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My thoughts and impressions about Turkey

I had zeroed in on this song to write this travelogue post, but keeping it for its turn, as I wanted to do some other post before this. But my last post for Rafi Sahab’s birth anniversary, inspired some very interesting comments and discussions, especially from Shri. Partha Chanda Sir, who is a treasure full of knowledge. Whatever is the outcome of the Voyager I & II’s search, the quest for intelligent life in outer spaces and the milky way will continue. It is a race against time for scientists, who I think are desperate to find another habitable planet, which can sustain life. I also feel, they might even have some definite clues, for they sent two space ships in 2 years in the same direction(?).

Possibilities are as infinite as the outer space is. I think, the information is released for public consumption only when it is deemed fit and what is deemed fit.

So, I am presenting this one of its kind songs which talks of ‘saiyyara’ which means planet. The mukhda of the song is:

saiyyara main saiyyara
saiyyara tu saiyyara
sitaaron ke Jahan mein
milenge ab yaaraa

A planet, I am
A planet, you are
In the world of stars,
We will come together, O friend

There are countless hindi film songs which talk of stars, sun and moon. This is the only song I know, which is literally referring to a planet, though planets are also stars, but very far away, celestial entities, rarely visible to the naked eye.

Original reason for posting this song, is because it is filmed on the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. The magnificent historical monument ‘The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque’ is visible across the Marmara Sea, in some scenes. Its Turkish name is ‘Ayasofya Camii”. It has existed since the 4th century, was originally built as a Greek orthodox church and has lots of history behind it. Another monument called the Blue Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque is in another part of the huge complex, as also the Topikapi Palace, the official residence of the ottoman sultans. It is said to be the most visited historical site of Turkey.

The year that was 2022 has ended and 2023 has started. The last 5 months of the year were hectic for me. I am at fault for planning 2 trips to different locations, one within India and one out of India, almost back-to-back. But two more trips had to be done, within these 5 months, which was not my fault. Family events necessitated these additional 2 trips. I will come to them in other posts.

This post is about our holiday trip to ‘Turkiye’. What started as a passing comment by my cousin’s wife in UK during out visit in 2021, had become a wave in 2022. She said, that we should all plan a group trip to Turkey, sometime and that it would be nice to go together with family. I said OK, we can plan and spoke about it to more cousins in the UAE, where we all met up when we stopped over for a few days while returning from UK. Many of them seemed to agree and were excited.

Over the next few months, the group discusses various time options and itinerary etc., in WhatsApp group chat and on telephone. Slowly, as the plan neared finalization, people started to withdraw from the plan. Eventually only 6 of us were remaining. The cousin and his wife from UK who originally mooted the idea, me with husband, my sister, and her husband (also my cousin) from UAE. I was super keen for this trip to materialize, having done so much research and work towards planning it. Initial plan was only for 7 days, and plan was to do only Istanbul, Bursa, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, and end at Antalya. As families dropped out, only 6 adults were finalized. And then we were able to add 2 more days which enable us to cover Cappadocia, which is an important and popular tourist’s site. This last-minute addition meant we had the opportune experience of criss-crossing the country, add Konya visit and miss Kusadasi.

Kusadasi falls south of Istanbul in western Turkey, on the coast nearing Aegean Sea. It is supposed to have coastal village market, with the Greek touch maybe. Plus, a small ruins area by the sea called Ephesus. The scenes of Kusadasi and the Thermal water springs falling naturally formed steps on limestone, near to Herapolis ancient city ruins, with ruins of a huge amphitheatre at Pamukkale can be seen in this song posted in the blog:

Actually, Kusadasi is less than 3 hours by road from Pamukkale, and both the places can be covered in 1 full day. But we had to reach Antalya on the same day that we had to visit interesting places at Pamukkale, so Kusadasi could not be included.

Turkey is rightly billed as the meeting point of the world, which it truly is geographically, on the cusp of 3 major continents with 90% the recorded history of this civilization. Istanbul is a “Red Apple” which has drawn all the major ruling powers of the world, the Byzantine, the Romans, the Ottomans, Persians, Mongols, and who else? Surely the British wanted to rule it, but during the rise and fall of British empire, all of three and half centuries, the Ottomans were a strong force. And it is very much evident in Turkey that it was never under a European colonial power, though was ruled by the Romans and Orthodox Greeks for centuries.

It is a cultural shock in many ways, not least of which is it disabused my notion, that if we know English we can get along anywhere in the world. I am aware that there are large parts of the world who do not speak English, like China and Russia. But a region, right in the middle of it all, all the great wars and struggles, power play, so close to the conflicts and crisis ridden middle east, I did not expect it to be so blatant in its disregard for the language, which we have received and embraced as a gift of colonialism.

We stayed for 3 days at Istanbul, earlier known as Constantinople (Qustuntunia in Urdu). We had 1 day to visit the historical sites in the city. We spend 1 days in visiting Sogut(and Bursa) which is small town roughly 3 hours travel south east of Istanbul. It is a place of importance for Turkey’s history because of Ertugrul Gazi, the great warrior and Chieftain of ‘Kayi Tribe’. Kayi tribe is one of the prominent and historical dominant Tribes, of Oghuz Tribes from Turkmenistan. They made the fertile lands of Anatolia their home. The ruling king gave them lands to establish their tribes along the western borders with Romans and the Greek ruled areas. Thus began the legend of Ertugrul Gazi, the founder of Sultanat-e-Osmania, which the world knows as the great Ottoman Empire. His youngest son Osman Gazi, was the first Sultan of this Empire.

This great empire was an exemplary Islamic achievement in every sense and its contribution to our civilization is undeniable. The whole region flourished during the 500 odd years of the Ottoman Rule. It was the seat of power, spiritual and religious, for centuries with the establishment of Islamic Khilafat here. The phenomenal growth and glory of this flourishing society the world has not seen before, or since. It flourished and grew, without debauchery, and its economy working without interest, and slavery. It grew, with the best possible system of equable opportunities and distribution of wealth. The focus of the Europeans had shifted, to colonising and occupying the north and south American continents. By 15th century, the Roman empire had been annihilated, the Mongols had been neutralised and dispersed and been absorbed in the Baltic region around Caspian Sea. The biggest army of foot soldiers in the history of civilization, which was controlling the major part of Central Asia in 11th and 12th Century, had just vanished in thin air. The British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, everyone went on establish colonies elsewhere in the world, like off shore accounts for bringing home the riches, the Romans were so demoralized that they did not bother. At least I have not heard of any Italian colonies.

