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If I were asked to list out things I hate about the people around me, I’d probably put one vice more prominently than anything else, and that would be Channel Surfing.


I am not much of a TV person, and my average TV time in a day is around 30 minutes, sometimes stretching to an hour. But most of the time, these 30 minutes are punctuated with arguments and disagreements about why a particular show must or must not be watched, because of the men around me who are particularly fond of this hateful exercise called Channel Surfing.


Wiki  says that Channel Surfing is the practice of quickly scanning through different radio or television frequencies in order to find something interesiting to listen to or watch, and is also linked with laziness, inattention and hyperactivity. Wiki  also says that it’s a very common feature among men, though women are not immune to it. I myself am no exception, but my Channel Surfing is limited to the radio on my phone, and I guess I’d be only disturbing myself in the process.


What irks me is that the men in my house pick the exact moment to surf  channels on TV when a show would just about be getting interesting, and no amount of protesting stops it.


Worse, there are uncalled for and unrequired comments about the stupidity of the show, and how the anchor or the artistes are sloppily dressed, their drab and emotionless dialog delivery, and ultimately how we women are hooked to silly shows, and how they men are very “intellectually inclined”.


At this stage, we generally give up , and tell them we’d be happy to watch anything they want to. Then they don’t stick to one channel….I think their attention to each channel is hardly 5 secs, and I cannot fathom for heaven what conclusion they can draw about a program in 5 secs.


All they like is the 1500th rerun of some program on Discovery Channel where a tiger runs off with the carcass of a deer, and the gory scenes of the tiger ripping the deer apart with some silly monologue is repeated and repeated again.


Then the news channels. On them, I can write reams……………..the same news, repeated in quarter hourly intervals, in different versions on different channels. So are they satisfied watching one of  them? No. They want to go to another news channel to find out if someone is telling them the same thing in yet another version.


Why is it that they are unable to actually sit through a program for 30 mins?

Is it that they feel they aren’t being given enough attention? Or the very thought of interrrupting what others are watching gives them some sort of high?


I wish we had only good old DD, and everyone would then be compelled to watch one program at a time, and I could throw the remote away. But what with the advent of more channels, I think I’m fighting a losing battle. And I’m sure several of you out there agree with me.










It’s a cold, wet day and I have not much to do at work. I yearn for some hot coffee, and my mind wanders…I go back to those golden days of childhood, and reminisce fondly about those days when the only entertainment during such weather, when friends could not meet, was good old Door Darshan.  And that prompts me to write this post on my favorite characters in DD shows.

  1. Renu from Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi
  2. Mr Y I Yogi from Mr Yogi
  3. Kiran Juneja’s Character (Forgot her name) from Buniyaad
  4. Betaal from Vikram Aur Betaal
  5. Guru from Nukkad
  6. Khopdi from Nukkad
  7. Abhimanyu Roy in Fauji
  8. Sudesh Berry and Malavika Tiwaari in Kashish
  9. Kitty (“Sir, you are a genius”) from Karamchand
  10. Karamchand – Chewing a carrot (“Shut up, Kitty”) from Karamchand
  11. Jaspal Bhatti in Ulta Pulta
  12. He Man from He Man and the Masters of the Universe
  13. Giant Robot
  14. Devki Bhaujaayi  from Humraahi
  15. Byomkesh Bakshi from Byomkesh Bakshi
  16. Shekhar Suman (Don’t Remember his name) from Reporter
  17. Rajni from the serial Rajni
  18. Karan Razdan as Rajni’s husband  from Rajni
  19. Prannoy Roy from The World this Week
  20. Amol Paalekar from Aa Bail Mujhe Maar
  21. Anjan Srivastava from Wagle Ki Duniya
  22. Bharti Achrekar from Aa Bail Mujhe Maar and Wagle Ki Duniya
  23. Kavitha Chowdhry from Udaan
  24. Mungerilal from Mungerilal ke Haseen Sapne
  25. Phateechar from Phateechar
  26. Krishna Deva Raya and Tenaali Raama from Tenaali Raama
  27. Jawahar Lal Nehru from Bharat Ek Khoj
  28. DiDi’s Comedy Show
  29. Telematches
  30. Liliput in Dekh Bhai Dekh

And I can go on and on and on……………….. like some one sang on TV “Koi Lautade Mere Beete Hue Din”

The title seems misleading, as usual. Nowadays I seem to have developed a sort of “Title Block” and go around asking people to name posts for me. This is also one such post, where someone else helped me choose the title.

Back to business.

