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Aap ka khat mila aap ka shukriya

Posted on: January 7, 2016


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a 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.

‘Daakiyaa daak laaya!! Daakiyaa daak laaya!!’

No, I was not that much aware of this song in my childhood when I was a school going child, but I remember the characteristic ringing of the ‘cycle bell’ which signalled the arrival of the ‘Postman’ on our door steps.

I also cannot forget the fact that there was a poem on ‘The Postman’ in our Hindi text book, (though I do not exactly remember in which class) which described how in spite of lot of difficulties the Postman performs his duty and delivers our letters to us. We have to appreciate the contribution of the humble postman in bringing messages to people located at remote and inaccessible places that were underdeveloped and cut off from other places.

Among the many institutions we have in our society, I have some special fondness for Railways, Railway Stations, State Bus services (few states), Post offices, Postman etc.

I do not know why but I am always excited to visit Railway Stations, travel by train, travel by ST Bus (specially in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and now Gujarat). That gives me a strange satisfaction and happiness, and a ‘nostalgic‘ feeling too.

Likewise I have this fascination for the Post Office or Postal Department.

In my childhood I was very fond of the ‘postal stationery’, sending requests for list of publications, receiving various booklets and other things through posts. I also took up the hobby of collection of stamps once upon a time, though not too seriously and it got discontinued with time.

I like receiving various postages like book-post and once I had sent my requests for books to ‘Amar Chitra Katha’ (I think I had ordered five books) without the knowledge of my parents. When the books finally arrived through VPP, my parents paid up the money to receive the unexpected parcel and I had to face the wrath of my father for doing such ‘kalaakari’ without their permission.

As I was fond of books, I slowly became addicted to the idea of receiving of books and list of various publications through post. I am still fascinated with the fragrance of the packages of the various color craft paper that arrives in these posts.

When I grew up and took a job I had this experience of telex, telegrams, Registered Letters, Registry with acknowledgement, booking trunk calls (also some special calls, I am forgetting it now) wherein one had to wait patiently for a long time after booking the call and to talk with the phone person.

Then there was this sealing of the parcel with cloth packing by ‘laakh’, for sending the parcels.

There were strange moments too. Like, in one of my previous organizations, our accounts department used to send reminders for fortnightly site accounts via telegram. Now sometime the telegram man would come (looking grim and purposeful as was their wont) at late evening hours, say at 10-11 at night, and when you see a telegram person at your door step there are always negative apprehensions about the news. Because, in general, the ‘telegram’ was considered a harbinger of bad news.

When I joined my studies for graduation it was all through correspondence and as I recollect it now, I can only appreciate the P&T department, because none of my exam requests were missed, at no time my hall-ticket got delayed, none of the assignments gets misplaced or lost and all my result-cards and all of my communication was properly delivered and received by me too.

At one point when I do not receive an acknowledgement for a registered letter sent by me with a DD subscribing for a journal, I just put a request to the nearest main post office I was staying at Kota (it was in ‘Dhan Mandi’ or ‘New Grain Mandi’), and OMG !! After few days I got this detailed letter giving me the tracking of the said registered letter and the details of its delivery to the destination office.

I salute the Post & Telegraph department of India.

At the same time I had also tried to know how the Pin-code for various places are derived and how the Country is divided in various zones for this purpose.

I got married in 1994, and at that time though the various Phone services were started (namely STD) up we do not have a land line connection at our home neither cell phones.

As I was elder among my brothers I thought my wife should also stay with my parents and do their ‘sewa’. So, for the first two or three years she was alternatively staying with me and my parents. The main source of communication beetween us during that phase of our lives was through letters and I cannot forget how thrilling and exciting it was, waiting for the letters, keeping in touch with the Postman, and how most of the times the intuition of arriving of letters at the Post Office worked well and I used to visit the Post Office and check for my ‘mails’ after the daily sorting time was over. There used to be separate boxes in the big wooden ‘almirah’ at the Post offices, where they would keep the mails of different areas of the city. Those days cannot be forgotten.

And to remember and cherish those lovely days here is a lovely song from the 1981 film ‘Sharda’, where in the beautiful Rameshwari is lip syncing for Lata’s voice in this song. The song is composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics are by Anand Bakshi.

