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Mujhe neend na aaye

Posted on: June 13, 2019


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My Railway related reminiscences- 2
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Couple of days back, I discussed a song of 1991, with my reminiscences of Hyderabad/ Secunderabad, where I was based at that time. Those were the early days of my career and that was my first posting.

That post gave me an idea that I should discuss my experiences of my stays in various places of India during my career. When I began to think about my experiences of those days, many interesting memories came to the fore. So I thought that I should discuss those memories (alongwith movies that I saw at those places) in a series form. I decided to name this series “my reminisces in Railways”. The article accompanyng the 1991 song thus began the fist part of the series.

Secunderabad was my fist posting, but that was preceded by period of probation which was during late 1980s and early 1990s. Those were the days when we would visit various places in Indian Railways located all around the country and undergo “training”. I describe it as “training” and not training because very few people actually trained at these places. It was more like site seeing and getting a first hand experience of how to manage to travel in trains, often without confirmed reservations and often without any confirmed accomodations at the places of our “training.” Those experiences were the real learning experiences for us.

People would form small groups of a few probationers and would travel and “train” together. My group used to be the smallest possible, viz two of us. 🙂

Most of these trainings were of one or two weeks. At the end of the “training”, we would be interviewed by the head of that organisation and then we would get a certificate that we had successfully completed the training. We used to dread the interview and would hope that the head would spare us and give us the certificate without actually interviwing others.

One of these training programmes took us to New Katni junction. We were supposed to undergo training in Diesel shed there. After the end of two weeks, the most dreaded occasion, viz interview with the head of the diesel shed, arrived. The head, one Mr Marcus, a very strict disciplinarian, started to grill the two of us on what we had learnt about diesel locomotives. Both of us were largely clueless on the subject and so I hoped that interviewer would vent his frustration equally on the two of us. My groupmate, Suresh had managed to memorise a few buzz words of Diesel locomotives and I was not familiar with even those words. So, I was singled out by Mr Marcus and he gave me a mouthfull. Learn from Mr Suresh, he at least knows a few terms about Diesel locomotives, I was told.

Suitably chastened, I came out and resolved that I would actually take the training seriously in future. But it was a resolution that I could never keep. 🙂

But that experience gave me an important life and management lesson. When a tiger appears before a herd of deer, the deers need not outrun the tiger. They only need to ensure that they outrun the slowest deer among them. 🙂 The tiger would catch the slowest of the deers and the other deers would escape.

While most trainings were for small durations and they were for probationers in small groups, there were some centralised trainings in large groups and of longer durations in designated locations.

For example, all probationers of all services had to mandatorily undergo two trainings. The first was called “Foundation”” course and it was followed by “Induction” course. These courses would be of one month duration and they would take place at Railway Staff College, Vadodara.

The need for centralised training of Railway officers was first felt in 1920s in pre independence era and a “Railway Staff College” was established in Dehradun in 1930. Within two years, some senior Railway Man decided that training of Railway Officers was a luxury that Railways could ill afford and so that “Railway Staff College” at Dehradun was closed down. Its premises were sold to Army. The present day Indian Military Academy at Dehradun is located where the original “Railway Staff College” stood from 1930 to 1932.

Two decades later, it was once again realised that training of Railway officers was not a luxury but a necessity so Railway Staff College was again established. This time it was set up at Vadodara. Railways took Pratap Vilas Palace of Vadodara on lease in 1949. Subsequently Railways bought this premise outright in 1964.

The magnificent Pratap Villa Palace was designed by Charles Frederick Stevens in 1914. Readers may recall that Bombay VT was built by Frederick Williams Stevens in 1887, who was the father of Charles Frederick Stevens. I find it interesting that Charles Frederick Stevens, though an Englishman was named in Marathi-Gujrati manner, viz. Name of the person, followed by father name, followed by Surname. 🙂

The first principal of Railway Staff College, Vadodara was Mr P C Bahl, from 1952 to 1956. His son Lt Commander Rajnish Bahl of Indian navy married film actress Nutan.

It was in this Railway Staff College that I underwent my Foundation Course. There were around 40 probationers in the batch. They were accomodated in hostel rooms, two probationers in each room.

I had decided that I would take Foundation course seriously, and as a part of my seriousness, I chose a room partner who himself was a serious student. No, not the abovementioned Suresh, but another person named Rahul.

Vadodara was (it still is) a nice place. Classes were held in day time for five days a week. Saturday and Sunday were free.

We would typically go out to watch night show of movies in Vadodara after dinner time. It was on one such night that Rahul suggested that we should go watch a new movie called “Dil”(1990). This movie had two newcomers in lead roles. The hero was one Aamir Khan, who had made a successful debut with “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” (1988). The leading lady was Madhuri Dixit, who had become an all India rage after the song “ek do teen” in “Tezaab” (1988).

We went for the night show of “Dil”(1990). We left our hostel at 9 PM and we were worried that we would be late for the show. But when we arrived there, we found that we were well in time. The previous show was still playing. We kept waiting and waiting. The earlier show ended after 10 PM. Our night show began at 10-30 PM, which is too late for a night show to start.

