Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Definition Dilemma

Listless. This is changing, that is changing. Have you ever felt unsure about how you should feel? It’s all new to me.
And then, thanks to random play (or shuffle as the latest version calls it), Amit Kumar croons to me

“Kaisa lagta hai?”
As I try to push away the image of Salman Khan’s questioning, trying-to-be-soulful eyes that immediately spring to mind, the answer comes along in Anuradha Paudwal’s lilt
“Acchhaa lagta hai..”

And surprisingly that sums it up quite well. And as Nagma's face and body seem to have faded from memory, I let the song play to completion.

So sometimes it only takes one corny Hindi song to put things in perspective? Or am I plain losing my marbles?


Blogger anantha said...

Does the next line go "Pyar ka sapna"? Yes it does...!

Hmmm.. Baaghi? Naghma....Hmm...

2:19 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Anti - I was more taken by the simple question-answer...the "pyar ka sapna" better not have been realized just NOW.. at this "mode"(hindi) of life!

And what's with all the "Hmmmm"-ing? :)

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Ash said...

Yeah, I think corny Hindi songs sometimes do hit the mark... cos life turns out to be pretty corny sometimes too.

Change is good. Exploring the new stuff is always fun. Though leaving the old stuff sucks. I guess the key is to keep looking ahead...

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think corny Indian songs are perfect for perspective - maybe we don't need to be so serious all the time.

*Hmm, I know we talked in comments a long time ago about a common website for prose and short stories for Boston desi folk, but, how about a desi-blog meetup? I have a friend who does meetups around here for blog groups and thought a desi or Indian oriented one would be fun. Anyone else think this is a good idea?

Madhu aka MD http://ekcupchai.typepad.com

6:38 PM  
Blogger Saltwater Blues said...

yep, you're losing ur marbles :)

8:44 PM  
Blogger AmitL said...

LOL...that was a nice,corny song...:)Though,I am pondering what brought on this topic,Gabby??*muses*...:)

8:57 PM  
Blogger AmitL said...

BTW,is the ipod shuffle really sooo light??

8:58 PM  
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Blogger KJ said...

i wud bet on " losing ur marbles"


have a nice day

12:38 AM  
Blogger phatichar said...

oh boy...

4:28 AM  
Blogger Pallavi said...

hey I watched this movie... long forgotten song... cool !! sometimes it is difficult to put a finger to how you feel..

5:48 AM  
Anonymous ?! said...

Images of Nagma ( esp the buttermountain she went on to become and her new glowing avatar post Art of Livng et al) will never fade! (And Hindi songs are only corny when see with English eyes... sentimentality comes natural in Indian languages)

BTW, why don't you put a word verify to stall the spambots?

5:57 AM  
Blogger alpha said...

Gabby, Aren't you going to put a '*' and explain the hindi sentences to your phoren readers?

6:24 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

The "hmm" is because I could remember songs like this from the "Superhit Muqabla" days and naghma deserves a "hmmm" just like that...

Another song that I can't erase from memory - "Is Jahan Ki naahi hai tumhari aankhen" with Naghma and Shah Rukh cycling their way to their own lovey dovey world....

God, make them go away!

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Ashok said...

Gabby, please make Nagma go away. I will pay you.

But I have to admit, it's happened to me too. Also, these songs take up back to another time, and THAT feels good.

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The songs from Baaghi weren't half bad people. Lower your snooty noses.

6:45 AM  
Blogger manuscrypts said...

hmmm, and i thought only gothic rock bands had hidden messages!! ;)

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that song! I just put it on :D

Actually Ek Chanchal Shokh Haseena is on and Kaisa Lagta Hai will follow.

I'm off down memory lane...


7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Among the many tapes I own.. (Yes I own tapes alright ppl) and my husband wants to get rid of.. I have a ton of corny hindi ones.. including Baaghi, King Uncle (hey..the jahan ki aankhen). But, I almost forgot Nagma.. yes please make her go away.. especially pls help erase the truck-tyre tummy Nagma from Yalgaar. She wore a bikini in that movie!!!

8:20 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Ash - I know I know! But I never deal well with change. Except when it comes to clothes and shoes :)

MD - A blog meet sounds great :) I totally second it! Have never "come out" voluntarily to any fellow blogger yet...this will be exciting!

saltwater blues - *grin* You HAD to answer that didn't ya?

