Allah Ke Bande (Kailash Kher)

It’s only words. And words are all I have. To take your heart away. After a journey of a lifetime, in fact, many journeys of a lifetime later - I’m back. Nour it is. Who can not know this song? Sung by legendary Kailash Kher, and written by Vishal Dadlani, this song is an anthem... Continue Reading →

Kaisi Hai Ye Rut (Javed Akhtar)

19 years of Dil Chahta Hai! Cannot believe. It also feels like I was much older when I met those three friends, got entwined in their stories, discovered Goa as the prime getaway location with friends, and so much more. Wasn't the film a tribute to all love stories? And friendships? As each year passes... Continue Reading →

Mera Piya Ghar Aaya (Bulleh Shah)

Pictured Madhuri Dixit dancing, didn't you? The day I came across this version of this very old song from my sappy, old memories of some dance rehearsals from my very early years of an 'okay' dancer, I couldn't help but dive right in and revel in it for a few days. It's been nearly four... Continue Reading →

Sabse Khatarnaak (Pash)

What makes us human? As the year comes to an end and I'm socially pushed towards thinking of all the good things and the bad things of the year two thousand eighteen, my mind wanders off to the otherwise routine thoughts I have on any other day of the year. Such as: "I could probably... Continue Reading →

Piya Tora Kaisa Abhimaan?

I wish I could write something impressive. It's been a while since I wrote. Nearly a year. Over three hundred such days have passed that I don't remember my hands trembling, furiously typing in words on my Keep and categorising them under 'Khayaal'. But no more. I wonder sometimes if we could also just do this act... Continue Reading →

Singaar Ko Rehne Do (Gulzar)

Do people talk like this anymore? Do we tell each other enough that we love the little things? Do we notice them at all? Do we spend time just watching? Observing? Do we bother to listen beyond just what the other person's saying? Do we stop. Stare. Smile. And say everything without uttering a word?... Continue Reading →

Aankh Uthi Mohabbat Ne Angdai Li

Qawalli is magical chaos.  Every time I listen to one, I get confused. Confused. How do they manage to engulf you? Each time? Be it the lyrics or the music or the sheer power in the voice that fills your chest with some sort of warmth and the need to lose yourself. Qawallis are it. They're warm. And rich. And... Continue Reading →

Tram Mein Ek Yaad

You don't know what obsession is until you get obsessed for real. For all those who've been obsessed with works of art- be it a face, a song, a book, a book's cover, coins, buildings, a photograph, a physics book, their Mom's recipe of coconut chutney, or a bunch of words, they all know what it feels like.... Continue Reading →

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