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From the 1978 hit Telugu film Seethamahalakshmi ( = Name of a Girl) Sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and P. Susheela. Music composed by K. V. Mahadevan and Lyrics penned by Devulapalli Krishnasastri.

The song has all the elements of rustic music with a touch of folk in it that shows the innocent love between the two lead singers. Chandramohan again spearheaded in being the shoulder to another new actress, Talluri Rameshwari, in this movie. Incidentally the actress has a squint in her eye, yet she went on to become quite a notable actress with some very hit movies in her bag. That was a considerable shift in Indian film industry. Well, this melody definitely can be considered in her bag. :)



Lyrics in Romanized Telugu:

Maavi Chiguru Thinagaane Koyala Palikenaaa?
Maavi Chiguru Thinagaane Koyala Palikenaaa?
Koyila Gonthu Vinagaane Maavi Chiguru Thodigena?
Koyila Gonthu Vinagaane Maavi Chiguru Thodigena?
Emo Emanuno Gaani, Aamani, Eevanee
Maavi Chiguru Thinagaane Koyala Palikenaaa? Aaa Aaa Koyila Palikenaa?

Temmerato Taratala Tummedato Sayyatala
Temmerato Taratala Tummedato Sayyatala
Taratala Sayyatala, Sayyatala Taratala
Vannele Kadu Vagale Kadu Enni Nerchinadi Monnati Puvvu
Vannele Kadu Vagale Kadu Enni Nerchinadi Monnati Puvvu
Binkalu Bidiyalu Ponkalu Poodumulu
Emo ? Evvarido Gani Eeviri Gadasari
Maavi Chiguru Thinagaane Koyala Palikenaaa? Aaa Aaa Koyila Palikenaa?

Okari Ollu Uyyala Verokari Gunde Jampala
Uyyala Jampala, Jampala Uyyala
Okari Ollu Uyyala Verokari Gunde Jampala
Okari Pedavi Pagadalo Verokari Kanula Diviteelo
Okari Pedavi Pagadalo Verokari Kanula Diviteelo
Palakarintalo Pulakarintalo, Palakarintalo Pulakarintalo
Emo Emaguno Gani, Ee Katha, Mana Katha

Maavi Chiguru Thinagaane Koyala Palikenaaa?
Koyila Gonthu Vinagaane Maavi Chiguru Thodigena?
Emo Emanuno Gaani, Aamani, Eevanee
Maavi Chiguru Thinagaane Koyala Palikenaaa? Aaa Aaa Koyila Palikenaa?
It was an evening filled with several parties, one at work and one at a friend's home. First a Social Networking event at my work. It was a pleasure to meet so many off-work when one don’t get to meet them often. Followed by BBQ at my friend's home. Food, Drinks, Fun and Gossip - Oh what better way to end an evening that on that note.

Here's a song that resembles closely to the party hopping I did. "Ek Glassy, Do Glassy, Theen Glassy Chaar" Sung by Hard Kaur. She is a British Indian Rapper and had recorded this song in 2007.



Lyrics in English / Romanized Hindi:

Yeah, Oh , Ay Yo
Gettin Mashed Up Rite Now ,All Ma Alcoholics In Da House Yo
( In Da Bkground) Im Buzzin Up Am Buzzin (X 3...Duno Wot Lol)

Chourus:
Ik Glassy, Doh Glassy Theen Glassy Char ,
Put Ya Hands In Da Air Like U Jus Dun Care, Cuz U Feel Lika Supastar
Ik Glassy , Doh Glassy Theen Glassy Char ,
Ur Drunk As Hell , N U Dunt Feel Well , But U Still Go Bak 2 Da Bar

Laga , Laga , Jhonny Walkaa
Weneva We Strt We Cant Stop Oaa
Mix It Up Widda Lil Soda Water
Getting High 2nite , While U Girs Keep Strippin On A Diamond Whyt Yo
Gotta Tell U Da Brandys High , Punjabi Style, Always Cause A Fyt Now
Girlfrnd Dnt U Have No Fear , Grab Ur Beer , Lets Hav A Cheer
Getting Mashed Up , Aint No Dout , I Think Am Gunna Fall , Sumbody Hold Me Now

Ik Glassy, Doh Glassy Theen Glassy Char ,
Put Ya Hands In Da Air Like U Jus Dun Care, Cuz U Feel Lika Supastar
Ik Glassy , Doh Glassy Theen Glassy Char ,
Ur Drunk As Hell , N U Dunt Feel Well , But U Still Go Bak 2 Da Bar

Hold Up , Sumbodys Gnna Puke , N I Dun Wna Fuk Up Ma Brand New Shoes,
Its Da Weekend N Drink Much Booze,
Bcuz Ur Wit Ur Gurls N U Gotta Let Loose ,
N Betta Keep One Eye On Da Fron Door ,
Cuz Ur @ Da Club N Ur Parents Dun Noe
Movin Bak 2 Da Bar , Betta Take It Slow
And Dnt 4get 2 ,Change Ur Clothes (Change Clothes)
Do All Da Rudeboyz , Try N Cht ,
U Get Sum Attention N Ur Try N Kiss
Betta Keep Ur Hands Of Ma Skirt
Cuz I Will Turn Around And Kick Ur Where It Hurts
Hey Wotch U , Ravin Nyt Till Afternoon
N We
Cuz U Gotta Go 2 An Afta Party ,And
Drink Up, We Aint Even Started Yet

Ik Glassy, Doh Glassy Theen Glassy Char ,
Put Ya Hands In Da Air Like U Jus Dun Care, Cuz U Feel Lika Supastar
Ik Glassy , Doh Glassy Theen Glassy Char ,
Ur Drunk As Hell , N U Dunt Feel Well , But U Still Go Bak 2 Da Bar

Im Buzzin Up Im Buzzin (X4)

I Got 99 Bottlez Of Beer On Da Wall,
N Im Gunna Stay Until I Drink Em All,
Honeyz On Da Dance Floor,
6 9 Dance Sum More
I Gotta Poket Fulla Dough
N A Crate Of Beerz
N U No Im Gnna Leave Wida A Gurl Frm Ere
Which 1?
Da One Ryt Der , Shake Shakin Her Ass All Up In Da Air,
Jus Flowin Around , Keep Goin Around
Keeps Feelin Like Its Spinnin Da Ground
U Aint Drunk?
Go Get Sum , I Gott 99 Problems N Am Still Drinkin 1

Ik Glassy, Doh Glassy Theen Glassy Char ,
Put Ya Hands In Da Air Like U Jus Dun Care, Cuz U Feel Lika Supastar
Ik Glassy , Doh Glassy Theen Glassy Char ,
Ur Drunk As Hell , N U Dunt Feel Well , But U Still Go Bak 2 Da Bar
Whenever I watch the 2014 Nutella commercial, this song that plays in the background seriously takes me to a happy place. I love Nutella so that adds more to the pleasure, Simple Pleasures. :) For a while I was searching for the actual song in this commercial and finally found it. It is being sung by Oh Hush (Chris Sernel), the secret artist. No wonder I found no actual vide of the song.



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And here’s the Nutella commercial:



And somewhere along all the discussions I read about this song, someone commented that this was a rip-off of Pink’s song Blow Me One Last Kiss from her 2012 album The Truth About Love. I had to listen to it to see if its true, and indeed both song have similar tunes hidden within. However while the Happy Place truly reflects happy, bubbly inside and cheery outside; Blow Me shocks with the arrogance of love turned to betrayal and hatred with all the adult emotions that have no flavor of innocence. Totally poles apart in sentiments.



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From the 1993 hit Telugu film Mister Pellam ( = Mr. Wife) Sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and Chitra. Music composed by M. M. Keeravani and Lyrics penned by Arudra. As always Arudra was at his best with this song. An ode by a husband to his wife (or could be a lover to his love) expressing every single thing he likes in her, from the top of her hair to the bottom of her toe. Gives me goose bumps in a romantic way every time I listen to it. Director Bapu brought out the best of the lead actress Aamani. True to his expertise, he had introduced another Bapu Bomma ( =  Bapu's Doll) to the Silver Screen. I believe she is one of his actresses who had a moderately successful career.


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The title of this song brings up two other things into mind. First, another hit Telugu movie was made in 1999 with the same title as this song starring Naresh and Indraja as lead actors. I don’t remember ever watching this movie but there are a few good melodies that I can perhaps post for a future blog.

In the 2006 Telugu film Sainikudu ( = Soldier) has a song with the title same as this song, but rest all is completely different. Music was moderate and Lyrics were uncatchable, so not a song worth remembering in my mind. However, it warrants a mention here purely for the sake of the first line, awesome attires by the lead actress Trisha and the beautiful scenic place used as a background in the song. It was Sung by Shreya Ghoshal. Music was composed by Harris Jayaraj. Lyrics were penned by Kulasekhar (I am not sure if its right but couldn’t find the right Lyricist for this song).




