All Vacations Must End

At times, your words don’t come from you. They are too powerful to belong to one voice, their meaning too deep for one tale. Recently, I uttered some of this sort. They were said to someone I know in a jovial tone, without much thought gone in their formation.

And yet, when I reflected on them, I was saddened. Extremely. By their weight, the lost possibilities they spoke of, the grief of demise they had. Moved, I wrote this poem, and made those words its title. Let me know how you like it.

 

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Reading Gulzar – Ranjha Ranjha

Gulzar (Click on the image for source.)

Gulzar (Click on the image for source.)

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

Music: A. R. Rahman

Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj and Javed Ali

Lyrics: 🙂

Here goes…

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Reading Gulzar – Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji

Gulzar (Click on the image for source.)

Gulzar (Click on the image for source.)

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 our heads to push blame on. But what would that voice know? After all, it is a child.

Trust the Master to find an expression for all our follies of love, all our indiscretions and misdemeanours, all our audacious, self-destructive hope, and essentialise it in one sentence! For the first time, perhaps, there’s a reason why we do what we do.

Film: Ishqiya

Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Lyrics: 🙂

Here goes…

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Reading Gulzar – Bol Na Halke Halke

Gulzar (Click on the image for source.)

Gulzar (Click on the image for source.)

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 back to a time when the Moon was both the companion and antagonist, hope as well as torment, laughter as well as pain of lovers, it gives us escape from the morbid bounds of commonality.

Film: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

Music: Shankar, Ehsan, and Loy

Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Lyrics: 🙂

Here goes…

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Reading Gulzar – Pukaro Mujhe Naam Lekar Pukaro

Gulzar (Click on the image for source.)

Gulzar (Click on the image for source.)

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 who’s ever been in love ought to know, there’s a certain physical, sensual appeal that slowly but certainly creeps into any relationship. And as most of our movies are built around relationships, the depiction of this desire has been a staple of our cinema as well. These days, of course,  it is more prevalent and decadent, but in days of yore, a collective sense of propriety that decreed that suppression of desires was, in fact, a virtue, made such expression a rare thing. As such, it is not until the late ’70s – by when Amitabh Bachchan’s Angry Young Man has shattered the existing ideal of a socialist post-partition India and its morals – that songs that are even the slightest bit risqué are seen.

That is not to say that sensuality was non-existent. It was celebrated with a sense of mystery and awe, in hushed whispers and innocent innuendo, and as a completion of love. Indeed, that is the overwhelming sense I derive from this song. Notice how the romanticism of the verse, the hope of lovers and their belief in a shared destiny, finds completion in an act of desire.

Film: Bhool Na Jaana (unreleased)

Music: Daan Singh

Singer: Mukesh

Lyrics: 🙂

Here goes…

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Her

Her (Click on the image for source.)

Her (Click on the image for source.)

Shakespeare once wrote a play that he couldn’t name. Ultimately, he went with ‘As You Like It’, leaving his audience to name and interpret what they saw the way the saw fit.

Now, yours truly is humble enough to recognise he’s no Shakespeare, or even comes close. But he was in a quandary quite similar with this post.

Let me know if you like the name, and, of course, the poem itself. It is something very different from what I usually write, and she who I’ve to thank for this will know how grateful I am to her.

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