Bollywood Hindi song: Translated by Ranu

This is an old Hindi song, sung by Muhammad Rafi and Noor Jahan. Both are not with us today but their melody lives on. The song reminds me of leaving our home in New Delhi to one in Rawalpindi. We lived in a three storeyed house and it was located in a place called Lal Kurti Bazaar.

There were stores, people’s houses and the neighbourhood was filled with music enthusiasts. Each morning the above song was played, they used loud speakers so the rest of the neighbourhood could enjoy it. I was one of them.

It used to be mid-morning when the owners of the record would turn on the song.

It is a song from an old movie, but the singers were very popular.

The lover complains that his beloved is unfaithful. he says’I tried and found

love is deception.’

I was seven years old, I did not know what the lyrics meant, I was humming the tune.

Suddenly I hear mom, ‘Where is Ranu?’

I go running, ‘ji amma,’ ‘I say,’ ( yes Mom).

‘The thread of the needle is broken, fix it quick.’

The chore is simple, but I missed hearing the full song.

Next morning I made up my mind I will pretend I did not hear, if mom calls me.

The song starts again, the second line is what I’m interested to hear, I already know the first.

Sometimes she feels happy and sometimes unhappy. ‘This is how the world changes, this is the name of the world.’

‘It doesn’t let me feel the pain of my helplessness.’

‘Forget the time when you loved me.’ says the beloved

The lover always had answers to her grievance. He sings, ‘forget the word love ever came in you lips.’

Next both each separately tell each other to forget the love story, forget the happy days they spent with each other.

The last line from the beloved is, ‘the world of desires is filled with darkness.’

Not to be outdone, he sings, ‘how can I say someone who was mine now belongs to someone else?’

This time Dad calls out, ‘Ma ranu, if you learned the words of the song, can you sing for me, I will give you money?

‘No abba, I do not know. ‘

Then I hum in my room, yahan badla wafa ka bewafai ke siwa kia hai. Yunhi duniya badalti hai isi ka naam duniya hai. ‘

‘Sorry Dad I lied!’

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Zero To Hero: Day one: Introduce yourself

I am a blogger. I started on June 12th 2012.  I like blogging it helps me improve my writing. I like writing stories that are facts and fiction. My favorite poet is Rabindranath Tagore. I love his poems and songs. I translated some of them. I am a Bengali.

My country of origin is Bangladesh. I live in North America. I am a Canadian.

I learned English in school. I studied in a convent. The teachers were Nuns. They were strict. They made sure,we spoke English in school. We paid a fine if we switched to any other language.I learned a lot from my teachers. I also studied Urdu in my school,it was one of the other language I studied. I learned to speak Urdu from the neighborhood kids.Their native language was Urdu. I spoke Bengali at home. My father would not have it any other way. According to him knowing ones mother tongue was important. I spoke three languages in the course of a day. Bengali at home, English in school and Urdu in the neighborhood.

I like listening to music, especially Tagore songs . My favorite Urdu singer is Mohammad Rafi, my favorite English singer are a few, they are :Frank Sinatra,Dean Martin, Nat king Cole And our Canadian singer Celine Dion. Her voice is beautiful.

I like watching TV when they show Jeopardy and Wheel of fortune.

My favorite tennis player is Roger Federer, my favorite ice hockey team is the Boston Bruins.

My favorite past time is writing and reading.

This in short is about myself.

DP Daily Prompt: Critical Eye Post by Ranu.

I am sorry this prompt does not give me any confidence.A Music Critic? This is just a joke I think.I did not study music.Yes I love music.Taking the role of a critic is not an easy subject.

I can say I love Celine Dionne’s voice,she sings her songs so beautifully.I love her song in the Titanic.

Madonna’s song ,”don’t cry for me Argentina is beautiful.It feels as though she really means every word in that song.To me she is very talented .She has what it takes to make one believe.

Julie Andrew’s song; The hills are alive with the sound of music  was remarkable.

Yesterday while going to the mall I heard someone singing a song .I asked my daughter who she was,it was Pink.Now she has talent,the way she can change her voice according to the lyrics is truly amazing.

I only picked the ones I like. The ones who have no talent and still are doing well,is amazing.I wonder why?

You can tell I have failed as a music critic.But it was fun writing about some of the talented ones.

There are hundreds of Indian singers who are blessed with remarkable voice and are also gifted lyricists. I am not sure if I name them people will recognize them. Just for fun I’ll name one.His name is Mohammed Rafi. He is not alive but he still is very popular. One song I have listened several times in the past few days begins thus:   Dil jo na keh saka wohi Raa-ze dil kehne ki raat ayee,from the Bollywood movie ‘Bheegi Raat’.

Mohammed Rafi

Mohammed Rafi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is all I can say about my knowledge of Music.