Lyrics in Romanized Telugu:

Sogasu Chuuda Taramaa; Ammayi Chenta Cherukunte Prema
Mansunaapa Tarama; Rammantu Nannu Laagutunte Prema
Naa Kallallo Vakillallo; Uyyalaluuge Premaa
Suvvi Suvvi Suvvalamma; Sindulese Sudavamma
Vayasunaapa Tarama
Suvvi Suvvi Suvvalamma; Naalo Nenu Lenoyamma
Prema Vinta Varama
Sogasu Chuuda Taramaa; Ammayi Chenta Cherukunte Prema
Mansunaapa Tarama; Rammantu Nannu Laagutunte Prema

Oo Challa Gaali Aa Ningi Daati; Ee Pilla Gaali Vaipu Raava
Oohallo Taeli Nee Vollo Vaali; Naa Prema Oosulaade Neeva
Ala Nurugula Paina Parugulu Teesi; Paalu Panchukovaa
Pula Madhurima Kanna Madhuramu Kaada
Prema Gadha Vinava
Sogasu Chuuda Taramaa; Ammayi Chenta Cherukunte Prema
Mansunaapa Tarama; Rammantu Nannu Laagutunte Prema

Dolare Dola Dolare Dola; Mogindi Chudu Gatti Mela
Bugge Kandela Sigge Padela; Naakoche Namma Pelli Kala
Mabbu Parupula Maatu Merupula Maina Pampenamma Vaana
Nannu Valachina Vaadu Varudai Raga; Aada Marachi Ponaa

Sogasu Chuuda Taramaa; Ammayi Chenta Cherukunte Prema
Mansunaapa Tarama; Rammantu Nannu Laagutunte Prema
Naa Kallallo Vakillallo; Uyyalaluuge Premaa
Suvvi Suvvi Suvvalamma; Sindulese Sudavamma
Vayasunaapa Tarama;
Suvvi Suvvi Suvvalamma; Naalo Nenu Lenoyamma
Prema Vinta Varama; Prema Vinta Varama
Prema Vinta Varama; Prema Vinta Varama
From the 2013 Hindi film Phata Poster Nikla Hero ( = Poster Torn, Out Came A Hero) was Sung by Atif Aslam and Chinmayi Sriprada. Music was composed by Pritam and Lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil. The simple lyrics that hit directly to the core of your heart is the reason this song attracted me. Simple lines as they may seem, its very difficult to explain the exact meaning. The gist is that the lover; by giving various comparisons between their love and other things; asks his love to change him and keep him with her. I wonder if any guy wants to change, but its nice to hear to though. :)

Interesting that even after two years, I couldn't find the official video of the song or a complete one.



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi:

Khwaab Hai Tu, Neend Hoon Main; Donon Milein Raat Bane
Roz Yahi Maangun Duaa; Teri Meri Baat Bane Baat Bane

Main Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani
Main Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani
Mujhe Khud Mein Ghol De Toh; Mere Yaar Baat Ban Jaani
Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani
Main Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani
Mujhe Khud Mein Ghol De Toh; Mere Yaar Baat Ban Jaani
Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani
Main Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani

O Yara Tujhe Pyar Ki Batiyaan Kya Samjhaavaan
Jaagti Ratiyaan Roz Bitaavaan; Isse Aage Ab Main Kya Kahun
O Yara Tujhe Dolti Ankhiyan Sadke Javaan
Maang Le Pakiyan Aaj Duvanva; Isse Aage Ab Main Kya Kahun

Maine Toh Dheere Se; Neendon Ke Dhaage Se
Baandha Hai Khwaab Ko Tere..
Main Na Jahaan Chahun; Na Aasmaan Chaahun
Aaja Hisse Main Tu Mere

Tu Dhang Chahaton Ka; Main Jaise Koi Naadaani
Tu Dhang Chahaton Ka; Main Jaise Koi Naadaani
Mujhe Khud Se Jod De To; Mere Yaar Baat Ban Jani
Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani
Main Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani

Tere Khayalon Se; Tere Khayalon Tak
Mera Toh Hai Aana Jana
Mera Toh Jo Bhi Hai; Tu Hi Tha Tu Hi Hai
Baki Jahaan Hai Begana..

Tum Ek Musafir Ho; Main Koi Raah Anjani
Tum Ek Musafir Ho; Main Koi Raah Anjani
Man Chah Mod De To; Mere Yaar Baat Ban Jani

Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani
Main Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani
Mujhe Khud Mein Ghol De Toh; Mere Yaar Baat Ban Jaani
Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani
Main Rang Sharbaton Ka; Tu Meethe Ghaat Ka Pani
O Yara Tujhe Pyar Ki Batiyaan Kya Samjhaavaan
Jaagti Ratiyaan Roz Bitaavaan; Isse Aage Ab Main Kya Kahun
O Yara Tujhe Dolti Ankhiyan Sadke Javaan
Maang Le Pakiyan Aaj Duvanva; Isse Aage Ab Main Kya Kahun.
I was reading Christine Feehan’s Murder Game over the weekend and came across the reference to this song by Neil Young. The lead character gets teased on by his friends by this song since he comes to them smelling of cinnamon after he spends time with his fiancée. All that teasing in the book intrigued me to check the song out.

Its from Neil Young’s 1969 album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere titled Cinnamon Girl; which was his debut album. The Lyrics were penned by Neil himself. It’s a duet with Vocals by Neil Young and Danny Whitten. They lyrics are very mysterious, love hidden behind the lines. I guess that’s why it intrigued me more. :)



Lyrics in English:

I Wanna Live; With A Cinnamon Girl
I Could Be Happy; The Rest Of My Life
With A Cinnamon Girl.

A Dreamer Of Pictures; I Run In The Night
You See Us Together, Chasing The Moonlight,
My Cinnamon Girl.

Ten Silver Saxes, A Bass With A Bow
The Drummer Relaxes; And Waits Between Shows
For His Cinnamon Girl.

A Dreamer Of Pictures; I Run In The Night
You See Us Together, Chasing The Moonlight,
My Cinnamon Girl.

Pa Sent Me Money Now; I'm Gonna Make It Somehow
I Need Another Chance; You See Your Baby Loves To Dance
Yeah...Yeah...Yeah.
This beautiful soft melody is from the 1999 Telugu film Ravoyi Chandamama ( = Please Come, Dear Moon!) Sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and Chitra. Music composed by Mani Sharma and Lyrics penned by Veturi Sundararama Murthy

A funny story comes to my mind whenever I hear this song. Four of us cousins had gone to watch this movie in the theater. As soon as the first scene played on the screen, all of us gasped and spoke aloud “Oh man, this is remake of Mann!” Immediately folks sitting in front of us were groaning, “Oh no, now we get to hear the story before even it happens.” We laughed so loud that our tummy hurt. I know it doesn’t make sense but the thing is we had watched the hit Hindi movie, Mann ( = Heart) a couple months earlier (the same set of cousins) when released the same year. I am pretty sure there was another movie we intended to go and ended up watching this may be because we didn’t get tickets for the other one. And Little did we know that this movie was a remake of the Hindi one, so that’s why we had burst out when we saw the first scene. We were good by not revealing the story to the rest of the audience and stayed till the end. :)

Although the Hindi movie was a hit, the Telugu one didn’t do well. Infact the Hindi version was also a remake of the 1965 hit Hindi movie titled Bheegi Raat ( = Rainy Night) which in turn was a remake of the famous 1957 Hollywood movie An Affair To Remember. All the versions are frame-by-frame copy of the original English version. I watched all of them except for Bheegi Raat. Perhaps something for another post another day.



Lyrics in Romanized Telugu:

Swapna Venuvedo, Sangeetam Aalapinche
Suprabhaata Vela, Subha Mastu Gaali Veeche
Jodaina Rendu Gundela, Eka Taalamo
Joraina Yavvanaalalo, Premageetamo
Leletaa Poolabaasalu, Kaalevaa Cheti Raatalu
Swapna Venuvedo, Sangeetam Aalapinche
Suprabhaata Vela, Subha Mastu Gaali Veeche

Neeve Praanam, Neeve Sarvam; Neekai Chesaa Vennela Jaagaaram
Prema Nenu, Reyi Pagalu; Haaraalalle Mallelu Neekosam
Koti Chukkalu, Ashta Dikkulu, Ninnu Choochuvela
Nindu Aasale, Rendu Kannulai, Chooste Neraanaa
Kaalaale Aagipoyina, Gaanaale Moogabovunaa

Naalo Moham, Rege Daaham; Daachedeppudo Piliche Kannulo
Ode Pandem, Geliche Bandham; Renduu Okate Kalise Jantallo
Manishi Needaga, Manasu Toduga, Maluchukuna Bandam
Penu Tuphaanule, Eduruvacchinaa, Cheraali Teeram
Vaarevaa Prema Paavuram, Vaalede Pranaya Gopuram

Swapna Venuvedo, Sangeetam Aalapinche
Suprabhaata Vela, Subha Mastu Gaali Veeche
Jodaina Rendu Gundela, Eka Taalamo
Joraina Yavvanaalalo, Premageetamo
Leletaa Poolabaasalu, Kaalevaa Cheti Raatalu
Swapna Venuvedo, Sangeetam Aalapinche
Suprabhaata Vela, Subha Mastu Gaali Veeche
Whenever I listen to this song, one thought comes unbidden to my mind, “OMG! That guy is a stalker”. I would never never want a guy to watch me like that. That is bordering on obsession and very very close to stalking. And yet, this song has managed to the biggest hit in 1983 topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. This, however, is the only no.1 hit for this English rock band, The Police, since then. The band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. It was written by Sting (yes, the famous one. J) for their album Synchronicity.  Sting himself agrees that people are taking it the meaning for what it is not. He considered it a song about jealousy and possession while people took it foar a soft romantic song. Well, there you go, my sentiments exactly. **Sigh**



Lyrics in English:

Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make
Every Bond You Break, Every Step You Take
I'll Be Watching You.

