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Dekho to dil hi dil mein jalte hain jalne waale

Posted on: June 24, 2021

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4724 Post No. : 16436

Geeta Dutt – Solos and Duets (06)

Kitaaben bahot si
padhi hongi tum ne
magar koyi chehra bhi
tum na padha hai

Padha hai meri jaan
Nazar se padha hai

Next Question:
Bata mere chehre pe
Kya kya likha hai

The above is a film song from the film ‘Baazigar” written by Zafar Gorakhpuri. There have been some songs in hindi films which refer to ‘Kitaab’, like
Dil ki kitaab kori hai kori hi rehne do and Haathhon mein kitaab baalon mein gulaab.

The second song above is my own post from 2015. As I read it again today, I found that I referred to the ‘Baazigar’ song in that post as written by Sameer, but that’s incorrect. Another reason why I am talking about books today is, in a recent post I talked about film magazines. That evoked a few comments from regulars, which in turn made me remember a lot of mishaps or near misses, which have happened in my life.

My love for reading has always been an important factor in my life. Not necessarily, useful things or text book learnings, but anything on any topic that catches my fancy and is readable and reasonably understandable to my unscientific mind. Scientific theories are beyond me, and maths was my weakest subject in school. But I was not at all lacking in analytical abilities and general knowledge, which seems to have gotten me through at least one all india level competitive exam, where lakhs of people aspiring for government jobs tried. It could have been sheer luck that I got most of ‘analytical ability’ part objective type answers correct. It certainly cannot have been the mathematical portion of the exams. One portion was of English language, that must have helped. I kept the ‘Maths’ part for the last, and some of the answers I just marked randomly :-). The exam was for undergraduates, but my father still could not believe it, when he saw the merit list.

Reading, reading and more reading, has made me a more balanced person, where I don’t get easily rattled. Never bored under any circumstances. Magazine is ‘risaala’ in urdu language. I have grown up with all kinds of publications, periodicals, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, and of course the daily newspapers. Digests also, in Urdu and ‘Reader’s digest’ in English. I have read many novels in Urdu too, which are difficult to come by now. I know, digital version is available, if I really want to read them now. All my maternal uncles and paternal uncle, would carry some newspaper or magazine with them whenever they came to our place. Now I go to their places, there is no sign of magazine or newspapers in their household. We can blame this on digital media, which has put paid to the printed material’s role, in our daily lives. It comes DTH, appears cheaper, requires no hard-work or maintenance even. Don’t have to save it from small children. That the children should be kept away from things digital, is another matter.

Thus, I was exposed to different type of publications in English, Urdu, Hindi and Marathi, while growing up. I consider myself fortunate to have seen “Blitz” in English and in Urdu, for e.g. All periodicals published in the south also I have read while growing up, be they political, sports or financial. Maybe in 1993 people still referred to books as ‘kitaab’, but now the word is rarely heard, unless I am watching an urdu drama series. There also only the older generation is heard talking of ‘kitaab’. In school textbooks were ‘kitaab’ and notebooks were ‘copy’ or kaapi.

Living and growing up in a metropolitan city has its own advantages. Major ones in my opinion are, the cosmopolitan outlook that one develops in personal and social aspects, plus the opportunities for growth and success in life professionally, are better. A thriving city is like a big machinery, it cannot afford to let any part of it be disrupted. Be it the lowest of slums or the poshest of locality. And overall people are not bothered what others are doing, which augers well in some ways. In terms of personal freedom and mental well-being.

So here I was, growing up in Mumbai, in which good fortune I had no contribution to make. It was destiny. A couple of things, like missed opportunities that have surfaced in the memory, is a job opportunity in a financial magazine. I got a call for some sort of test they were taking, I must have applied for the ‘trainee’ job, right after graduation. I attempted that test, without knowing what to expect there. I may not have fared well there, as I never got a call or any communication.

