What I learned from Bollywood Songs

- Sukumar Mishra

A song has the potential to change the mood. A good tune in the morning keeps the mind happy throughout the day. When one returns home tired in the evening, listening to some good music can take away all the tiredness, pain and refresh the mind. In India, Bollywood songs have remained the major source of music. Although Bollywood songs are meant for entertainment, there are many songs which convey a deeper meaning and can teach us many lessons in life in a simple yet effective way. Here are few songs that have deeper meanings and have helped me to learn lessons of life.

‘Main Zindegi ka saath nibhata chala gaya’. This song from the movie "Humdono", composed by Jaidev and beautifully sung by Mohammed Rafi, it is a marvel when it comes to learning. The first line tells how to get rid of worries and unnecessary thoughts and move ahead in life continuously. When setbacks come don't be disheartened as there is no point in doing so. Rather celebrate the moment and move ahead. What I got, I accepted it as my luck. What I lost, I forgot about it forever. The last line is my favorite. Where there is no difference between happiness and sadness, to that level of consciousness, I am taking my heart continuously. The lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi had beautifully used words to explain such a nice philosophy of life.

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Second in my list is a song from the movie "Imtihan", "Ruk jaana nahin tu kahin haar ke". Beautifully rendered by the immortal voice of Kishore Kumar. Whenever the mind is negative or everything is not going on right with you, listen to this great number to raise your spirit up. The song talks about the eternal journey of life and the need to walk continuously without stopping at small roadblocks or difficulties. When one is determined to continuously walk along his own path, the entire nature (like Sun here) works in the same direction. The next lines penned down by Majrooh Sultanpuri are the best part of the song. "Sathi na karvan hai; Yeh tera imtihaan hai; Yoon hi chala chal dil ke sahare; Karti hai manzil tujhko ishare; Dekh kahin koi rok nahin le Tujhko pukaar ke". The exam he's mentioning is the difficult times one is going through and at such difficult times normally you are alone as the difficult situation is in front of you and you only can sort it out by walking continuously keeping an eye on the destination. Whenever such a difficult situation comes in life, we can be assured that this is the tipping point and after this, the final destination is waiting. It's not time to give up, it's time to walk alone and keep away from negative forces who may stop you on the way.

The third and last song in my list is "Zindegi ek safar hai suhana" from the 1971 movie Andaz, composed by Shankar Jaikishan and sung by Kishore Kumar. This one is more fun loving and a song which can instantly make one's mood happy and positive. As the song starts on a high note, it declares the uncertainty of tomorrow and inspires to live the present moment with zeal, full of happiness and singing. And while living the present with happiness, focus on your destination and move ahead. "Haste gate jahan se guzar; Duniya ki tu parvah na kar; Muskuraate hue din bitana; Yahan kal kya ho kisne jaana". Never be worried about what others will think and go ahead while singing and laughing. Finally Hasrat Jaipuri talks about the unnecessary fear of death in people's mind as it is inevitable and going to happen one day. "Maut aani hai ayegi ik din; Jaan jaani hai jayegi ik din; Aisi baaton se kya ghabrana; Yahan kal kya ho kisne jaana; Zindagi ek safar hai suhana; Yahan kal kya ho kisne jaana”