Tuesday, May 19, 2020


TALKING FROM HOME

Telephone conversation between two friends. Let's call them A-ma and B-ma. Both their telephones are "landlines" and both friends are "talking from home".
Friend A-ma: "Good morning, ma! How are you, ma? Staying at home, eh?"
Friend B-ma: "Good morning, good morning, ma! Yes, ma. Staying at home only. Because of this lockdown vockdown. What to do? What about you, ma?"
A-ma: "I am also same same, ma! Sitting at home only. Ayyo, what to say, ma?"
B-ma: "One Ayyo only? I feel like putting two Ayyos."
A-ma: "Ayyo Ayyo. Okay, ma?"
B-ma: "Hahaha, okay okay. Coffee tiffin overaa? What did you make for tiffin in your house, ma?"
A-ma: "I made uppitt today ma, with little bit onion. No variation only, ma. For me variation means more salt or less salt, hahaha, that’s all. What about in your house, ma?"
B-ma: "Ayyo, don't ask, ma."
A-ma: "Okay, I won't ask."
B-ma: "No, no, no, it's okay. Today I made adai with avial. First I thought I will simply make off aulakki with onion and potato. But I know big galatta will happen if I make aulakki because yesterday only I made uppittu. Then I saw in the fridge, little bit white pumpkin was remaining, along with few beansu, pattani, one carrot and all. So, I thought best idea was avial. Something different we have to do every day, no, ma? Then only we can avoid galatta, no?"
A-ma: "Yes, I know. For tomorrow thindi I have to start planning today only. Nowadays I became like planning commission, hahaha, daily sitting and breaking my head and thinking what to make, what to make."
B-ma: "Ayyo, when you said breaking my head, suddenly I remembered! Vegetables are half cut and I am sitting here talking to you. See, how I forgot? This lockdown is making me go mad. Let me go, ma, I have to make lunch. We will talk afterwards. Okay, ma?"
A-ma: "Okay, ma. You go, ma. I also will go and start lunch preparation thinking, hahaha! Happy lockdown, ma!"
B-ma: "Happy lockdown, ma!"
The conversation ends on a cheerful note.
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Glossary
Vockdown : a word that has no meaning but plenty of usefulness as it rhymes with lockdown. Used as a kind of a follow through word, to give company to lockdown without breaking social distancing protocol.
Tiffin : a term generally used, especially in South India, for a light meal or snack, in this case, breakfast.
Uppitt : Uppittu in Kannada (name believed to have been derived from a combination of “uppu” or salt and “hittu” or flour), Upma in Tamil (combo of “uppu” or salt and “maavu” or flour) a light meal made by cooking roasted rava, aka sooji aaka semolina, in water, mildly spiced with fresh green or dry red chillies and tempered with mustard, curry leaves and lentils sputtered in oil. Chopped onions may be added, as an option. Vegetables like potatoes, carrots and green peas may also be added, to make it a wholesomer meal.
Adai : a thick, heavy, spicy pancake made like dosai but from a coarse batter, fresh and unfermented, of lentils, rice and spices, it is a favourite “tiffin” item in South India.
Avial : a dish that is said to have originated in Kerala but is equally popular in Tamil Nadu too, with minor variations in the recipe. Avial is a vegetable dish made using several vegetables, in a base of curds, cooked typically using coconut oil (though any oil can be used because coconut oil has a strong and distinct aroma and can be off-putting for some), spiced with green chillies and jeera and garnished with grated coconut. It is served as an accompaniment to sambar-rice or rasam-rice, though adai and avial, as “tiffin”, is a special combination!
Aulakki : Avalakki or beaten rice, soaked in water for a short while and prepared in similar way to upma. Simple and filling.
Galatta : Ruckus, trouble.
White Pumpkin : a clever, innovative, informal name for Ash Gourd (Poosanikkai in Tamil, Boodi Kumblekayi in Kannada).
Pattani : Tamil for Green Peas (Battani in Kannada).
Thindi : Kannada for breakfast, tea time snack or any kind of light meal.
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© Shiva Kumar

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Apo's Trophy Protection

Apo's Trophy Protection


Its very sad to see that the Apo's Trophy Protection Society is shutting it's door's after along run of eighteen year's. Two less than a score, thats the actual score.

