April 23, 2010

Song on my mind

Very few songs in these times which has lyrics that you want to hear again and again ...
The song 'aaj din chadya' from the movie 'Love Aajkal' has amazing lyrics. It has also won the Filmfare award for best lyrics !

A part of it which is my current favourite :-)

माँगा जो मेरा है
जाता क्या तेरा है
मैंने कौनसी तुझ से जन्नत मांग ली

कैसा खुदा है तू
बस नाम का है तू
रब्बा...जो तेरी इतनी सी भी न चली

( lyrics by Irshad Kamil and sung by Rahet Fatah Ali Khan)

April 21, 2010

Two's Crowd

I am in a cab, zooming on the almost empty road in Singapore. Suddenly, there are 6-7 cars ahead of us. The driver slows down a little before gaining speed again, he feels a little sorry as if it is his fault and asks me: 'Mam, is Delhi more crowded than this ?'

I feel I have gone dumb. I am suddenly transported. I can hear the honking, I can see the never ending queue, I can feel the wait, I can feel the pride in knowing how to balance the ABC (accelerator, break and clutch) at best of ability in first gear, I can feel the bumper to bumper drive, I can see cabs, cars, auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, scooters, bikes, cycles, pedestrians, trucks, cranes all side by side jostling to move ahead and I feel the exhiliriation of finally reaching home with only a little scratch on the car.

With a deep sigh, I reply - 'Yes'.

April 07, 2010

Shivering in Singapore

I had heard that Singapore has only three types of weather - hot , hot and hot ! Well, to be fair it does has some variation - It is amazing to experience bright sunshine, humidity, heavy rains with immense thundering and lightening and pleasant breeze in Singapore, all in the span of a single day.

But as I shivered inside the public transport, I realized that Singapore also has something for which I was not prepared. Yes, Singapore is notoriously cold if you happen to be in bus, malls, cinema or office. I thought probably something was wrong only with me until I read many complaints in the newspaper about it and came across a mention on this even in Lonely Planet.

No idea why everyone wants to keep the air cons as if they are expecting polar bears !

But I am happy that my Delhi stock of stoles and my son's stock of sweat shirts will not go waste after all :-)