A Tune That Makes Me Swoon And Dance Like A Toon

I like to produce only original stuff. Links to stuff I like or love remain confined to facebook. But what about stuff that keeps pushing back inside my mind? Like this song which is full of fun and frolics that I can never stop dancing to it! I like it so much that I have even translated the lyrics, complete with rhymes and all, so that all you non-Hindi friends of mine can superimpose English on Hindi. I thought I would hire Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and the couple of others (seriously, so many singers in a single song!) to sing it for me again in English, but then I would have to put up ads on this blog to recoup the cost. You wouldn’t want that, would you? Here, enjoy the original—

Lyrics with translation:

आटा है, चावल है, दाल है, भूख है, चूल्हा नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

आटा है, चावल है, दाल है, भूख है, चूल्हा नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

बादल है, बरखा है, बिजली है, सावन है, झूला नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

बादल है, बरखा है, बिजली है, सावन है, झूला नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

Flour, check. Rice, check. Pulses, check. Hunger, check. Stove is missing. Very troubling thing.

Flour, check. Rice, check. Pulses, check. Hunger, check. Stove is missing. Very troubling thing.

Cloud, check. Rain, check. Lightning check. Spring, check. Swing is missing. Very troubling thing.

Cloud, check. Rain, check. Lightning check. Spring, check. Swing is missing. Very troubling thing.

हम दोनों हैं फरियादी। मिल जाती अगर आज़ादी,

छुप छुप कर हम ना मिलते। कर लेते आज ही शादी।

लड़का है, लड़की है, दूल्हा है, दुल्हन है, पंडित नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

लड़का है, लड़की है, दूल्हा है, दुल्हन है, पंडित नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

Both of us are complainants. Had we have independence,

We’d stop meeting secretly and marry immediately.

Boy, check. Girl, check. Groom, check. Bride, check. Priest is missing. Very troubling thing.

Boy, check. Girl, check. Groom, check. Bride, check. Priest is missing. Very troubling thing.

लड़का लड़की ना होते। तुम मुर्गा मुर्गी होते।

जब चाहे जहाँ तुम मिलते। जब चाहे जहाँ तुम सोते।

पहरा है, पर्दा है, पर्दे में जलवा है, हलवा नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

पहरा है, पर्दा है, पर्दे में जलवा है. हलवा नहीं. बड़ी मुश्किल है.

Rather than man and woman were you a mere cock-hen.

You’d meet whenever you wished. You’d sleep wherever you wished.

Guard, check. Curtain, check. Party† in curtain, check. Pudding is missing. Very troubling thing.

Guard, check. Curtain, check. Party in curtain, check. Pudding is missing. Very troubling thing.

वो देखा वो बैंड वो बाजा। जा सेहरा बांध के आजा।

पर किसपे बैठ के आऊँ, मैं तेरा दूल्हा राजा?

जंगल है, शेर है, चीता है, भालू है, घोड़ा नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

जंगल है, शेर है, चीता है, भालू है, घोड़ा नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

See that band and orchestra. Go, come back with a sehra‡.

But what shall I ride back on I, your bridegroom of night dreams.

Jungle, check. Lion, check. Cheetah, check. Bear, check. Horse is missing. Very troubling thing.

Jungle, check. Lion, check. Cheetah, check. Bear, check. Horse is missing. Very troubling thing.

है खूब तुम्हारी जोड़ी! तुम दोनों चाँद चकोरी।

कहीं देखी सुनी नहीं है हमने ऐसी लव स्टोरी।

हीरो है, हेरोइन है, विलेन है, शूटिंग है, कैमरा नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

हीरो है, हेरोइन है, विलेन है, शूटिंग है, कैमरा नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

What a wonder is this your duo, you both the flirters of moon.

Never heard or seen is glory by us of such a love story.

Hero, check. Heroine, check. Villain, check. Shooting, check. Camera is missing. Very troubling thing.

Hero, check. Heroine, check. Villain, check. Shooting, check. Camera is missing. Very troubling thing.

थोड़ी सी भी कर जाऊं, तेरे बाप को मैं समझाऊँ।

पर डरता हूँ रस्ते में कहीं मैं पकड़ा ना जाऊँ।

व्हिस्की है, सोडा है, पानी है, प्यास है, परमिट नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

व्हिस्की है, सोडा है, पानी है, प्यास है, परमिट नहीं। बड़ी मुश्किल है।

Shall I think the slightest of persuading your dad.

But I’m afraid on the road, red-handed will I get caught.

Whiskey, check. Soda, check. Water, check. Thirst, check. Permit is missing. Very troubling thing.

Whiskey, check. Soda, check. Water, check. Thirst, check. Permit is missing. Very troubling thing.

† The original word was jalwa (‘jəl-vɑː or जलवा). But – oh no! – there exists no direct translation. It could be an objectified thing of entertainment. But it could also be implicated to have an influence on us. The very object would be identified as jalwa by a wide public and popular perception. It is often used for women in slang, just as one would use super-hot. Here, I reverted to be a dictionary, because the difference was too stark to leave there and it is fun trivia. Or maybe I just need to brush up on my English as well as Hindi vocabulary to get just the right word here!

‡ Sehra is a headdress worn by grooms in Indian marriages. He rides a mare from his house to the girl’s house in a baarat (bɑː-‘rɑːt̪ or बारात) which is a procession consisting of only groom’s side. See for yourself below.

indian groom

Here, this is the typical groom that you will come to find in my side of nation. I can’t speak for people further away. Here the mare, which has to be white, is eating grams before being starting off for baarat. Also notice the sehra wore by the groom which is covering his face. Fun fact: there is always a fear of the mare running away or generally kick people around and kill innocent lives. A relative of mine had rode a mad one on his marriage. He was thrown off. Once I heard that a groom had separated from the baarat because the mare had decided to go on her own. Therefore, if you are not dancing in the baarat and stopping the traffic on road, you may always notice multiple people standing around the mare.

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