The man who started the society, John Richard's, was apparently some kind of rioter, rioting for newspaper's and stuff before he retired unhurt and started a society to take on the responsibility of tracking the misuse and missed use of the Apo's trophy and castigating the offender's. After eighteen year's of meritorious service, he was forced to shut it down because, for one thing, he himself was slowing down and, for another thing, no one seemed to care. He attribute's the "victory" of the closing down to two other person's, Ig Norance and Lazy Ness. It is not known whether these person's were his fellow rioter's.

But I fail to understand what a venerable old chap within hand shaking distance of eighty was doing starting society's to track overhead comma's, when he should have been sitting under tree's and reading book's or writing poem’s and listening to bird's twittering or whatever. Misused apo's trophy's or lack of them should hardly matter to retired rioter's, or, for that matter, to anyone else. Personally speaking, when I retire, I would like sit under tree’s, one tree at a time, of course, and gaze at blank space’s in front of me. But thats neither here nor there.

Still, its somewhat dis-appointing to read.

The Apo's trophy is probably the most abused punctuation mock used in the English language. Many other language’s must have known this would happen and so they decided not to have it as part of their own gramma.

But, coming back to English, I feel its up to us to fight to protect it’s use, misuse and non-use. I shall look for and, in my own small way's, continue to hunt down serial offender's. Maybe I shall form another society myself. I invite suggestion's for a suitable name and style.

-       © Shiva Kumar

Monday, January 28, 2019

SANTRA

SANTRA
Santra is famous fruit of orange family. Citrus parivaar. In the beninging it is little bit raw and also khatta, means sore test. After words, it becomes ripe and meetha, means sweet test and gets orange colour. We don’t know if fruit name came first or colour name came first. But santra is orange and orange is santra. It is sweetish but little bit khattaness is there, but no any parwa. It is very testy and healthfull. And regarding its health, there is one Greek saying: “Citrus, Altius, Fortius”, means if you eat santra, you will become taller and stronger.
In santra there is Vitamin C. Other alphabets of Vitamins may be also there but C is guarantee. But C is not separate, it is ghulled in the inside of orange. C Ghull. Like Jonathan Living Stone.
If Santra was having twin brother, he would be called Bantra and both of them would have been Seattle to Canada by now. Alas! A loss! Anyway. No any tock.
Santra is available in everywhere of Bharat. Nagpur is its centre of availability. Means centre of gravity of santra is Nagpur. But it is available in every state. And also in solid state and even liquid state.
Santra should be made national fruit of our nation. Not banana. Banana is close but it is by itself. Akela. But banana can be runner-up. Then who will be second runner-up? May be Aam, means Mango? No, no, Sirjee, Mango is Kingo of Fruito. Phal ka raja. Like phulka taaja. Anyways. All this we sall shee after words. This is not common or mango topic. Now we are not having waqt for fizool tocks. We are masroof. Busy, too much going through roof.
Through hearsay, santra is available in Bhutan and Sikkim also. Here it is converted into various forms of eatability and drinkability through clever process of druk. Druk no nonsense. Druk good process. Here I am remembering one song “Druk Druk Druk, Hari Baba Druk”. This song is drag on and on.
In Spain, santra, santra only is there everywhere. Country is full of santra. It is having different name of Naranja but same colour and same taste.
And Holland by himself is santra country. Orange country. I am remembering that tourism song promoted by Holland, which the lady is singing to the tonga boy in the tonga going tick tock, leaving his home behind: “Zarra Holland Holland chalo morey saajana, home bhi peeche hai tumhare”.
In Holland there is one House of Orange. And its king is Willem van Oranje. Some unstudied people think that Willem is selling orange through van but this is unright. ‘Willem van Oranje’ means “Willem of Orange”. On the another hand, the Indian man who is selling oranges in mobile van is called Maruti. He is having orange colour Maruti van. This Maruti is selling orange in orange Maruti van. So between two names of orange king and orange salesman there is utter confusion. Don’t utter them.
What not can be made from santra! Joose is. Jam is, which is called Maar-maal-aide. It is like jam, not traffic jam but eating jam, but containing chilka like skin. Orange is having chilka outside it and same chilka is put inside it and that jam is called Maar-maal-aide. Terribly testy and what not.
And lastly but not leastly, Santra Bantra joke is also became! So many. Good laugh and what not.
Santra is having one male sibling and one female sibling, means own brother and own sister. Brother name Nimbu. Some peoples are calling Limbu or Lemon also and he is actually smallish and shortish and not so sweetish. Santra is fun-loving fruit. But Nimbu is half-way fruit. Not sweet dish. Santra is mast. Mast Kalandar. Nimbu is half-mast. Nowadays he is settle in Swedish country in the business of online lemon consolidation called E-Khatta. Sister name is Musambi, she is married in Dispur to famous Ananas trader by name Partho Chattopadhyay aka Chatterjea. Both are leaving happily ever after.
This is short story of santra.
Now, give me santra, I mean, permission. Namaskar.
- Shiv Shivrajpuri
© Shiva Kumar