Every Single Day, Every Word You Say
Every Game You Play, Every Night You Stay
I'll Be Watching You.

Oh Can't You See, You Belong To Me?
How My Poor Heart Aches With Every Step You Take.

Every Move You Make, Every Vow You Break
Every Smile You Fake, Every Claim You Stake
I'll Be Watching You.

Since You've Gone I've Been Lost Without A Trace.
I Dream At Night, I Can Only See Your Face.
I Look Around But It's You I Can't Replace.
I Feel So Cold, And I Long For Your Embrace.
I Keep Crying Baby, Baby, Please...

Oh Can't You See, You Belong To Me?
How My Poor Heart Aches With Every Step You Take.

Every Move You Make, Every Vow You Break
Every Smile You Fake, Every Claim You Stake
I'll Be Watching You.

Every Move You Make, Every Step You Take
I'll Be Watching You...I'll Be Watching You

Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make
Every Bond You Break, Every Step You Take
I'll Be Watching You.

Every Single Day, Every Word You Say
Every Game You Play, Every Night You Stay
I'll Be Watching You.

Every Move You Make, Every Vow You Break
Every Smile You Fake, Every Claim You Stake
I'll Be Watching You.

Every Single Day, Every Word You Say
Every Game You Play, Every Night You Stay
I'll Be Watching You

Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make
Every Bond You Break, Every Step You Take
I'll Be Watching You.
The original song is from the 1963 hit Telugu movie Bandipotu ( = Bandit) Sung by Ghantasala and P. Susheela. Music composed by Ghantasala himself and Lyrics penned by C. Narayana Reddy. Such a soft romantic melody.

It pained me to see that the remix version was pictured so horribly. Romance and sexual chemistry could be shown but this song bordered close on vulgarity and caused repulsiveness when I saw the video. Even the dance steps were so uneven, out of synch and almost looked forced than natural. It was from the 2005 Telugu movie Honeymoon. Music composed by M. S. Gupta. Oh this is so painful, very very painful. Watch it for yourself and see what I mean.

Original song:



Remixed version:



Few more facts:
1) Lyrics in Romanized Telugu:

Oohalu Gusagusalaade Na Hrudayamu Oogisalaade
Priyaa; Mmm
Oohalu Gusagusalaade Na Hrudayamu Oogisalaade

Valadhanna Vinadhi Manasu, Kalanaina Nine Thalachu
Valadhanna Vinadhi Manasu, Kalanaina Nine Thalachu
Tholi Premalo Balamundhile, Adhi Neeku Munupe Thelusu
Oohalu Gusagusalaade Na Hrudayamu Oogisalaade

Nanu Kori Cherina Bela, Dhoorana Niliche Vela
Nanu Kori Cherina Bela, Dhoorana Niliche Vela
Nee Aanathi Lekunnacho, Vidalenu Oopiri Kuda
Oohalu Gusagusalaade Na Hrudayamu Oogisalaade

Dhivi Malle Pandhiri Vese, Bhuvi Pelli Peetanu Vese
Dhivi Malle Pandhiri Vese, Bhuvi Pelli Peetanu Vese
Nera Vennela Kuripinchuchu Nelaraju Pendlini Chese
Oohalu Gusagusalaade Mana Hrudayamulu Ooyalalooge

2) The remix version used only first two stanzas and the third stanza was a repeat of the first stanza in the song.

3) Another movie was made in 2014 with the title as the title of this song, Oohalu Gusagusalaade ( = Imaginations Whispered). I haven’t heard the songs from that movie, but am curious to do so. Perhaps for another blog post.

4) A 2015 movie was made with the same title as the title of the movie the original song was from, Bandipotu. Story seemed in parallel to the old movie about a theif, but perhaps different. Another one for a future post.


Finally got to watch the fifth installment in the Mission Impossible series, titled Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation. I had started watching these movies for Tom Cruise…but later I simply watch it for the story, the different gadgets, the amazing locations, stunts and of course the ever growing inventive criminal organizations. In this installment, Ethan Hunt ( by Tom Cruise) becomes rogue agent without a country on the run to prove the existence of The Syndicate.



Imressive cinematography, amazing spy gadgets and super cool stunts blended with the conspiracy of British govt to finance The Syndicate. Covert operations between CIA, IMF and MI6 all either keeping or destroying it, while Solomon Lane and Ethan Hunt besting each other in not only trying to find but destroy too.

Who could imagine a huge underwater server beneath a power station to store information! I personally felt this as the highlight of the movie - the entire scene where Ethan along with his IMF colleague Benji and MI6 Rogue agent Faust work on retrieving the “Red Box” containing the entire information on The Syndicate. Ilsa Faust (by Rebecca Ferguson) is a certainly a perfect addition to IMF. It was really intriguing to see her walking up all over the opera house in Vienna in her silky long sheath dress.

My friend would oppose by telling that the best scene was the motorbike chase between Faust and The Syndicate team along with Ethan tagging along. Indeed that scene pumped one with a rush of blood thru them and makes you feel one with either Faust or Ethan on those superb bikes. (I wonder what make and model were they!)

My nephews would say that the flight scene was the best though. Boys, of course would love the big toys. :)

Ofcourse, don’t forget Alan Hunley (by Alec Baldwin) who strongly opposes for IMF to exist when eventually becomes the Secretary for IMF in the end.  We get to see Jeremy Renner in his charming self again as Wiliam Brandt, Field Operations Director of IMF. There are certainly comic reliefs like the scene where Luther and Brandt are searching for Ethan and Benji in Morocco comes across side-by-side with them in a car chsing Faust and The Syndicate. That moment of silence spoke volumes. How can one not laugh when Brandt keeps on saying “I can neither deny nor confirm this without the approval of Mr. Secretary” whenever Hunley bases him with accusations of the rogue methods of IMF.

All-in-all another hit movie by Mission Impossible team, a strong contender for Bond’s Spectre coming in November. I wonder what the 6th installment would be now for Ethan Hunt and the IMF. And already looking forward to it.
This song, rather bhajan, is from the 1978 hit Hindi movie titled the same, Satyam Shivam Sundaram ( = The Truth, The God, The Handsome) Sung by legendery melodious Lata Mangeshkar. Music was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and Lyrics penned by Pandit Narendra Sharma.

The movie had certainly created a lot of news by its controversial concept of depicting the differences between physical love and spiritual love. The lead actress Zeenat Aman had been exposed sensually that added to the controversy. Although considering what the Indian film industry is now, this would have been considered ok if the movie had released in current era. Padimini Kolhapure acted as the young Roopa and was perhaps her earlier role as a child artiste that gave her fame, paved path to her adult career.

Whenever I listen to this bhajan it creates ripples under my skin, hairs stand up all over my body and it almost makes me feel like my mind, body and soul have become one piece. That’s why sharing with everyone so you feel the same euphoria. Enjoy!!



