Gaane Anjaane

There are certain things which lift up my mood in a second. Good music, nice earrings, pretty dupattas and well fitting skirts are few of them!

There was a time when I would spend hours listening to my favourite songs in a loop! Every day of the time, every season of the year and every phase of life was marked by some songs. I would listen to music all the time, new, old all kinds of songs, mainly bollywood numbers filled my mind and collection. A good song would just take away all my worries away and transport me to a different world altogether. For those 4-5 minutes while listening to a song I would be like floating in air, lighter in head and happy in soul. If I remove the time I have spent till now listening to songs, I guess I would have removed 1/3rd of my time on earth!! Such is the mood lift which songs do to me. However, now i do not have the luxury to have music around me all the time. I cannot afford to sit in a place and listen to my favourite numbers back to back. Infact. I come to know of songs, only after they have penetrated well enough and are being talked about a lot. Then also, there is no time to sit and enjoy a melody. Now, the only kind of music which plays in the house is kids’ rhymes and bollywood numbers with chanda, and lakdi ki kaathi in it. While K is very fond of music, she has only developed taste for these kind of songs till now. Whenever I try to sing any other bollywood number to her, she immediately switches to eeaa eea oo…indicating that pls change the song and get me my rhymes!!

Anyway, so now that I am talking about songs, I would share some of my favourite songs which I can associate with a time period in my life and which still remind of that phase when I use to listen to them…

These song from Khamoshi and Masoom, were my constant companion during my class 10, way back in 1996. Khamoshi had released that year, and I spent the whole summers listening to the melodious songs back to back. I loved this one:

Then during the winters when it was time for pre-boards and crazy studies, I saw Masoom on Doordarshan one day and got hooked to the songs. Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi would play on my system back to back. I so love this song…Another song which caught my ears from this movie was – Huzoor Is Kadar Bhi Na itra ke chaliye… I love the poetic way in which it is sung. I remember, I use to study whole night during the later part of the year, and would keep listening to these songs.

KKHH released in 1998. I was in 12th, again the year of board examinations. The day I saw the promo on TV, I rushed to buy the audio cassette. I still remember going to visit my mother, when she was teaching in some junior class and asking for money to buy the album. We were the senior most class, and would get free after 6th or 7th period. I wanted to rush to the music store on my way back home and buy the cassette. The album was released by Sony Music and costed around INR 60, which was expensive during those days. I loved the title track of the movie. I must have listened to it innumerable times during that one year.Till today when I listen to this song, I am transported back to my class 12 days.

Engineering days cannot be complete with music. Those 4 years were spent doing only two things. Listening to music and talking to friends in hostel rooms. While there are many songs which mark my engineering years, this particular album- Mujhse Dosti Karoge somehow has stayed back in my mind from those days. We were in final year I guess when this movie released. It was raining cats and dogs in Jhansi, where I was studying, and the songs of MDK would play on my system back to back. I still remember listening to Jaane Dil Mein Kab Se Hai…on a loop in my dingy corner room, which would stink of dampness due to excess water everywhere, with a light bulb on throughout the day!

The first year was dedicated to old songs. We were crazy about songs from Kabhie Kabhie. I guess that was the first time I listened to the song- Tere Chehre Se..and have been a fan ever since. I just love the energy and passion in this song. It invariably takes me back to the winters of first year of engg, when we would all sit in a friend’s room and savour these melodies. While all the song sin the album are fantastic, this one is my personal favourite.

Another album which I exploited big time was a collection of old Kishore Kumar numbers- which had- Maana Janaab Ne Pukaara Nahi- in it. I simply loved the song. Would play this all the time…

The year after engineering was dedicated to radio. We did not have a TV or a personal laptop/ desktop. Every night before sleeping I would listen to radio for like half an hour. They played old hindi songs, and somehow I noticed they played this song from Aandhi almost every alternate day. This song is my favourite since then. Whenever I listen to it I go back to the days of that rented place in Noida and the cool summery nights. This song is my peace song. It reminds me of the disciplined life of my first job, when I would go to bed by 10-10 30 pm, live a simple life with limited means and enjoy the simpler things in life, like listening to radio in low volume in a dark room, before dozing off for the day…

MBA followed this phase. The two years there were also full of music. Every single minute that I was in my room, music would be on my my system. I remember listening to Tamil songs as well. I discovered some amazing songs by Rehman, and this one in particular which I simply love…It takes me back to the best phase of my life- My post-graduation days. I love Rehman’s music, but more than that I guess I love his voice. Divine!! And of course I love Surya!! This song is very special to me. It is associated with the golden period of my life…

Another song in Tamil/ Telegu which I listened day in and out is this…A friend from Andhra suggested that I watch Ghajini. I watched the movie with subtitles and totally loved it. WHile all songs were good, but this particular one got stuck in my head. I would listen to it back to back for days altogether….

Then the songs of Rang De Basanti. The movie came out sometime in our first year, and the songs were a rage. I remember listening to Ru-Baru all the time..One of the singers also came in our annual cultural fest. He sang few lines of the above song on stage, and you could hear the crowd going crazy!!..There were 3-4 “once more” sessions, and he had to eventually say that he would have loved to carry on the whole night but the campus had restrictions of 11pm deadline!!

I have many many more songs to compile as part of this list…but let us consider this as part one and stop here for today…And then there are- dupattas, earring and skirts also to talk about..:)



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