Sunday, May 13, 2018

IPL COMMENTARY WOES


IPL COMMENTARY WOES


In February itself I decided that I will not watch any IPL match. First of all, I became totally confused. The batsman for whom I was putting my whistle went to some other team. Sold like a vegetable. Worse, auctioned like an object in a bazaar. One of those purchasing fellows pinched him to see if he is fresh before handing over his cheque. But when my friend told me how much he (‘he’ means the batsman, not my friend) was sold for, I had to whistle. If they are paying hefty salary like that, little bit of pinching is no problem. Let them pinch little bit more also, I don’t mind.

The other terrible fellow who outed my favourite batsman three times has come to my home team now. How to accept this? My loyalties are hopelessly mixed up. Pointless to watch. Okay, maybe I am making some small allowance for my home team on home ground when I watch on home TV, depending upon winning position. That’s all.

So that day I watched little bit of our fellows batting when they won the match by hook and by crook. Quite interesting, it was.

Even the new commentary set up is interesting but laughable. First thing is that these commentary fellows are sitting in some new kind of structure which they are calling The Dugout. What dugout, I am asking? Is it dug out of any ground or anything? Is it scooped out from tree trunk like dugout canoe? It is looking like BMTC bus shelter with a long bench and a long desk. These talkative fellows are sitting on the bench. Behind their back there is a curvature for protecting them from sunlight or something but actually some advertisements are displayed, making more money for the IPL. Already they have so much money, why they have to make more money behind the commentators’ backs, I don’t know. They must share it with spectators. Dugout! From where they dug it out, I am thinking. And these fellows are looking so uncomfortable with headphones around their ears making calculations on scribbling pads like in a written test and doing field demonstrations that I began to feel sorry for them, but my friend told me that they get handsome amount as talking fees even better than lottery, so no need to feel sorry.

At any given time there are three chaps sitting and chattering away between themselves like a brood of chickens of different nationalities. One fellow is having so much accent that he may be thinking he is Hyundai or something. Is he asking question or giving answer or simply yawning loudly? I cannot make out, sorry. Whenever he speaks his long sentences, afterwards my lower jaw pains. Another fellow is sitting there who is not commentating but cackling away, seemingly in a foreign language. Everything sounds funny to him and he also sounds funny. The third fellow is allowed to speak once in a while. He carries a clipboard in his hand and makes some calculations on it. After lifting his head and shaking it three times, he notes down something. What it is nobody knows. It may even be order for dinner items.

But this commentary business is becoming popular like talk show or stand-up comedy. I am suspecting that they will soon have Indian Commentary League. I think if I practise hard, I may also get in.

I am thinking why there are so many foreigners in our commentary box or Dugout? Are they not getting any commentary work in their own countries, so they are coming here in droves? They are visible everywhere. When there is no match, they are out sampling the city’s wares. That day I was walking in Commercial Street and entered a shop selling air pillow. I bumped into one of them. I recognised him from the TV images. Immediately he drew a rectangle in the air with both hands and referred the bump to the shopkeeper for final decision. The shopkeeper declared me out. Pah! I showed a ‘T’ in appeal, but he overruled me. I turned around and walked out without air pillow.

This is nothing but over-supply of foreign commentators. They are catering to our country or what? Whenever there is any Indian commentator, poor fellow is like cucumber in sandwich. Simply sitting in the middle and not uttering anything. Utter waste, I feel. The other two fellows talk and allow him to mutter three and a half words now and then, apart from ordering dinner for all of them. Unpalatable.

There must be a new rule to restrict foreign commentators to only during bowling power play or strategic time out or something. Don’t you agree?



-          © Shiva Kumar


Sunday, December 10, 2017

GOZZER HALLELUJAH!




GOZZER HALLELUJAH

A certain feisty Bengali described it as the toughest recipe ever known to humankind. Who am I, a mere highly talented TamBrahm Bengalurean, to contest this description?

