Hindi Songs

Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho

My friend Ashish considers the song “Chaudhvin ka chand ho” (The full moon) the most complete Hindi romantic song.  It certainly has all the ingredients – superb lyrics, subtle music, fantastic vocals by Mohammed Rafi and filmed on the classic beauty –  Waheeda Rehman. As an added bonus, in the movie, the song is sung by Guru Dutt, Ashish’s favorite…

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Hindi Songs

Waheeda Rehman’s Debut

It’s interesting how different snippets of information gleaned over different periods of time, finally lead to an “Aha” moment.  I had one such moment recently.   Waheeda Rehman’s first Hindi movie was “CID” where she played the role of a villain’s moll.  Released in 1956 and directed by Guru Dutt, it starred Dev Anand and Shakila.  In the movie, Waheeda…

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Hindi Songs

Matchstick Lyrics

The song “Ae mere dil kahin aur chal” sung by Talat Mahmood was filmed on Dilip Kumar for the movie “Daag” which was released in 1952.  Not to be confused with the Rajesh Khanna starrer of the same name released in 1973.   Dattaram Wadkar who started off playing the Dholak (two-headed drum) for the famed music director duo of…

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Literature

Accessorizing Sherlock Holmes

In a 2008 poll, 58% of a group of teenagers surveyed in the UK thought that Sherlock Holmes had actually existed while 23% thought that Winston Churchill was a fictional character!  It was undoubtedly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s genius that ensconced Sherlock Holmes in our collective imagination but a couple of others aided in the image that we now associate…

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