who would often be seated there.

The three pets periodically move out to another place to stay for a few days and there too, nuppy knows all the nooks and crannies of the house. I can count at least half a dozen entry points through which nuppy comes in /goes out of the house there. If you throw him out of the house throw the rear, it would come in through the front or through the side through entries that no one knew about or thought about !

In case all holes are plugged and nuppy is outside the house, then the dogs can sense his presence. Bhhole would give a characteristic soft bark to indicate to the humans that it is nuppy outside waiting to be admitted in. And the humans, on opening the door, actually find nuppy waiting outside !

nuppy, because it is a cat cannot be as vocal as the dogs who can raise hell if they want to. Interestingly, nuppy is at his most “vocal” during mealtimes. At that time, the two dogs would wait patiently for the humans to finish their meals after which they get their food. nuppy does not wait pariently. He keep on meowing to indicate that he is hungry. And he remains perpetually hungry throughout the day, especially when he sees me. Like humans, the pets, including nuppy, have quickly realised that I am a sucker who can be sweet talked into conceding their demands :).

Despite all this eating, nuppy weighs just 4 Kg which makes him quite a small cat even by Indian standards. In comparison, Bhhole (a lean and mean 17 KG) and Chhote ( a fat 21 KG) are just too huge in comparison. As a result, nuppy is no longer able to play with the dogs on a level playing field as was the case one year ago. In fact, now nuppy wisely likes to keep a distance from the dogs especially while sleeping. If the dogs are around, nuppy likes to sleep at places where dogs may not be able to reach him (viz cupboards, lofts etc). If dogs are away, then he merrily sleeps on the sofa, without a care in the world.

When I am at the keyboard, he likes to jump on my lap and sit there. He likes to sit on the laptop too, as one can see from my gravator image. He reaches up to my face, as if he is trying to tell me something. On one occasion, when Chhote had run away from home and he came back after much commotion, nuppy was quite upset. When Chhote finally came back, worried stiff and panting hard, nuppy came up to me and her voice was almost human like as if he was trying to tell us about Chhote. “See how immature this Chhote is ! Despite all the care he receives, he likes to run away. He does not realise how lucky he is here ! I was so worried ! ” I could almost sense that he was trying to tell us all this, and his body language was suitably emotional.

Here is this cat birthday song from “Chiraag Kahaan Roshni Kahaan”(1959). The song shows the cat being flung around (as Memsaab would describe it) in the first few lines after which the cat is not seen in the picturisation, as Minu Mumtaz and others take over. The song is sung by Suman Kalyanpur. Music is composed by Ravi. I am not sure about the lyricist though it could be Prem Dhawan.I request our knowledgeable readers to tell us about the lyricist of this song.

I think this may be the last cat song that I may be able to find from Hindi movies and that way I am happy that I have been able to take this opportunity to talk about my cat. Fortunately there are several dog songs that are coming to my notice and I will use them to talk about my dogs in future ! So keep watching the blog. 😉


Song-Aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zara (Chiraag Kahaan Roshni Kahaan) (1959) Singer-Suman Kalyanpur, MD-Ravi
Chorus

Lyrics

Aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zara
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa
aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zara
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa
aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zara
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa

chaahe maano ya na maano
par patey ki baat hai
chaahe maano ya na maano
par patey ki baat hai

chaar din ki chaandni hai
phir andheri raat hai
chaar din ki chaandni hai
phir andheri raat hai

aa aa
chaahe ro ro kar guzaaro
o o
chaahe hans ke kaat do
le lo gham ya lo khushi
sab kuchh tumhaare haath hai
do ghadi hai ye jawaani ka nasha
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa
do ghadi hai ye jawaani ka nasha
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa

le lo jeene ka mazaa
jee le lo jeene ka maza
aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zara
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa

chaar din ki zindagi mein
aahen bharna kis liye
jee aahen bharna kis liye
arre
jee aahen bharna kis liye

ye huaa hai
wo hua hai
fikr karna kis liye
jee fikr karna kis liye
arre fikr karna kis liye

aa aa aa
jo bhi sar pe aaye seh lo
o o
itna darna kis liye
maut to aayegi
usse pehle marna kis liye
waah
kal jo hoga
kal hi dekha jaayega
arre
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa
kal jo hoga
kal hi dekha jaayega
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa
aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zara
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa
aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zara
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa
aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zara
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa

le lo jeene ka maza
jee le lo jeene ka maza
le lo jeene ka maza
jee le lo jeene ka maza
aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zara
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa
aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zara
jeene waalon le lo jeene ka mazaa

8 Responses to "Aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zaraa"

I remember that post of Memsaab’s very well 😀

Your pet stories are really cute. There are several dog songs to give you a chance to write your dog-tales.

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Yes, I am waiting for such opportunities, since the dogs have been up to lots of interesting activities that I can discuss. 🙂

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The other day here, a cat fell 20 stories from its home and survived with only a bruise. Cats are amazing 🙂 (I also love your pet stories)

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There are plenty more of these pet tales still left to be told. 🙂

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Yes, Atul, your pet stories are great fun. Especially in your inimitable style of writing. 🙂
I also liked the line “Agreeing with me immediately is not in the nature of my wife…”. So it’s like “main jo boloon haan to na, main jo boloon na to haan”? 😉

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These days my three pets are having the times of their lives. 🙂

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