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi:

Ishwar Satya Hai; Satya Hi Shiv Hai; Shiv Hi Sundar Hai
Jaago Uth Kar Dekho; Jeevan Jyot Ujaagar Hai
Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Sundaram, Aah, Aah Aah
Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Satyam Shivam Sundaram
(Ishwar Satya Hai); Sundaram
(Satya Hi Shiv Hai); Sundaram
(Shiv Hi Sundar Hai); Aah Aah Aah Aah
(Satyam Shivam Sundaram)
Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Satyam Shivam Sundaram

Raam Avadh Mein
Raam Avadh Mein, Kaashi Mein Shiv; Kanhaa Vrindaavan Mein
Dayaa Karo Prabhu, Dekho Inko; Dayaa Karo Prabhu, Dekho Inko
Har Ghar Ke Aangan Mein; Radha Mohan Sharanam
Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Aah; Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Aah Aah, Aah Aah Aah Aah, Aah Aah Aah, Oh Oh Oh, Aah Aah Aah
Ishwar Satya Hai; Satya Hi Shiv Hai; Shiv Hi Sundar Hai
Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Aah; Satyam Shivam Sundaram

Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Aah
(Satyam Shivam Sundaram); Ishwar Satya Hai
(Satyam Shivam Sundaram); Satya Hi Shiv Hai, Shiv Hi Sundar Hai, Aah Aah
Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Aah Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Satyam Shivam Sundaram; Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Satyam Shivam Sundaram; Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Aah Aah, Aah Aah, Aah Aah Aah Aah, Aah, Aah, Aah Aah Aah
Oh Oh Oh Oh, Aah Aah Aah Aah, Oh Oh Oh Oh, Aah Aah Aah, Oh Oh Oh Oh
This year I participated in the Dragon Boat Festival as a rower for one of the boats under Community Division Racing representing the company I work for. We had a total of 63 boats participated as part of this race. All amateur teams who would have no more than 2 practices prior to the race and 90%of them are non-professional rowers. We all come from different Companies / Hospitals / Fire & Police or Schools in and around Hartford, CT are that would have been one way or the other contributed towards this festival. It was such a thrilling experience even though we did not get a medal. We were really really happy at our performance considering everyone on the boat were first-timers and we all are revved to participate again next year, this time to win. :)

What better song than the famous one that has become an anthem for the Kerala Boat Race otherwise called as Vallam Kali that is held annually during the festival on Onam in Kerala, India. The song is in Malayalam language that I don’t understand but the beats are so filled with power which is why it is so perfect for the boat race. You need the beat to pull the power, row and push it forward.

The song is titled Kuttanadan Punchayile and this version is performed by Ft. Stephen Devassy & The Solid Band.



However the original version was Sung by K. J. Yesudas for the 1967 Malayalam movie Kavalam Chundan. Music composed by G. Devarajan and Lyrics penned by Vayalar Ramavarma



Lyrics in Romanized Malayalam: (I just copied it from Google. If there are mistakes, I apologize for it)

Kuttanadan Punchayile
Kochupenne Kuyilali
Kottu Venam, Kuzhal Vanam
Kurava Venam

Oh Thithi Thara Thithi Thara Thithey Thaka They They Tho

Para Kettan Alu Venam
Kodi Thoranangal Venam
Vijayashree Lalitharay
Varunnu Njangal

Oh.Thithi Thara....Thithey Thaka They They Tho

Karutha Chirakulloru
Arayannathe Pole
Kuthichu Kuthichu Payum
Kuthira Pole.
Oh.Thithi Thara....Thithey Thaka They They Thom
Khadgam ( = Sword) is a 2002 hit Telugu Patriotic film that highlights the religious and political rivalry between not just between India and Pakistan but the in-built friendship amongst Hindus and Muslims who live in India. These don’t have anything to do with the rivalry the countries have but get pulled into it affecting their lives and futures. The movie also follows the personal goals of each of the three lead characters interconnecting them in the end with patriotism. This was one movie that left me so heart-wrenched that I have not seen or heard its songs after that until now. It truly is motivating, inspiring and yes, heart-wrenching one. Director Krishna Vamsi hit the nail perfectly deep into everyone’s hearts jarring them to reality. Will the reality be addressed, taken care of? Well, that’s something seen happening occasionally, one step at a time.

On this day of Aug 15th, India celebrated its 68th Independence Day getting freed from British Raaj. Now we look forward to get free from these petty rivalries, religious fanaticism, child / women abusement, dowry / bribery and ever growing caste system. Wishing everyone in my brith country and hoping to be truly free eventually. This song symbolizes every Indian in every way. Sung by Honey and Lyrics penned by Shakthi. Devi Sri Prasad at his best again in composing the Music.


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This beautiful ghazal with a modern twist is from the 2003 Hindi film Jogger’s Park Sung by Adnan Sami. Music composed by Tabun Sutradhar and Lyrics penned by Zameer Kazmi.

This not a traditional ghazal but has all the elements of it with techno tunes around it. Tunes so soft they strum the strings of your heart taking you to another world. Enjoy!!



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi:

Ra Ra Ra......
Ishq Ishq Ishq Ishq
Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye, Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye
Yeh Bana Hai, Yeh Bana Hai, Yeh Bana Hai
Yeh Bana Hai, Kisi Kisi Ke Liye
Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye, Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye

Pyaar Ke Afsaane Yaar Tu Kya Jaane, Ishq Toh Karte Hain Diwaane
Pyaar Ke Afsaane Yaar Tu Kya Jaane, Ishq Toh Karte Hain Diwaane
Oh..Hai Zaroori, Hai Zaroori, Hai Zaroori
Hai Zaroori, Zindagi Ke Liye
Ho Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye, Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye
Ishq Ishq Ishq Ishq; Ishq Ishq Ishq Ishq

Ishq Aisa Nagma Hai, Ishq Aisa Jazba Hai
Jab Bhi Andhera Badhta Hai
Ishq Aisa Nagma Hai, Ishq Aisa Jazba Hai
Jab Bhi Andhera Badhta Hai
Ho.. Jalta Hai Dil, Jalta Hai Dil, Jalta Hai Dil
Jalta Hai Dil, Roshni Ke Liye
Ho Ishq Hota Nahi Sabhi Ke Liye

Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye, Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye
Yeh Bana Hai, Yeh Bana Hai, Yeh Bana Hai
Yeh Bana Hai, Kisi Kisi Ke Liye
Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye, Ishq Hota Nahin Sabhi Ke Liye
This lovely melody pictured in rain is from the 1987 Hindi film Imaandar ( = Honest Man). Sung by Asha Bhosle, Music was composed by Kalyanji Anandji and Lyrics were penned by Prakash Mehra.

Whenever I listen to this song, I remember this funny incident (well it wasn’t funny back then) that happened to me at work a few years ago. It was a little late in the evening and I was still at work trying to get a few things completed. Assuming there were none at work, I started to sing this song aloud. Only reason I picked this song was because of the first line.

Aur Is Dil Mein Kya Rakha Hai = What Else Is There In This Heart

That made me think

Aur Is Din Mein Kya Rakha Hai = What Else Is There Left In This Day

Yeah, yeah, pretty funny, right!! Well, the funnier part was mid-way thru the song when I paused to take a sip of water I heard these claps coming from the other side of my desk. That’s when I saw that there were a bunch of my colleagues standing there laughing and clapping at the same time. I was told that I had a great voice and although most didn’t understand what I was singing it sounded pure bliss. Well, I never knew I could sing least alone get appreciated for it. It was one memorable moment for me that ended my day in a wonderful euphoria. And, no, I never sang aloud again cause I know it’s a one time event for me. **Wicked Grin**

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There is a sad version of the song in the movie too Sung by Suresh Wadkar and Asha Bhosle.

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Srimanthudu ( = Wealthy Man) is the 2015 Telugu movie starring Mahesh Babu and Shruti Haasan. Film was directed by Koratala Siva and released on Aug 7th. It came with a bouquet of start such as Jagapathi Babu, Rajendra Prasad, Sukanya, Sithara, Tulasi, Mukesh Rishi, Sampath Raj and Subbaraju playing in the supporting roles. So, did this multi-starrer story become a hit? Has it been a crowd-pleaser?

Well, I can say the movie comes with a unique concept and some good music; definitely a different kind of role for Mahesh Babu too. However, you cannot ignore the flaws in it. Let me talk about the good first before I explore the flaws.

Harshavardhan (portrayed by Mahesh Babu), son of the billionaire Ravikanth (portrayed by Jagapathi Babu), is lost in his own world with a savior complex. He wants to help anyone in need and is a continuous mystery to his family. His world is rippled by Charuseela (portrayed by Shruti Haasan) who shares the same complex. The story then onwards unravels into deeper levels than just romance between the boy and girl at the end communicating a message.

Adopt-A-Highway is a concept in US (at least that’s where I saw first) where a corporation adopts a section if highway to keep it regularly cleaned; free-off litterand maintain it. Koratala Siva takes this concept a level up by embracing just not highway but a whole village with all its people and problems. Adopt-A-Village, what a wonderful idea. But, it can only work if you really have money to back you and power in you to kick ass every ill will that comes across your path.

That said, there are some noticeable quirks in the film that could be considered close to flaws. With a myriad of actors you expect them to talk. But, most of them didn’t have lines to speak or if they had it were just a line or two. Yet, they were perhaps picked for their expressions cause they were spot on. There definitely were lots of fights, considering the concept I am sure it is needed though.
Coming to the music, I was a bit surprised that this was given by Devi Sri Prasad (DSP). Not his typical stlye. Perhaps that’s why I liked only four of the six songs. Unfortunately the two duets between the two lead actors didn’t appeal to me well. Not only the music wasn’t harmonious, the lyrics sounded off and so was the taking of the song. Something was missing in these two songs. Yet, the remaining four were full-on DSP-style.

