Sunday, June 12, 2022
Thursday, March 13, 2014
For any visitors I still have left: Thanks for visiting during my long and unscheduled hiatus. I got busy at work, then with moving and travelling, and before I knew it, it was more than a year-and-a-half since my last post!
Its time to blog again. But this time, I’ve decided to start afresh, with a new blog. I am tired of Blogger’s poor comments utilities and do not have the energy to deal with disqus and it’s comments-swallowing tendencies. So you can now find me at Masala Punch on Wordpress. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Monday, December 19, 2011
Updated (links): 17 June 2022
Interviewing Dev Saab is not an easy task! Once part 1 of the interview was done, I was certain that part 2 would only take me a couple of hours. I hadn’t, of course, taken into account one thing – every time I tried asking him a question, he’d just belt out one of his intoxicatingly romantic numbers, and I would be umm… distracted.
It took a herculean effort in exercising my will power to continue our chat on a normal plane. That is why this part has taken so long to come to you…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Yaad karoge yaad karoge, ek din humko yaad karoge (you will remember, one day you will remember me). I wonder if Geeta Dutt ever realised how prophetic these words from her first big hit album (Do Bhai, 1947) would prove to be. She’s left such a wealth of lovely songs, sung in that rich, fluid, and incredibly beautiful voice of hers, that it is hard not to remember her, every time you think of songs of yore. She started her playback career at the age of sixteen when she sang two lines in a song for the movie Bhakta Prahlad (1946). Success came just a year later, with Mera sundar sapna beet gaya (Do Bhai, 1947). The rest, as they say, is history. Geeta Dutt was soon one of Hindi film’s leading singers, and ruled the Hindi song-waves through the 40s and 50s. She lent her lovely voice to an incredibly wide range of songs and sang everything from ballads to bhajans, club songs to ghazals, sad songs to frothy, fun numbers…