We have all traveled by train in India at some point of time or the other. In most of the trains, we would also have seen beggars seeking alms, some of them polishing shoes, some cleaning the floor of the compartments, and yet others, singing songs. 

They have pretty good voices, and have a fair hold on the language and can sing decently too. Usually the ones who sing well are blind, often accompanied by kids and a harmonium. 

 Some have atrocious nasal voices, and are very much in stiff competition with Himesh Reshammiya. 

Usual ones heard on Trains are: 

  • Aadisi Nodu BeeLisi Nodu  – Kasturi Nivaasa
  • Aadmi Hoon Aadmi se Pyaar Kartha Hoon  – Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai
  • Aawara Hoon – Aawara
  • Duniya Bananewale – Himalay Ki God Mein
  • Haalalladaru Haaku – Devata Manushya
  • Jeena Yahaan Marna Yahaan – Mera Naam Joker
  • Mera Joota Hai Japaani – Shri 420
  • Yaarige Yaaruntu Yeravina Samsaara – Gaali Gopura
  • Ramayya Vastaavayya – Anari (Not sure of the title)
  • Jagame Maaya – Devadaasu (Telugu)
  • Ninnolume Namagirali Tande – School Master
  • Maanava MooLe Maamsada TaDike – Bhakta Kumbaara
  • Jagapathi Rama Raghukula Soma – Lava Kusha

 Most of them sport a very deprived countenance. They are successful most of the time in making you feel guilty of your ability to do well in life.  

Though these people sing well, I am not very keen on encouraging them. Many are able bodied, but see this as a lucrative profession, without much effort.

Readers, what do you think of these beggars? Should there be some strict action against them? Should they be rehabilitated and trained to do some meaningful work?

Look forward to your opinions on this.

They bore into your head. They won’t let go. There’s no known cure. Earworms can attack almost anyone at almost any time.

No, it’s not an invasion of jungle insects. It’s worse. Earworms are those songs, jingles, and tunes that get stuck inside your head.  

The term earworm is the literal English translation of the German word ohrwurm . An earworm is also sometimes called a sticky tune or a cognitive itch. In Portuguese, it is called chiclete de ouvido, or ear chewing gum. 

A study showed that musicians and those with compulsive tendencies are the most afflicted. The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive, though the act of repetition — in popular songs on the radio and on the rehearsal floor for musicians — plays a role. 

When people battle their earworms, nearly two-thirds of the time they try to use another tune to dislodge the one that’s stuck. About half the time people simply try to distract themselves from hearing the stuck song. More than a third of the time people with songs stuck in their heads try talking with someone about it. And 14% of the time, people try to complete the song in their heads in an effort to get it to end.

I am one such victim of earworms..any catchy tune heard more than once, and it goes into the deep end of the mind, to be played and replayed in mental continuum. 

 Earworms that bother me the most are: 

Ø       Who Let the Dogs Out – By Baha Men

 Ø       We Will Rock You – By Queen

Ø       Pardesi Pardesi Jana Nahin – Raja Hindustani

Ø       Sochna Kya Jo bhi Hoga Dekha Jaayega – Ghaayal

 Ø       BeLLi Rathadali Soorya Tanda Kirana  – Indra Dhanush (Am not sure of the title of the movie)

 Ø       Nimbuda – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Ø       Anisuthide Yaako Indu  – Mungaaru MaLe (Though I love this song, I cant get rid of it  )

 Ø       Mandakiniye – Hudugaata (I heard it twice, and it’s already stuck… )

Ø       Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhee Bahuu thiii – The Title Jingle

Ø       A Hundred Miles – By Hedy West

Ø       Oh Susannah – By James Taylor

Ø       Smile – By Michael Jackson

Ø       Worry about you – by IVY

 I dread listening to these songs now…they seem to replay on and on and on in my mind.

Have you also been affected similarly? Please share your experiences with earworms and their ilk.


Anisutide Yaako Indu, Neene Ne Nannavalendu
Mayada Lokadinda, Nanagaage Bandavalendu
Aaha Yenta Madhura Yaatane

Kollu Hudugi Omme Nanna, Haage Summane 

|| Anisutide Yaako Indu 

Suriyuva Sooneyu Sooside Ninnade Parimala
Innyara Kanasalu Neenu Hoodare TaLamala
Poorna Chandira Rajaa Haakida Ninnaya Mogavanu Kanda Kshana
Naa Khaidi Neene Seremane
Tappi Nanna Appiko Omme Haage Summane 

 || Anisutide Yaako Indu 

Tutigala Hoovali AaDada Matina Sihi Ide
Manasina Putadali Kevala Ninnade Sahi Ide
Haneyali Bareyada Nenna Hesara Hrudayadi Naane Koradiruve
NinagunTe Idara Kalpane
Nanna Hesara Kooge Omme, Haage Summane

 Anisutide Yaako Indu, Neene Ne Nannavalendu
Mayada Lokadinda, Nanagaage Bandavalendu
Aaha Yenta Madhura Yaatane
Kollu Hudugi Omme Nanna, Haage Summane
Anisutide Yaako Indu………..


