Picking favourites – a tough job!
So many of my posts are about music. Bollywood music has been a mainstream staple in my house, and even now, whenever I go over to mom’s, early morning tea and Vivid Bharti are the perfect morning joys we have together.
The magic of radio is that songs play, and you still discover ones you don’t know, you relish when your favourites play, and learn to endure when songs you dislike play. The last one – I’ve made some attempt to teach my kids to endure music that someone else appreciates, instead of always skipping, forwarding and so on. For years now our car drives consisted of taking turns to pick songs, right from the little one to the grandmas. Since my husband knows and listens to a lot of English music, and I listen to a lot of Tamil music, they have had quite a wide-ranged exposure to music.
Coming back to the early morning, cool-breeze, hot tea joys at my moms. We were listening to Talat Mahmood, and Hemant Kumar on the radio, and on a whim I asked her to do a fun list with me. ‘Tell me your favourite song of each of the famous singers of those times mom’, I said. Most things musical are always welcome, so I happily typed up her list, noting that I don’t know some of these songs. And I present it to you below, with my own list too. The favourite is almost a momentary decision, for it is impossibly cruel to have just one favourite song by each of these singers! Hope you enjoy and relive some memories as you read this 🙂
|Talat Mahmood||Raahi Matwaale||Aansoon samajh ke|
|Mohd. Rafi||Main Zindagi Ka Saath||Deewana mujhsa nahin|
|Kishore Kumar||Hum Matwale Naujawan||Chukar mere man ko|
|Hemant Kumar||Hai Apna Dil to awara||Zara nazron se keh do ji|
|Lata Mangeshkar||Piya Tose Naina Laage re||Piya Tose Naina Laage re|
|Asha Bhonsle||Bhanwara bada naadan hai||Jhumka gira re|
|Geeta Dutt||Aaj sajan mohe ang laga do||Aye dil mujhe bata de|
|Manna Dey||Kaun aaya mere man ke dwaare||Laaga chunri mein daag|
|Mahendra Kapoor||Neele gagan ke tale||Chalo ek baar phir se|
|Mukesh||Dum dum diga diga||Chal ri sajni|
|Suraiya||Mast ankhon mein shararat||–|
The only one I struggled with is Suraiya, as I don’t really seem to have listened to her songs after all.