Saanu Nehar Wale Pul Te Bulaake

Giggles.

That’s all I did when a good friend of mine sent me this song about a week ago and I heard it 5 times in a row.

All I do now is also giggle, but I honestly have heard too much of it and probably need to control not abusing the replay button on this song each time.

For the longest time I was hoping inspiration is going to come knocking at my door, and I would feel oh-so-moved and I’d return to my blog to write about it.

Guess what? Didn’t. Happen.

For months I’ve been thinking, “April 21st. Hmm. Last when I wrote on the blog.”

I distinctly remember May 22nd- the day my ‘month’ really got over. I remember peering around the corner, thinking,

“Ah. Any time now. Inspiration- aren’t you here after all? We’re kind of behind schedule this time.”

And nope. It wasn’t.

I guess inspiration’s a lie.

If you really want it, you can find it in anything.

Even your fingernail.

And if you really want to run away from it, then it’s easy. You begin by going around ‘looking’ for it.
As if inspiration’s at the end of a quest.

Gah, no. No, it isn’t. It’s never been.

The biggest discoveries were in the most mundane of spaces (Tesla, Einstein, Wright brothers, Colt, Oppenheimer- name it.)

And  they didn’t get their grand ideas when they were looking for them, they got them when they weren’t. When they weren’t actively seeking inspiration, but when their brain was passively scanning all pieces of information, and they happen to sub-consciously join the dots. To join the dots, in a way ‘getting inspired’, all one needs to do is be open.

Open to everything around you. Every joke you hear, every machine you witness, the birds circling a tree, toys that keep breaking down, songs people can’t get over, games that never get old. Even fingernails.

Sit back. Relax. Let your brain run, and I guess you will find that ultimately, you’d have found inspiration. Just like that.

Going back to giggles, this song reminds me of how simply beautiful words can be.
How they can be MAGNIFICENTLY simple, yet bring a smile to your face.

Isn’t that all one needs in the business of words?

To evoke emotions?

To make another feel?

I don’t think anyone would call this song a literary marvel- it isn’t.
But I cannot help but marvel at how simplicity of words is good enough to accomplish the same task all ‘great’ writers do.

It’s just that sometimes, they do it simply.

Let’s enjoy this, shall we?

The rather beautiful, Noor Jehan singing this utterly adorable song.

And the rather amazing Neha Bhasin (thank God you exist), singing an unplugged version. If you watch her video, you can see how irresistibly happy this song makes her too. Words. :’)

 

PS. I can’t find the name of the lyricist. Does anyone know?

Saanu Nehar Wale Pul Te Bulaake

Saanu nehar wale pul te bulaake
Saanu nehar wale pul te bulaake
Te khore maahi kitthe reh gaya?

He called me at the bridge over the river
Now that I’m at this bridge
Where is that idiot?!

Saddi akkhan vicho neendra.n udaake
O saddi akkhan vicho needra.n udaake
Te khore maahi kitthe reh gaya?

Thanks to him, I can’t get sleep at night
And for all those sleepless nights he’s accountable for
Where’d he go!?

Ud-da dupatta mera malmal da
Dil utte zor channa naiyo chalda
Ud-da dupatta mera malmal da
Dil utte zor channa naiyo chalda
Aanvein te manaavaangi main hath jodke
Channa vey tu gussa kitta kedi gal da

My scarf tends to fly away all the time
Simply because I can’t convince my heart
My dupatta, oh my pretty muslin one, runs away from my grip all the time
Because I cannot force my heart, my love
When you do come around, love, I’m going to plead and convince you
What did I say that made you so angry anyway, love?

(malmal: muslin)
(channa: moon- a word normally used in Punjabi to denote a lover)

Sadde paera.n vich bediyaa.n paake
O sadde paera.n vich bediyaa.n paake
Te khore maahi kitthe reh gaya?

This guy’s got me all hung up over him
He’s pretty much put chains around my feet
And the idiot, hasn’t come. Where is he!?

Saanu nehar wale pul te bulaake
O saanu nehar wale pul te bulaake
Te khore maahi kitthe reh gaya?

He called me on this bridge
This bridge over the river
And my dear lover, where is he?

Thakk gayiaan paaniya.n nu pun pun ke
Galla iss dil diyaa.n sun sunke
Thakk gayiaan paaniya nu pun pun ke
Galla iss dil diyaa.n sun sunke
Dadda saanu kitta hai tu tang sajna
Badle lavaangi tainu chun chunke

I’m tired of utterly wasting my time (by sieving water)
By listening to everything my heart has to say, love
I’m done with sitting here and wasting away
Listening to the things my heart is telling me
You idiot, do you realise how much you’ve troubled me?
Wait for it. I’m gonna take revenge for all of these things.

O saanu pyaar wali paudi te chadhaake
O saanu pyaar wali paudi te chadhaake
Te khore maahi kitthe reh gaya?

You’ve put me on the pedestal of love
On this huge grounds of romance
And then where are you now?

Saanu nehar wale pul te bulaake
O saanu nehar wale pul te bulaake
Te khore maahi kitthe reh gaya?

Rutt tere pyaar wali rang rang di
Dil tainu chumda te akh sang di
Rutt tere pyaar wali rang rang di
Dil tainu chumda te akh sang di
Mul kede paaya ve tu sadde pyaar da
Har vele teriyaan main khaeraan mangdi

The air is painted with your love all over
My heart’s kissing you through my eyes, see?
Your love’s all that there is in the air
And through my eyes is how my heart reaches out to you
There’s no way you can put a price to the love I have for you
When every empty moment of mine is spent wishing the best for you.

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Saanu pyaar de pulekhey vich paake
Saanu pyaar de pulekhey vich paake
Te khore maahi kitthe reh gaya?

Now that you’ve shoved me into this (dis)belief about romance
This mirage-like situation of love
Where are you, idiot?

Saanu nehar wale pul te bulaake
Saanu nehar wale pul te bulaake
Te khore maahi kitthe reh gaya?

Saddi akkhan vich neendra.n udaake
Saddi akkhan vich needra.n udaake
Te khore maahi kitthe reh gaya?

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