I am simply bowled by this song……Loved the lyrics, and so thought of sharing them.

Indian Cinema has always been fascinated by Ghosts. From Mahal to Madhumathi to Bhoot to Apthamithra, our cinema makers have always found that it is an interesting theme to use the supernatural in their movies. Most cinema makers have at least one ghost movie to their credit. Each movie, language notwithstanding, has a signature ghost song or tune, that is played and replayed each time the ghost is seen on screen.

Most of the “ghost” characters in our movies are women with long flowing hair let loose and a white sari to match. We hardly find men portraying ghosts in our movies, though it is a common feature in the movies of the West.

For a long time in the movie, till the climax, we are only shown the profile of the ghost, never a full-face view. And when the face of the ghost is shown, it is usually a scar face, with red eyes and fang like teeth. At this time, the background music reaches a crescendo, and most times is successful in creating a ripple of fear in the brave too.

Most of these “ghosts” are women seeking revenge. They may be baying for the blood of an ex-lover boy or to avenge a family dispute. Sometimes it is an obsessed lady in love with someone spurning her advances. Sometimes, it is live people portraying ghosts for their selfish gains.

Most of the old films relied on the “Light and Shadow effect” to create that eerie atmosphere whenever these “ghosts” were shown. Background score also added to this effect, but was just supportive to the superb camera work. Usually it would be thunder and lightning, howling of wolves, screeching owls and creaking doors and gates.

The moment gates and doors started opening by themselves, along with thunder and lightning, it was a sure-fire prelude to a glimpse of the ghost.

In recent times, background score is the main component to creating this mood. Technology has ensured that camera work is very less and the somber effect is easily achieved.

Most of these “ghost songs” are very hummable and are mostly sung at music competitions and picnics.

I also like that scene from “Pyaar Kiye Jaa” when Mehmood explains a typical ghost scenario to his father, played in the movie by Om Prakash. It is a brilliant performance by Mehmood, and an even super one by Om Prakash, who looked terribly scared as the scene progressed.

The Ramsay brothers, who were experts in this field, popularized the trend of ghost movies in Hindi Cinema. They produced flicks like “Do Gaz Zameen ke Neeche, Bandh Darwaaza, Purana Mandir, Sannata” and others, which were B-grade horror flicks.

Great catchy songs were a common feature, and most of the good horror flicks entertained the audience to the fullest. They seem more entertaining than their Western Counterparts to me, give me an Indian horror flick any day, would love to watch it any number of times.

I was listening to a song from a not so old Hindi movie recently, and the lyrics were so wacky and silly, I did not know whether to laugh or lament about the quality of them.  Some of the old ones were melodious, and the singers lent a comic touch to them, and so they became popular. Others were heard once or twice, and vanished, never to be heard again. The filmmakers caught this trend in the early 90’s. It was a time when neither the movies by themselves were good, nor the songs, hummable.  A few that I can think of off hand are: 

  • C.A.T CAT, Cat Maane Billi
  • Eena Meena Deeka
  • Jaate The Japan Pahunch gaye Cheen, Samajh gaye Na
  • Paanch Rupaiyya Baraa Aanaa
  • My Name is Anthony Gonsalves
  • Amma Dekh, Aa Dekh, tera munda bigda jaaye
  • Stop that … Madhuri Dixit Mili Raste Mein
  • Meri Pant Bhi Sexy
  • Main to Bhel Puri Khaa raha tha
  • Meri Marzi
  • What is Mobile Number
  • Kisi Disco Mein Jaayein
  • Aaja meri gaadi mein baith ja


Among the songs listed above, I like all of the old songs. Though they were not so sensible, they were easy on the ears, melodious, and the singers themselves added life to the songs. The new ones are simply crazy, neither melodious nor sensible, and most of them are not meant to be heard by the family together.


The trend has again changed now, we do get to hear some good music in addition to some sensible stories being portrayed, of course, and every rule has an exception. But even the exceptions are stray ones, and so generally one can dare to say that there is no dearth of good music nowadays.


Readers, please feel free to put up your own list of wacky songs here.