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Hello hello le lo salaam mera

Posted on: October 26, 2017


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When it comes to remembering important dates, I plead guilty of being an amnesiac.

There have been occasions in the past when I have forgotten the birthday of my spouse and then I had to invent reasons.
(Statutory warning- Never try this at home. 🙂 )

Fortunately, in a few years time, when our daughter grew up, she would keep track of such dates and that would help me in saving my skin.

Just as I have my daughter to tell me about important dates in my personal life, we have our blog regulars who save my skin by reminding me about important dates (mostly birthdays) of our regulars.

It is Peevesie’s mom and Avinash Scrapwala, who reminded me that today (26 october 2017) was the birthday of Raja. I am very much aware that Raja’s birthday falls in the month of october, but I find it difficult to remember the exact date. Hopefully I will now be able to remember the date in future. I have now devised a memory aid to remember the date. R for Republic day (26 january), R for Raja (26 october). Easy, is it not ! 🙂

I am not the first one to greet Raja on the occasion. A few people had already greeted Raja on our whatapp group just after midnight. And then I also found a few messages, including a writeup, for the occasion on my inbox. And so Peevesie’s mom has already stolen a march over others when it comes to a writeup on the occasion. And one much say that she has given a very accurate and very well thought out description of Raja in her writeup.

So what do I write that has not been written by Peevesie’s mom, and which has not been written by others including me about him in the past ?
Well, I can think of some observations about Raja that we may have missed.

I know Raja from our cricket forum days of 2004. When we began following cricket, the cricketers were older than us. A few years later, a stage came when cricketers in our age group began to play international cricket. It would be an intersting exercise for cricket lovers to find out a cricketer who was born nearly on the same days in the same year. When I carried out this exercise, I found that Raja was born six days after Navjot Singh Sidhu. 🙂 As for me, I was born one month after Ravi Shashtri. 🙂 So both of us chose to be born a few days after two interesting cricketers cum highly entertaining commentators. 🙂

Raja holds a few firsts as far as this blog is concerned. He was the first person to comment on this blog. Subsequently he became the first guest contributor of the blog as well, inadvertently of course. In october 2010, he came over to Nagpur and met me. That was the very first “gangout” for this blog.

“gangout” incidently is a term that was inadvertently coined by Raja himself. 🙂 He had coined a term “Atulism” for my kind of humour during our cricket forum days, even before this blog was started. Then Peevesie’s mom coined the term “Atulite.” Raja derived terms like “Satulite” and “Batulite” from that. 🙂 Coining terms that only the regulars of this blog understand is a Raja speciality. 🙂

Raja too possesses his own kind of sense of humour. Sample this PJ shared by Raja

Among Mysore’s many attractions is its zoo.
A Mysorean, visiting Bangalore told me “You should see our zoo”.
So I watched the Sadhana-Rajendra Kumar starrer “Aarzoo” (1965)

People describing Raja have described his interests in the field of HF and HFM, and also in other fields. One can see that he likes many artists, and at the same time, he does not dislike any artists. He is not one of those biased “fans” who feel the urge to pull down the competitors of an artist in their enthusiasm to prove the superiority of one artist over others.

Apart from films, Raja is interested in politics, sports, trains, social issues etc. Apart from this blog, he sometimes posts his musings in his blog, though quite sporadically.

Current generation people may have difficulty writing more than a few lines on any topic, but Raja is from the era when reading and writing was a major activity for people. People would spend time reading thick books. Then there would be people who would be able to write long articles on subjects of their choice. Raja is one who can write long articles on subjects that interest him. The article for the 5000th post of this blog was a joint writeup by three contributors, starting from Raja. Peevesie’s mom concentrated very hard to read the whole writeup in one go but gave up after going though Raja’s writeup. 🙂 Current generation people do not have that kind of patience. How would Raja describe such low attention span of younger generation ? Something like this (Mirza Musharraf style):

“lahawlwala quwwat…Amma, aaj kal ke bachon ko to tehzeeb-e-intezaar ka zara sa bhi ilm nahin hai….is T20 ne to sabko bigaad rakha hai…hamare zamaane mein baat aur thi…Jab Merchant miya crease par the, to din bhar mein shaayad hi pachaas run bante the.. par unko dekhne ka lutf kuchh aur hi tha…”.

Raja’s writing prowess is noted by all, but few people may have noticed his comments. Whenever I wrote a long article on subjects of my interests (say my pets), I naturally looked for comments. I especially looked for comments by Raja, because Raja writes long and heartwarming comments that have the effect of making the day of the article writer. I cherish his comments that he has written on many of my articles and I often revisit them.

I have taken advantage of Raja’s fondness for Sahir Ludhianvi, Rafi etc and I have sometimes got him to write on them at the eleventh hour. And Raja has always delivered these special writeups promptly and without fail.

We have artists who are moody. Sometimes they do not give any output for many days and sometimes then churn out masterclasses regularly. Raja is like those artists. He is like Dhoni or Misbah ul Haq who would not score runs for many deliveries and then suddenly start dealing in fours and sixes. 🙂 These days he has started to take quick singles. 🙂

Raja tells us that he would often sing songs without realising it, and without noticing its effect on his audience.

In our cricket forum, whenever BCCI (Indian cricket team for he uninitiated) did badly, which was quite a regular thing to happen, Raja and other likeminded cricket followers would come up with hard hitting parodies of appropriate Hindi movie songs. Once we decided to make the screenplay of a masala laden Hindi movie in that forum. I think it was Raja who came up with the lyrics of some masala songs for this movie. 🙂

Raja’s philosophy towards life can be described in this poem that Raja himself came up with sometime back:

na main sant hoon, na tu paak hai
hona to dono ko hi khaak hai
tu bhi jee le, kuchh main bhi jee loon
ek doosre se takraana khatarnaak hai

After remembering the day, one needs to pick a song to greet Raja. Lucky Raja. There are so many songs containing the word Raja that one is spoilt for choice. There are in fact movies which have Raja in the title.