For most part, the Turkish people under Ottomans were leading in education, science and medicine and technological advancements. But at some point, complacency set in, things began to go wrong, with the ruling elite and its relations with other elite of the era. The ottomans decision to align with Hitler in world war – I was just the final nail in the coffin, from where we can read. There was too much external interference and internal strife, within the empire. Either way the empire’s rule was doomed. Post the dissolution, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, established the republic, and according to some managed to save Anatolia from further disintegration. Allied countries were eyeing their share of war spoils. The last century has seen many such foolhardy wars, where someone starts a war at someone’s behest and encouragement, on a sitting goose. Then those same war mongers cry out that this is sacrilege, ‘all must ally against the aggressor’ blah blah blah. It all ends, with a few millions lives lost, a few impoverished regions becoming poorer, and some rich people getting more power and spoils of the war. The original idea of the war, and the purpose/motivation is all but forgotten. While some super powers continued to fight a cold war for decades, not just on land, but in space too 😊. Between Siberia and Alaska, the twain shall meet.

But in space, our love struck planets shall meet in todays song. Before that there is more to add about our Turkey visit.

We visited the tomb of Ertugrul Gazi at Sogut, which was location of his first victory The same day we also visited the town of Bursa, again a historical city, which was first won over by Osman Gazi, whose Tomb is also there. The town is full of ancient markets, modern markets and older Masaajid.

Our last day in Istanbul was spent in Bosphorus Boat tour along the Marmara Sea coast, starting from place called Galata, where the common people could be seen fishing from the bridge. In a city this big, free fishing for self-consumption is a surprising sight. Istanbul is also full of huge Masaajid, built on similar pattern of AayaSofia and the Blue Mosque (ie the Sultan Ahmet Mosque), with multiple domes and Minarets. I also recall that I have seen such big complexes in UAE and Saudi Arab also with similar looking architecture.

Tourists cannot go to historical places, museums, and important places without proper licensed guide in Turkey. The guides are trained and have proper university degree to function as such. Turkey appears as a developed and prosperous country, proud of its rich history and heritage. The people are more content, with very little evidence of impoverishment. In Istanbul, we saw a few Syrian refugees, selling small items, or working menial jobs in restaurants, who appeared poor. One can look at its national airline, to gauge the well being of a nation. A people who are as football crazy as the other western countries, always appear well dressed and courteous, be it the guides, drivers, etc. always soft spoken and well behaved.

It appears as if the cities and towns are relatively free of petty crimes, like theft and pick pocketing etc. as we observed that houses and flats in the cities also are without grills. Shops were closed at night with only glass shutters, not metal shutters. This could mean very good policing or a great system of crime prevention or deterrence. It so happened that my cousin’s wallet fell out of his pocket when we went to see the ‘Sufi dance show’ at Cappadocia. The wallet was returned to the hotel with nothing missing, and the person who brought it, did not even wait for the reward. We had different guides and vehicles /drivers for different locations. Every time, we tipped them, they would just smile and keep the Lira notes in the pocket shyly uttering thanks, without even looking at the amount. It was the same everywhere, small places, big towns. It is rare to find such contentment in the people working for their daily substance. By the way, the guides knew to communicate in English. The system of tourists’ companies works efficiently to provide guide with knowledge of the language to communicate with tourists.

It was colder than what was forecast in Istanbul, but we had a good time in the evenings too. We went to see the shopping and fashionable crowds at the Istiklal Street, near Taksim Square. Istiklal street is like the world fashion street of any big city, with holiday crowds thronging the branded shops and eateries, hotels for local savouries.

Turkish cuisine is an acquired taste, I had no previous exposure to it. But it grew on me as we tasted different Kebab and fish preparations, as also the desserts. Turkish delight and its flavoured colourful varieties are a bit too much for the newly exposed elderly people like us, who must watch sugar intake 😊. But we lost no opportunity to drink the Pomegranate juice every where and anywhere we could get hold of it. It is sold usually for 40-50 Turkish Lira, a big glassful pure juice of 5-6 pomegranates. Each time I held the big glass the thick blood red juice, I was doubtful of ever finishing it. I said to my group “aur kitna khoon piyoge”. Ayran is another drink, which I liked and we all drank with meals. Ayran is like a desi chhaas, but not quite salty, nor sweet, but thicker like Lassi in consistency. You can call is Lassi without sugar.

Before I forget, Turkish Tea is a worthy discovery. The first evening in Istanbul, I tried Turkish coffee, but it was too thick and bitter. Rest of the trip, I stuck to the tried and tested café latte. As the climate remained cold throughout, we ended up having tea frequently while travelling and also after meals. Turkish tea is a plain black tea, served in small curved glasses, with matching saucers. It looked exotic every time we were served 6 -8 cups, 2 additional for the guide and driver travelling with our group. I never tried it without sugar, after the first coffee experience, but it is a good to drink it after a non-spicy but greasy Kebab’s and chips meal. Most places(restaurants), Turkish tea after meal is complimentary. So, we managed to avoid desserts. I kept demanding ice-cream after food, and every time it was deferred for the next meal, by majority consensus. I am holding all 5 of the group members responsible for my missing out on Turkish ice-cream.

The other places like Cappadocia and Antalya, are great for one visit. Cappadocia is known for its unique rock formations, mushrooms like shapes and other sand covered mountains of distinct shapes. The town is also known for the caves and cave houses, some of which are converted into hotels now. Some of the natives were living in the caves till a few decades ago. The government has persuaded them to move to more suitable living spaces since. The highlight of Antalya is the Dudan falls and shopping in the areas around the fort near the coast.

