Monday, July 22, 2013


ibteda-e-ishq hai rota hai kya
aage aage dekhiye hota hai kya

sabz hoti hi nahin ye sar zameen
tukhm-e-khwahish dil me tu bota hai kya

-Meer Taqi Meer

Friday, June 14, 2013

Toh zinda ho tum

Dilon mein tum apni
Betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum

Nazar mein khwabon ki
Bijliyaan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum

Hawa ke jhokon ke jaise
Aazad rehna seekho
Tum ek dariya ke jaise
Lehron mein behna seekho

Har ek lamhe se tum milo
Khole apni baahein
Har ek pal ek naya sama
Dekhen yeh nigahaein
Jo apni aankhon mein
Hairaniyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum

Dilon mein tum apni
Betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

dekhi zamane ki yaari

Kaagaz ke Phool (1959)

Kaifi Azmi stepped in for Kaagaz ke Phool as lyricist after fallout between Sahir Ludhianvi and SD Burman.  He penned some of the most awesome lyrics in Guru Dutt saab's semi auto biographical magnum opus film where protagonist falls on bad times and forsaken by same industry that revered him once, He practically forecasted his suicide in the movie. Dekhi zamane ki yaari is a bitter and cynical look at the short life of fame and relationships in a world that values only what it can get. The whole movie was  so much so that Dr. Rajendra Prasad(then President) walked out midway of the movie and it received negative response across the board. This had a huge impact on Guru Dutt and he never took the director cap after that. The Rafi's voice increases the sense of loss.

Are Dekhi Zamaane Ki Yaari
Matlab Ki Duniya Hai Saari
Bichhade Sabhee, Bichhade Sabhi Baari Baari
Kya le ke milen ab duniya se, Aansu ke siva kuch paas nahi
Ya phul hi phul the daaman men, Ya kaanton ki bhi aas nahi
Matalab Ki Duniya Hai Saari
Bichhade Sabhee, Bichhade Sabhi Baari Baari

Another marvelous song in same movie is waqt nai kiya kya haseen sitam, a philosophical view on lost love.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cynical songs

I have never been a hopeless romantic guy though i often like love stories sometimes wishful to make one myself. Are there really those candlelights and roses ones ? perhaps there are, perhaps there are others which are equally romantic without roses and candles. I like them but experience have made me more cynical than i ever was.
My friends keep pointing to me that i like too many of cynical songs. Though i find them romantic in a way.  Does that make me a cynical romantic or romantic cynic.

So i thought  i will list my favorites in cynicism.

Cheeno arab hamara.
Sahir Ludhianvi was the face of cynicism. He had a very cynical view of realities of life and of Nehru's idea of socialism. In 1904 in his Tarana a hindi (Saare jahan se achcha) Iqbal had written.
Mazhab nahi sikhata apas mai bair rakhna
Hindi hai hum watan hai Hindostan hamara.    
His trip to europe turned him into Islamic visionary and 6 years later he wrote Tarana a Milli.
Chino-arab hamara, Hindostan hamara,
Muslim hai hum watan hai saara jahaan hamara
Sahir turned this into:
Chino-arab hamara, Hindostan hamara,
rahne ko ghar nahi, saara jahaan hamara.  
I have heard this couplet hundreds times from my father and it was anthem for disillusioned, educated unemployed youth of the country.

Taking off Saare jahaan se achcha, where the lines were:
Ae aab-e-rud-e-Ganga, voh din yaad hai tujhko
Utra tere kinaare jab kaarwaan hamaara 
Sahir penned:
Kholi bhi cheen gayi hai, benchein bhi cheen gayi hai,
Sadkon pe ghoomta hain ab karwaan hamara
While Iqbal's:
Parbat woh sab se uncha humsaaya aasmaan ka,
Woh santari hamara, woh pasban hamara 
became Sahir's:
Jebein hain apni khaali, kyon deta varna gaali
Vo santari hamara, vo pasban hamara  
 Controversial as the lyrics were, there was talk of the song being banned at one time.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

its hard

Its hard to let go people.

Its easy to push them away, ignore them, pretend they never crossed path with you ever, ignore them, avoid them, separate out their world from yours. 

but sometimes hard way is the easier, short way goes longer and life is too short to take the long way.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


"...Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I use to live alone before i knew you
I have seen your flag on marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's cold and it's a broken hallelujah..."

~Leonard Cohen 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It's fair

Do I really look like a guy with a plan, Harvey? I don’t have a plan… The mob has plans, the cops have plans. … Maroni has plans. Gordon has plans. Schemers trying to control their worlds. I’m not a schemer, I show the schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are.

It’s the schemers who put you where you are. You were a schemer. You had plans. Look where it got you. … Nobody panics when the expected people get killed. Nobody panics when things go according to plan, even if the plan is horrifying. If I tell the press that tomorrow a gangbanger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics. Because it’s all part of the plan. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, everybody loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy, you upset the established order and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. And you know the thing about chaos, Harvey? … It’s fair.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

ये वो सहर तो नहीं

ये दाग दाग उजाला, ये शब्-गज़ीदा सहर
वो इंतज़ार था जिसका, ये वो सहर तो नहीं

this scarred, marred brightness, this bitten by night dawn
the one that was awaited, surely this is not that dawn

Faiz Ahmed Faiz in August 1947. more applicable in current state of India.