I tried to mafunacture it once. It was not easy. I thought, if I myself find it so tough, imagine the plight of poor old humankind! I concluded that there certainly is something in what feisty Bengalis say.

And now, without further ado, I will discuss how to do this tough geezer called Gozzer Hallelujah.

BASIC COMPONENTS
To serve one individual, you will require:
 ~Three gozzers, grated. If orange, then three orange gozzers. If pink, however, then make it three pink gozzers. No more, no less. Three. Orange or pink, as the case may be.
~ A one-inch piece of ginger, grated
~ One small green chilli, slit and cut into small pieces
~ Two elaichis, unpodded and grounded
~ Four cashew nuts, broken into halves and again broken into quarters to make sixteen pieces in all
~ A quarter litre of cow's milk. If cow's milk is not available, go for the yak tetrapak.
~ Two heated tablespoons of clarified butter. If clarified butter is not available, go for ghee. If ghee is not available, come back to clarified butter.
~ Shakkar, sucre, cheeni. Commonly called Sugar, 100 grams. Sow giram, sow shall you heap.
~ On second thoughts, cut out the grated ginger and green chillies. They seem to have lost their way and wandered into this recipe.

EQUIPMENT AND APPARATII
~ Karahi, kadahi, kadai.  Also known as wok
~ Sauce pan. What mothers-in-law use. Kyonki.
~ Ladle. As the name suggests, this is a ladle.
~ Tablespoons, a couple. Matched or mismatched, doesn't matter. To transport the clarified butter or ghee from storage container to kadahi.
~ Pilates.

TOOLS AND TACKLES
~ Knife for cutting gozzers into two. (Useful info: it is known as Naihu in Japanese)
~ Grater for grating. Good, sarp graters are available at the Greater Kailash Grater Wallah.
~ Tongs. If you don't have one, get one. Tong adaao.
~ Lighter, to light stove. If stove is heavier, use heavier lighter to light.
~ Large stirrer with long handle, to stir. Check to see that it works both ways. Clockwise as well as anti-clockwise.

PRODUCTION PROCESS
~ Set kadahi on stove. Left ear of kadahi should face East corner of kitchen for auspicious pakau.
~ Light light stove or heavy stove, as the case maybe, with lighter.
~ Allow kadahi to get heated. Touch with tip of forefinger to check. If hot, remove finger immediately.
~ Pour clarified butter or ghee into kadahi. Allow to hot up.
~ Drop cashew nuts into hot ghee. When lightly brown, pour into pilate and keep aside.
~ Put kadahi back on to stove. Pour milk into it.
~ Heat milk. When hot, drop grated gozzer into it, gently and without making a splash.
~ Pick up large long handled stirrer.
~ Use Continental Grip to hold stirrer. Left hand on top, right hand below.
~ Stir in anti-clockwise direction, starting from 3 o' clock and working backwards.
~ Stir. Stir. Stir.
~ Drop the sugar into the gozzer-milk mix. Mix.
~ Add browned cashew nuts to gozzer-milk-sugar mix. Mix.
~ And stir. Anti-clockwise. Stirring anti-clockwise will take you back in time. Keep going back till you reach your childhood. Don't go beyond childhood or you may have to start crawling. Bad for the knees.
~ Your hands would have become heavier after all that stirring. The milk would have thickened. The gozzer would have more or less ghulled into the milk.
~ Drop grounded elaichi into gozzer-milk-sugar-cashew mix. Mix well.
~ Stir in clockwise direction to come back to present day.
~ Put off flame when you reach to-day.
~ Allow kadahi to cool.
~ Transfer contents to propah storage vessel.

Test. Taste. Bhoot mazaa!
Thanks be.
Gozzer Hallelujah!



-       © Shiva Kumar, 10 December 2017 



Friday, November 3, 2017

Cucumber Sandwich

Kukri Class




Cuke Samwich

What if we don’t have to eat? Lekin paapi peyt ka sawal hai, as the Seth would have said! We hafta. Hafta? Not once a week, but at least thrice daily.

The other day I was just lounging around with nothing much on my mind, which is how my mind likes it. Uncluttered, khaali. I started thinking of this and that but was not able to hold on to any thought for long. I realized it was because I was hungry. So I decided to fix myself what Dennis would call a “samwich”. A sandwich; it might help the thinking process. I have never been able to think clearly on an empty stomach. Empty mind, yes, but empty stomach, no.

