Reading Gulzar – Beeti Na Bitaai Raina

This has been a long time coming. I think the blog hasn’t been updated for a while now (a month to be precise), but that hasn’t really been for a lack of trying. A couple of pieces that I have been working on are taking an impossibly high amount of time to get done with….

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Reading Gulzar – Aanewaala Pal

Today, August 18, He celebrates His birthday. Some 80 years ago, the Maker gave Hindi literature and cinema a gift like no other – Sampooran Singh Kalra was born in Deena, Punjab, now in Pakistan. He brought the love of words to our cinema, has celebrated the greatness of love in everyday objects and deeds,…

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Reading Gulzar – Filhaal

There is, arguably, no escape from the ephemeral nature of Life. We sail on a sea of motion, where the tides of Time and Chance decide our destinations as much as the forces of Will and Desire. Life is lost and found in the finite moments of tranquility that exist in the storms that ravage,…

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Reading Gulzar – Dil Dhoondhta Hai

I had spoken of 6 songs of love, and this is the last. None is better suited. While the others were the myriad expressions of love between people, this is the love of life. And, undoubtedly, one of his finest works, a landmark of Hindi film poetry. I believe ‘fursat’ is a word that cannot…

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Reading Gulzar – Ranjha Ranjha

An adaptation of a work of Bulle Shah, the immortal saint, this song speaks of the mystic element of love – where the identity of one is lost in the other. The lover not only joins and mingles into his love, he is destroyed and annihilated by it. And is grateful for it. Film: Raavan…

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Reading Gulzar – Raat Ka Nasha Abhi

We have all, at some point or another, dealt with distance in love. I am sure that, if we could describe it, this is how we would choose to. Film: Asoka Music: Anu Malik Singer: Chitra and Abhijeet Lyrics: 🙂 Here goes…

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Reading Gulzar – Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai

There is something about first love. The magical loss of sense, the pure, unadulterated flights of fancy, the audacity of hope, the rebellion from order… How often do we manage to reach these again? Since we can’t, we can always listen to this… Film: Kaminey Music: Vishal Bhardwaj Singer: Mohit Chauhan Lyrics: 🙂 Here goes…

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Reading Gulzar – Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji

Today, six songs of love! Love, the universal solvent of all our cinema, the reality around which all our fantasies are woven. Something that we sing and cry about all the time, and get to see so less. And understand even lesser. And because we understand it oh-so-little, we find that little voice in all…

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Reading Gulzar – Bol Na Halke Halke

There is little exploration of fantastical love these days, and lesser still is it expressed. We don’t dream these days in obscure motifs and unreachable ideals, our quest is much easier, much accessible. In such a time, there comes a song like this – romantic, soulful, and seeking to break the bonds of Time. Going…

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Reading Gulzar – Musafir Hoon Yaaron

And there it is, we’re almost done with 2013! Tomorrow, we shall renew our pledges to destiny. Tomorrow we shall try to rise again, with newer hopes. Tomorrow we shall resolve anew to fight for all that we desire. Tomorrow we shall plunge again into the waters of uncertainty, and swim tirelessly toward our place…

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Reading Gulzar – Mera Kuchh Saamaan

A succession of pain interspersed with a little melancholy and even less joy: this is what most relationships result in, don’t they? How much do we suffer, how much do we pray for the endurance, the lasting of something, which we ourselves aren’t sure of? I, as always, speak on the basis of what I have seen. And…

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Reading Gulzar – Pukaro Mujhe Naam Lekar Pukaro

The year is almost at an end, and I think this neglected blog can do with a few posts. Since, for one reason or another, I don’t quite feel upto publishing something original, I shall continue to regale you with the words and poetry of arguably the greatest wordsmith of our times. Now, as anyone…

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