We managed to get a 2-3 hours visit to Konya, the ancient city famous for being the capital of Seljuk Empire and for the Persian Sufi Mohammed Jalaaluddin, known in Turkey as the Mevlana, and rest of the world, as Rumi. Mevlana’s father came to Turkey and he was encouraged to settle there, and thus the Mevlana was born there.

This is about all that I needed to write in this post about Turkey and our visit.

I have also attempted a translation of Kausar Munir’s poetry here:

Aasmaan tera mera huaa
khwaab ki tarah dhuaan dhuaan
Aasmaan tera mera huaa
saans ki tarah ruaan ruaan
jaaye Jahan tu jaaye
paaye mujhe hi paaye
saaye yeh mere
hain tujh mein samaaye

The sky covering you is mine too
Like a dream, full of smoke and mist.
The sky over you is over me too
Like a breath, coming and going.
Go wherever you wish to,
You will find me there.
For within you, are my reflection

saiyyara main saiyyara
saiyyara tu saiyyara
sitaaron ke Jahan mein
milenge ab yaaraa

A planet, I am
A planet, you are
In the world of stars,
We will come together, O friend

tu jo milaa to yun huaa
ho gayi poori adhoori si duaa
tu jo gayaa to le gayaa
sang tere mere jeene ki har wajah

To find you is as if,
A wish and a prayer, comes true.
You take away as you go,
With you, every reason for life.
Go wherever you wish to,
You will find me there.
For within you, are my reflection.
A planet, I am
A planet, you are
In the world of stars,
We will come together, O friend

tum pe miti tum se bani
tum se huaa hai haan khud pe yaqeen
tu jo nahi to na sahi
main hoon yehaan to tu hai yahin kahin

I am dust and made all over again, for you,
Have gained self-belief because of you.
If you are not here, so be it,
I am here, so you will be somewhere nearby.
Go wherever you wish to,
You will find me there.
For within you, are my reflection.
A planet, I am
A planet, you are
In the world of stars,

As I translated it, it makes perfect sense in its poetic urdu. I am not so sure, if the translation is making as good a sense. Kausar Munir is the poet of this songs which is composed by Sohail Sen. Mohit Chauhan and Tarannum Mallik have done a good job for enhancing the poetry and the feel of it.

The movie is ‘Ek thha Tiger” (2012), a YRF production which had Salman Khan, playing the role of an Indian Spy who falls in love with a Pakistani Spy. The song is played in the background as, they the two Spies find themselves in the same city at the same time, meet to clear their status as spy of two neighbouring nations, go away, then find each other again at a diplomatic function.

The poetry in the song is very true in this sense. These two lead characters are like planets, revolving on their own axis as well as rotating along the predestined path. Their paths will surely cross, but how can they be together at any point, however they may wish and dream.

Full Audio:

Video:

Song-Saiyyaara main saiyyaara (Ek Thha Tiger)(2012) Singers-Mohit Chauhan, Tarannum Mallik, Lyrics-Kausar Munir, MD-Sohail Sen
Chorus

Lyrics

Aasmaan
tera mera huaa
khwaab ki tarah
dhuaan dhuaan
Aasmaan
tera mera huaa
saans ki tarah
ruaan ruaan
ho.. jaaye Jahaan tu jaaye
paaye mujhe hi paaye
saaye yeh mere
hain tujh mein samaaye
saiyyaara main saiyyaara
saiyyaara tu saiyyaara
sitaaron ke Jahaan mein
milenge ab yaaraa
saiyyaara main saiyyaara
saiyyaara tu saiyyaara
sitaaron ke Jahaan mein
milenge ab yaaraa

tu jo milaa
to yoonn huaa aa
ho gayi poori
adhoori si duaa
tu jo gayaa
to le gayaa
sang tere mere
jeene ki har wajah

ho.. jaaye Jahaan tu jaaye
paaye mujhe hi paaye
saaye yeh mere
hain tujh mein samaaye
saiyyaara main saiyyaara
saiyyaara tu saiyyaara
sitaaron ke Jahan mein
milenge ab yaaraa
saiyyaara main saiyyaara
saiyyaara tu saiyyaara
sitaaron ke Jahan mein
milenge ab yaaraa

tum pe miti
tum se bani ee
tum se huaa hai
haan khud pe yaqeen
tu jo nahin
to na sahi ee
main hoon yehaan to
tu hai yahin kahin een

ho.. jaaye Jahan tu jaaye
paaye mujhe hi paaye
saaye yeh mere
hain tujh mein samaaye
saiyyaara main saiyyaara
saiyyaara tu saiyyaara
sitaaron ke Jahaan mein
milenge ab yaaraa
saiyyaara main saiyyaara
saiyyaara tu saiyyaara
sitaaron ke Jahan mein
milenge ab yaaraa


This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Hullo Atuldom

History of Indian cinema is incomplete without mentioning the influence of Parsi theatre, specially in the initial years of the film industry. When we throw a question to Google about “influence of Parsi theatre on Indian Film Industry” this reply pops up:- “Stylistic elements like declamatory theatrical performances, the progression of narrative through song & dance sequences, melodrama, disguise & plot reversals”. I am sure there are knowledgeable followers of Atuldom who will be able to throw more light on this subject. If I recall, our in-house encyclopaedia Shri Arunkumar Deshmukh, has written about this in a few of his posts.

I think Sohrab Modi was one of the first Parsis in Indian Cinema and there have been many Parsi actors in later years too and I remember many of them in character roles- Dinyar Contractor, Dinyar Tirandaz and his wife Roshan, Daisy Irani, Maneka Irani, Honey Irani, etc. Nauheed Cyrusi, Perizad Zorabian of the current generation have played central characters. There are some mainstream actors who have a Parsi parent or grandparent. I am not going to list all of them here.

I will just say that the celebrity who celebrates his birthday on 2nd December is from Parsi Theatre. He began by playing Mohammad Ali Jinnah in “Gandhi” – a play which was followed by some more theatrical appearances and ads for ‘Krackjack’ (the biscuit), ‘Fanta’ (the cold drink), etc.

Of course he began his life at The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower as a waiter and room service personnel. He also helped his mother in running her bakery & Namkeen shop in South Mumbai. With the tips that he gathered at the Taj he saved up enough to buy a camera which he used to click photos of school cricket & football matches which he sold for 20 and 30 rupees.