Amitji - No musings needed...:)...I don't know about the shuffle man, don't own it. I use the random-play in the original model and it seems to work just the same. Apparently shuffle has it's own switch for it and you don't have to go down the menu. Same difference, in my mind.

kj - My fault for asking that question :)

phatichar - ??

Pallavi - Yes was long-forgotten to me too...and now I'm playing all those songs of that era...as Ashok says, it takes you back.

9:37 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

?! - Buttermountain! Love that term! LOL! I agree with the part about sentimentality coming naturally to our moviemakers...but tell me, isn't something like "Rain is falling...Chamma Cham Cham. Ladki ne aankh mari, gir gaye hum." corny from ANY angle?

Alpha - The post itself does not really cater to a person who cannot admire the "corniness" of that Hindi song. As you must have noticed, I put in translations in my posts when all that is required is the actual meaning of the Hindi word/sentence to be able to understand/appreciate what I am talking about. So I let this little post go. I hope Peg/Nick/Mrhaney/.. understand.

Anti - Think about "Ankhon mein base ho tum" with Sonali Bendre and her 3 inch waistline. See, isn't it getting better? Damn, I can't get stupid Sunil Shetty outta my head now!!

Ashok - Same suggestion (read abv). Sonali in yellow frock and oh-so-silky hair.

Anon - :) Lowered it Ma'am/Sir. Songs from mah-land after all.

Manu - But no Gulzar stuff here! Simple and straight. "How are you feeling?" "Good" she says. LOL!

Shobha - Glad to send you down that road. Don't get lost, come back soon.

Anon - Tapes are good. I remember buying the Baaghi which had Phool Aur Kaante on the other side. Very affordable and "lose-able". Thanks to T-series :). I seem to have spiralled off a Nagma-image series that's hurting all my innocent readers. Please hum "Ankhon mein base ho tum" now, as suggested to Anti and Ashok. Till Nagma is replaced by Sonali. A few Sonalis actually because Nagma can leave a GAPING hole! :)

9:58 AM  
Blogger pingoo said...

original song betta na ?? I think that was Nagma's debut. Initially I thought you were refering to this song -
"kaisa lagta hai
tum banke baadal
mere badan ko bhigote hue...
ched rahe ho"

....like ur earlier post on wet "tea-shirts" and all.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous ?! said...

Mere khwabon mein jo ladki hai woh mujhe mil nahin sakti/kisi ko bhi main khwabon mein basaa loon/h nahin sakta @ Sonali B. You left out C A T cat, cat mane billi ...

10:18 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Pingoo - What man? I inserted link and all!...That song goes with the wet t-shirt one yes. Now snap outta it! :)

?! - Much apologies. Usually men have plenty of space in the khwab department I thought. All the Sonalis and Mallikas and JLos sit side by side in perfect harmony usually. You are a rare rare specimman ?!.

10:48 AM  
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11:38 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: I hate you! God.. first Naghma and now Sunil Shetty, not to mention the fact that the song that you have now injected into my sub-concious is probably Abhijeet's worst song EVER!

*closes his eyes and concentrates on Sonali Bendre alone chanting "Om Mani Padme Hum" trying to convert all the Gabby hate into love for Sonali Bendre*

11:39 AM  
Blogger VC said...

You're right about Mallikas & JLos being able to fit side by side in men's khwaabs - what with them having "complementary assets" and all.
But then a Mallika & a Pamela Anderson will never be able to fit side by side. Or for that matter a JLo & a.....can't think of another "Baby Got Back" type. Guys, help me out here!
Like SRK says in DDLJ - kisiki aankh achchey hain, kisiki hote achchey hai....

11:43 AM  
Blogger pingoo said...

lol ! wet tshirt pati pesna vettidivyo ??

11:59 AM  
Blogger alpha said...

Gabby, notice that pingoo has the 'V3' syndrome. Talk-in-Tamil-even-if-she-doesn't-get-it. So it's not just your tamilian looks, I think it's the way you write too.

12:08 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

anti - ROTFL...did you see Sunil Shetty in Dus? LOL! now Sonali is gonna be bulldozed with gabby-hatred-turned-love!!! :)

vc - Ah I get it. Things have to fit. JLo I'm afraid stands alone in that department :)...Show me another butt that has actually been insured! LOL!

pingoo - ?? Come again.

Alpha - Tamilian looks? That's a first. No, I think it's cos I married a Tamilian. The issues never end I tell you.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Twilight Fairy said...

