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Typewriter tip tip tip tip karta hai

Posted on: November 4, 2013


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

When this song Khit pit khit karey aur kat kat ke girey was shared, it immediately reminded me of another song which I had heard during 1985-86 either on radio or in the collection of the music centre which I used to visit daily evening during those days.

On checking our blog I find that this song is not yet posted.

The second thing was that this song also triggers the memories of my initial professional life when I started to work. And as Atul ji has rightly said – ‘Yes, these were the days when typewriters were an important part in offices of the world’, and I remember how in those days knowing ‘typing’ was an essential requirement for persons like me who came from middle class, because this would at least get you some job on this qualification.

As a student, though I was sincere in my studies, I never seriously planned for my future career and professional life. As a rule then we had only two options for a career – to be either an Engineer or a Doctor.

So, naturally after getting good scores at examinations you had to choose from only these two options.

I got a good 72% marks in my SSC exams and so finally when I did not get selected in the ‘polytechnic’ (mostly government at that time), I was left with the option of taking admissions to the 11 th Vocational (PMT) so that after 12th I could try for an engineering degree.

Now, the problem with me was that I got maximum marks in English, History and Hindi, and thought that I would do BA which was ridiculed by most of the people in our ‘colony’. They even told me that if I could at least become a ‘civil engineer’ then I would be able to ‘drag maximum money’ (‘beta faawde se paise kheechoge’).

Not getting in sync with the studies in 11th and 12th I got more involved with playing ‘cricket’ and watching ‘Rajesh Khanna’ movies. So ‘the writing on the wall was clear’. And my performance was in line with the writing on the wall.

I failed.

So, as usual, after the exams were over I joined a job in the summer vacations, which I was doing since I was in seventh or eighth I think.

I worked with a news paper agency for distributing news papers and then as a office boy with the ‘kamgaar kalyan Kendra’ (Social welfare centre) in our ‘colony’ in alternate vacations. I loved it very much at that time because in both cases I was with books or news papers which had been my first love forever and that is the case with me even today…

The purpose of this working in summer vacations was to earn money to watch as many movies as possible when we had the opportunity to visit the nearby city Akola (a district place, 30 kms away from the place we were living) at our grandfather’s house during vacations.

Now my Grand Father was always against this movie watching habit of ours.

So, that summer (after XIIth exams), I got a job with an engineering company and this was the first time I was working in an industry. The Plan was that I will do this job for a year and then go for studies with my favorite subjects. But, impressed with my working and looking into my middle class worries, when my contract was nearing completion, my Boss in this company recommended me to one of his friends having a Delhi based company who accommodated me in his team for his future projects.

Getting to work with a Delhi based construction company meant to get to travel and see India and that excited me very much because I had never gone to far off places even in Maharashtra, leave alone outside the state. Nagpur was the only big city I had visited till I was 18.

Thus started my professional journey, and during that one year working I realized that learning typing was very essential for me to keep up my job and with this I will also have an additional skill too. So, as an office assistant I was doing all the clerical job and also minor logistics activities. My Boss at the new company got me a typewriter which he himself brought from Delhi.

And thus entered the first typewriter in my life – a ‘Halda’ make typing machine, which was already an old and used one and it was allocated to me as I was a ‘fresher’ so I could learn on it and practice on it. Till that time I had joined the ‘typing classes’ and had simultaneously continued to work on the office typewriter also.

Initially there was more consumption of papers, correcting fluid and re-work at office, and joking on this whenever I took a letter without a typing mistake and corrections on it, my Boss used to say ‘oh, at last you have come without a mistake! What a beautiful day it is!’

Now, to get a qualification certificate of Typing I appeared for the 30 WPM typing examination of the Maharashtra Government and failed in it. Next time after six months I appeared again, this time in ‘two’ categories viz. 30 WPM and 40 WPM, and yes I qualified in the 40 WPM exam and again failed in the 30 WPM category !

So, one can imagine, what was the talk going and the jokes that were cracked on at my expense at my workplace.

