Monday, March 27, 2006

Khayalon mein kisi ke

Some songs just grow on you, some just gain in meaning with passage of time. Old is no wonder gold. Days after searching for this one, now that I finally have it, its two days and yet there's no end to this lovely hangover.

(khayaalon mein kisi ke, is tarah aaya nahi karte
kisi ko bewafaa aa aa ke tadpaaya nahi karte )-2
dilon ko raund kar dil apana bahalaaya nahi karte
jo thukaraae gae hon unko thukaraaya nahi karte,dilon ko raund kar

(hansi phoolon ki do din chaandni bhi chaar din ki hai
chaandni chaar din ki hai )-2
mili ho chaand si surat to itraaya nahi karte
kisi ko bewafaa aa aa ke tadpaaya nahi karte,khayaalon mein kisi ke

(jinhen mitna ho vo mitne se dar jaaya nahi karte
vo dar jaaya nahi karte )-2
mohabbat karne wale gam se ghabaraaya nahi karte
kisi ko bewafaa aa aa ke tadapaaya nahi karte, khayaalon mein kisi ke

(mohabbat ka sabak siikho, ye jaakar jalanewalon se
ye jaakar jalanewalon se )-2
ke dil ki baat bhi lab tak kabhi laaya nahi karte
jo thukaraae gae hon unko thukaraaya nahi karte
khayaalon mein kisi ke, is tarah aaya nahi karte
kisi ko bewafaa aa aa ke tadapaaya nahi karte, khayaalon mein kisi ke