We are reading about Boman Irani. He made his on-screen debut in 2000 with a blink-n-miss role in Mansoor Khan’s “Josh”. “Everybody Says I’m Fine!” (2001 release) was an Indian-English language film that was also actor Rahul Bose’s directorial debut and Boman Irani’s first screen presence of substance. Then we have had a deluge of memorable roles of this multi-talented versatile actor- Dr. J.C. Asthana (“Munna Bhai M.B.B.S” in 2003), Principal Viru Sahastrabuddhe a.k.a. VIRUS (“3 Idiots” in 2009), the forgetful college Principal of ‘Main Hoon Na’ (2004) etc etc. He has played Farokh Engineer in the 2021 release “83”. He has also acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Kannada films. A notable aspect of Boman Irani’s career is that he has never played any character that makes a caricature of any community.

Boman Irani has acted in a movie where he was romantically paired opposite Farha Khan (one of those in the industry with Parsi antecedent). It had a cast of Daisy Irani, Shammi, Mahabanoo Modi Kotwal, Nauheed Cyrusi, Dinyar Contractor, Kurush Deboo etc. The movie was “Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi” (release date 24 August 2012) which was directed by Bela Bhansali Sehgal and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It had music by Chandrajeet Ganguly a.k.a Jeet Gannguli, Amitabh Bhattacharya and Faraz Ali were the lyricists for sings sung by K.K., Shreya Ghoshal, Usha Uthup, Mohit Chauhan and Neeraj Shridhar.

The song with this post is a romantic song where we see Farha Khan and Boman Irani romancing in typical Bollywood fashion.

Video

Audio

Song-Ishq mein tere bina dil hi na lage(Shirin Farhad Ki to Nikal Padi)(2012) Singer-Shreya Ghoshal, KK, Lyrics-amitabh Bhattacharya, MD-Jeet Ganguly

Lyrics

rum da ra ra ra
pa rararara
rarararara
rum da ra ra ra
pa rararara
rarararara

hai dosti
kuchh zyaada zindagi se ho gayi
hai dosti
phir taaza zindagi se ho gayi
ye pyaar tera
khumaar sa hai
suhaane khwaab humne bhi bune ae
ishq mein tere bina
ishq mein tere bina
dil hi na lage
ishq mein tere bina
ishq mein tere bina
dil hi na lage

ahhahaha
tujhe milke samjhe
tujhse pahle kaisi
thi zindagi
thi zindagi
chehre se gulshan dil se sehra jaisi
thi zindagi ee
thi zindagi ee
ye pyaar tera
ye pyaar tera
bahaar sa hai
bahaar sa hai
to aaj phool humne bhi chune
ishq mein tere bina
ishq mein tere bina
dil hi na lage
ishq mein tere bina
ishq mein tere bina
dil hi na lage

meri har dhadkan pe toone khwaahish likh di
kya baat hai
kya baat hai
mere bikhre sur thhe
toone bandish likh di
kya baat hai
kya baat hai
ye pyaar tera
ye pyaar tera
malhaar sa hai
malhaar sa hai
taraane aaj humne bhi sune ae
ishq mein tere bina
ishq mein tere bina
dil hi na lage
ishq mein tere bina
ishq mein tere bina
dil hi na lage
hai dosti kuchh zyaada zindagi se ho gayi ee ee
hai dosti phir taaza zindagi se ho gayi
ye pyaar tera
ye pyaar tera
bahaar sa hai
bahaar sa hai
suhaane khwaab humne bhi bune
ishq me tere bina
haan tere bina
dil hi na lage
ishq mein tere bina
haan tere bina
dil hi na lage
ishq mein tere bina
haan tere bina
dil hi na lage
ishq mein tere bina
ha tere bina
dil hi na lage


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There are a few dates that every Indian knows by heart. For instance. Independence day (15 august), Republic day (26 january) and Mahatma Gandhi birth anniversary (2 october). India observes official holidays on these days.

There are some more important days in the history of India and most of them have to do with birth / death anniversaries of eminent persons. These dates are mostly associated with Indian freedom struggle followed by birth pangs of Independence.

The newly independent India was a desperately poor, undernourised, illiterate nation, lying in utter disarray and confusion. There were a few famous foreigners who were convnced that India as a nation was going to be shortlived.

The first few decades of independent India were very difficult. Indians had low self esteem and they had little to show for at the world level in any sphere.

Sports was considered a luxury that the poor nation could not afford. It was popularly believed that one who studied moved ahead in life whereas one who devoted time to sports was a slacker who would be a failure in his future life. -“Padhoge likhoge banoge nawaab Kheloge koodoge hoge kharaab”- it was a very popular saying in Hindi. There is even a song in a Hindi movie containing his idiom.

India had very few sporting achievements. Indians celebrated those few and far between sporting achievements quite hard. India was a powerhouse in Hockey and they used to win gold medals in Olympics continuously till 1956 Olympics. After that they began to get challenged, first by newly independent Pakistan (who won the gold in 1960 Olympics defeating India) and then by Europe and the downfall of Indian hockey began. 1964 Olympics gold and 1975 World cup title were exceptions rather than rule. After 1975, India never won any major international Hockey tournament.

India was no good in any other sports.

Cricket was very popular in India though this popularity did not translate into excellence. Cricket was popular among the “middle” class Indians. Majority of Indians considered themselves as “Middle” class those days. The reason why cricket was popular among “middle” class public had to to with its dress. While one needed to wear shorts to play other games which was considered infra dig by “middle” class Indians, cricket was played while wearing full pants, and so one felt like a sahab rather than a lowly individual while playing cricket. It was a “saala main to saahab ban gaya” kind of feeling for Indians who took to cricket.

Till mid 1970s, longer version of cricket, played in white dress, was the only form of cricket. Despite the popularity of cricket in India, Indian cricketers, with some honourable exceptions, were by and large quite mediocre at international level. The top players of England would not even tour India, and that gave India the opportunity to defeat a depleted English team in 1951-52, which was the first test win for India in test cricket. For next two decades, Indian registered some infrequent test wins, mostly against weak and / or new comer teams, viz Pakistan and new Zealand.

