Khayyam, the Music for the Poetry

What an interesting death to wake up to. Someone who was very very old and revered but also a little bit forgotten. And now I, and everyone else, am inspired to learn about and write about him.

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Suhaag Raat (First Night) Song/Scenes: Which Are Your Favorite?

This is related to the Kabhi Kabhi post I just put up in which we had a discussion of what is up with that very memorable “first night” song.

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Winter Solstice! Some Wintery Songs

This is a post I did last year, and I just pulled it from the archives to repost it and was looking up the first day of winter this year.  Do you know it’s the same day EVERY YEAR????  Somehow this blows my mind.  I don’t know why.  Maybe I need a refresher on how calendars work.

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Honeymoon Songs, Just For Fun

We were talking about the endlessly iconic “Suhaagraat” sequence from Kabhi Kabhi yesterday and Amrita challenged me to think if there were other similar sequences before that.  I couldn’t really think of any, but I could really really think of others after it!

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Happy Birthday Shashiji! The BEST Kapoor! 12 Reasons I Love You

79 years old today!  Which in my family is super young (Grandpa’s turning 96 this year), but for the Kapoors is pretty old!  A reward for clean living, and general niceness.  Shashi is clearly the “best” Kapoor.  And so he gets a full dozen reasons I love him.

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Why Socha Na Tha Reaffirms the Arranged Marriage

I just posted a thing about summery songs, and one of the commentators reminded me of “Abhi Abhi” from Socha Na Tha.  Which then reminded me about Socha Na Tha as a whole.  I looooooooove Socha Na Tha!  And I feel like, as Imtiaz Ali gets further and further from his roots, his first big break film is getting forgotten.  And it shouldn’t be!  Because I think it is better than what he is doing now.  And it says something much more interesting about Indian society than all the Tamasha‘s and Rockstar‘s and Highway‘s put together.

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