Today, tomorrow and forever…

The skies were clear when I woke up. All the clouds that were covering the face of the moon had been swept away by the cool breeze in the night.

Nature is fascinating and inspires me by its stoic yet everchanging visage. Despite the many ravages inflicted by human intervention, it’s inherent ability to change with the circumstances and heal the scars and carry on is amazing. Weren’t all of us witness to the rapid rejuvenation of nature’s pristine beauty during the early weeks of COVID19 lockdown? The walk today was a reminder. The various shades of green shimmering in the gentle cool breeze, the birds singing their distinctive songs (I am amazed at the sheer variety of calls, chirps, trills and melodies on song from an early hour), their lives in sync with the natural diurnal cycle without a weekend or a lazy period in their entire existence. Why can’t humans learn to live in harmony with their environs and admire the plentiful beauty all around, birds on their perch rather than enslaving and caging them and then keeping their stuffed carcasses as constant reminders of their unthinking monumental stupidity. We must have seen at least 20 types of birds of all manner of description, most of them the types of PYTs that are so uplifting and exhilarating to the soul. The largest one we saw was the greater coucal, the smallest would have weighed less than a small KitKat.

Getting a weekly rebirth in verdant surroundings is something I look forward to from virtually the Wednesday. Today was no different. I was reminded of this amazing song by Rafisaab composed by a wonderful music director, Ravi Sharma. Ravi’s music is easily identifiable and has a lilting, very pleasant rhythm. The song is from Aaj aur Kal, with Sunil Dutt & Nanda as the romantic pair.

The movie was based on, amazingly, a story written by a legendary name in Maharashtrian mindspace, arguably the most versatile, almost revered, multifaceted true genius of my lifetime, Pu La Deshpande. The dialogues were written by Akhtar Ul Iman. The movie has an amazingly corny story that makes me feel like it might actually have been thought of as a children’s story, a fairy tale of sorts in a more modern timeframe. Ashok Kumar is the rather strict disciplinarian King of a fiefdom, even to the point of being a repressive father whose behaviour is so traumatizing to his four children, that his older daughter Hemlata (Nanda) gets paraplegic. He now seeks far and wide for a remedy and finally discovers a fresh young doctor (pleasant countenanced and unmarried, needless to say) – Sunil Dutt –who comes in as a resident physician for the one single patient. The director Vasant Joglekar, now realises that a wheelchair bound paramour doesn’t quite lend itself to a romantic relationship of a kind our Bollywood school of thought envisages. I mean the heroes and heroines aren’t much into satisfying their hormones with just long distance platonic stuff.  They want to always rush into a clinch and try out the wrestling moves taught at the NIS, Patiala. So clearly Nanda must be made to rise. And rise she does, in response to Sunil Dutt’s benign romance. An Emraan Hashmi would have asphyxiated the lady and immobilized her wheelchair bound body with his sharp, continuous indrawing of breath through his singularly well developed ability to pucker up and smooch like no one else. Himmesh Reshammiya would then have made the poor lady stone deaf and driven her up a wall, begging for deliverance with his patented wailing and bleating fidel reproduction of the (in)famous Bard of the Gaul village, Cacofonix. The Gauls enjoyed the freedom to exercise their creative intellect and tie up the gagged bard, unfortunately lesser mortals like us are irreparably traumatized by Himmesh’s unspeakable assault on the senses that sounds like a set of streetcats who are being run over while their modesty is (ahem ) outraged by streetcats of a different cult. But Vasant Joglekar and Ravi were humane gentlemen. They didn’t unleash an unspeakable horror but treated us to a timeless melody that Ravi set Sahir’s lyrics to. Rafisaab was always a treat for the senses. Never fails to give goosebumps in this genre when on song.. This one is no exception. Tanuja’s talents were sadly wasted as the younger sister in the movie.

An amazing, eternal melody that’s perfect for the surrounding bountiful nature. My constant source of weekly boosters for the soul.

Stay safe, folks, stay happy, healthy and away from the Chinese

By abchandorkar

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Pune, India

6 replies on “Today, tomorrow and forever…”

Too Nice Song….
What to Appriciate ……
Nanda’s expression or Excellent Lyrics…

तेरी जुल्फों से खुश्बू की भीख लेने को…
झुकी झुकी सी घटाए बुला रही है तुम्हे….

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