6 january 2016 was the birthday of Rameshwari. Wishing her a very happy birthday and a long healthy and peaceful life ahead…

Recently in October (October 13th if I remember correctly) when the ‘Philately Day’ was being celebrated, there was a special programme on ‘Vividh Bharati’ which begin with this song. So I was waiting with bated breath to see if anyone was going to pick up this song for discussion. Fortunately this song was not taken up by anyone and that gave me the opportunity to discuss this song on this occasion.

Video

Audio

Song-Aap ka khat mila aap kaa shukriyaa (Sharda)(1981) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics

Aap ka aa khat mila aa
Aap ka shukriyaa
Aap ka khat mila
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Aap ne yaad mujhko kiya aa aa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa

Aap ka khat mila aa
Aap ka shukriyaa
Aap ne yaad mujhko kiya aa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa

Pyaar mein yaad karna hi kaafi nahin
Pyaar mein yaad karna hi kaafi nahin
Aap ki bhool qaabil e maafi nahin
ji rooth jaayenge ham
Phir manaana sanam
Yoon kataa aap bin
Ek chhotaa sa din
Jaise ik saal thha
Dil ka wo haal thha
Aap ko kyaa khabar
Kya hai dard e jigar
Bas fasaana koyi
Ik bahaana koyi
Likh ke kaaghaz pe bhej diyaa aa aa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa

Aap ka khat mila aa
Aap ka shukriyaa
Aap ne yaad mujhko kiya aa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa

Aap likhte hain
Milne ki fursat nahin
Aap likhte hain
Milne ki fursat nahin
Chhodiye berukhi hai
Ye ulfat nahin
Ham ko thha intezaar
Dil rahaa beqaraar
Shaam tak ham rahe
Raasta dekhte
Thhak gayi jab nazar
Tab mili ye khabar
Aap aaye nahin
Kaam thha kuchh kahin
Par hamen gham nahin
Ye bhi kuchh kam nahin
Dil ke badle
Lifaafa mila aa aa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa

Aap ka khat mila
Aap ka shukriyaa
Aap ka khat mila
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Aap ne yaad mujhko kiya aa aa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa
Shukriyaa aa

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Devnagri Script Lyrics:
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आप का ख़त मिला आ
आप का शुक्रिया
आप का ख़त मिला आ
आप का शुक्रिया
आप ने याद मुझको किया आ
शुक्रिया
शुक्रिया
आप का ख़त मिला आ
आप का शुक्रिया
आप ने याद मुझको किया आ
शुक्रिया
शुक्रिया

प्यार में याद करना ही काफी नहीं
प्यार में याद करना ही काफी नहीं
आप की भूल काबिल ए माफ़ी नहीं
के रूठ जायेंगे हम
फिर मनाना सनम
यूं कटा आप बिन
एक छोटासा दिन
जैसे एक साल था
दिल हा वो हाल था
क्या है दर्द ए जिगर
बस फ़साना कोई
इक बहाना कोई
लिख के कागज़ पे भेज दिया आ आ
शुक्रिया
शुक्रिया

आप का ख़त मिला आ
आप का शुक्रिया
आप ने याद मुझको किया आ
शुक्रिया
शुक्रिया
आप लिखते हैं
मिलने की फुर्सत नहीं
आप लिखते हैं
मिलने की फुर्सत नहीं
छोडिये बेरूखी है
ये उल्फत नहीं
हम को था इंतज़ार
दिल रहा बेक़रार
शाम तक हम रहे
रास्ता देखते
थक गयी जब नज़र
तब मिली ये खबर
आप आये नहीं
काम था कुछ कहीं
पर हमें गम नहीं
ये भी कुछ कम नहीं
दिल के बदले
लिफाफा मिला आ
शुक्रिया
शुक्रिया
शुक्रिया
शुक्रिया

आप का ख़त मिला आ
आप का शुक्रिया
आप का ख़त मिला आ
शुक्रिया
शुक्रिया
आप ने याद मुझको किया आ
शुक्रिया
शुक्रिया

शुक्रिया आ
शुक्रिया…

2 Responses to "Aap ka khat mila aap ka shukriya"

@ Atul ji – Rameshwari’s birthday was yesterday (6th Jan) !!
Kindly correct in the write up please.

Thanks for the post !!

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