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This blog completes another year, life takes another year, and we keep running in our quest to score some bauble or the other. This year, these past months, those who know me know that I’ve been running more than most. Thankfully, tomorrow, that project ends: and you will all see the results on one of…

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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 – 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 – Yaaram

And we’re back! It’s been a long, long time since I have updated my blog here. Part of it had something to do with my extremely strenuous life these past six months, thanks largely to my MBA’s final semester, and part to some emotional churning that, I’m afraid, is yet to reach its conclusion. I…

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Reading Gulzar – Mora Gora Rang Lai Le

This song, as is widely believed, is what started it all. In Bimal Roy’s classic, ‘Bandini’, Lata Mangeshkar croons of the desire to meet the beloved. Nargis, the actress on whom the song is picturised, plays a village belle. By staying faithful to the character, Gulzar does something here that he has done on few…

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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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