I made a beeline to the fridge and pulled out the container of butter, a small cucumber and the small container of pudina chutney that my wife had made a while ago. Then I picked up the loaf of bread I had picked up the day before from the friendly neighbourhood loafer and proceeded to make what has proven to be one of the most convenient quick fix foods.

Ingredients (Samagri):
> Sandwich bread, sliced, kata hua double roti. For some strange reason, some people call bread “double roti”!
> Butter, Maska – not molten, but unfrozen. Pighla hua. Pagla kahin ka. If frozen, unfreeze.
> Cucumber, kheera. If uncut, cut. Fine slices. Ultra thin. Don’t aks ussenennary questions like an anpadh.
> Pudina Chutney (“cold mint sauce” in Angrezi?).
> Salt, Namak.
> Peppered powder. No, sorry, that should read “powdered pepper”. Pepper that has been to Pisa. Kaali Mirch, pisa hua.

Method (Tareeka):
1. Take two slices of bread, one by one.
2. Apply butter liberally on inner surface* of both slices – zabardast maska lagao.
3. Cut uncut cucumber into ultra thin slices, enough to cover the surface area of one slice of bread.
4. Apply pudina chutney over the cucumber.
5. Place cucumber slices over one buttered slice of bread. 
    (NOTE: Don’t much like pudina? Don’t care for a hint of mint or the green tint? Then abandon step 4 and go for the        black-on-white treatment, steps 6 and 7, instead.)
6. Sprinkle salt, lightly, over the cucumber.
7. Switch off all fans nearby.
8. Sprinkle pepper, liberally, over the cucumber.
9. Invert second slice over the cucumber.
10. Trim off the edges of the loaves. Use edge trimmer. Don’t use hedge trimmer.
11. Cut diagonally to make two triangular sandwiches.

Procedure (Prakriya):
Hold one triangular sandwich.
Use classic oriental three-finger grip, thumb pushing up bottom slice, fore and middle fingers holding top slice firmly but not pushing down so you don’t crush the slice, the ring finger and little finger pointing stylishly off towards North North East and North East, respectively.
Don’t use the universal five-finger grip. No style.
Don’t even try the peoples’ representative ten-finger grip. You won’t be able to ungrip.
Bite into it (the sandwich, not the thumb).
Relish.

When hunger threatens to tear you asunder
Two slices of bread, one cut of cucumber
Butter ‘em up real good, don’t be the skimper
One slice atop the cuke, the other down under
Salt and pepper, fans off, or face the thunder
Put together a sandwich to remember



*inner surface > the surface that faces up when you hold a slice of bread in your hand horizontally, parallel to the ground


~ Sib Bahut Dur







© Shiva Kumar 




Friday, September 15, 2017

MADHUBAN MERA DHIKA NAACHE RE

MADHUBAN MERA DHIKA NAACHE RE


My Hindi was not always so rusty. It was worse. To begin with, it was non-existent. As I grew up and studied Hindi as my second language in school, the “akshars” started to become barely comprehensible. You see, I studied in a “convent” school and the Hindi taught there was not very complicated. Rudimentary, in fact. “Thora thora”, as the “gora goras” would say. Besides, I hardly had any Hindi speaking friends, so the language remained rather difficult to overcome. Tough. Kathin. Mushkill. Still is.

I became friendlier with Hindi during my school final years, when I started seeing Hindi flicks, as we called films or movies those days. But more than the films, it was the film songs that did the trick. Mushkill became a little more aasaan. But it remained, and still remains, one uphill of a language. Unmasterable. Isko master karna mushkill hee nahin, namumkin hai.

Namumkin! That’s a word whose opposite I learnt from a song where the fellow says it is possible that he may drift or go off at a tangent because he is intoxicated, oiled, and in the grip of a nasha. That particular line was reprised by the tall and angry ‘eng man in another song in another phillum.

Hindi film songs brought to my ears many Hindi and Urdu words I had never heard before. They sounded exotic to my ears!