In the past years, I picked some “Raja” songs to greet Raja on his birth anniversary. Even this time, I had selected the perfect song for the occasion that went “Nanhe munne raaja ki saal girah aayi re.”. But guess what ! Raja played spoilsport and discussed this very song, Nanhe munne raaja ki saal girah aayi re (Anand Bhawan) on the occasion of this blog’s anniversary on 19 july 2017 ! It was like a hijacker hijacking himself. 🙂

Being robbed of the perfect Raja birth anniversary song, I had no option but to look for some other song. But why do I need to look for a song with “Raja” in it. there are other songs too that are quite appropriate for the occasion. And so I have picked one such song. It may not have the word Raja in it, and it does not have the Salgirah or its synonyms in the lyrics, but it is a befitting song for the occasion.

Here is this song from “Band Master”(1963). This movie was directed by Ravindra Dave for R L Films, Bombay. This obscure movie had Jagdeep, Azra, Lalita Pawar, Rajan Haksar, Ravikant etc in it.

The movie had four songs in it. HFGK is silent about the singers of these songs including the song under question. But on listening to the songs, one can easily identify the voices in all four songs.

Three of these songs have been covered in the blog. Here is the fourth and final song from “Band Master”(1963) to appear in the blog. HFGK may be silent about it, but which music lover will fail to recognise the voice of the one and only Rafi. Prem Dhawan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Chitragupta.

I once again take this opportunity to wish Raja a very happy birthday and many happy returns of the day. May Raja keep bringing sunshine in the lives of all of his praja.

With this song, “Band Master”(1963) joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.


Song-Hello hello le lo salaam mera (Band Master)(1963) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Chitragupta

Lyrics

hello hello
hello hello
le lo salaam mera
yaaron ka yaar hoon main
poochhiye na naam mera
hello hello
le lo salaam mera
yaaron ka yaar hoon main
poochhiye na naam mera

kehne waale kehte mujhe to mastaana
filmon ka maara haseenon ka deewaana
arre kehne waale kehte mujhe to mastaana
filmon ka maara haseenon ka deewaana
yaar gali koochon mein charcha hai aam mera
hello hello
le lo salaam mera
yaaron ka yaar hoon main
poochhiye na naam mera
oy
hello hello
le lo salaam mera
yaaron ka yaar hoon main
poochiye na naam mera

leke nahin aaya
main baawa ki kamaai
bade ghar ka bhi nahin hoon main janwaai
leke nahin aaya
main baawa ki kamaai
bade ghar ka bhi nahin hoon main janwaai
aap hi ye kismat banaana hai kaam mera
hello hello
le lo salaam mera
yaaron ka yaar hoon main
poochhiye na naam mera
oy
hello hello
le lo salaam mera
yaaron ka yaar hoon main
poochhiye na naam mera

socho mat pyaaron
ke main to hoon aawaara
chamkega yaaron mera bhi to sitaara
socho mat pyaaron
ke main to hoon aawaara
chamkega yaaron mera bhi to sitaara
dekh lena hoga zamaana ghulaam mera
hello hello
le lo salaam mera
yaaron ka yaar hoon main
poochhiye na naam mera
oy
hello hello
le lo salaam mera
yaaron ka yaar hoon main
poochhiye na naam mera

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5 Responses to "Hello hello le lo salaam mera"

first things first A BIG YYIIPPEEEE!! for the movie “Bandmaster”. its been days since i came across a Yiippeeee song, I have been that irregular here. sorry.
Atulji i should compliment you for selecting the perfect song… indeed our Rajaji is a “yaaron ka yaar”; ” mastaana”; “filmon ka maara”. and every word you have written about him is appropriate.
and this would indeed have been his response- “lahawlwala quwwat…Amma, aaj kal ke bachon ko to tehzeeb-e-intezaar ka zara sa bhi ilm nahin hai….is T20 ne to sabko bigaad rakha hai…hamare zamaane mein baat aur thi…Jab Merchant miya crease par the, to din bhar mein shaayad hi pachaas run bante the.. par unko dekhne ka lutf kuchh aur hi tha…”.
and i loved all the Atulisms in today’s post…. “hijacker hijacking himself” the best one
Happy Birthday Rajaji

Dear Atul ji,
An excellent post befitting the special day of a dear Atulite, the very first one.
Madam has already covered, in the most beautiful manner, all what I wanted to say.
I especially chuckled over the Arzoo pun!
Once again greetinngs to the birthday boy Raja. May you have the best of things in life for ever.
With best regards,
Avadh Lal

Thank you, Avadh Lalji, for your warm wishes. 🙂

Am speechless, Atul – I don’t know what to say.
You are just too kind, showering me with all this warmth.
As you know, I might not be very regular in posting (it’s like playing out maiden overs!), but my heart is always with this blog and will all associated with it.

You managed to dig out the comment about the T20 & Merchant! Haha! If I’m not mistaken, I made this comment during out long wait for the 10,000th song here. We were all impatient at the time. 🙂

Good thing only one of my PJs got discussed here. A few more and people will start hunting me with axes. 🙂

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this post. I haven’t listened to the song yet. Will listen to it shortly.

Ok, have just listened to the song. What a fantastic, fun, song it is! Rafisaab sounds like he’s totally enjoying himself. 🙂 Thank you for posting this, Atul.

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