Or not … well, this isn’t exactly about two different songs, though one might almost think that. This is about a song sung by different generations, for different generations.
Heres what the black and white era brought, with the legendary Noor Jehan singing the song, in a sing which is very reminiscent of the era of movies immortalised by the likes of Shammi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, or Saira Banu. A song which definitely young men a generation (or maybe two) old would have swayed to.
For those who can’t follow the lyrics, here they are.
And heres the same song, perhaps 6 decades apart from the original, sung by the gorgeous Meesha Shafi, for an audience from an altogether different generation.
This is the reason I feel Coke Studio (and Nescafe Basement) are very good ideas … they present tradition in a package appealing to youngsters (even to older people like me!), and so, keeping the tradition alive.
They say help could come from places you didnt expect. For those who missed this, two militants didnt think much about bears, or encroaching on what the bear called home. Read this, and you will get the drift. Well, something for all to learn from … dont mess with them. They may look cute, but they are not, not if you encroach on their space. Now, the same could be said of the Indian Army. Ask the girls who used to go ga-ga over the young men from IMA, hanging out at Mussoorie, or Dehradun, and thats what you would get (no, probably not the way it was maybe 20 years back, but nevertheless …). They may look cute, but they arent so, if you mess with them, encroach on their space.
For this, i guess, the Army got some valuable help from the bear, who wasnt going to bear with any not-so-beary business from these militants, guns or no, he didnt even give them the time to poke those guns at him. Hmm … this is interesting. The fauna have decided that they arent quite happy with non-indigenous people trying to walk into their lair, and they are going to do something about it. And that too, messing with one of the fiercest ones around. Of course, militants still have the choice of trying to mess with the Gir Lion, or the Royal Bengals, or the Pariyar Elephants, but unlikely they would get any different reception from these members of royalty, so they probably shouldnt even try. Go, wildlife … get them!