1971 to 1973 was a surprising purple patch for India when they managed to win three test series in a row, against West Indies in 1971, against England in 1971, and in home series against England during 1972-73. But this freak run against depleted sides was too good to last and India got soundly thrashed in their next test series against England in England during 1974.

During that disastrous tour, India played two limited overs match against England and lost tamely.

The first Limited overs world cup was played in England in 1975. Indian public as well as cricketers had no clue about the rules of the game. That was demonstrated rather dramatically during the opening match of that world cup. England piled on 334/ 4 in 60 overs. India in reply, crawled to 132/ 3. Gavaskar, opening the innings, scored 36 runs and remained not out ! He was perhaps trying to play out the overs and draw the match ! The fact that playing out overs and not scoring runs did not avoid defeat, unlike in test matches was not known to many.

In that world cup, India lost every match, except one which they played against a rag tag team of expatriates who represented a team called “East Africa”. East Africa was a collection of club level players from various African nations. India was able to record their only victory of the world cup against this team.

India did even worse in the next world cup in 1979. this time they lost all the matches. Their most humiliating defeat was against Sri Lanka, who at that time were an associate team, they were not yet a test team.

When the third world cup was held in England in 1983, then it was being considered yet another cakewalk for West indies, who had won both the world cups and whose team boasted of strong batting line up and a fearsome pace bowling quartet. They were so strong that other teams would write off their chances against West Indies and would concentrate on winning other matches.

Indian public as well as players were sure that it would be yet another forgettable world cup for them. Some cricketers had already planned to go visit USA on a sight seeing tour after the group stage matches.

This world cup had two groups of four teams each. In each group, the teams played each other twice. The top two teams qualified for the semi finals.

The first group match that India played was against West Indies ! Because of rain interruptions, this match was played over two days. India batting first scored a so so total of 262/8. Yashpal Sharma, with 89 runs, held the innings together where the second highest score was only 36 runs by Sandip Patil. West Indies, after a decent start, suddenly had a middle order collapse against the dibbly dobbly military medium bowling attack of Sandhu, Madanlal and Roger Binny who claimed 5 wickets among themselves. At 130/8 , West Indies were in big trouble, but their tail then began to wag valiantly. Just when it appeared like the tail were taking West Indies to a famous fighting win, Ravi Shashtri struck to claim the two vital tailender wickets. West Indies were bowled out for 228 ! It was a major upset. It was the first ever world cup defeat for West Indies, It was the first ever win for India against a test side (only the second win for them in world cup).

The next match for India was against Zimbabwe, an associate team, and India won comfortably.

Then normal world cup service seemed to resume for India. They lost their next two matches tamely, by 162 runs (against Australia) and 66 runs (against West Indies).

After two wins and two losses, India played Zimbabwe again. While batting first, India were in dire straits at 17/5. Overconfidence by the entire batting line up plus good use of swinging and bouncy conditions by Zimbabwean bowlers had brought India on its knees. The entire top order, viz Gavaskar (0) , Srikkanth (0) , Mohinder Amarnath (5), Sandeep Patil (1) and Yashpal Sharma (9) were blown away. Only bowlers and wicktkeeper were left, who were not known for any great batting feats at international level.

Kapildev (the captain) and Roger Binny took the score to 77, when Binny fell for a gritty 22. Next man Shashtri fell for one, and India was 78/ 7 ! Next man in was Madanlal, he scored 17 and fell when the score was 140.

At 140/8, it appeared as if India was going to maintain its past record of losing to an associate team in the world cup. Incidentally, Zimbabwe had already defeated Australia in this world cup in their very first world cup match.

Kirmani, the wicket keeper was definitely the last hope because Sandhu after him was a perfect rabbit with the bat. Kirmani held his end intact and concentrated on protecting his wicket. He faced 56 balls and scored 24 not out.

All this while, Kapildev was going alone sedately. Coming in at 9/4, he saw off the rampaging opening bowers Rawson and Curran, who bowled bulk of their quota of overs in their opening spell.

After initial jitters, Kapildev began to open up. He had already reached into late 70s when the eighth wicket fell for 140. The eight batsmen who fell had contributed just 55 runs among themselves.

After the fall of eighth wicket, Kapildev started to throw his bat around. The boundary was short on one side and longer on the other, but most Kapildev sixes (six of them) were straight sixes over long on boundary where the boundary was long. Kapildev struck six sixes and 16 fours. When Rawson and Curran returned to finish off their balance quota of overs, they were pulverised, being struck at over ten runs per over.

Kapildev did not give any real chances. He chanced his arms and his hits fell on no man’s land. It was Kapildev’s day out on that day of 18 june 1983.

India reached a respectable looking 266/ 8, a total that looked impossible for most parts of the innings.

While chasing, Zimbabwe were off to a decent start. their first wicket fell at 44, but after that, Indian dibbly dobbly trundlers (Sandhu, Madanlal, Binny and Mohinder Amarnath) did all the damage, with Kapildev taking the final wicket. India had won by 31 runs. It was not a case of India getting out of jail, rather it was like India escaping from the gallows !

Suddenly, India, who looked like going home, were in the reckoning for a semi final spot. They were second in the group with 12 points behind West Indies. Final group match of India was with Australia who were third in the group with 8 points and they too had a chance to pip Indians to the post by defeating india by a decent margin and going through on equal points but better run rate.

This India vs Australia match was a virtual quarter final. India batting first scored what looked like a poorish total of 247 all out in 55. 5 overs.

While chasing, Australia lost their first wicket cheaply with the score on 3. It was the prized wicket of Trevor Chappel who was man of the match in their previous encounter in the tournament. But the second wicket began to score runs and started to look threatening. Just when I and my hostel mates began to despair, the second wicket fell at 46, then the third at 48, fourth at 52, fifth at 52, sixth at 67 etc etc. The trundling trio of Sandhu (2 wickets), Madanlal (4 wickets) and Binny (4 wickets) skittled Australia out for 129 and took India to semifinal. It was something that was looking out of question just two days back.

