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During my journeys by BMTC each day, the usual practice I follow is to plug the radio on in my phone and surf the sundry radio channels. It’s a surefire medicine for the boredom endured on journeys that are usually made long and tiresome because of traffic snarls.


Most of the time I am successful in finding a frequency that plays my kind of music and settle down with it.


But sometimes, the same songs are played on two or more stations, and the jarring notes get on my nerves and I switch off the radio. It is moments like these that give me ample opportunity to observe the sea of humanity around me.


And one of several such occasions is when I noticed the different variety of bangles worn by women surrounding me. An old song talking of bangles that was playing on the radio in the bus triggered it off.


It’s really amazing to note that at least 99% of the women would be wearing bangles. Rare are exceptions like me who keep hands unadorned.


I find different sorts of bangles on each hand………. Bangles of different shapes and sizes, different colors and different textures. By observing the bangles, one can get a fair idea about the women, however their clothes may blend with the others.


The college girls wear plastic bangles and wide metal bracelets, in myriad shapes. The workingwomen’s wrists are adorned with a couple of glass or metal bangles, usually matching their outfit.


I did a bit of research on the different sorts of bangles and came to this result………..


The most common type of bangles: Glass (usually red or green in color)

I find a lot of newly wed women wearing black glass bangles too.

Lac Bangles: Usually the college set’s choice…. what one may call “chunky jewelry”. Very fragile, and need delicate handling.


Metal Bangles: Worn in dozens…I’ve seen and know women who own a dozen metal bangles in all the color outfits they possess.


Gold Bangles: Adorn mostly slightly middle-aged wrists…not that youngsters do not wear gold bangles, but more commonly seen in the elder set.


 Wiki  says, “Normally, a bangle as worn by people around the world is simply an inflexible piece of jewelry worn around the wrist. However, in many cultures, especially in the Arabian Peninsula and in South Asia, bangles have evolved into various types in which different ones are used at different occasions.”


I wonder what the significance of wearing bangles is…is it purely an ornamental feature? Or is it some sort of tradition?  Whatever, they look good on the hands they are worn, and the sound of the bangles is one of the most melodious sounds ever produced.


PS: Most of my seniors and lady co-workers keep harping that I have to wear bangles….can anyone please give me a logical reason why I mustn’t leave my wrists unadorned?


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.