ठहराव

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 – 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 – 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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Her

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…

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Tonight

In returning to poems after a while, here’s a poem that I made up today while staring at this white screen. I hope you’ll like it…

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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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