Thursday, March 15, 2007

A Trip Down The Memory Lane

My Chaddi (childhood) friend SJL, who has committed himself to improve my internet chat vocabulary for the last few years forwarded the video of Mile Sur Mera Tumhara yesterday while chatting.

SJL sometimes becomes a philosopher and a guide too – adding ghee to my Khayali Pulav (loose translation: Pulav cooked in imagination only). Once from a distant corner in US of A he said that he missed his childhood in Alleppy. I said I did not miss anything about childhood as I am happier now than I was in my childhood.

He gave me a technique: first go back ten years – you’ll know what you’re missing now. Then follow the same exercise and go back twenty years.

He proved his point by sending this video.

The memories it refreshed are:

(The person appearing in video – the memories he/she refreshed).

01) Pt. Bhim Sen Joshi – the Dharwadi maestro who ran away from home over a fight with his father for an extra spoon of ghee in the rice.

02) Narendra Hirwani – the leg-spinner whose sixteen wicket haul in the Madras test to level the series against West Indies – Viv Richards’ Only Vimal Ad – Neena Gupta – my memory is going berserk, so stop here.

03) Kamal Hasan – Michael Madan Kama Rajan & Apoorva Sahodarargal – in Galaxy Theatre my brother had a minor scuffle with a drunkard because he responded “why do you bring sick people in the theatre?” when requested to exchange seats (in a houseful theatre) so my brother could sit with me while watching MMKR – and, of course Sundari Neeum Sundaran Njanum.

04) Deepa Sahi – Hero Hiralal with Naseerudin Shah.

05) Dina Pathak – Golmaal.

06) Tanuja – Kajol in Bekhudi, it was released during that period; I was wondering why everyone was praising this loud girl, but started liking her later.

07) Waheeda Raheman – Guide, when I read the book, I was disappointed; they had given a lousy treatment to the story. It was Raju’s story in the book and they made Rosy’s film.

08) Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna – Spirit of Unity Concerts on Doordarshan.

09) Ramanathan Krishnan – Ramesh Krishnan beating Mats Wilander in the initial rounds of Australian Open once.

10) Amitabh Bachchan – Manmohan Desai’s Ganga Jamuna Saraswati & Toofan.

11) Mithun Chakravarthy – Watan Ke Rakhwale – he climbing a vertical wall like a monkey and singing I want to beat somebody with Neelam.

12) Jeetendra – a poor remake of Rajavinte Makan (don’t remember the name)

Random thoughts:

Those days listening to Prime Minister’s speech from the Red Fort on the Independence Day and repeating Jai Hind after him was the most important thing to do.

Those days Hanuman had the macho image of Dara Singh saying Jai Shri Ram and not the baby cartoon singing Hanuman Chalisa as a Rap song.

Those days watching TV serials was fun.

(The Video is of poor quality).


Anonymous said...

Oh yes.I miss.Childhood did not have deadlines to be met,no worries of proper CRM with customers, no irritating vendors and you name it. the video was brilliant, and we waited to see it completely on DD and of course tried to identify the celebreties.

Anonymous said...

It so hapenned that me and my friends started off a discussion on TV and it went back 20 years. Bachpan was the time and TV was new in our lives, with only one obvious choice, Doordarshan. Suddenly I remembered this song and thought to search it on the Internet, the Kalpavruksh of modern world. I got this one. Paresh was sitting opposite to me virtually and I sent him this.

I am glad that he remembers what i said from 'one corner of USA' once upon a time. Even more glad that he is a bit convinced though after long time. So it was acutally 'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara'

monsoon dreams said...

hi paresh,
i dont think there would be anybody who doesnt miss childhood.while listening to mile sur mere tumhare we'd impatiently wait for the mallu part of the song to come coz thats the only time we could hear something mallu in a doordarsan.we all miss childhood,may be we'll miss 2007 after another ten years.

Anonymous said...

Mile Sur Mera Tumhara was one of the most brilliant effort done by DD. It represented diverse culture of your big nation. And many contemporary heros who were doing so good in their chosen fields were shown in the videos. Have not seen the video for years but still can hear different voice of Om puri in the song. Was It kerala, where a man is shown riding an elephant standing in the river? and the way fcae of Waheeda Rehman turn in to Lata Mangeshkar. Tanuja's carefree smile and walking. So beautiful and graceful women were there in the video. Its always alive in the memory and thats make it a classic thing, which surpasses boundaries of time.
Nice reminder Paresh. Thanks

harimohan said...

dear paresh ,
nostalgia is always pleasant ,certain tunes ,pictures ,places and people touch the buton that sends us back in a time machine ,
Deja vu situations are common for all of us ,evry memory that lurks beneath in our subconscious needs just the right trigger to unearth them ,
with mile sur tumhara and your wonderful piece it just did that to me ,tks ....harimohan

Paresh Palicha said...

Rajiv Bhai, you're right about childhood, but the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about those days is the painful physiotherapy. :)

the video was brilliant, and we waited to see it completely on DD and of course tried to identify the celebreties.

You're right, I remember that.

SJL: Guru thanks for commenting here. Now I'm waiting for you to start your blog. You'll have at least one loyal reader/viewer in me.

MD: Thanks for your comment.

RK: Welcome. Yes, you're right, that Kerala.

HM: You're welcome Doc.