As I improved further and got promoted at my workplace from an ‘assistant’ to ‘supervisor’ and then to ‘officer’ level I had a great time using the typewriter and sometimes working on it continuously during days when we used to raise our work bills which were generally on A 3 size papers.

After almost 8/9 years of working in industry I purchased my own new typewriter ‘FACIT’ make, which cost Rs.7600/ in 1994 (03.02.1994), and it was like a dream come true for me because I and my younger brother had plans to start our own business with this, which finally didn’t work out and when the computers arrived, my brother had disposed this machine,( which I reluctantly agreed, because it is my nature to retain and preserve old items with me as long as I can).

At one of the projects when I was given this opportunity to manage the Site independently I had a great time communicating with the client by typing several letters as it was required then. Also I did not require a draft and could straightway go on with typing the final letter. (I could not learn the ‘short-hand’ and missed this one qualification).

Even my clients used to tell me ‘aap to anjrez ke jaise chha gaye, typist ban ke aaye thhe , aaj In charge ban gaye ho’

But acquiring this typing skills have been an important part of my life, since even today it helps me a lot in preparing the lyrics, preparing my articles and any other work on the computer now.

For a person like me who have been involved with this ‘typing’ activity since 28 years now and continuing, this journey had been very very enjoyable and memorable.

The communication I made during those years for official and personal purpose as well (communicating with IGNOU for my graduation studies) had been ‘lovely’ except that there were no ‘love-letters’ 🙂 as mentioned in the song.

But learning gradually, sometimes slowly, growing simultaneously and rising from a worker level to a officer level and to a middle management level now, I think these lines ‘typewriter tip tip tip tip tip tip tip tip karta hain, zindagi ki har kahaani likhta hai’ says it all for me.

While I remembered this song I had no information about which film it was from and other details. Going by the details mentioned in one of the YT links and Wikipedia, following are the details;

This is from the 1970 film BOMBAY TALKIE (even I think there was no discussion about this film when the latest film BOMBAY TALKIES was released few months back).
The title theme of this film is composed by none other than Shri.SATYAJIT RAY as mentioned on wiki as well as by one of the commentators on the link on YT.

Following is the information on wiki about this film;

“Bombay Talkie (1970) is a film by Merchant Ivory Productions, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory. Bombay Talkies was a film studio that made films in the early part of the Hindi film industry.
Lucia Lane (Jennifer Kendal) is a British author who is researching the Bollywood film industry. She falls in love and has an affair with Vikram (Shashi Kapoor), who is a famous Bollywood actor. The plot is complicated by the fact that Vikram is married, and his friend, Hari, is also in love with Lucia.
The song “Typewriter, Tip, Tip” (Music: Shankar-Jaikishan, Lyrics:Hasrat Jaipuri) as well as the opening credits theme (composed by Satyajit Ray) were used in the Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited and on Geoff Lloyd’s Hometime Show)”

This song happens to be on a set which shows a big typewriter and on the keys the artistes are performing including Shashi Kapoor, Helen and others.

Here is some part of the conversation between the heroine Lucia Lane (Jeniffer Kendal) and the Director (actor name?) of the film on the set of this film as shown in the film.

The song is sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle. It is written bt Hasrat Jaipuri. Music is composed by Shankar Jaikishan.

Audio

Song-Typewriter tip tip tip tip karta hai (Bombay Talkie)(1970) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

Hee

hee

typewriter tip tip tip tip
tip tip tip tip karta hai
zindagi ki har kahaani likhta hai
typewriter tip tip tip tip
tip tip tip tip karta hai
zindagi ki har kahaani likhta hai

typewriter tip tip tip tip
tip tip tip tip karta hai
zindagi ki har kahaani likhta hai

ae

pyaar ki arji karna ho to
is’se pyaar badhaa lo oo
is’se pyaar badhaa lo
apne dil ki haalat likh do
apna kaam bana lo o
apna kaam bana lo

jeewan ka hamraaz yahi hai
jeewan ka hamraaz yahi hai
haalat dil ki sunta hai
typewriter tip tip tip tip
tip tip tip tip karta hai
zindagi ki har kahaani likhta hai

