Silly Post: Songs That Make Me Hungry

This is a very very silly post.  But it’s the end of the week, I am almost done with my exhausting SRK celebrations, it’s time to be silly!

A couple years ago, my sister and I were riding in the car together singing in an incredibly unmelodious way along with the songs on my ipod.  And suddenly she started laughing so hard she couldn’t sing any more.  Which confused me, until she explained that it’s “Tere Bina beswaadi” as in, “Without You [life/nights] are tasteless”.  Not, in fact, what I was singing, “tere bina basmati”, as in, “without you, [life/nights] are riceless”.

Image result for amitabh basmati

(Also, I guess, Amitabh-less, since he only appears when you have rice to call him forth.)

Riceless!!!!!  See, that’s why she is so sad and skinny.  Also, it’s because in the south they eat rice not bread, a little touch showing Ratnam’s connection to his Tamil roots.  Or, not




Due to my complete lack of language abilities, and too much thinking of food words, this is not the only song with which I have similar issues.  Not like I ACTUALLY think they are singing about food, but my ear doesn’t hear the difference between the real words of the song and the food word, and so the version I sing just has the food word in it.  Which is why I never sing in public.  Because people will laugh.


For instance, have you ever wanted a song about how very very much you love the luncheon meat Salami?

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Let me give you “Salami Ishq”!


You know stuffed grape leaves?  That delicious Mediterranean treat called “dolma”?  Look!  Shahrukh did a whole song about them!

Image result for dolma grape leaves

Okay, technically “Dholna” not “dolma”, but it still makes me run to the store at the end of my street to buy grape leaves whenever I hear it.

And of course there is Aamir’s odd to everyone’s favorite dessert treat/method of alcohol shots, Jello.

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Clearly, the secret power behind their resistance was a strange wobbly fruit flavored thing.



And it’s not just non-Indian foods either!  Like, you know that song from Ghajini about how Jiah Khan just really really wants a sweet?

Image result for ladoo

Here, Jiah, have a Ladoo! You know you want it



But the one that really trips me up is the lovely song about all the colors of Sherbet.  Because sherbet does have colors, right?  So it almost makes sense!

Image result for sherbet

But no, I think they are in fact singing about something else.

19 thoughts on “Silly Post: Songs That Make Me Hungry

  1. Hahaha! Those songs are going to sound very different to me from here on. The last one .. rang sharbatonka., they are talking about the colors of Sharbat, which is a colorful and very very sweet drink. In our childhood, We used to have those stored in the fridge for guests (& for us on rare occasions). They make it in multiple colors too.

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    • Ha! So I was RIGHT!!!! On at least one of them. Now I just have to wait to find out Aish was really singing about rice.

      On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 10:00 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  2. I just knew there was a subtle underlying reason I so enjoy the Hindi film music. Now I have some idea how it is so tasty in sound and so appeals to me. Any of them sound like chocolate?

    I have an ear for Latin based languages but Hindi totally escapes me. This one just made me laugh out loud. Chale Chalo is what I say to my German Shepherd bc his name is Chalo!

    Thanks for all these posts – silly and not so silly. I so love reading all them. AND the comments.

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    • I can’t think of one that accidentally sounds like Chocolate, but this one sounds like Chocolate on purpose!

      On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 9:09 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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    • Okay, now that’s the only way I will hear it! So heartbreaking, the love between a man and his chickpeas.

      On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 1:36 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  3. Your topic reminds me something I experienced in a – for me – very astounding way:
    How heraring the songs of ShahRukh’s movies gave me a sheer unbound energy even when doing boring and physically very challenging tasks for hours that would have caused me pains while doing and afterwards but did not. (I never ever have it experienced before with other music I like and collected.)
    I had no interest in collecting songs of other Hindi movies I watched to get a better knowledge of Hindi Cinema although there are many I like. But I did my own cassettes and CDs and playlists of the hundreds of songs I had encountered in the 60 films I call his ‘main films’.


    • What makes it really strange is that of course it’s not even his voice! They are only “Shahrukh” songs because that is how we picture and identify them in our heads.

      On Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 5:27 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Exactly…it’s always the images and/or the feelings connected to them…and I collect all those where he is involved even if it’s only with some words he utters or – as in the Asoka Item song – some sounds coming from him 🙂


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