Sukanya and Jagapathi Babu who played as parents to the lead actor Mahesh Babu were paired years ago (23 years to be exact) in another film titled Peddarikam in 1992. When I saw them together again in this movie, I had hoped that some part of this movie would relate to that 1992 film. Alas, my hopes were crushed. :) Would have been a nice twist if the connection had been shown. But, that’s just my opinion. (I had posted three songs from this movie a while ago here)

Tradiitonally if you look a all Mahesh Babu movies, any movie that has three letters (in Telugu language) in its title had been a super-duper blockbuster. Rest of his movies were either average or in some cases disasters. This movie though with four letters in its name, is a nice family entertainer, a hit but definitely not a blockbuster that would break records. **Ducking my head from all Mahesh Babu fans** **Evil Grin**.  Worth watching once.

In the meanwhile enjoy this lovely melody Sung by Sagar and Suchitra. Lyrics were penned by Ramajogayya Sastry.


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This feel good song from the 2013 hit Telugu film Mirchi ( = Chili) always lifts my spirits up. Such a pleasant melody with that little bit of beat to pump your blood. Devi Sri Prasad again at his best in composing the Music. Sung by Vijay Prakash and Anitha and Lyrics penned by Ramajogayya Sastry. I am sure once you listen to it you will also feel the same as I feel. Enjoy!!



Lyrics in Romanized Telugu:

Kaatuka Kallanu Chusthe Pothundhe Mathi Pothundhe
Chaatuga Nadumunu Chusthe Pothundhe Mathi Pothundhe
Ghaatuga Pedavulu Chusthe Pothundhe Mathi Pothundhe
Raatuga Sogasulu Chusthe Pothundhe Mathi Pothundhe
Late Ga Inthandaanni Chusane Anipisthundhe
Naa Manase Neevaiposthundhe

Idedo Bagunde Cheli Idena Premante Mari
Idedo Bagunde Cheli Idena Premante Mari

Nee Mathi Pogoduthunte Nakentho Saradagundhe
Aasalu Repeduthunte Nakentho Saradagundhe
Ninnilla Alladisthe Nakentho Saradagundhe
Andamga Norooristhe Nakentho Saradagundhe
Nee Kashtam Chusthu Andam Ayyayyo Anukuntune
Ilage Inkaasepantundhe

Idedo Bagunde Mari Ide Premanukunte Sari
Idedo Bagunde Mari Ide Premanukunte Sari

Thelusukuntava Thelupamantava
Manasu Anchullo Ninchunna Naa Kalani
Eduru Chusthunna Eduta Ne Unna
Badulu Dorikettu Palikinchu Nee Swaranni
Vela Gonthullona Moginde Mounam; Nuvvunna Chote Nenani
Choosi Chudangane Cheppinde Pranam; Nenneedannai Poyanani

Idedo Bagunde Cheli Idena Premante Mari
Idedo Bagunde Mari Ide Premanukunte Sari

Tharachi Chusthune Tharagadantunna
Thaluku Varnala Nee Menu Poolagani
Naligipothunna Veligipothunna
Thanivi Theerettu Sandhinchu Choopulanni
Kanti Repalu Rendu Pedavulla Maari; Ninne Theeresthamannaye
Nedo Repo Adi Thappadu Ga Mari; Nekosam Yedaina Sare

Idedo Bagunde Cheli Idena Premante Mari
Idedo Bagunde Mari Ide Premanukunte Sari
From the 1972 Telugu film Iddaru Ammayilu ( = Two Girls) Sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and Vasantha. Music composed by K. V. Mahadevan and Lyrics penned by Dasarathi. This was the first song that SPB had sung for ANR. Until then all songs for ANR were sung by other singers but prominently by Ghantasala. Due to his illness Ghantasala couldn’t make it to the recording of this song and the music director ended up having SPB sing it.



Lyrics in Romanized Telugu:

Naa Hrudayapu Kovelalo Aa; Naa Bangaru Logililo Aa Aa
Aanandam Nindenule; Anuraagam Pandenule Aa Haa Aa
Naa Hrudayapu Kovelalo; Naa Bangaru Logililo
Aanandam Nindenule; Anuraagam Pandenule
Aa Haa Aa Aaa; Naa Hrudayapu Kovelalo

Madhuvulu Kurise Gaanamuto; Mamatalu Naalo Penchitive
Madhuvulu Kurise Gaanamuto; Mamatalu Naalo Penchitive
Sogasunu Minchina Sugunamuto; Sogasunu Minchina Sugunamuto
Naa Manasunu Niluvuna Dochitive; Naa Hrudayapu Kovelalo

Saantiki Nilayam Nee Hrudayam; Naa Premaku Aalayamainadile
Saantiki Nilayam Nee Hrudayam; Naa Premaku Aalayamainadile
Lakshmi Sarasvati Neevele; Lakshmi Sarasvati Neevele
Naa Bratukuna Kaapuramunduvule; Bratukuna Kaapuramunduvule
Naa Hrudayapu Kovelalo

Intiki Neeve Annapoornagaa; Prati Roju Oka Pandugagaa
Intiki Neeve Annapoornagaa; Prati Roju Oka Pandugagaa
Vacche Poye Atidhulato; Vacche Poye Atidhulato
Mana Vaakili Kalakala Laadunule

Naa Hrudayapu Kovelalo; Naa Bangaru Logililo
Aanandam Nindenule; Anuraagam Pandenule
Naa Hrudayapu Kovelalo
The first I heard this song it was the Boyzone Version and had loved it. Simple lines with powerful meaning that one can understand more if you listen to the hidden thoughts. That’s what charmed me to this song. However little did I know that this song was first used in the 1967 British film The Mini Mob performed by George Fame. Although Bee Gees gave the fame when they released it as a single in 1968. Boyzone Version came some 30 years later in their second album titled A Different Beat.

Within those 30 years this song has been performed by several bands and singers including Elvis Presley in 1970 and Rita Coolidge in 1978. Here I present both the final version by Boyzone and the initial version by Bee Gees.



Lyrics in English:
Smile, An Everlasting Smile
A Smile Can Bring You Near To Me
Don't Ever Let Me Find You Gone
Cause That Would Bring A Tear To Me
This World Has Lost It's Glory
Lets Start A Brand New Story
Now My Love
You Think That I Don't Even Mean
A Single Word I Say...
It's Only Words
And Words Are All I Have
To Take Your Heart Away
Talk, In Everlasting Words
And Dedicate Them All, To Me
And I Will Give You All My Life
I'm Here If You Should Call To Me
You Think That I Don't Even Mean
A Single Word I Say...
[Chorus, Repeat]
Da Da Da Da Da Da Da
Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Da
Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Da
Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Da
This World Has Lost It's Glory
Let's Start A Brand New Story
Now, My Love
You Think That I Don't Even Mean
A Single Word I Say...
[Repeat Chorus Twice]
Some times when you sit across a person for a drink or a bite, does it make you feel that its been done before? And some times does it make you feel that this all is surreal? That’s exactly what it was like for me yesterday. A simple meeting with a friend in a place that we had never been before gave me the deja vu feeling, at first. And then it seemed very surreal. Oh well, whatever we ended the meet in a happy note as usual.

So, naturally my mind drifted to this song afterwards thinking how unusual the whole evening was.  From the 1965 hit Hindi film Teen Devian ( = Three Goddesses) Sung by Kishore Kumar. Music was composed by S. D. Burman and Lyrics penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The singer is talking about this person who could be a fantasy or a reality and asking her the same, urging her to come closer.

Interesting fact – R. D. Burman was assistant music director in this film working along with his father S. D. Burman.



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi:

Hmmmmm..Mmm... Khwaab Ho Tum Yaa Koi Haqeeqat; Kaun Ho Tum Batlaao
Der Se Kitni Door Khadi Ho Aur Kareeb Aa Jaao
Subah Pe Jis Tarah, Shaam Ka Ho Gumaan; Subah Pe Jis Tarah, Shaam Ka Ho Gumaan
Zulfon Mein Ek Chehraa, Kuch Zaahir Kuch Nihaar

Khwaab Ho Tum Yaa Koi Haqeeqat Kaun Ho Tum Batlaao
O Der Se Kitni Door Khadi Ho Aur Kareeb Aa Jaao
Khwaab Ho Tum Yaa Koi Haqeeqat Kaun Ho Tum Batlaao
Der Se Kitni Door Khadi Ho Aur Kareeb Aa Jaao La La La ..