hey
typewriter tip tip tip tip
tip tip tip tip tip tip karta hai
zindagi ki har kahaani likhta hai ae

naache finger
naache finger
Line banati jaaye ae
Line banati jaaye

pyaar bhara love letter dekho
kya kya rang dikhaaye hi
kya kya rang dikhaaye
saade saade kaagaz mein ye
ae ae
saade saade kaagaz mein
ye rang-e-mohabbat bharta hai

typewriter tip tip tip tip
tip tip tip tip tip tip karta hai
zindagi ki har kahaani likhta hai
aa
typewriter tip tip tip tip
tip tip tip tip karta hai
zindagi ki har kahaani likhta hai

hum bhi apne dil ki baatein
roz type karte hain hi
roz type karte hain
humko jabse pyaar huaa hai
thhandi aahein bharte hain ae
thhandi aahein bharte hain

Madam apna har din tum bin
Madam apna har din tum bin
soona soona guzarta hai
haan
typewriter tip tip tip tip
tip tip tip tip karta hai
zindagi ki har kahaani likhta hai

hey
typewriter tip tip tip tip
tip tip tip tip tip tip karta hai
zindagi ki har kahaani likhta hai
hey
typewriter tip tip tip tip tip
tip tip tip tip tip karta hai
zindagi ki har kahaani likhta hai

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20 Responses to "Typewriter tip tip tip tip karta hai"

A nice song and nice article. Regarding the scene, itself, it appears to have been based on a scene from the 1937 Hollywood movie “Ready, Willing, and Able.” This video that I found on YouTube combines both:

P.S. I am sorry to say, I haven’t had a very happy work history, myself, especially recently. and I have found that typing speed alone counts for less and less here in the U.S., the “exceptional” nation where job opportunities have declined tremendously in recent years. (Some people say it’s because all the jobs have gone to India! 🙂 But, no, the answer is much more extensive than that.)

Now it is much more important to know various programs that one is typing into than to be able to type. Of course, I am older (in my early 50s) and there are youngsters also trying to get jobs who have been typing on computer and phone keyboards since they were toddlers (though a huge number of them can’t get jobs, either)… I type at 80 to 85 words per minute but that, alone, is pretty irrelevant these days.

Richard ji- thanks for your appreciation.
and yes the speed in typing has become irrelevant these days (even i do not know at what speed i am able to type ) 🙂

Avinashji,

What lovely memories you have, all associated with a typewriter.

My father was a freelance writer and was always seated on a typewriter. For me as well, a typewriter was a very glamorous piece of machinery.

My American step-mom told me I would never go hungry as long as I knew how to type. (Richard, she belonged to the 50s generation) Because of that, I joined a typing college. Early in my career, I found my typewriting skills very useful. I still do. Now people look at me in wonder when they see I can type without looking at the keyboard.

As Richard says, typewriting skills do not count for much. But I see junior staff around me, taking so long to complete a report because they are not familiar with the keyboard, and getting shouted at by the bosses, and I send up a thanks to my mom and the typing school.

Ava ji, thanks for liking it. and also thanks for sharing your memories too. we actually get emotionally attached to this. and yes these skills are always useful.
regards,
avinash

There is a report which I came across recently which claims that typewriter are making a comeback and are pretty much in vogue because of environmental issues

That would be really interesting Sir..!!!

Nice post Avinashji
And Gr8 song

but the toddlers and youngsters who type at break neck speed either on Whatsapp or sms use a lingo which is totally alien to us
LOL on a sms still stumps me……. it cud b (they say) “lots of love” or “laugh out loud”

@ Peevesie’s Mom ji – Thanks for liking it..! I too wonder how my daughters type on the ‘touch screen’ mobile which do not have the keys.

Execellent biography. Congratulations.

Thanks a lot Bharat Bhai for liking it, and Welcome on this blog. Do keep visiting here. I am sure you will love this blog and find many more interesting posts, information and of course all the great songs to enjoy with…!!! thanks again !!