The day when India stormed into the semi final was 20 june 1983. I was in my hostel where it was a tradition that birthday boy of the day would treat entire hostel with Mithai. That day happened to be my birthday, and the mithai celebration turned out to be quite sweet and memorable for all concerned.

The memory of semi final was a blur. Most Indian wins (except one) came when India batted first. But this time India bowled first and restricted England to 213. India concentrated to keeping wickets in hand. India emerged a comfortable winner in the end in a chase that they executed well, though they gave anxious moments to Indian fans, apparently showing no urgency to score quickly in the middle overs.

Three matches in five days, and three wins. India were in the final of the world cup !

Three days later, it was another sunday. The date was 25 june 1983. The day of the final.

Those were the days when only Delhi and perhaps Bombay had TV. Most part of India only had Radio. Listening to cricket match commentary in a hostel with lots of like minded hostelmates was quite an experience. Everyone had radios, but majority of people would throng together to listen to the commentary on one single radio. If I recall correctly, that used to be the radio of a person who was a cricket enthusiast and claimed to be related to Sharmila Tagore based on the resemblance of his teeth with that of Sharmila Tagore. 🙂

We listened to the commentary of Indian batting, but there was not much to cheer about. India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and India was bowled out for a paltry 183. Chasing 183 was no big deal for West Indies. They were set a similar target in the semifinal against Pakistan and they had romped home with ease, winning by eight wickets with 11.2 overs to spare.

The innings break coincided with our dinner break in the hostel. After dinner, people would traditionally go on an after dinner walk towards the golf course located in front of the hostel some half a km away. West Indies innings had started by then. India claimed an early wicket, but that only brought Viv Richards to the crease. He was going hammer and tongs at the Indian bowling. All of us were reconciled to the fact that it was going to be a one sided match, with west indies winning comfortably.

Then, against the run of play, we gathered that a wicket had fallen, and it was the wicket of Richards ! A big sigh of relief. But West Indies was not a one batsman team. they has a long and strong batting line up. Even their wicket keeper and tailenders could score runs. Moreover he target was not much. A few hefty blows from some batsman, and the match would be decided.

While listening to the commentary, more in hope than real expectation, we found the fourth and fifth wickets falling at the same score, and the wickets were that of Larry Gomes and Clive Lloyd. At 76/6 , Bacchus, another thorn in Indian flesh was gone. Both of them had scored big double centuries against india in India.

Dujon and Marshal gave anxious moments to Indian bowlers. Then Dujon fell to Mohinder Amarnath . 119 for 7 ! Then 8 for 124. Marshal gone, he too to Mohinder Amarnath.

Finally, West Indies resistance came to an end at 140. A 43 run victory for India. So the world had a new champion, an out rightly unexpected champion. If West Indies was to be dethroned, one would expect any team other than India to achieve it. But it turns out that it was the Indian David that slayed the West Indian Goliath.

West Indies had won the earlier two world cups. Their title wins did nothing much for world cricket. But this unexpected fluke win of India against all odds changed the game of cricket ! Indian interest in the game suddenly moved on to the next higher gear. So much so that Indians began to invest far more in cricket. The Indian industry, far smaller and modest then than what it is now, began to take much more interest in cricket. So much so that the world cup which was always held in England and always sponsored by Prudential Bank of England,, was held the next time in Indian subcontinent. This time it was sponsored by an up and coming Indian business house called Reliance ! In 1983, India was considered an also ran, but by 1987, India was a strong title contender ! It is another matter than India lost in the semifinal itself.

1983 win was a fluke no doubt. But he future results showed that Indian cricket had arrived at world stage after this fluke world cup win. Two years later, there was a World Championship of cricket in Australia. India, because of its defeat at home to England in 1984-85 was being considered as a no hoper. Kapildev, the world cup winner in 1983, had lost his captaincy and Gavaskar was made the captain for this WCC. Once again, defying all predictions, India won all their matches, remained undefeated and lifted the WCC title. So it was like Fluke title won 1983 was followed by its sequel, fluke title win II ! Later there would be some ODI tournament wins for India. India began to be counted among favourites in all subsequent world cups.

That is not all. Indians began to take interest in running the administration of ICC (international cricket council) which was till then a preserve of British stiff upper lip Lords who were running it in a manner that was hardly helping popularise the game. Indian businessman, such as Jagmohan Dalmia, took over the running of ICC, and improved the financial condition of ICC beyond all recognition. Today ICC is one of the richest sporting body. It is richer than most sporting bodies where Indians do not take interest. For instance, Rugby is a sport in which cricket playing nations like England, Australia and New Zealand take interest, but India does not. Result ! International body of Rugby earns far less than ICC.

Much of ICC riches (around 70 % of it) today comes from India. That is how much money Indian market contributes to world cricket. It is this Indian market that has made BCCI one of the richest sporting body of a country, richer than ICC in fact. Seeds of all these giant Oak trees were sown on this day 37 years ago, thanks to that miraculous fluke title win on 25 june 1983 !

25 june 1983 gave Indians immense self confidence that they too can do it. And as mentioned above, they used this win to advance their cricket. Cricket academies sprung up all over India, and some of them were by private companies. For instance, a pace academy came up in Madras, called MRF pace academy. Fans of other countries mocked it, but if today Indian pace attack is considered one of the best pace attacks, then remember, it is the result of three decades of investment on training of pace bowlers in different academies spread all over India. And that started only after this great fluke event that took place on 25 june 1983.

This win inspired not just India, but its neighbours too, who may not admit it openly but they look up to India and get inspired. Interest in cricket picked up in these nations too. Pakistan won the world cup in 1992 and Sri Lanka announced its arrival in cricket scene by unexpectedly winning the world cup in 1996. Three world cup title wins out of four between 1983 and 1996 ! All this was made possible because of that first title win in 1983 ! Even Bangladesh became a cricket crazy nation and started to play international cricket from 2000.

