Food Day! Songs to Make You Hungry!

This is a very old post which hopefully most of you have forgotten about. I forgot about it myself, and then I just now stumbled on it and it delighted me.

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?

Image result for salami

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?

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

And finally, Reflects on Life suggested that we add Ranbir’s painful lament about his chickpeas

15 thoughts on “Food Day! Songs to Make You Hungry!

  1. Okay, so legit for a long time I thought Channa Mereya WAS about chickpeas and I didn’t get what he was going on about. THEN somebody explained to me that ‘channa’ meant ‘moon’ in Urdu and a part of me crumbled. I’m pretty sure it was the part of me that knew that my grandfather was fluent in five languages…including Urdu.


    • I feel like I could understand that song on a far deeper really level if he was. Who has not felt that way about chickpeas?

      On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 1:05 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



        • Probably more people have had feelings about chickpeas than have felt unrequited love for someone marrying someone else. Karan really missed out on an opportunity to create a universal song moment.

          On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 9:35 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • This is a bit blasphemous, but I sometimes hear this other Karan song as “Oh Sandwich”. Which would speak deeply to the immigrant experience and learning American norms, wouldn’t it?

            On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 9:43 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. Our boy is starting to sing along to the songs he knows from daycare. Or, more often, he will say a line and expect me to sing. Anyways, there is this one nonsense song that goes “aravi, aravi”. He always sings “salami, salami”. His first mondegreen, yay! I’m pretty sure he thinks it’s about eating, too.


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