Dhadkanon Ne Suni, Ik Sadaa Paaon Ki; Dhadkanon Ne Suni, Ik Sadaa Paaon Ki
Aur Dil Pe Lahraai, Aanchal Ki Chhaaon Si; Aur Dil Pe Lahraai, Aanchal Ki Chhaaon Si

Khwaab Ho Tum Yaa Koi Haqeeqat Kaun Ho Tum Batlaao
O Der Se Kitni Door Khadi Ho Aur Kareeb Aa Jaao
Khwaab Ho Tum Yaa Koi Haqeeqat Kaun Ho Tum Batlaao
Der Se Kitni Door Khadi Ho Aur Kareeb Aa Jaao La La La ..

Mil Hi Jaati Ho Tum, Mujhko Har Mod Pe; Mil Hi Jaati Ho Tum, Mujhko Har Mod Pe
Chal Deti Ho Kitne, Afsaane Chhod Ke; Chal Deti Ho Kitne, Afsaane Chhod Ke

Khwaab Ho Tum Yaa Koi Haqeeqat Kaun Ho Tum Batlaao
O Der Se Kitni Door Khadi Ho Aur Kareeb Aa Jaao
Khwaab Ho Tum Yaa Koi Haqeeqat Kaun Ho Tum Batlaao
Der Se Kitni Door Khadi Ho Aur Kareeb Aa Jaao La La La ..

Phir Pukaro Mujhe, Phir Mera Naam Lo; Phir Pukaro Mujhe, Phir Mera Naam Lo
Girta Hun Phir Apni Bahon Mein Tham Lo; Girta Hun Phir Apni Bahon Mein Tham Lo

Khwaab Ho Tum Yaa Koi Haqeeqat Kaun Ho Tum Batlaao
O Der Se Kitni Door Khadi Ho Aur Kareeb Aa Jaao
Khwaab Ho Tum Yaa Koi Haqeeqat Kaun Ho Tum Batlaao
Der Se Kitni Door Khadi Ho Aur Kareeb Aa Jaao La La La ..
Khwaab Ho Tum Yaa Koi Haqeeqat Kaun Ho Tum Batlaao
Der Se Kitni Door Khadi Ho Aur Kareeb Aa Jaao La La La ..
Meena Kumari’s birth anniversary was celebrated on the 31st of July. She was famous for her tragedy roles in Hindi films. Her reel-life and real-life have unfortunately been very similar. Yet, her movies are each a classic in itself.

On her birth anniversary here is a song from one of her movie where she acted as a child artiste that eventually led to her stardom later. From the 1941 Urdu / Hindi film Bahen ( = Sister) Sung by Beena Kumari and Baby Meena Kumari. Music composed by Anil Biswas and Lyrics penned by Safdar Aah. I have personally never heard this Lyricist name, a post for another day to write about him.



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi / Urdu:

Tore Kajra Lagaoon Mori Rani; Tore Kajra Lagaoon Mori Rani
Tori Ankhiyan Gulaab Mori Rani; Tore Kajra Lagaoon Mori Rani
Tori Ankhiyan Gulaab Mori Rani; Tore Kajra Lagaoon Mori Rani

Apne Bhaiya Ki Main Hu Dulari; Apne Bhaiya Ki Main Hu Dulari
Apni Acchi Si Didi Ki Pyari; Apni Acchi Si Didi Ki Pyari
Chatiya Lagaoon Tohe Chatiya Lagaoon; Tohe Chatiya Lagoon Mori Rani
Tori Ankhiyan Gulaab Mori Rani; Tore Kajra Lagaoon Mori Rani
Tore Kajra Lagaoon Mori Rani

Mori Didi Ke Aaye Baraati; Mori Didi Ke Aaye Baraati
Ho Sang Ghunghat Mein Jismein Bahaani; Ho Sang Ghunghat Mein Jismein Bahaani
Dukhan Banaao Tohe Dulhan Banaao; Tohe Dulhan Banaao Mori Rani
Tori Ankhiyan Gulaab Mori Rani; Tore Kajra Lagaoon Mori Rani
Tori Ankhiyan Gulaab Mori Rani; Tore Kajra Lagaoon Mori Rani
Just like the title of  the song tells its really hard to say goodbye to colleagues who become friends and eventually partial family of your day to day life. It was a happy occasion to bid farewell, but a sad moment that we will no longer see these both starting Monday. One is leaving behind memories of laughter and the other of making you feel protected and encouraged at the same time. Its good move for them though.

Aptly Sung by Boyz II Men in 1991, although the original version was Sung by Motown artist G. C. Cameron for the 1975 film Cooley High. Whatever the version the mood is the same. One of the hardest thing in life is to bid goodbye.



Lyrics in English:

How Do I Say Goodbye To What We Had?
The Good Times That Made Us Laugh
Outweigh The Bad.

I Thought We'd Get To See Forever
But Forever's Gone Away
It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.

I Don't Know Where This Road
Is Going To Lead
All I Know Is Where We've Been
And What We've Been Through.

If We Get To See Tomorrow
I Hope It's Worth All The Wait
It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.

And I'll Take With Me The Memories
To Be My Sunshine After The Rain
It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.

And I'll Take With Me The Memories
To Be My Sunshine After The Rain
It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.
The new Haagen-Dazs commercial introducing The Chocolate Collection had this sensual song as the background score. The singer’s voice was so captive I was enthralled by that than the icecream that was being shown. I had to find who it was and finally here is what I came across.

The original song was first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1954. However Haagen-Dazs used the Etta James’s version that was recorded in 1961 for her debut album At Last!. There are a few lyrical changes between both versions though. Now, the three songs in question. First up, the commercial by Haagen-Dazs that used this song:



Next the Etta James verison of the song:



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Now the Muddy Waters Version:


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Bajrangi Bhaijaan ( = Bjarangi is a slang name for a Boy, Bhaijaan is equivalent to Bro; ergo Bajrangi Bro), another 2015 hit Hindi film that has taken a unique concept of showing camara deriebetween two countries perceived as rivals in every way.



A Pakistani girl, Shahida (portrayed by Harshaali Malhotra), gets lost at the border of India and Pakistan when she is returning with her mother back to Pakistan after her visit to Delhi. She is speech-impaired and her mother had taken her to Delhi, India to the famous Hazrat Nisamuddin Auliya’s Dargah (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nizamuddin_Dargah) where people believe that anything one asks is bestowed. Now the girl lost in a foreign nation without passport, boards another train that takes her to Kurukshetra and lands her at the steps of the lead actor, Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi AKA Bajrangi (Portrayed by Salman Khan).

Bajrangi is a simpleton who is ardent devotee of Shri Hanuman and likes to lead a life of honesty. He is in love with Rasika (portrayed by Kareena Kapoor), daughter of her father’s wrestler friend Dayanand (portrayed by Sharat Saxena). His goal is to make enough money in honest path so he can buy a house (a condition Rasika’s father wants him to fulfill) and get married to Rasika. When Shahida finds him, his simple life turns upside down in his attempt to get her safely back to her home in Pakistan.

In this journey, he finds that Shahida is a Muslim and not a Brahmin as he assumed, he steps into a Mosque to find her when she misses, fights with illegal child traders whom he believes them to take Shahida to Pakistan, stands by Shahida when Dayanand turns against him when he comes to know Shahida is a Muslim (Dayanand being a Brahmin) and even crosses border in illegal way into Pakistan for her. He doesn’t have a rosy path there either starting from the border security who initially hits him hard so he would go backto India to the local cops in Pakistan who brand him as an Indian spy to the disgruntled media reporter who follows him thru the difficulties he goes thru there to the political power who wants to jail him in Pakistan forever. All his hardhsips in the end pay off well and he succeeds in his mission to get Shahida to her home.

However, that’s not all he achieves. The disgruntled media reporter, Chand Nawab (portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui) ends up helping Bajrangi when he comes to know the true story, tries to get it out across the world in order get help. With his quick wit Chand Nawab helps Bajrangi escape a few bumps too. His quirky role perfectly contrasted to the honest Bajrangi which added comedy in the midst of emotions. His youtueb upload finally catches sparks, spreading like wild fire across India and Pakistan, thus uniting the people and aiding Bajarngi in the end.

Amazing acting by the kid Harshaali as a speech-imapired person that brings quite a few tears in your eyes. Salman Khan was his best in this role compared to any in his past. No wonder this has become his highest grosser till date. Chand Nawab is a real Pakistani reporter that Nawazuddin portrays in the movie. His introduction scene was pictured exactly as it had happened for real in one of Chand Nawab’s report that he was airing. The timing of comedy in the movie adds another layer that only pleases your ears much more. And finally one cannot stop their tears towards the last half hour of the movie where the emotions of not just the actors but the people of two different countries are shown. Perhaps in reality the people really don’t hate each other, it’s the political drama that causes the rift. I like to believe that is the truth not just in movies.

All in all Salman Khan nailed the fact that not all is what it seems between the two countries, and every hurdle can be removed to make these two live together in peace. It’s a far far far away dream that is not unapproachable anymore.