It was well past 1 AM when the show finally ended. In my younger days, I would remain wide awake and aware and would not miss any moment of the movie, not even newsreels and ads. But those days were in the past. I was feeling sleepy throughout the movie. So I missed much of the story and so I was not aware what was going on in the movie.

This movie “Dil” (1990) is not yet covered in the blog. Here is the first song from the movie to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Udit Narayan and Anuradha Paudwal. Sameer is the lyricist. Music is composed by Anand Milind.

The song is picturised on the lead pair of Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit, both looking so young and fresh faced vis a vis today. But then this movie had come three decades ago !

The song from the movie under discussion is titled “mujhe neend na aaye” , but it was a case of “mujhe neend hi neend aaye” for me in the movie hall in that show. 🙂


Song-Mujhe neend na aaye (Dil)(1990) Singers-Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal, Lyrics-Sameer, Anand Milind
Chorus

Lyrics

aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa

mujhe neend na aaye
neend na aaye
neend na aaye
mujhe chain na aaye
chain na aaye
chain na aaye

mujhe neend na aaye
ho
mujhe neend na aaye
mujhe chain na aaye
koi jaaye jara dhundh ke laaye
najane kaha dil kho gaya aa
na jane kaha dil kho gaya
najane kaha dil kho gaya aa
na jane kaha dil kho gaya
mujhe neend na aaye
mujhe chain na aaye
koi jaaye zara dhoondh ke laaye
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya aa
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya

aa aa aa aa aa aa

haalat kya hai
kaise tujhe bataaun main
karvat badal badal ke raat bitaaun main
haalat kya hai kaise tujhe bataaun main
karvat badal badal ke raat bitaaun main

poochho zara poochho kya haal hai
haal mera behaal hai
poochho zara poochho kya haal hai
haal mera behaal hai
koi samajh na paaye kya rog sataaye
koi jaaye zara dhoondh ke laaye
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya

aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa

jaan se bhi pyaara mujh ko mera dil hai
uske bina ik pal bhi jeena mushqil hai
jaan se bhi pyaara mujhko mera dil hai
uske bina ik pal bhi jeena mushqil hai
tauba meri tauba kya dard hai
dard bada bedard hai
tauba meri tauba kya dard hai
dard bada bedard hai
kabhi mujhko hansaaye
kabhi mujhko rulaaye
koi jaaye zara dhoondh ke laaye
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya

mujhe neend na aaye
neend na aaye
neend na aaye
mujhe chain na aaye
chain na aaye
chain na aaye

aa aa aa aa aa aa

mujhe neend na aaye
mujhe chain na aaye
koi jaaye zara dhoondh ke laye
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya
na jaane kahaan dil kho gaya

9 Responses to "Mujhe neend na aaye"

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There is a alka yagnik version also, which was later disappeared
video link of short alka yagnik

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Alka/Anuradha Audio link

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Atul ji,

I am following your this series, with deep interest, for 2 reasons.
1. It works as a Nostalgia for me , when I too was under training and
2. Most places mentioned by you- infact all, so far- are visited by me during my career ( I held many All India Posts in the Marketing).

In your last article you had mentioned a Junction on SC railway- Purna.
There used to be a Narrow gauge ( or was it a Metre Gauge ?) train from Purna to Kinwat. I have travelled few times on this train to visit Kinwat-a town in Andhra Pradesh, bordering a Jungle, in Adilabad District.
There was a Bengali Railway Doctor-Dr, Banerjee, with whom I had developed a friendship. I used to stay in his quarters for the night and return next day by the same train. But all this in the early to mid 60’s.

Your style of writing has a natural flow, which takes the reader smoothly with you, as you unfold your story. Excellent.

Awaiting for next one now.

-AD

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One of my future posts in the series will cover Purna as well, where I was posted after my posting of Secunderabad. Purna was entirely meter guage till 1993. Guage conversion began when I was posted there. I will cover these facts in detail in that post on Purna.

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Purna was exactly between Nanded and Parbhani stations.

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Yes, and I used to travel to these places on weekends.

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Wonderful down-memory-lane post Atulji.
But minor corrections are needed “QSQT” a.k.a Qayamat se Qayamat Tak was an 1988 release- last movie I saw before my wedding. As also Tezaab which also came in ’88.
And if this is the first song from the movie on the blog then number showing number of movies represented on the blog 4136 is missing.
And finally it has not completed 3 decades. 😊

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Wish the exchanges between Atulji and Arunji would go on some more. It was almost like travelling on the remote railways of the Country. Fired my desire to know more and what a wealth of Info it threw up on PURNA , now a Junction Station. Unfortunately images cannot be included in the comments, but anyone interested can Google “Images of Purna Station” and you’ll have more than you can handle, including a Patna to Purna Express (17609/17610).

But I’ll wait for the next post for an enjoyable train ride.

with warmest regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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