Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mirza Ghalib: Same Story, Different Eras

I wanted to do this blog since a long time now. Recently, I got in touch with the 1988 television series produced by Gulzar. I suddenly recollected watching the series and remembered how my father used to wait for this serial to be aired. Week after week.

I also happened to see the movie, Mirza Ghalib, starring Bharat Bushan. Its a different narration altogether. There are a few songs that got featured in both the versions. And the same songs have been sung in different styles. And the songs sound good in both the styles. As you listen and read by, try to see what is the similarity in the songs of 1954 Mirza Ghalib songs, and the similarity between 1988 Mirza Ghalib songs and of course, the major difference between the style of the songs in the movie and the TV series.

  1. Dil E Nadaan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai
The older version

Same song, newer version

2. Yeh Na Thi Hamari Kismat

The older version

Same song sung by Chitra Singh in the TV series

3. Aah Ko Chahiye Ek Umar

Sung by Suraiya, its a female version

In the TV series it is sung by Jagjit singh, its a male version here

4. Ishq Mujhko Na Sahi, Vehshat Hi Sahi

The Shayari narrated in a geet form by Talat Mehmood

Same shayari, but narrated by both Jagit Singh and Chitra Singh, in a Different Situation…

But to tell you the truth, the song where this newfound favourite was found is this song.

One Of My Favourites….

Btw, did u notice the major difference between the songs in the movie and the songs in the TV series. Yes, you got that right. Most of the songs in the movie are sung in “Geet” style, where later they have been sung in “Ghazal” style. Probably, because of music by Jagjit Singh. And both the versions make us say, “Hazaaron Khwahishen Aise, ke har khwaish pe dum nikle!!”

And as Ghalib says in his own words:

“Rekhte ke tum hi nahin ustad Ghalib
Kehte hain agle zamane main ek Mir bhi tha”

(You alone are not the master of language, Ghalib
In the age gone by there was Mir, they say)

I am sure to this Mir would have replied “But sir, there shall only be one Ghalib.“

This is my dedication to all the Masters of Language.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award

“For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I'm surprised where the journey takes me” says Jack Dann

I have been blogging for more than a couple of years now and sometimes I still wonder does this make a difference? With so many blogs around, the clutter increases by the day. Do the views on one of those blog count?

And this happened a few weeks ago, when one of my colleague asked me if I was the one who writes blogs? She had stumbled upon it and happened to remember it. This small gesture of hers gave a whole new perspective to my writing. People like her motivate me to keep writing.

And a few days back I was nominated for the versatile blogger award by Anita Menon, my baker friend and a fellow blogger. Anita, I humbly thank you for this honor.


As a part of the nominations, there are a few rules to be followed which can be read here - http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/

Without further ado, allow me to share how this works.

In receiving this award, I have been asked to (and the same goes for you) :

  • In a post on your blog, nominate up to 15 more fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
  • In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in this post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself that most people don’t know.
  • In the same post, include this set of rules.
  • Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

Seven things that most people don’t know about me:

1. I am bad at remembering roads. I can get lost on my way to home. :P
2. I adjust my chair according to my preferences before sitting. Any chair that has adjustable settings, will be adjusted. Even before sitting in a car, I adjust the seat according to my preference.
3. I love my food spicy. Well, thats kind of half truth. The whole truth is I love food.
4. I love following the superheroes. I would know the history of each character, the background, their superpowers, their weakness, their villains and their style of operating. My favourite vigilante is the Green Arrow.
5. I like to drink a cup of tea before retiring to bed.

6. One of the goals in life is to perform as a stand up comic.
7. I am a workaholic.

My Nominees:

Here are a few bloggers who have touched my life in many defining ways. And for some it may come as a surprise too, as I am generally a silent follower. So, here are my winners :

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My nominees are (in no particular order):

Vishal Kataria of Vishipedia (Always a rocker!)

Meghna Garg of Etcetera, Etcetera… (Touching personal blogs)

Ranjit Nandgaonkar of Rana’s World (The Master of Language)

Vibha Nayak of Vibha Nayak’s Blogs (Fresh Writing)

Monika Manchanda of Monika’s World (The Big M)

Shweta Zaveri of One Life One World (Straight From The Heart)

Anirudh Shetty of Ani Ka Tadka (Read His Poems Too)

Yashasvi Vachhani of The Closed Portal (The Creative Writer)

Shiv Mishra of Shiv Gyan (The Blogging Guru)

Saily Patre of Saily’s Thoughts Unveiled (Her Poems Make The Day)

Nikhil Dudhwadkar of Social Up Beat (The Upbeat Blog)

Chinha Raheja of Being A Woman (Straight From Heart)

Atul Vhale of Blog Rides (The Full Circle Ride)

Anushree Menon of Expressions (A Fully Expressed Blog)

Kavya of Mind Intentionally Left Blank (Must Reads)

What about you, would you like to share a blog or two that have blessed you in more ways than one?