A beautiful movie with equally good tunes. I particularly loved this Qawwali titled Bhar Do Jholi Meri that was Sung by Adnan Sani. Music was composed by Pritam and Lyrics penned by Kausar Munir. This is based on the traditional qawwali sung by Sabri brothers from Pakistan.



Here’s the video of original Chand Nawab that inspired the role and scene in the movie:



A comparison to both the real life Chand Nawab and reel life Chand Nawab with the same scene:



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi / Urdu:

Tere Darbaar Mein Dil Thaam Ke Woh Aata Hai; Jisko Tu Chaahe, Hey Nabi Tu Bulaata Hai
Tere Dar Pe Sar Jhukaaye Main Bhi Aaya Hoon; Jiski Bigdi Haaye Nabi Tu Chaahe Banata Hai

Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad, Laut Kar Main Naa Jaaunga Khali
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad, Laut Kar Main Naa Jaaunga Khali
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad, Laut Kar Main Naa Jaaunga Khali
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad, Laut Kar Main Naa Jaaunga Khali

Band Deedon Mein Bhar Daale Aansu; Sil Diye Maine Dardo Ko Dil Mein
Band Deedon Mein Bhar Daale Aansu; Sil Diye Maine Dardo Ko Dil Mein
Jab Talak Tu Bana De Na Bigdi; Dar Se Tere Na Jaaye Sawaali

Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad, Laut Kar Main Naa Jaaunga Khali; Khaali...
Bhar Do Jholi.. Aaka Ji; Bhar Do Jholi.. Hum Sab Ki; Bhar Do Jholi.. Nabi Ji
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Sarkar-E-Medina; Laut Kar Main Naa Jaaunga Khali

Khojte Khojte Tujhko Dekho; Kya Se Kya, Ya Nabi Ho Gaya Hoon
Khojte Khojte Tujhko Dekho; Kya Se Kya, Ya Nabi Ho Gaya Hoon
Bekhabar Dar-Ba-Dar Phir Raha Hoon; Main Yahan Se Wahan Ho Gaya Hoon
Bekhabar Dar-Ba-Dar Phir Raha Hoon; Main Yahan Se Wahan Ho Gaya Hoon
De De Ya Nabi Mere Dil Ko Dilaasa; Aaya Hoon Door Se Main Hoke Ruhaasa
De De Ya Nabi Mere Dil Ko Dilaasa; Aaya Hoon Door Se Main Hoke Ruhaasa

Kar De Karam Nabi, Mujhpe Bhi Zara Sa; Jab Talak Tu.. Jab Talak Tu..
Panaah De Na Dil Ki; Dar Se Tere Na Jaaye Sawaali
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad; Laut Kar Main Na Jaaunga Khaali
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Tajdaar-E-Medina; Laut Kar Main Na Jaaunga Khaali
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad; Laut Kar Main Na Jaaunga Khaali

Jaanta Hai Na Tu Kya Hai Dil Mein Mere; Bin Sune Gin Rahaa Hai Na Tu Dhadkane
Jaanta Hai Na Tu Kya Hai Dil Mein Mere; Bin Sune Gin Rahaa Hai Na Tu Dhadkane
Aah Nikli Hai Toh Chand Tak Jaayegi; Tere Taaron Se Meri Duaa Aayegi
Aah Nikli Hai Toh Chand Tak Jaayegi; Tere Taaron Se Meri Duaa Aayegi

Aye Nabi Haan Kabhi Toh Subah Aayegi
Jab Talak Tu Sunega Na Dil Ki; Dar Se Tere Na Jaaye Sawaali
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad; Laut Kar Main Na Jaaunga Khaali

De Taras Kha Taras Mujhpe Aaka; Ab Lagaa Le Tu Mujhko Bhi Dil Se
De Taras Kha Taras Mujhpe Aaka; Ab Lagaa Le Tu Mujhko Bhi Dil Se
Jab Talak Tu Mila De Na Bichhdi; Dar Se Tere Na Jaaye Sawaali
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad; Laut Kar Main Na Jaaunga Khaali
Bhar Do Jholi.. Aaka Ji; Bhar Do Jholi.. Hum Sab Ki; Bhar Do Jholi.. Nabi Ji
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Sarkar-E-Medina; Laut Kar Main Naa Jaaunga Khali

Dum Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali; Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali
Dum Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali; Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali
Dum Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali; Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali
Dum Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali; Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali
Dum Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali; Dum Ali Ali Dum Ali Ali
It has been a friendship week for me and I hadn’t realized until the day had arrived. Girls evening out, meeting friends in-person for first time, extending existing bonds, burning calories together – whatever the reason it was a true friendship week for me.

Wishing all my friends a very Happy Friendship Day with this soulful melody Sung by KK for his 1999 debut album Pal ( = Moment). Its aptly titled Yaaron Dosti Badi Hi Haseen Hai ( = Friends, this friendship is really beautiful) that reflect my feelings so well. Music was composed by Lesle Lewis and Lyrics penned by Mehboob. This song was also used in the Hindi movie Rockford the same year. Here’s his live performance on MTV Unplugged Season 3 with additional verses.



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi:

Yaaro Dosti Badi Hi Haseen Hai
Yeh Na Ho To Kya Phir Bolo Yeh Zindagi Hai
Koi To Ho Razdar, Begaraz Tera Ho Yaar
Koi To Ho Razdar

Yaaro Mohabbat Hi To Bandagi Hai
Yeh Na Ho To Kya Phir Bolo Yeh Zindagi Hai
Koi To Dilbar Ho Yaar, Jisko Tujhse Ho Pyar
Koi To Dilbar Ho Yaar

Teri Har Ek Burai Pe Dante Woh Dost
Gham Ki Ho Dhoop To Saya Bane Tera Woh Dost
Nache Bhi Woh Teri Khushi Mein

Are Yaaro Dosti Badi Hi Haseen Hai
Yeh Na Ho To Kya Phir Bolo Yeh Zindagi Hai
Koi To Dilbar Ho Yaar, Jisko Tujhse Ho Pyar
Koi To Dilbar Ho Yaar

Tan Mann Kar Tujhpe Fida Mehboob Woh
Palko Pe Jo Rakhe Tujhe Mehboob Woh
Jiski Vafa Tere Liye Ho

Are Yaaro Mohabbat Hi To Bandagi Hai
Yeh Na Ho To Kya Phir Bolo Yeh Zindagi Hai
Koi To Dilbar Ho Yaar, Jisko Tujhse Ho Pyar
Koi To Dilbar Ho Yaar
It was such a wonderful day meeting friends that I have known for so long but haven’t got a chance to meet in-person much. Building new relationships, extending them, strengthening them and in the process know how much one means to other – in my opinion its one of the best way to spend any day. Here’s toasting to all that fun, a beautiful melody by Rod Stewart that he sang for the 1982 American comedy film Night Shift (the film title reminds me of a Nora Roberts novel. :P). Song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager.



Lyrics in English:

Oh I, Never Thought I'd Feel This Way
And As Far As I'm Concerned
I'm Glad I've Got A Chance To To Say
That I Do Believe I Love You

And If I, I Should Ever Go Away
Well Than Close Your Eyes
And Try To Feel The Way We Do Today
And Then If You Can't Remember

Keep Smiling (Smiling)
Keep Shining (Shining)
Knowing You Can Always Count On Me
For Sure
That's What Friends Are For
For The Good Times (Good Times)
And The Bad Times (Bad Times)
I'll Be On Your Side Forevermore
That's What Friends Are For
Yeah

And I, Though You Heard It All Before
Well I'll Tell You One More Time
So I Can Be Completely Sure
So You Know How Much I Love
And If I Should Ever Go Away
Well Then Close Your Eyes And Try
To Feel The Way We Feel This Day
And Then If You Can't Remember

Keep Smiling (Smiling)
Keep Shining (Shining)
Knowing You Can Always Count On Me
For Sure
That's What Friends Are For
Oh In Good Times (Good Times)
And In Bad Times (Bad Times)
I'll Be On Your Side Forevermore
That's What Friends Are For
Guru Poornima is celebrated by Hindus in India and Nepal on the Full Moon Day (Poornima) in the month of Ashadha (June – July) in the honor of spiritual and academic teachers. Read more about it here. This year this festival fell on the Blue Moon Day (The second full moon is called as Blue Moon when there are two full moons in one month), July 31st.

Here is a melody that shows a small town teacher who is trying to teach the students the alphabet with music and rhyme. melodies that are dedicated to the academic teachers. Ichak Dana Beechak Dana from the 1955 hit Hindi film Shree 420 ( = Mr. 420 or Mr. Cheat as 420 is a slang for a person who cheats), Sung by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar. Music composed by Shankar – Jaikishan and Lyrics penned by Hasrat Jaipuri. Another movie that needs its own post, but for now enjoy this beautiful melody.