Other sports too benefited in India. Indian Sportsmen in other sports too began to have more self belief. One great example is that of Indian chess. Just like India was supposedly considered incapable to producing fast bowlers till 1970s, India was also considerd incapable of producing Chess grandmasters. Those days, India had just two international masters, that was all. AICF (All India Chess Federation) began to invest more in organising chess tournaments inviting strong chess players from abroad. India saw its first Grand master in 1987 in the form of Vishwanathan Anand in 1987. Later on, he became World Champon as well. He inspired whole lot of Indians to take up Chess. Today India has some 60 off Chess Grandmasters and based on average ELO raking of the top ten chess players in the world, India is among top four strongest chess playing nation in the world !

Likewise one can add the example of Indian Badminton too.

To mark this major major achievement of Indian sport in general and Indian cricket inparticular, here is a cricket song from “Ferrari Ki Sawaari”(2012). This film was produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by Rajesh Mapuskar for ‘Vinod Chopra films’. This movie had Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritvik Sahore, Seema Pahwa, Aakash Dabhade, Deepak Shirke, Paresh Rawal, Satyadeep Mishra, Achyut Potdar, Bhalchandra Kadam, Vijay Nikam, Nilesh Diwekar and others, with a special appearance by Vidhya Balan.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala. He not only discovered this cricket song, he sent its lyrics to me specially to mark the occasion of Indian world cup win on 25 june 1983 ! He certainly keeps an eagle eye on important days in the annals of Indian history !

The song is sung by Sonu Nigam, Aishwarya Nigam, Rana Mujumdar and Ashish. Satyanshu Singh is the lyricist. Music is composed by Preetam. Video is partial. One needs to listen to the audio to savour the full song.

Here it is ! Let us once again savour the great moment in the history of India that took place this day 37 years ago.

Video (Partial)

Audio (Full)

Song-Maara re sixer maara re four (Ferrari Ki Sawaari)(2012) Singers-Sonu Nigam, Aishwarya Nigam, Rana Mujumdar, Ashish, Lyrics – Satyanshu Singh, Music– Pritam

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)(audio version)

hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaaraa
hey maaraa

hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa aa

aa haa
o ho
ae ae ae ae …
aa haa
o ho

maaraa re sixer
maaraa re four
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
maaraa re sixer
maaraa re four
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
arey public to public hai
run maange more
more
more
more
more
more ……
ye maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaraa
hey maaraa aa
aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae
aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae
umpire ke haath thhakne lage hain
fielder bhi saare tapakne lage hain
hook maar aisaa tu oo
hook maar aisaa tu
rocket ke jaisaa tu
bouncer pahunchaa de Laahore
o…… r…e

more
more
more
more ….
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaraa
hey maaraa aa

maaraa re sixer
maaraa re four
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
public to public hai
run maange more
more
more
more
more
more …..

aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae
aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae

ham sab ki aankhen tujhpe lagi hain
har dil mein phir se ummeeden jagi hai
public hai sang tere ae
oye oye oye oye ae
public hai sang tere ae
barsaa de rang tere
dikhlaa de balle ka zor
more
more
more
more ……

hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaaraa
hey maaraa

maaraa re sixer
maaraa re four
are dekho dekho
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score

maaraa maara re sixer
maaraa maara re four
are dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
maaraa maaraa maaraa sixer
maaraa maaraa maaraa four
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae
aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae

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Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)(video short version)
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hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaaraa
hey maaraa

hey maaraa
hey maaraa aa

aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae

maaraa re sixer
maaraa re four
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
public to public hai
run maange more
more
more
more
more
more …..
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaaraa
hey maaraa aa

aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae

ham sab ki aankhen tujhpe lagi hain
har dil mein phir se ummeeden jagi hai
public hai sang tere ae
oye oye oye oye ae
public hai sang tere ae
barsaa de rang tere
dikhlaa de balle ka zor
more
more
more
more ……

hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaaraa
hey maaraa aa


This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3873 Post No. : 14893

Hullo to all in Atuldom

Same dates, last month, was a period of hectic activity. I believe pre-wedding period is the time when no one should check their BP. 🙂 I am often asked these days how does it feel after all the activity? Have you relaxed enough? Have you come to terms with the fact that your daughter is now married?

Phew!!! So many questions. Thinking of the last question- I don’t feel the difference; possibly because my daughter was already living away from home, due to her work, for almost 4 years now. She herself might answer like me. And to top it there is no custom of a “BIDAAI” in South Indian marriages, what we do is accompany the girl to her sasural and help her set-up home if she needs help in setting up. Also, in these modern ages when we are connected on an hourly basis through the various communication channels at our disposal, the feeling of the “daughter having got married” will never sink-in. The only complaint, well not exactly a complaint, is that after preparing for almost 4-5 months for the big day, it has come and gone and it is almost a month to the date.

Much like what students might feel at the end of their final year-end examinations!!! OH! Just realized the examinations for class 10 and 12 are about to begin in a week or two, for some it would have already started, ALL THE VERY BEST TO ALL THE STUDENTS their parents and teachers.

Now in the run-up to the wedding my husband had an idea that we should have some kind of entertainment for all those who come to attend the wedding. We were expecting many of our outstation friends and relatives on the previous day itself as the muhurta for the wedding was early and the guests might find it more convenient to reach the previous day, relax a bit and just have to wake up and get dressed for the big occasion. South Indian weddings are different from North Indian weddings in the sense there is no formal mehndi or sangeet attached with the rituals (South Indian weddings are rather staid). But we thought we might call a mehndi artist so that lady guests could have their hands adorned and there will be some pastime too where the grooms’ and bride’s family could mingle with each other.

Then there was also the bright idea to get the bright and talented kids and adults (who cared to join) to perform a song or dance which will further help kill time. We put our most enterprising and talented nieces and nephews on the job of hunting latent talent within the family and unanimously all of them decided that I should also, remove the dust cover and shake a leg or two. My only lament was that the dust cover was never removed and when I was called to do my ½ a minute thing on the stage I managed not to fall off it and also matched a few steps with my niece who had choreographed a rather simple number to one of the newer songs (which I had never heard of before the wedding eve.) I was happy we had a wonderful pre-wedding evening and no complained of boredom.

