Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Zindagi...kaisi hai paheli...

Finally, finally, finally...somebody wakes up and decides to correct as great injustice: Manna Dey is to get the Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2007 (Indian Express). At 90, he has waited too long. Wish they had given it when he was in his prime; he spent a long time in the doldrums in semi-retirement. Life is one serious riddle, as he sang once.

I had the luck to attend a live concert of his in Pune a couple of years back, and came away with so much to remember. Here's my favourite of his songs:

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