Lyrics in Romanized Hindi:

Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana
Chhajje Upar Ladki Nache Ladaka Hai Divana, Ichak Dana
Chhajje Upar Ladki Nache Ladaka Hai Divana, Ichak Dana
Bolo Kya? Anaar
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana

Chhoti Si Chhokri Lalbayee Naam Hai
Chhoti Si Chhokri Lalbayee Naam Hai
Pehne Woh Ghaghra Ek Paisa Daam Hai
Pehne Woh Ghaghra Ek Paisa Daam Hai
O O O O O Aa Aa Aa Aa.......
Munh Me Sabke Aag Lagaye Aata Hai Rulana, Ichak Dana
Munh Me Sabke Aag Lagaye Aata Hai Rulana, Ichak Dana
Bolo Kya? Mirchi!
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana

Hari Thi Mann Bhari Thi Lakh Moti Jad Thi,
Hari Thi Mann Bhari Thi Lakh Moti Jad Thi
Raja Ji Ke Baag Mein Dushala Odhe Khadi Thi
Raja Ji Ke Baag Mein Dushala Odhe Khadi Thi
O O O O O Aa Aa Aa Aa.......
Kachche Pakke Baal Hain Uske Mukhda Hai Suhana, Ichak Dana
Kachche Pakke Baal Hain Uske Mukhda Hai Suhana, Ichak Dana
Bolo Kya? Bolo Bolo? Buddhee, Bhutta
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana

Ek Janwar Aisa Jiske Dum Par Paisa
Ek Janwar Aisa Jiske Dum Par Paisa
Sar Pe Hai Taj Bhi Badshah Ke Jaisa
Sar Pe Hai Taj Bhi Badshah Ke Jaisa
O O O O O Aa Aa Aa Aa.......
Badal Dekhe Chham Chham Nache Albela Mastana, Ichak Dana
Bolo Kya? Bolo Naa? Mor
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana
Chhajje Upar Ladki Nache Ladaka Hai Divana, Ichak Dana
Chhajje Upar Ladki Nache Ladaka Hai Divana, Ichak Dana

Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana Dane Upar Dana, Ichak Dana
Chaale Woh Chalkar Dil Mein Samaya, Khaa Pee Gaya Woh Kiya Hai Safaya
Tum Bhi Dekho Bachkar Rehna Chakkar Mein Naa Aana, Ichak Dana
Tum Bhi Dekho Bachkar Rehna Chakkar Mein Naa Aana, Ichak Dana
Bolo Kya? Ghum Huh, Hum
Never knew that there is  a day dedicated just to this sweet treat Rasagulla. Apparently the Indian state of Odisha (Orissa) celebrated the 30th of July as a Rasagulla Day. If I were doing a cooking blog I would have prepared the sweet at home and posted. Instead here’s a sweet melody by Elvis Presley in honor of this day, indeed its filled with sweets from Cotton Candy Land. **Wicked Grin**. From the 1963 American musical film It Happened At The World’s Fair, Sung by Elvis himself in the movie. The Lyrics were written by Ruth Bachelor and Bob Roberts.

The song reminds me of Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory movie, the book that the movie was based on was released the year after the Elvis movie was released. But the movie was made almost 7 years later and some 31 years later remade again into Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A post for another day definitely, but this song is so apt for that movie too.



Lyrics in English:

Sandman's Comin', Yes He's Comin'
To Sprinkle You With Sand
He'll Say "One, Two, Three"
And You'll Be, In Cotton Candy Land

Sandman's Comin', Yes He's Comin'
He'll Take You, By The Hand
And You'll Ride Upon, A Big White Swan
In Cotton Candy Land

You And The Swan Will Float Upon
A Cloud Of Pink Ice Cream
Where Every Star Is A Candy Bar
And The Moon Is A Marshmallow Dream

Sandman's Comin', Yes He's Comin'
Take His Magic Hand
Now Goodnight...Now Sleep Tight
In Cotton Candy Land

In Cotton Candy Land
This song is from the 1964 hit Telugu historic epic war film Bobbili Yuddham ( = The Battle of Bobbili) based on the Battle of Bobbili that occurred between the kingdoms of Bobbili and Vijayanagaram in 1757. Sung by P. Susheela the song was Composed by S. Rajeshwara Rao and Lyrics penned by Aarudra.

Now why did I pick this song. Well, a girls evening at my home with my girl friends after a long time certainly warrants a song filled with girls. This song depicts the fun games that girls used to play way back before technology took over us. I remember playing a few as a child too.

That is what the key was. For a full 4 hrs no TV, not checking phones or going on social media, nothing but experiencing the pure pleasure of friendship while cooking, eating and gossiping. This song sums it up for me.



Lyrics in Romanized Telugu:

Muthyala Chamma Chakka Ratnala Chamma Chakka, Oh Cheli Muripemuga Aadedama
Kala Kala Kila Kila Navvulatho, Gaajulu Gala Gala Lada
Muthyala Chamma Chakka Ratnala Chamma Chakka, Oh Cheli Muripemuga Aadedama
Kala Kala Kila Kila Navvulatho, Gaajulu Gala Gala Lada

Thala Thala Thala Thala Merise Sogasu, Impaina Sampangi Ammayi Manasu
Thala Thala Thala Thala Merise Sogasu, Impaina Sampangi Ammayi Manasu
Paruvamu Vesina Pandirilo, Bhuja Bhuja Rekulu Pooyavale
Paruvamu Vesina Pandirilo, Bhuja Bhuja Rekulu Pooyavale

Muthyala Chamma Chakka Ratnala Chamma Chakka, Oh Cheli Muripemuga Aadedama
Kala Kala Kila Kila Navvulatho, Gaajulu Gala Gala Lada

Muppula Kuppa Vayyari Bhama, Sanna Biyyam Chaaya Pappu
China Muvva Sanna Gaaju, Kobbari Oru Belle Pacchu
Gootlo Rupai, Nee Mogudu Sipai; Ososi Evado Nee Mogudu Evado?

Ghuma Ghuma Chaaredesi Moggalu, Gulabi Jawaji Ammayi Buggalu
Ghuma Ghuma Chaaredesi Moggalu, Gulabi Jawaji Ammayi Buggalu
Aadina Aatala Nomulayi Korina Penimiti Dorakavale
Aadina Aatala Nomulayi Korina Penimiti Dorakavale

Muthyala Chamma Chakka Ratnala Chamma Chakka, Oh Cheli Muripemuga Aadedama
Kala Kala Kila Kila Navvulatho, Gaajulu Gala Gala Lada
Muthyala Chamma Chakka Ratnala Chamma Chakka, Oh Cheli Muripemuga Aadedama
Kala Kala Kila Kila Navvulatho, Gaajulu Gala Gala Lada
Some happy hours are not happy at all, instead they make you feel like you are sitting on pins and needles, makes you want to run the first opening you get. For such days, end the day with this peppy song by Eric Church and I bet any happy hour will end happy. :P This was released for his 2011 album Chief. Song was co-written by Eric Church, Michael P. Heeney and Luke Laird.



Lyrics in English:

Early Monday Morning To Friday At Five,
Man I Work Work Work But I Don't Climb Climb Climb
Boss Man Can Shove That Over Time Up His Can,
All I Wanna Do Is Put A Drink In My Hand

Fill It Up Or Throw It Down,
I Got A Forty Hour Week Worth Of Trouble To Drown
No Need To Complicate It, I'm A Simple Man,
All You Got To Do Is Put A Drink In My Hand

Yea The Parking Lot Is Muddy Can't Get To The Door,
I Take My Jacked Up Drop Er Down In 4x4
She'll Down A Long Neck, Warm Up The Band,
All You Got To Do Is Put A Drink In My Hand

Fill It Up Or Throw It Down,
I'm About To Tear A New One In This Old Town
5 4 3 2 1 I'm A Rocket Man,
All You Got To Do Is Put A Drink In My Hand

Make Me Want To Go Ouuh Ouhhh When You Dance Like That,
You Got That Little Tattoo Playing Peeky Boo On Your Back
If You Want To Impress Me Baby Here's My Plan,
All You Got To Do Is Put A Drink In My Hand

Fill It Up Or Throw It Down,
When You Drive Me Home Take The Long Way Around
You Be My Lois Lane I'll Be Your Super Man,
All You Got To Do Is Put A Drink In My Hand

My Head Monday Morning As That Alarm Clock Sings,
It Goes Bang Bang Bang While It Ring Ring Rings
Yeah I'm Ready To Roll If You Wanna Rock Again,
All You Got To Do Is Put A Drink In My Hand

Fill It Up Or Throw It Down,
I Got A Little Hungover Still Hanging Around
Yeah That Hair Of A Dog Is Howling Hey There Man,
All You Got To Do Is Put A Drink In My Hand

Yea That Hair Of A Dog Is Howling Hey There Man,
All You Got To Do Is Put A Drink In My Hand
Haaaouuhhh Yeaaa

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