Geeta Dutt and Mukesh from Baawre Nain
Listen to this song at

Monday, March 20, 2006

Serials on Doordarshan

  • Saptahiki
Saptahiki was a weekly program that introduced the viewers to the interesting programs in the week ahead. The most interesting and eagerly awaited part of the program was ofcourse the announcement of the sunday evening movie. I think the program might still be on :)
  • World of Sports
Remember Major Ahluwalia doing the equesterian rounds over Chetak or whatever the name of his horse was, or Mohan Bagan battling it out with East Bengal with Babu Mani, Krishanu Dey squaring it against Tushar Rakshit and company. And of course there were our own foreign imports in Cheema Okerie and Chibuzar. Remember 4:00 PM Sundays, just before the eagerly awaited evening movie.
  • Himalaya Darshan
Himalaya Darshan was my favourite serial. In those days most serials were given a 13 episode slot. Only a handful like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Hum Log, Buniyaad were given bulk slots. Himalaya Darshan was also a 13 episode serial, however it essentially turned out to be of 39 episodes. The first run of 13 episodes dealt with the Western Himalayas, with stories from the Kashmir, Ladhakh and higher up and west. Of the various stories the one I easily recall involved a film crew going on an expedition about the mysterious Snowman 'Yeti' and what happens when they finally see one. The second run of this exciting serial was based in the Central Himalayas. In one of the best episodes, a man while looking for his herd of sheeps ventures deep into the Kailash-Mansarovar territory. The man does not believe in god and ends up meeting Lord Shankar in disguise. The fellow accompanies lord Shankar to mount Kailash and spends 7 days with him. Finally after seven days when he returns back to his village, he realizes that its not 7 days but 700 years that have passed.
In yet another brilliant episode, Rama Vij's car breaks down near a Buddhist monestary and the monks does not allow her inside the monestary as women are not allowed there. What follows in short is that Rama Vij while sleeping in her car sees an old monk who later as we find out died long ago. Later in the morning, the monks tell her about the prevelant legend that the spiritual guru who founded this monestary still roams around and can be viewed only by the purest of souls.
The last run of this serial covered the Eastern Himlayas. I recall a story about the legendary tale of tracing the complete course of river Brahmaputra. A brilliant episode that told the story of the legendary character of 'Pundit' who seemingly was the first person to locate the source of the river, how the mystery of Tsangpo and Brahmaputra was solved and more.
Himalaya Darshan was perhaps the start of my fascination for the Himalayas, a fascination that over the times have grown more and more.
  • Chitrahaar (Wed and Fri)
  • Katha Sagar
  • Gul Gulshan Gulfaam
  • Kile Ka Rahasya
  • Karamchand
  • Police File Se
  • Gopichand Jasoos
  • Fatichar
  • Daane Anaar Ke
Daane Anar Ke reminds one of all good things Doordarshan was. Shailendra and Nina Gupta as the start lead, Gulzar's beautiful 'Kissa hai kahani hai paheli hai, Zindagi yeh moosa ki saheli hai' as the title song with Vishal (Yes Vishal) doing the music. This incidentally was first song from the Gulzar-Vishal combo, that in times to come gave us gems like 'Goli maar bheje mein', 'sapne mein milti hai' among various others. The highlight though was the brilliantly written script by none other than great Sharad Joshi, the king of hindi humour. No matter the serial caught the fancy of people all over the country and still remains one of the most loved serial of all time. BTW the serial also starred Ajit Vacchani.
  • Guniram
'Guniram Bhai Guniram, aa pahunche bumbai dham', I hope people remember the title track that pretty much summed the theme of the serial. Guniram played by Rakesh Bedi is a village simpleton who comes to Bombay (it was still bombay those days) and keeps on falling in one comical situation or the other. A decent comedy.
  • Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi
  • Gayab Aaya
  • Super Six
  • Ek Do Teen Char
  • Rangoli
  • Ramayana
  • Mahabharata
  • Uttar Ramayana
  • Vishwamitra
  • Shri Krishna
  • Chanakaya
  • Shrikant
  • Vikram Betaal
  • Simhasan Batissi
  • Chandrakanta
  • Humlog
  • Buniyaad
  • Dusra Kewal
  • Tamas
  • Chunni
  • Saanjha Choolha
  • Muzrim Haazir Hai
  • Chunauti
  • Circus
  • Fauji
  • Dada Dadi Ki Kahaniyan
  • Byomkesh Bakshi
  • Potli Baba Ki
  • Jungle Book
  • Aamne Saamne
  • Baaton Baaton Mein
  • Mr. Yogi
  • Trishna
  • Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne
  • Wagle Ki Duniya
  • Khel Khel Mein
  • Malgudi Days
  • Honee Anhonee
  • The Sword of Tipu Sultan
  • Shanti
  • Swabhimaan
  • Ji Matriji
  • Kakka Ji Kahin
  • Surabhi
  • Bharat Ek Khoj
  • Stone Boy
  • World This Week
  • Flop Show
  • Giant Robot
  • DD's Comedy Show
  • Spiderman
  • Nukkad
  • Yatra
  • Manoranjan
  • Show Time
  • Quiz Time
  • Prashan Manch
  • Indradhanush
  • Zigma
  • Udaan
  • Rajani
  • Sukanya
  • Tehkikaat
  • Reporter
  • Dekh Bhai Dekh
  • Junoon
  • Shrimaan Shrimati
  • Khandaan
  • Mriganayani
  • Aa Bail Mujhe Maar
  • Farmaan
  • Ulta Pulta
  • Ados Pados
  • He Man
  • Ek Kahani
  • Afsane
  • Street Hawk
  • Tele Match
  • The Old Fox
  • Froggle Rock
  • Idhar Udhar
  • Kab Tak Pukaaroon
  • Mirza Ghalib
  • Bahadur Shah Zafar
  • Zamana Badal Gaya
  • Dard
  • Kashish
  • Hum Hindustani
  • Some series where Sunil Gavaskar and Mohinder Amarnath gave Cricket tips
  • A Mouthful Of Sky
  • Chayyageet
  • Param Veer Chakra
  • Hello Zindagi
  • Tenali Rama
  • Neev
  • Aakhri Daav
  • Karwa Sach
  • Prahari
  • Turning Point
  • Aisa Bhi Hota Hai
  • Darpan
  • Dil Darya
  • Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan
  • Kahan Gaye Woh Log
  • Udaan
  • Chapte Chapte
  • Choti Badi Baatein
  • Charitraheen
  • Wah Janaab
  • Subah
  • Kya Banoge Munna
  • Itihaas
  • Alif Laila
  • Nirmala
  • Intezaar

Friday, March 17, 2006

About Time

Counting time and holding spaces
drawing needles on empty faces
From dusk till the dawn
to the eras bygone
In the books of the mediveal
myths and mystics
todays are starting to look like antiques
The theories of finding,
sense and essence
it takes ages to pass through conscience
Of lost truths and buried lies
doubts that none nullifies
We travel back and forth again
crushed in the burden of our pain
and at the gates where all journeys end
lies the time, bored of routine
It stands still silently and waits
for one more journey to initiate.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Lost Song of the Winter

She was just whistling along
& I knew she wont continue for long
Cos' the winter is coming
and the time is running
So i gave her something to eat
She wondered and moved back her feet
and when I joined in
She didn't took it with pleasure
but I didn't stop whistling her song
I thought why should I care
Cos' the winter is coming
and the time is running
Soon there'll be white
all days and night
The window sill will remain empty
Till my Whistling Thrush returns in the coming spring.