Bollywood's Tribute to Travel || Songs that Make You Want to Pack Your Backpack and Head Out - Part 3

I truly believe that those who have the gift of music are magicians and music is magic. I wish, I too had the gift, but sadly God shortchanged me there. Anyway, but that does not stop me from enjoying music. At least I have that gift. We are planning a trip to Himachal in November, and preparing a playlist for that is on my to-do list. So any suggestions for travel songs are welcome. In the meanwhile, following numbers are definitely going to be on it.

I truly believe that those who have the gift of music are magicians and music is magic. I wish, I too had the gift, but sadly God shortchanged me there. Anyway, but that does not stop me from enjoying music. At least I have that gift. We are planning a trip to Himachal in November, and preparing a playlist for that is on my to-do list. So any suggestions for travel songs are welcome. In the meanwhile, following numbers are definitely going to be on it. 

Tanha Dil

For teenagers of our generation, Tanha Dil, sung by a stylish Shaan, was the ultimate philosophical guide - the answer to all our life's questions. The album was a hit with pop lovers and even today, the soulful lyrics and a sepia-toned, nostalgia-inducing cinematography, do hit a note. 

My favorite lines from the song:

Dilkash nazaarein dekhe
Jhilmil sitaarein dekhe
Aankhon mein phir bhi tera chehra hai jawaan
Kitni barsaatein aayi, kitni saugaatein laayi
Kaanon mein phir bhi goonje teri hi sada
Vaaden kiye the apna hoga aashiyaan
Vaadon ka jaane hoga kya
(Tanha dil, tanha safar
Dhoonde tujhe phir kyoon nazar) -2

Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke

Another anthem of carefree living, Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar ke is a beautiful composition and one that stirs people of all age groups, all generations. The fact that the song features a rather good-looking Dev Anand, does not hurt as well. The song is from the movie Nau Do Gyarah and sung by Kishore Kumar. Lyrics are by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the song is composed by S.D. Burman. 

My favorite lines from the song:

Dard bhi hamein qubul, chain bhi hamein qubul - 2
Hamanen har tarah ke phool, haar mein piro liye, - 2
Jo bhi pyar se mila...


Dil Chahta Hai



The ultimate coming-of-age movie for our generation, Dil Chahta hai brought some much-needed changes to the run-of-the-mill cinema being created in the late 1990s. This 2001 movie brought to screen, several concepts that were alien to mainstream cinema at that time - man falling in love with a much-older woman, fear of commitment, reality of toxic relationships etc, and all in a light-hearted manner. Its song "Dil Chahta Hai" is the perfect celebration of bachelorhood. Singers are Shankar Mahadevan and Clinton Cerejo, lyrics are by Javed Akhtar, and the music is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. 

My favorite lines from the song:

कैसा अजब ये सफ़र है

सोचो तो हर इक ही बेखबर है

उसको जाना किधर है

जो वक़्त आए (जो वक़्त आए)

जाने क्या दिखाए (जाने क्या दिखाए)

Chalte Chalte

This beautiful ghazal from the movie Pakeezah has been my favorite ever since I was a child and I couldn't really interpret the lyrics. The music, the lyrics and the resplendent Meena Kumari all form an image that lingers in the mind for a long time. The song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar, composed by Gulam Mohammad and lyrics are by Kaifi Azami. My favorite lines from the song:

जो कही गई ना मुझसे, वो ज़माना कह रहा है

के फ़साना बन गयी है, मेरी बात चलते चलते

यूँ ही कोई मिल... 

Hum Kis Gali Ja Rahe Hain




This number by Atif Aslam is another youth favorite and has all the anticitpation and uncertainty that comes with the feeling of being young and full of energy. My favorite lines from the song:

Betabiya hain pal pal chhaya yeh kaisa nasha hai

khamoshiyo me sada hosh bhi gumshuda hai

betabiya hain pal pal chhaya yeh kaisa nasha hai

khamoshiyo me sada hosh bhi gumshuda hai

dar dar kaa ghumata hai masti me kyun jhumata hai

divane dil ne jana nahi divane dil ne jana nahi

ham kis gali ja rahe hain ham kis gali ja rahe hain

apna koyi thikana nahi apna koyi thikana nahi

apna koyi thikana nahi apna koyi thikana nahi

  

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