Another instance of a missed opportunity is one where I attended a walk-in interview somewhere in the Fort area for some trainee post at TCS in 1990-91. Computers were the new in-thing in the late 80’s and in college we had ‘computer science’ as optional subject. TCS was on its way up to the greater things it achieved in later years. There was group discussion also among the candidates who had turned up that day. I remember there were around 15-20 of us. At the end of it all some were shortlisted, then were told to take up the course, which was costing may be 10000/- or so, I don’t exactly remember. They said that the candidates will be absorbed in the company after that course, but the fees had to be paid. I came home and discussed all this with my parents. I was not so keen on computer programming, as it is, so didn’t press the issue. Theory subject were my forte, and I used to do well in subjects like economics. Late 80’s and early 90’s was also a period of great boom in share markets investments. It turned out that my father has shares of TCS, which he obviously got at the time of issue years ago. Lo and behold, if he knew or had an inkling of the company’s prospects and potential, then he could have guided me in that direction. But that was not to be, as it was not destined to be. After all God Almighty is the best of planners, and it is his will and his alone, that can take us in a particular direction.

Nida Fazli has said accurately:
“waqt se pehle qismat se zyada, kisi ko mila hai na kisi ko milegaa”


Lakdi jal koyla bhayee
koyla bhayee raakh
Main baawri aisi jali
koyla bhayee na raakh

This is the actual doha, from which the initial lines of the song are inspired. Lyricist is Anjum and the composer of this truet song is Chitragupt. The singers are Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum, and Shanti Sharma. Shanti Sharma is a new name for me, but I see in the stats page that she has 2 songs in the blog.

This is a nice qawwali style song, I had saved the link for featuring in this series of Geeta Dutt. One more variation, in the singer’s repertoire for sure. She has been part of many qawwali’s in the career, as she was capable of singing all types and moods of film songs. She was comfortable in the mischievous songs also, with her strong vocals, with a hint of khanak, like Shamshad Begum. Asha Bhosle has in later years, tried to adopt the strength in voice which was a signature of Shamshad Begum and which Geeta Dutt has demonstrated in many songs.

Song-Dekho to dil hi dil mein jalte hain jalne waale (Hamaara Ghar)(1950) Singers- Geeta Roy, Shamshad Begum , Shanti Sharma, Lyrics-Anjum, MD-Chitragupta


Lakdi jal koylaa bhayee
Aur koyla jal bhayaa raakh
baaki dushman yoon jale ae ae
ki koyla bhaye na raakh

dekho to dil hi dil mein ean
dekho to dil hi dil mein
jalte hain jalne waale
haay jalte hain jalne waale
dekho to dil hi dil mein
jalte hain jalne waale
haay jalte hain jalne waale

aapas mein mil jul kar hansnaa
khel naseebe waalon ka
haay khel naseebe waalon kaa

aapas mein mil jul kar hansnaa
khel naseebe waalon ka
haay khel naseebe waalon kaa

ho oo oooo
kaam nahin duniya mein kisi ko
dekh ke jalne waalon ka
haan dekh ke jalne waalon ka
aaa aa aa aa
khoob samjhte hain matlab
in ulti seedhi chaalon kaa

hai dhokhe ki ye duniyaa aa
hai dhokhe ki ye duniyaa
kehte hain kehne waale
haay kehte hain kehne waale
dekho to dil hi dil mein
jalte hain jalne waale
haay jalte hain jalne waale

dekh ke ham ko jalte ho
kya seekhe chaal zamaane ki
haay seekhe chaal zamaane ki

dekh ke ham ko jalte ho
kya seekhe chaal zamaane ki
haay seekhe chaal zamaane ki

ho oo o o o
aankhen ho to haalat dekho
deepak ki parwaane ki
haay deepak ki parwaane ki

ooo oooooo
ye baat magar kapti dil ke
nahin samajh mein aane ki

qismat mein jab likkha hai
qismat mein jab likkha hai
rote hain rone waale
haay rote hain rone waale
dekho to dil hi dil mein
jalte hain jalne waale
haay jalte hain jalne waale

2 Responses to "Dekho to dil hi dil mein jalte hain jalne waale"

I too was a voracious reader of all kinds of books. And I could remember everything and recall that I read. Then one fine day my parents decided that these books were occupying far too much space and they were donated to others, and none of them made any use of these books. This incidence affected me badly and my mental abilities to absorb all that I read went downhill after that. This, combined with some other happenings may have reduced my mental abilities by around 25-30 % in my estimate.


I can see how something like that can affect someone, especially if you formed an emotional attachment to books. That also happens as one saves up from pocket money etc. when there is no income of one’s own, and buys these books and treasure’s them.

I believe, ‘aise dhakke to life mein lagte hi rehte hain’. Human resilience is such that, we keep shedding/losing abilities and keep regaining same/diverse abilities throughout the lifespan.


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