When I was in college, I had a couple of friends from the Hindi-Urdu belt and one of them was from the heartland. A dear, dear Lucknowi, though his surname sounds Punjabi and reminds me of camphor. He was my go-to guy for anything that felt, smelt, tasted or sounded like Hindi or Urdu. Though I couldn’t tell which was which. For instance, I would go to him and ask him the difference between “guftugoo” and “justujoo” and he would push off to Russell Market in a hurry to get some vital stuff or “bhoot zroory cheese” for the kitchen. On his return, he would come at me with words like “peshkash”, “rawaiyya”, “bewaqoof”, “takalloof” and so on and thoroughly confuse the thunderoons (if I may coin a new term) out of me.

And so it went on.

Until one day, while I was carrying out a rescue act on a particularly recalcitrant differential equation, the door opened and I was greeted by the characteristic bouquet of itr. There, resplendently attired in chikan kurta and pajama, stood my Lucknowi mitr. He wasted no time in button-holing me with a question about a word that was troubling him.

Ama yaar, is waqt aap masroof toh nahin hain?”

I nodded vaguely and replied, “Pehle aap”.

“One word is troubling me. Dhika’ ka matlab kya hai?”

“Eh?” was my uncomprehending response.

“Deeka” I’d heard, in the popular song by Kishore that starts with “Eena” and “Meena” and has a whole bunch of similar bafflegabby words come tumbling after them in quick succession. But no “dhika”. I was stumped. No clue. For a couple of hours I was scratching around but couldn’t figure it out. When I went home, I decided to ask my sisters, both of whom were far superior to me in Hindi on account of their aggressive nature. But they were flummoxed too.

I went back to my dear friend and asked him where he had heard this ‘dhika’.

“Why, in that song, of course.”

“Which song?”

“That Rafi song ‘Madhuban mera dhika naache re’. Umda gaana.”

I was carrying a rolled newspaper in my striking hand and my first instinct was to strike him three solid blows with it on the back of his head. But as he was already weak in the head, I refrained. As gently as I could, I told him it was not ‘Madhuban mera dhika’ but ‘Madhuban mein Radhika’.

We still laugh about it now, some forty years later, and I still refrain from beaning him with rolled newspapers.

Tankhwa”. What a dangerous sounding word. To many employed people, it happened at the beginning of every month. A knowledgeable friend, trying to be helpful, told me that “tankhwa” was nothing but an overhead water storage receptacle or reservoir and nothing to worry about, except when there was no water. I had to nod his head thrice. I am told that this word has descended from Akbar’s period.

You see, the whole fault is with these poetic writer chaps and singer fellows. They are allowed lots of liberties to change whatever to whatever else whenever and wherever they feel like.

The other day, I was listening to Mohammad Rafi croon “Let me touch your tender or sensitive (strike off whichever is not applicable) lips” and he speaks of sending good ones off badly and it being one of the world’s old habits. I had to listen again before I caught the key words. Send them off? Yes, with my less than poor knowledge of the language, that’s what I thought it meant. Till someone told me otherwise.

Or that other one, where Kishore-da’s son Amit-da talks of someone being some River Mey. Mey? Now from where did that one come? Burma? Why would someone want to be some Burman river? Irrawady, I’ve heard of. Arkavathy too, though it has disappeared. But Mey? No, it may not be. So, what is it? “Tell me you are not the Mey River, I don’t want to live, I want to die.” Quite a powerful line, that.

Have you heard of a surname called Ghabra? No? I have. It is there in a song, where the singer is apparently negating it, along with Sharma. No Sharma, no Ghabra. It’s curtains for the night.*⁴

Then there’s the funny song that says that K. John may walk off but Jiya does not go and Jiya will not if Diya does. Some kind of love triangle, apparently, with poor John (K. John, to be specific, with a rather stylish accent) caught between Jiya and Diya.*⁵ Cheeya. Ain’t no place to be but heya.

And after you’ve already eaten the mango, how can you show it? What a stupid thing to ask, but he does, does the hero. “If you’ve eaten it, show me the mango” he asks. And like a dolt, she tells him to smile first!*⁶

I spent many a sleepless night thinking about these and others like them till realisation dawned on me. The trick is to just sit back. Relax. And unravel the words syllable by syllable. Sooner or later it will all come to you. Like Karan and Arjun. We will have a guftagu over this sometime while I do a justuju. Right? Meanwhile, enjoy the rangaubhu of the songs.

It is a funny language. So is that other one. All funny languages, I tell you.

PS: If you know those 6 songs, please send me a message. But beware the twists. If you don’t, ask me. I will check with that Lucknowi friend and get back.



© Shiva Kumar – A bit of Urdu too on Hindi Diwas, 14th September 2017