The whole dance and enjoyment reminded me of a song from the rather new (by the standards of this blog) movie “English Vinglish” (2012) which was directed by Gauri Shinde. The situation of the song was the wedding of Sridevi’s niece and the song shows the family practising some dance to be performed at the wedding. In fact, I had mentally practised a few steps to accompany the song if the DJ had played it (seems we only had to request, it was on his playlist) but we didn’t play it then. Since then it has been playing in my mind though. Then it struck me, as if a bolt from the blue, that we were close to Sridevi’s 1st death anniversary (its a year already!!!!! Time has flown really fast).

And so, here is the song which was Sridevi’s last dance number. There are no words to describe how beautiful she looked in that movie in the role of a homemaker whose husband and daughter keep pointing out her inability to speak in English. There are no words to describe how elegantly she carries herself in the saree and dance gracefully. Small wonder then, that people used to call her the only female superstar who could give all her co-actors a run for their money. In spite of this she was a much sought-after co-star who was comfortable and confident enough to be in the same frame as a Shivaji Ganesan, Dilip Kumar, Dharmendra, NTR, Rajkumar (of the south), or the actors of her age-group like Krishna (Telugu), Rajnikant, Kamal Hasan (Tamil), Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Mithun, Sunny Deol, etc. She was bold enough to refuse movies with Amitabh if her role in it lacked substance and Rajesh Khanna got help from her popularity in the period when he was trying to resurrect his career. And we don’t need to mention her movies with Jeetendra as they fall in a category of their own.

The song with this post is written by Swanand Kirkire and Amit Trivedi was the music director. We have Sunidhi Chauhan, Neelambari Kirkire, Natali DI Luccio, and Swanand Kirkire giving their voice to the song.
Thinking of our “Khwabon Ki Shehazaadi”.

Audio

Video

Song-Navrai maajhi laadaachi laadhaachi ga (English Vinglish)(2012) Singers-Sunidhi Chauhan, Natali DI Luccio,Neelambari Kirkire, Swanand Kirkire, Lyrics-Swanand Kirkire, MD-Amit Trivedi
Chorus

Lyrics

navrai maajhi laadaachi laadaachi ga
avad hila chandraachi chandraachi ga
navrai maajhi navsaachi navsaachi ga
apsara shachi indrachi indrachi ga aaaa ha

navrai chali sharmaati ghabraati ho
piya ke ghar ithlaati balkhaati wo
surmai naina chhalkaati chhalkaati wo
piya ke ghar bharmaati sakuchaati wo oooooh

hai kuku ku kukuku
kuku ku kukuku

haaan chunar mein iski (ho ho)
sitaare (ho ho)
saare chamkeele chamkeele chamkeele
kangan mein iske (ho ho)
bahaaren (ho ho)
aaj hariyaale hariyaale hariyaale
navrai majhi ladaachi ladaachi ga
avura hila chandrachi chandrachi ga
navrai majhi navsaachi navsaachi ga
apsara shaachi indraachi indraachi ga ga ga (hahaha)

sunyoji isko
rakhiyo jatan se
badi naazuk hai naazuk hai
naazuk kali hai anmol
kali hai anmol
aaoji aao
thumkha lagaao
zara behko ji behko ji behko
khushiyon ke baaje dhol
khushiyon ke baaje dhol

aankhon mein iske (ho ho),
ishaare (ho ho)
bade nakhreele nakhreele nakhreele
sapnon ke laakhon (ho ho),
nazaare (ho ho)
saare rangeele rangeele rangeele
navrai chali sharmaati ghabraati wo
piya ke ghar itlaathi balkaathi wo
surmai naina chhalkaati chhalkaati wo
piya ke ghar bharmaathi sakuchaati wo o o

navrai maajhi ladaachi ladaachi ga
avad hila chandraachi chandraachi ga
navrai maajhi navsaachi navsaachi ga
apsara shachi indrachi indrachi ga aaaaa a


This article is written by Pradeep Raghunathan, fellow enthusiasts of Hindi movie music and contributors 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.

Atul ji’s 10K Song Milestone Celebrations – 7
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Sudhir ji, got in touch with us Atulwaasis and told us that there is a HUGE milestone coming up on the blog.

I had no clue that it was this huge. With my little knowledge of maths, I did some calculation and it works to an average of around 3 posts a day for the last 9 years. If that just seems like a number to you – you either do not understand hard work when you see it, or you are just a passer by seeing this blog for the first time.

While I still wonder how it is even possible to have such commitment and endurance I am reminded of what Atul ji often tells us – this is a “Labour of Love”. And then it all falls in place and makes so much sense. Atul ji has been a beacon of light, a guru, a nostalgia maker, the man who got all us crazy Atulwaasis together.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

The shelf life of a Hindi pop (also called Indipop) song is generally very short. But one that has smitten me seems to be an exception. I have been watching the video clip of the song over a year. The more I listened, more I was curious to know as to why I liked this pop song especially when I have not been a great admirer of such genre of songs.
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This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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.

Ganpati Bappa Morya!! One more Ganesh festival in the life of this blog. We have been having songs from bollywood movies posted in this blog every year. So why should this year be any different. And have we run out of Ganesh festival songs? Answer is no. As long as bollywood is there we will have some hero do the Ganesh aarti and set up a Ganesh pandal—atleast in their films.
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This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, 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.

English Vinglish (2012) was a movie directed by Gauri Shinde. It was a sort of come back movie for Sridevi. Why I say comeback is because she was never out of sight. Prior to that she was seen in a few ads selling soap or some such thing. Also she was very much visible at various awards functions. But when I saw the promos for the movie I decided I had to see it come what may. And I was not disappointed. Mind you I will not say I am her greatest fan. It is just that I liked the theme on which it was based. It had no preaching to it. It was not a family drama in the traditional sense of the term. It talked about how a mother, whatever she does to please the family, is still considered secondary as she was not conversant in English. Then the movie proceeds to show that how half the world is not English conversant and how the other half treats them. Also what I liked about the movie is that the mother in law of the character played by Sridevi is very supportive of her in her endeavor of commercially showing off her skill of making laddoos. (I should say that she reminded me of my mom in law).
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