Ouch! that was a really sidey song and yes, you sure seem to be losing your marbles .. :p

Thank god it wasnt of that 'atariya pe lautan kabootar re...guttar guttar' variety!!

GG, read more of the Pushp kee abhilasha variety to get over these songs :p :)

12:25 PM  
Blogger Twilight Fairy said...

anti, I cant relate to sonali bendre and 'om mani padme hum' either..!

GG, ah.. seem to have caught you online! :)

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Clarifier said...

Pingoo & Alpha:

Gabby is a Gult. Mr.Gabby is a Tam. And Gabby's gult is Very Bad.

I have compiled this information from this blog and other blogs she has left her signature on. Please let me know in case of questions.

12:30 PM  
Blogger pingoo said...

Gabby I cannot come again !! ur ruining the whole thing :( and yes, the word verification is only adding to it. alpha ..instead of talking to her..u cud xplain na ?? eduku ivalo scene ?? that girl paavam tavikira(ok no paavam and all..let her tavikitum).

12:33 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

T-Fairy - O.My.God Guttar guttar is whole other ball game. Please, no. I rely on your types to remind me of the truely artistic stuff. Me myself have wandered off too far in the opposite direction! Posting another one on an issue that has resurfaced...in a bit. You will know what I'm talking about there.

12:34 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: Me no watch Hindi movies. Atleast the ones like Dus. They have started reminding me of skin flicks. And they have started recycling names as well! Egad!

*Sigh* Sonali Bendre! Now that I am totally over "Anti-Curious", It's other ladies now and at the moment, thanks to you, it is Sonali Bendre. And in chanting seems to have helped. The song in my mind right now is "Jo Haal dil ka" from Sarfarosh!

Alpha: Adhu enna pudhusa "V3" syndrome. Hey, even I talk in Hindi and Telugu and Malayalam and Tulu all the time! Madam, konjam elaborate cheyyandi!

12:38 PM  
Blogger pingoo said...

Thanx Clari bhaiya(behen ?) for the clarification :).
Gabby is gult and her gult is bad...umm..her hindi sucks also...I don't even have to say anything about her tamil..its evident(ok im not good either but that's different). any comments gabby ?? alpha ??

12:42 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Hey Pingoo, Alpha, Anti and all you tamil-lovers...I'm swinging now...no paavam me and no tavikira-ing...

And Alpha likes to makes a scene. That's her thing, didn't you know?

Anti-Curious checked on you in that post where he/she appeared. Did you notice? I saw it a looonnng time ago...but you never replied. Keep up the chanting and Sonali might just appear before your eyes.

12:44 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Pingoo - po ra! chal bhag yahan se! :)

12:46 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Twilight Fairy: Nah, Sonali Bendre and Mani Padme Hum are totally unrelated! I was seeing this old MASH episode the other day featuring a guest character who is desi and thats the hymn he teaches Col. Potter! It seems to be Buddhist, though and seems to be to promote compassion and love.

Gabby: Guttar Guttar! Yewwwwww.... (Now, you are actually making me say things I don't ever utter in public!)

12:46 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: Which post ? Where?

12:47 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Can't remember. It's the one where you guys had your very own conversation! I'll try to fish it out.

12:53 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Anti - http://gratisgab.blogspot.com/2005/07/arranged-chaos.html

12:56 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: nah.. i think i found it. But the lack of date stamps on your comments does not help me at all. No maam, not at all. And oh, it could be a trap! So, I think I saw it and did not react, cos I am tuned to sniff out such traps.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Twilight Fairy said...

anti, yeah 'om mani padme hum' is a buddhist chant and is so very soothing.. can lend you the mp3 (half an hour length) if you so desire :)

1:55 PM  
Blogger Twilight Fairy said...

GG - ok.. waiting for next post.. mebbe i'll understand ur comment more then..

1:56 PM  
Blogger pingoo said...

okkk!!! ne potha :(.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Zoheb said...

And I thought that it was some kind of X-rated song.

5:45 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

twilight fairy: Thanks so much for the offer and putting the idea into my mind that i can actually listen to the chant. I am taking you VERY seriously, but is this (i mean what you have) in Chinese? Cos I found a link that has a zillion Buddhist chants in mp3 format and this particular one is in chinese, some 21 Mb in size and possibly 30 mins long (am not sure though). And am d/l it at the moment.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous burf said...


dont tell me mr gab is going to be cuckoled ... lol

dont mind

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