दोबारा

रिश्तों की उम्र कौन माप पाया है? कुछ सदियों ज़िंदा रहते हैं, हमें शेरों-कहानियों में मिलते हैं। कुछ पूरी ज़िन्दगी अपने पैरों पर खड़े होने में लगा देते हैं, कुछ पूरी ज़िन्दगी हर दिन जीते हैं। हर एक की अपनी उम्र होती है। हाँ, कहानियां सबकी एक ही लगती है मुझे। काफ़ी रिश्तों को क़रीब…

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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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सावन

बारिशों के दिन हैं, बारिश चाहे कमज़ोर ही सही। गर्मियों की झुलस के बाद जो पहली बूँद गिरती है, यूँ लगता है जैसे दम घुटने से साँस भर पहले ज़िन्दगी फिर से बहने लगी हो। सूखी, प्यासी-सी धरती और प्यासे-से अरमानों को एक राह मिलती है। जो कहीं रुकने लगी थीं, थमने लगी थीं, वो…

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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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​वोह आँखें क्या कहती हैं

नारी का सम्मान कहाँ और स्तर कहाँ… बम्बई की ट्रेन्स में सफ़र करता हूँ रोज़, और फर्स्ट क्लास के डब्बे लेडीज और जनरल में बंटे हैं। मेरी नज़र अक्सर फेंस के उस पर खड़ी औरतों, लड़कियों पर पड़ जाती है। उन चेहरों में, उन आखों में, उनमें अनेक सवाल, कई किस्से दिखते हैं। बस उन्हें…

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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 lose 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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Songs By The Lake

I don’t believe in Valentine’s, but I so do believe in love. And here’s something I wrote celebrating it. It’s the first “story” I have published here. Let me know how you like it. They sat there, on the shore, watching the sun set over the calm waters. A frigid wind was blowing, as if…

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