Bollywood's Tribute to Travel || Songs that Make You Want to Pack Your Backpack and Head Out - Part 2

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How many of us like to have songs playing continuously when we are on a long road journey? I guess that makes all of us. I have a playlist that I have created year over the years and it contains all songs that have meant something to me at some point in my life. This playlist includes all kinds of songs - Romantic, sentimental, dance numbers, philosophical, ghazals, and even devotional. And this also includes songs that are oerfect companions for your travels. I had included some of them in Part 1.

Main Zindagi ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya

This classic philosophical number with a very catchy tune and an interlude extrapolated from a cigarette lighter's music is one of the best numbers to hum to when travelling. The song is sung by none other than Mohammad Rahi and lyrics are by Sahir Ludhianvi and Music by Jaidev. 

My favorite lines from the song:

जो मिल गया उसी को मुक़द्दर समझ लिया - २
जो खो गया मैं उसको भुलाता चला गया
मैं ज़िंदगी का साथ निभाता चला गया
हर फ़िक्र को धुँएं में उड़ाता चला गया

Zehal-e-miskin Mukun-b-ranjish

Many wonder about the first couplet of this song. It is derived from a poem written by Amir Khusro in Persian. Gulzar has adapted it into the following lines:

zihaal-e-miskeen mukon ba-ranjish, bahaal-e-hijra bechara dil hai

The lines mean "Don't look at my poor heart with enmity, it's still fresh from the wounds of separation."

Overall, the song is a beautiful composition, written by Gulzar, sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Shabbir Kumar, music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. And the song is also shot beautifully in a rustic setting with some very subtext-heavy acting by both Anita Raj and Mithun Chakraborty.  

वो आके पहलू में ऐसे बैठे 
के शाम रंगीन हो गई है (३) 
ज़रा ज़रा सी खिली तबीयत 
ज़रा सी ग़मगीन हो गई है 
ज़े-हाल-ए-मिस्कीं, मकुन-ब-रन्जिश,
बहाल-ए-हिज्र बेचारा दिल है

Laari Chhooti

This song from the cult classic "Ek Chaalis ki Last Local" is a new-age philosophical song composed by the Pakistani Band Call. In keeping with the band's preferred genre, this is alternate rock and is quite a hit even today. A very catchy tune and some really intriguing lyrics make this a must have in your travel playlist. Following lines will probably entice you enough:

Chaar Din Ki Zindagani
Har Pal Ek Nai Kahani
Kya Tha Mein Kya Ban Gaya
Kya Hua Jo Larrri Chuti
Jeevan Ki Gadi Looti
Khwaab Hai To Mujhko Naa Jaga
Zindagi Ek Pal Mein Salli
Yun Palat Gai Humari
Jhooth Hai To Mujhko Na Bataa


This is my favorite song from the movie "Rang de Basanti". The song is sung by A R Rehman and Naresh Iyer, lyrics are written by Prasoon Joshi and the Music is composed by A R Rehman. Following are my favorite lines from the song:

Aandhiyon se jaghad rahi hai lau meri
Ab mashaalon si bhad rahi hai lau meri
Naam-o-nishaan rahe na rahe
Yeh karvan rahe na rahe
Ujaale main pee gaya
Roshan hua jee gaya
Kyon sehte rahein
Rubaru roshni
Rubaru roshni hey

Aaj Phir Jeene ki Tamanna Hai

The original song of emancipation - the song is a must have in almost any list. It is full of joy and self love and fills you with energy and hope. The song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar, written by Shailendra, and composed by S D Burman. Following are my favorite lines from the song:

अपने ही बस में नहीं मैं
दिल है कहीं तो हूँ कहीं मैं
हो ओ अपने ही बस में नहीं मैं
दिल है कहीं तो हूँ कहीं मैं
हो ओ जाने का पया के मेरी ज़िंदगी ने
हँस कर कहा हा हा हा हा हा
आज फिर जीने की तमन्ना है
आज फिर मरने का इरादा है

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