Melodies From The Golden eRa of Bollywood Music!

Movie: Anari (1959)

Music Director: Shankar Jaikishan & Hasrat Jaipuri
Lyrics: Shailendra


I love everything about this song. Raj Kapur the great showman had a sentimental make-up and such songs with an image of The Tramp(The Fool) suited him extremely well. The influence of Charlie Chaplin is clearly visible. Initial music is intentionally rapid for about forty seconds in which the tramp walks and jumps along mingling with passing lambs, waving hand to flying birds with a jolly mood, holding his hat with a hand as it’s about to fall-off from his head. He salutes a marching group of scouts and then suddenly halts his step which is about to fall on a Cricket which is on road. Using a leaf he picks it up and places safely above a wall–music softly changes with the tingling of guitar strings and he starts singing. Mukesh has magically filled the space with his voice and it’s also one of the best of Shailendra. Continue reading “Melodies From The Golden eRa of Bollywood Music!”


Couple of New Songs This Monday!

I have been sharing old songs from Bollywood films last few weeks. This week let’s listen to couple of new songs:

Tum Hi Ho

This song has wonderful words and music by Mithoon and Arijit Singh’s enchanting voice. It was released in March 2013 and stayed on top of charts for many weeks. The song has been picturised on Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in film Aashiqui 2. The bit from 2:54 minutes( tere liye yun jiya main.. khud ko jo yun de diya hai.. ) is my favorite as it so beautifully tells about sacrifice in love. I hope you will enjoy listening to it.

Aye Dil Bata

I love lyrics of this song in particular which were penned down by Manoj Yadav. This song was sung by Arijit Singh for Ishk Actually(2013). The song is a talk to the heart which has given surprise of love by falling again for someone. I can’t appreciate the beauty of lyrics enough in this song. I hope you will enjoy listening to it.

Music Monday Challenge 8

This is a challenge hosted by Kat at OH, Hello. Check out the Coldplay song she shared today, it’s fabulous!

The rules are simple:

  • Create a post featuring music you want to share every Mondays
  • Share your favorite music with me by giving me a pingback
  • Or if you are feeling extra lazy, just comment below with your song choice…but don’t be lazy! 
  • Share everywhere by using the hashtag #MusicMondays and by following the tag Music Mondays on your readers
  • This is a week long event and I would love to see your music suggestions even if it’s not Monday!


My song for this week is: 

Baar Baar Dekho, Hazar Baar Dekho


This song is from the golden age of Bollywood music in the golden voice of Mohd. Rafi. The dance and histrionics of chubby Shammi Kapoor are a treat to watch.

Film: Chinatown.(1962)

Singer: Mohd. Rafi.

Musician: Ravi.

Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

Actors: Shammi Kapoor, Shakila.


I Am A Traveller, Dear Friends!


A mystic is a traveller in the world, though always at home. It sounds paradoxical. It must do! Wisdom of a mystic is most paradoxical. You might have seen written “होटेल रैन बसेरा !” on various lodges found at the bus stands of small cities in India. Something which roughly translates to “Hotel for staying overnight,” in english speaking countries. The Hindi term has a music about it. The world at large and all homes in it are not more than the overnight stay. The world is constantly in a state of flux. Only change is unchangeable. Change is the law. Change is the only constant.

So a mystic is at home in his heart. Always living in the abode of harmony and peace. Inebriated with love, he is love and lives in love, but at the same time, he considers every external stay as a temporary stay. Everyone he meets is a fellow traveller who will travel only a few steps along. There are no permanent travelling companions because journey here is impermanent but it’s journey nonetheless.


Continue reading “I Am A Traveller, Dear Friends!”