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 – 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 – Salaam Keejiye

The last in this series of songs from ‘Aandhi’, this is my favourite. And the reason for it is the same as the answer to the succinct question put forth by the late great Adam Smith, the venerable father of Economics, “Why are diamonds so damn expensive when they have such little use?!” The answer,…

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Reading Gulzar – Tum Aa Gaye Ho

It is my firm belief that if an intellectual were to declare his love to someone, this is the song that they’d choose. I’ve come across millions of numbers the sole purpose of which was to declare their love to a member, so far, of the opposite sex; but which invariably end up doing something…

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Reading Gulzar – Tere Bina Zindagi Se

Have you had that moment in life, when, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t hit the precise words to describe what you’re feeling? A hundred emotions, similar and contrasting, springing within you at the same time all, and you powerless to find the precise the right words? Powerless to share the power…

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Reading Gulzar – Is Mod Se Jaate Hain

There are albums, and there are albums. And a notch or two above them, in fact, several notches above is ‘Aandhi’. There haven’t been many great albums in Hindi cinema. Of course, it all depends on how you define the word great, but, at least on a benchmark of both great lyrics and music, not…

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Reading Gulzar – Aapki Aankhon Mein

Now that the sad songs are done with, I guess I’ll open my favourite romantic number – one of, to be honest, because an absolute is rather difficult. The imagery that this song paints, in itself, if not through its accompanying visuals, shows how pure and innocent love can get, and how innocent needn’t necessarily…

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Reading Gulzar – Hazaar Rahein

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts. – Percy Bysshe Shelley. If ever proof was needed, this here is it. One of the slowest, most lyrical songs you’ll find, and one in stark contrast to the previous ‘Humne Dekhi Hai’. Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar give voices to one of the shortest…

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