Avinash ji,

You have reminded me of my college days, when i learned typing with a friend, just to pass the time. College was 7 to 11 a.m. leaving us free for the rest of the day. Learning typing did change the course of my life, though it was not intended when I did the Govt. certification course during 1st year of degree college.

From Manual typewriters to Electronic to word processors and on to computer key boards, it has been a gradual progression. Apstore has got an Ap for learning typing.

nahm ji – thanks for your comments, and glad to know that it triggers some beautiful memories…

Avinashji,
What an introduction of a song by the autobiography 🙂 I can feel your love for typewriter as you still remember the date you had purchased your first typewriter. Aur, haan, Love letter type karne mein aur haath se likhne mein bada antar hai. mera khud ka anubhav hai ki saamne waale pe dono ka asar alag alag padta hai. 😉
Regarding the typing speed/skill of the current generation-
Like Richard has said, here, in U.S., even a 10 year old kid can type 50 wpm. Few years back, while volunteering at my son’s elementary school, I was not happy looking at kids sitting in front of that 19″screen and learning all REQUIRED elements of the computer. Even teachers made it mandatory to write their spelling, writing assignments on a computer. I was concerned about my son’s handwriting and developing fine motor skills. So, I had a big talk with his teacher and she, as expected, also favored the use of computer for their homework. Now, it has become a religion for all kids to use comp. I have seen even a third grader sending a text with a speed of 40 wpm on THEIR cell phones.

@ Khyati ji – thanks !!
regarding remembering date of purchase, i have the bill with me preserved in the files with me. when i think i of this post i remember that the bill must be there in the files and i searched it and then put the exact date in the post. 🙂

@ Shri.Atul ji – Many thanks for the post.
Atul ji, also 4th Nov was the birth anniversary of Jaikishan ji (of Shankar-Jaikishan duo), through this song we also pay our tributes to Jaikishan ji.
I would request you to kindly add this to the post please.
thanks ,

Avinash ji,

A very interesting post, evoking more interesting responses. Yes, before the electronic versions came up, the mechanical typewriter was the lifeline of all officialdom. Schools that specifically taught typing and shorthand used to do good business. Now, one rarely sees a signboard that announces such teaching services.

The machines themselves were prized possessions in the families. I too learnt typing while I was in school, and still have the course books that were presecribed. And yes, the typewriter too, a stoic ‘Halda’ product. The keen thing about my interest was, that being mechanically minded, I had this penchant for repairing it myself, if there were any problems. I remember once the carriage stopped moving. And I spent one full night, taking the entire machine apart, resetting the displaced spring loaded thick cloth ribbon that pulled the carriage, and then put the entire machine back togehter again. The four or five hours I spent in that endeavor, made me realize what an intricate piece of machinery a typewriter really is. It is a marvel of mechanical technology, very structured and very wonderfully designed.

The learning stood me in good stead, for now working on computers, my friends and colleagues wonder that I can type with all fingers, without having to look at the keyboard, whereas many of them use one or two fingers only. They have mastered that method well enough, but still my typing on the computer keyboard is a wonder for them. Ah, the small things that mean a lot. 🙂

And thanks for the song. It has been sitting on my to do list for some time, and I am glad you wrote such a wonderful personal piece about it, doing more than justice to this very interesting song.

I wonder how the poet would frame the refrain of this song in today’s age. Maybe
“touch pad pe halki tapping karta hai
emails aur facebook pages bhartaa hai”

😀 😀

Rgds
Sudhir

@ Sudhir Sir – thanks !!!
while writing this post i had this apprehension, that you must be aware of this song. Because you had the detailed post on Jaikishan ji – ‘dil ki kitaab kori hai’, still i share it as it all come spontaneously .
– thanks for sharing your personal experiences too 🙂
– When i browse through other songs of this movie, i think of your beautiful post with this song sung by Usha Iyer/Utthup – ‘hari om tatsat’ from this film.
-‘touch pad pe halki halki …- but, as noted by Shah Saheb , it the typewriters are coming back, the current generation will have to go back to ‘asdf :lkj’ …as we do 🙂

Thanks Prakash ji for the newer working links !!

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